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Novell / AD

Is Novell i-chain an alternative to Windows AD? Or are they different things altogether? If so what is Microsofts equivalent on Novell i-chain and what are the pros/cons of each. No links please.

I am told it handles user "authentication"? In the example I read all users have windows desktops and serv er estate is windows 2003 server, so what does the novell i chain do in terms of authentication and how does that differ to MS authentication platfroms?
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pma111
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Adam BrownSr Solutions ArchitectCommented:
iChain is more of a firewall product than anything. It is very similar to Microsoft's ISA and Forefront Threat Management Gateway and they both operate in a similar way. It handles external user authentication by talking to the Novell eDirectory server to get user information and such. It probably can also integrates with AD to provide user authentication, but ISA and Forefront TMG do this as well. Novell's alternative to AD is the eDirectory system, which I don't have any direct experience administering (particularly the latest version) but is fairly unpopular due to increased overhead caused by a lack of full integration with Windows and the added cost involved (AD comes with Windows Server, Novell has additional costs on top of the Windows Server licensing).
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pma111Author Commented:
Probably was the tool edirectory not ichain, it was a migration of one to the other so assume its edirectory to ad
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