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NDS 8 Update

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01 Jul 1999

Provides additional information on the benefits of NDS 8, including its advantages in performing LDAP search queries. Also provides download information.


Novell recognizes that companies need a whole new generation of Internet applications as services, accessible to millions of customers and partners on the Internet and protected extranets. NDS 8 is the solution to these requirements.

NDS 8 achieves unprecedented levels of scalable performance. It has the ability to store and manage millions more users, applications, network devices and data than competing directories and earlier versions of NDS.

And NDS 8 performs LDAP search queries with consistent speed, even as tens of millions of objects are added to the directory. Competing directories lose significant LDAP search query capabilities in direct proportion to the number of users in their directory. With NDS 8's scalable performance, companies can be confident that their infrastructure will support massive growth.

Other Business Benefits of NDS 8

With NDS 8, Novell has extended its directory reach to the Internet. The scalable performance and proven replication capabilities of NDS 8 make it the only directory service appropriate for both centralized, Internet and highly distributed, enterprise applications.

Already deployed and proven as a directory in the enterprise with over 50 million users, NDS now allows companies to solve their immediate needs, grow their businesses without disruption, and build the necessary infrastructure required for e-commerce. Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Telcos, global companies, and small businesses can bring all of their customers and supply chain partners online today and prepare for tomorrow. Partner with the leader in directories to support your e-commerce initiatives.

NDS 8 has the ability to store and manage at least one billion directory objects, such as users, applications, network devices, and data millions of objects more than competing directories and earlier versions of NDS. Deploy a directory that grows as your business grows.

NDS 8 integrates more Internet standards and applications than any of its competitors, allowing companies to maintain their existing technology investments. For example, NDS 8 natively supports LDAP v3, which means any application written to use LDAP is an NDS application. Market analysts expect the industry-standard LDAP protocol to dominate directory access through 2002, and NDS' native LDAP support puts Novell in a position to maintain its directory leadership into the next century. And because NDS 8 embraces open standards, you can easily integrate any open standards-based application with NDS. Use what works with what you already own.

NDS is the only fully distributed, manageable, and replicated directory. By segmenting the NDS database into manageable pieces (partitioning) and distributing these pieces across the network (replicating), you can ensure that users access the data that is in the replica on the server nearest to their geographical location. And if the server that holds the master replica goes down, NDS uses the data stored in another replica. All this is done automatically and is transparent to users. NDS ensures that server failure, server maintenance and repair work, or temporary loss of communications links do not affect users and do not interfere with daily business processes.

NDS 8's standards-based infrastructure provides easy, flexible control over your company's security policies. Public-Key Infrastructure (PKI), cryptography, and authentication services are tightly integrated with NDS, so you can centrally manage policies and control access across the entire network. Because NDS 8 provides flexible user authentication support ranging from passwords encrypted over Secure Sockets Layer to X.509 v. 3 certificates and smart cards, NDS 8 is the best choice for companies with evolving or varied security needs. NDS 8 also has a flexible access control architecture that provides granular control over customer data. Trust NDS to help you protect your investments and give you control of your network.

Downloading NDS 8

An open beta version of NDS 8 is now available. Existing NetWare 5 customers may download NDS 8 from the following Web site:

After the beta test period, customers will be able to download the final version from the Web.

NDS 8, Novell's next generation directory service, offers new levels of scalability and performance for your organization. A new data store allows NDS 8 to accommodate millions of objects in a directory tree. In addition, a new ConsoleOne utility is included to manage those objects. You can also add, modify, or delete objects in batch mode using standard LDIF (LDAP Data Interchange Format) files.

This version of NDS 8 is an upgrade to NDS on NetWare 5 servers.

Minimum Requirements

NetWare 5 server NetWare 5 Service Pack 2 or later DSREPAIR download (if the first installation of NDS 8 is on a server that does not hold a replica of the [Root] partition) Administrative rights to [Root] to modify the schema The ConsoleOne administrator's workstation must be a Pentium Pro 200 or better with a minimum of 64MB of RAM. It must be running the NetWare 5 (or newer) Novell Client software before executing the ConsoleOne SETUP.EXE.

Note: The NDS tree cannot contain servers running NetWare versions earlier than 4.10.

To get NDS 8, you can download either the single product file,NDS8.EXE, or the smaller multiple files NDS8A.EXE, NDS8B.EXE, and NDS8C.EXE.

A NetWare 5 serial number will be required before you download NDS 8. Enter the serial number which you believe entitles you to download this product. This serial number and associated product will be verified before continuing with the download process. Entering an invalid serial number will display a list of products that are entitled as well as the serial number format. This may take a few seconds.

Other Download Information


NetWare 5





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* Originally published in Novell AppNotes


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