A single centralized directory infrastructure that integrates with the organization's enterprise applications reduces complexity, management overhead and costs. Given the popularity of Active Directory and LDAP-based directories, many developers of collaborative applications offer these integrations as standard features. Linux messaging and collaboration products that integrate with Microsoft Active Directory include IBM Lotus Notes/Domino, Novell GroupWise, Kerio MailServer and the Scalix Email and Calendaring Platform. You will want a thorough understanding of the degree to which these products integrate or interoperate with Active Directory and LDAP-based directories. Specific questions along the following lines will help provide clarity.
- Is Active Directory integration present in the application?
- If so, is Active Directory the master directory for the application?
- If changes to a user record are made in Active Directory, are they reflected in the application?
- Does the application integrate with advanced Active Directory capabilities such as account provisioning, authentication, single sign-on and user management?
- Which LDAP-compatible directories are certified against the collaborative application?
- If changes to a user record are made in the LDAP directory, are they reflected in the application?
- Does the application integrate with services coordinated through the LDAP directory such as account provisioning, authentication, and user management?
- What migration services are offered to plan and execute the transition from Active Directory to an LDAP directory for the collaborative application?
This was first published in May 2004