The challenge of managing passwords for multipleapplications running on a Novell network should become
easier this week when the networking vendor starts shipping
new sign-on software. Novell Single Sign-On runs on a
NetWare 5 server and stores user passwords for applications
from Attachmate, Entrust Technologies, Lotus Development,
PeopleSoft, and Wall Data. Support for SAP applications, NT
Domain services, and mainframe access is expected in a
The Novell software, when combined with Novell Directory
Services version 8's existing ability to store passwords for
multiple operating systems, provides a single point of
authentication for a variety of messaging, enterprise
resource planning, and host emulation applications running
on Windows NT, NetWare, Solaris, and other platforms.
"Single sign-on is nirvana from an IT perspective," says
Todd Chipman, an analyst at Giga Information Group. "It's
been something that has eluded IT departments without a lot
of customization work."
Providing users with a single point of authentication not only
can increase their productivity, it can significantly reduce
help-desk calls. Still, analysts say Novell Single Sign-On software
requires the use of the vendor's network operating system and
directories software. "If you don't have the latest versions of
NetWare and NDS," says Neil MacDonald, VP and research director at
Gartner Group, "running this is not very appealing."
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