In our current environment, CWU relies on Novell eDirectory for directory services and centrally managing access to information systems and resources throughout the enterprise. While our current directory services platform is an enterprise solution, Novell eDirectory is not suited to the direction the University is taking as related to collaboration, information sharing, and information systems integration. In particular, Novell eDirectory is not suited for the following reasons:
Active Directory is a scalable directory services platform that facilitates the authentication and authorization of all users across an enterprise. It is supported by the vast majority of third-party vendors and is the market leader across all sectors. Migrating from eDirectory to Active Directory will not only support many of our upcoming projects, it will also facilitate integration with future projects and initiatives.
In light of these trends and initiatives, the University needs to migrate from Novell eDirectory to Microsoft Active Directory in order to provide more robust directory services throughout the enterprise. This project could be started immediately. Once the Microsoft Active Directory infrastructure is deployed, coexistence between eDirectory will be established. This will allow for synchronization between the eDirectory and Active Directory enabling us to rollout in a controlled fashion.Posted 11-2013