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Does ZenWorks 6.5 need EDirectory?

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Can ZenWorks 6.5 be used w/o EDirectory and IDM in place?  Does it lose any functionality w/o EDirectory and with Active Directory?
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"Can ZenWorks 6.5 be used w/o EDirectory and IDM in place?"

Yep. Unlike Redmond, Novell gives you CHOICES. This lets you create best-of-breed solutions that can lower your TCO and, not incidentally, make life as a network manager a lot more pleasant. Of course, there's always the chance you'll shoot yourself in the foot...for example, basing your network on AD. But that's your blood pressure that'll be spiking to record levels, not mine.

Oh, BTW, given Redmond's track history with *deliberately* breaking products from competing companies, don't be surprised if they do something to AD to deliberately break ZEN. And Billy won't care that it screws you over - he's already made a pile of money from you, and you're probably not going to migrate away from him anyway, so he laughs his way to the bank while you pull your hair out. Have fun.

For ZEN's requirements, take a look at --> http://www.novell.com/products/zenworks/sysreqs.html
The specific info you seek is at the bottom.

" Does it lose any functionality w/o EDirectory and with Active Directory?"

No, but YOU will. AD isn't a Directory Service. Its the same old tired NT4 Domains, just with an extensible schema and transitive trust (but its still Trust Relationships, just like in NT4). Did you know that if Admin A modifies an object (say, a group membership list) on DC1 and Admin B, at about the same time, modifies the same object on DC2, its possible for one change to overwrite the other? Ever logged into AD as an admin and then changed the workstation's time and tried to use MMC? Good luck...AD doesn't have timesync. Are you an international organization? Can't partition AD, and a server can't be part of more than one tree in the Domain forest. Enjoy being straighjacketed by AD's insistence that your tree design follow DNS.

There's no reason to NOT have eDirectory. Using Identity Manager you can manage AD from eDirectory, right down to creating users in AD and assigning their rights. http://www.novell.com/products/nsureidentitymanager/
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