Basic Features of NDS and AD - Page 3
Both systems come with a set of predefined network objects that should prove adequate in most environments. Even so, the ability to customize existing objects and create new ones is an attractive feature, particularly to those who will be using the compatibility features of the respective directories. Adding new objects or amending existing ones is known as extending the schema. In NDS, schema extension can be performed through ConsoleOne, but not through NetWare Administrator. In AD it is done through the Active Directory Schema MMC snap-in. In both cases, little help is provided during the schema extension process; and in contrast with my comments on the installation phase, this is fine. Schema extensions really are only for those who understand the process and the implications of their actions.
In Part 2, I'll continue my comparison by looking at performing user and group management, replication and fault tolerance issues, troubleshooting, and the steps involved in expanding your system. //
Drew Bird (MCT, MCNI) is a freelance instructor and technical writer. He has been working in the IT industry for 12 years and currently lives in Kelowna, B.C., Canada. You can e-mail Drew at email@example.com.