Although Microsoft's Active Directory will eventually enjoy widespread use when Windows 2000 ships, it by no means will be the only directory in the enterprise.
NetVision next month will unveil Synchronicity for Active Directory to help users synchronise data between Microsoft's directory and Novell Directory Services (NDS).
For those users piloting Microsoft's yet-to-be-released directory, NetVision is offering something Microsoft currently is not - bidirectional synchronisation between Active Directory and NDS.
The software exploits Active Directory Service Interfaces to let NDS administrators browse Active Directory and add, delete and modify directory objects and attributes.
Microsoft offers a mechanism called DirSynch which allows users one-way synchronisation between NDS and Active Directory. Users and developers say Microsoft needs to update DirSynch to provide bidirectional capabilities.
However, Microsoft plans to leave a majority of its synchronisation work to Zoomit, a metadirectory vendor that Microsoft acquired in July.
"We are not a metadirectory," says Todd Lawson, president of NetVision. "For those users who just want to integrate their Active Directory and NDS environments, then Synchronicity is easier to use than a metadirectory."