Microsoft Directory Product Enters Beta 2

Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday announced the second beta release of Microsoft Directory Synchronization Services (MSDSS) and the availability of Zoomit VIA 2.1.

Microsoft Directory Synchronization Services is an interoperability technology that helps customers integrate Windows 2000 Active Directory with Novell Inc.'s NDS. With the new two-way synchronization capabilities, administrators can manage shared data, such as user account information, from either directory. Managed via a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in, MSDSS supports all versions of Novell's NDS and bindery directory services.

Zoomit VIA 2.1 is designed for advanced directory interoperability requirements such as propagating changes between multiple directories, enforcing business rules and maintaining data integrity between multiple repositories.

"These interoperability tools will help customers accelerate Windows 2000 migration, while enabling coexistence with other directories and environments in the enterprise," says Daniel Blum, senior vice president at market consulting firm The Burton Group (

VIA 2.1 is available immediately and for no charge to customers that contract with a trained service provider such as Microsoft Consulting Services.

MSDSS will be delivered as part of Services for NetWare comprehensive set of utilities that provide IT professionals with the tools to both interoperate with and migrate from Novell NetWare environments to Windows 2000. More information about MSDSS can be found at -- Thomas Sullivan

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