Microsoft Announces ADSI 2.5

Microsoft Corp. today announced version 2.5 of the Active Directory Service Interfaces (ADSI), which enables developers to prepare applications for the release of Active Directory in the Windows 2000 Server later this year.

ADSI 2.5 adds new Active Directory-centric features, improves ADSI support for building directory-enabled applications using client/server tools, and enables ISVs to extend ADSI with their own plug-in features. With ADSI 2.5, developers can access directory data within sophisticated queries and joins.

Based on the Microsoft Component Object Model (COM) and integrated with the Microsoft OLE DB common data access framework, ADSI puts directory-enabled application development within the reach of development tools such as the Visual Basic development system and database programming languages such as SQL.

"The complexity of writing directory-enabled applications has resulted in directory services moving little beyond their initial role of user account management," says Mike Nash, director of marketing for Windows NT Server operating system and infrastructure products at Microsoft. "ADSI 2.5 will enable application developers to deliver more value on top of Active Directory." -- Thomas Sullivan

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