NetWare managers didn\u2019t just dislike Novell Advanced Audit Service; they were also quite eager to tell other people they didn\u2019t like it. Since NAAS was brand new in NetWare 6, replacing the usable (but always in need of improvement) Auditcon utility, this was a worrying development that evidently caught Novell off guard.Novell was so off guard that it licensed a new version of Blue Lance\u2019s LT Auditor to ship in NetWare 6.5. Still, we knew there would be further developments, so we waited for the other shoe to drop.It dropped last week.At the Burton Group Catalyst Conference in San Francisco, Novell\u2019s Loren Russon (affectionately known as the \u201cbeet digger\u201d around Provo) unveiled an eDirectory-based auditing system called Novell Nsure Audit (NNA). NNA will audit eDirectory events, and there\u2019s also an open, free software developer\u2019s kit so that any software provider - third-party software vendor, in-house staff, or even Novell\u2019s application developers - can audit-enable their applications and services.Auditing capabilities will ship with every eDirectory package (for all platforms), but Novell will also sell a secure logging server package to consolidate information from multiple audited platforms into a comprehensive reporting service. The logging server does more than simple passive logging, though; it also does real-time monitoring and real-time notification of violations of policies and regulations (which you can filter so that only those violations you deem \u201cinteresting\u201d are flagged for immediate notification).Nsure Audit is shipping now. To use the secure logging server, a platform agent must be installed on all monitored platforms. Agents are currently available for:* Novell NetWare 4.2 or later* Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 1, 2000 Service Pack 3 and NT* Sun Solaris 8 and 9* Red Hat Linux 7.3 and 8The secure logging server itself will also run on multiple platforms, including:* NetWare 6.5* NetWare 6 (Support Pack 3)* NetWare 5.1 (Support Pack 6 or later)* Windows XP (Service Pack 1)* Windows 2000 (Service Pack 3)* Solaris 8 or 9* Red Hat Linux 7.3 and 8* eDirectory 8.5 or laterI\u2019m sure you\u2019ve got at least one of those platforms on your network. This isn\u2019t an inexpensive product (although free versions - without the secure logging server part - will ship with upcoming versions of NetWare). The server part lists for $10,000 with an additional $1,500 for each monitored platform and system. You\u2019ll need to evaluate the system yourself to see if it has value for your enterprise, but evaluate it you should.