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Novell, Microsoft announce SharePoint technology

by | Jan 13, 2009

Microsoft and Novell have announced new technology which will make it easier for non-active directory users to access SharePointIn an attempt to streamline access to Microsoft SharePoint, Novell announced yesterday its Access Manager 3.1 will support WS-Federation which will ease access for non-active directory users.

Access Manager, which starts at $10 per user, also simplifies the management of the server, improves security and has upgraded policy delegation.

The release is part of a technology partnership between Microsoft and Novell which began in 2006.

Lee Howarth, product manager for identity at Novell said Access Manager will remove the need for users to maintain all of the identities in SharePoint.

"Now as a SharePoint administrator I don”t have to synch with lots of different [identity] sources," said Howarth. "I can map to claims in SharePoint and provide access to a large community of users out there."

Users should now be able to federate identities into a Microsoft infrastructure from any LDAP directory which will cut down on the amount of time synching identity information.

It is also expected that Access Manager”s gateway component, which is currently a Linux-based appliance, will have cross-platform support within the next three months.ADNFCR-1861-ID-18970673-ADNFCR