Novell to ship version 2.0 of NDS for NT

Novell has announced plans to roll out version 2.0 of Novell Directory Services (NDS) for Windows NT, a more versatile iteration of the directory service that will branch out into branch offices and departments.

NDS for NT 2.0 will be available in two separate licensing schemes, priced at $US26 per user or $695 per NT replica/server, according to company officials. Also, Novell sweetened the pot for NetWare 4.x and NetWare 5.0 customers, offering the NT replica/server free for each NetWare server licence they already have.

The first version of NDS for NT usually was limited to headquarters-only deployments, because it required the presence of a NetWare server. By allowing an NDS replica to reside on an NT server, NDS for NT 2.0 will avoid that limitation, Novell officials said.

"With this new version of NDS for NT, we are extending the strength of the industry-leading directory service from the corporate headquarters to the NT-only branch office, allowing our customers to benefit from enterprise management on NT -- no matter where it is deployed," Ed McGarr, vice president of product marketing at Novell, said.

Other enhancements include management of NT file shares, increased scalability, enhanced password synchronisation, and the capability to run Novell's ZENworks management solution on NT.

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