OfficePower Directory (with X.500/LDAP capability)
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The OfficePower Directory in OfficePower 2000 (and OfficePower/Xtra)
is considerably enhanced enabling more flexible use and additionally the ability to
access separately purchased X.500 Directory services.
X.500 enables organizations to exploit the benefits of open directories, such as
browsable hierarchy, security and the integration of directories from different mail
Public White Pages services, freely available via the Internet, can be easily accessed
from the same interfaces.
- More varied search criteria based on attributes and operators (AND/OR/NOT)
- Can be used with mail addresses, both X.400 and Internet,
personnel information, photographs and customised entry details
- Allows adoption of single organization wide
- Browsing capability allowing traversal of organizational
- Works with public LDAP-standard services.
- Both external and local Directories can be searched
The Directory within OfficePower has been enhanced in the following
- Provides more flexible search interface with AND/OR/NOT operators
- Customisable results display
- Allows search/browse with X.500 or LDAP Directory services
- Extensive preferences and option settings, per service
- Allows search of X.500/LDAP Directory and public/personal
- Lookup tables available to aid search operations
X.500 - Scaleable, Global, Standard
The X.500 standard is rapidly being adopted for many purposes - Address fetching,
Security, Document Management, External Web access and for providing a central accessible
Directory for integrating disparate mail systems.
In addition to pure X.500 Directory services (fully conformant to the international
standard), a complementary access method allows much the same functionality from
proprietary directory services. This method, LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol),
which is used by the OfficePower Directory interfaces, has been publicly adopted by more
than 60 computer vendors.
Many public Directory services (available on the Web) also support LDAP interfaces,
such as large American White Pages services (four11, bigfoot etc), giving instant access
to millions of entries. OfficePower users can now easily access these services from the
new enhanced Directory product.
As X.500 Directories can be fully tailored to the business application required - not
limited to mail address fetching, corporate attributes can be provided to ensure that all
the required organizational data is represented. The OfficePower Directory interface can
be configured to display a wide range of attributes including photographs (viewable on PC
terminals only), and cross-references (via See Also links)
The OfficePower Directory, in addition to being available in its own right, is fully
integrated with all THREE OfficePower user interfaces - green screen, OfficePower for Windows and OfficePower Web. It is just one key or click away!
Mail addresses, X.400 or Internet, retrieved from any Directory source can be easily
used within the mail system to send to users - or copied to personal distribution lists.
As well as standard search operations using AND/OR/NOT operators, folder/update style
tree browsing is available to traverse the organizational structure.
Running your own X.500 service
For customers wishing to run their own X.500 services, a new utility is provided to
upload the OfficePower distribution list network into an X.500 Directory. Once there, all
changes to the user population is automatically reflected in the X.500 Directory.
A configurable mapping table allows the existing OfficePower extended user attributes
to be mapped onto X.500 attributes as appropriate. The organizational attributes
(department, location, orgunit etc.) can be used to form the basis of the X.500 tree
The existing local Directory generation utility is unchanged and can be
used as a local backup for any central X.500 service. However, if replaced with an
X.500-only strategy an added advantage is that mail based replication is reduced and
valuable disk space restored to end user systems.
An extensive set of administrative tools allows customisation of all attributes used
within entries and the way the results are displayed on a per-service basis, with lookup
tables and default closemode display ordering. Many defaults can be changed by preference
settings available to users.
One Corporate Directory
TeamWARE Office users have a similar facility allowing access to any central X.500
service. With X.500 you can create a truly centralised corporate or organizational
Directory. As other vendors integrate LDAP functionality into their mail products the
benefits to a multi-vendor organization are immense.
X.500 allows access control on entries, parts of the organizational tree structure and
individual attributes allowing flexibility on how the stored data is managed and accessed.
The OfficePower Directory will conform to any security applied to access and to individual
entries. Each user can supply name/password information to the X.500 Directory for
authentication. This may be individually or publicly set for each service as required.
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