BorderManager lets users maintain local control over authentication, authorization

Novell Inc. last week issued a border-crossing passport between Novell NetWare or
Microsoft Windows NT LANs and the rest of the networked world.


The cross-platform BorderManager Authentication Service software uses the Remote
Authentication Dial-in User Service, or Radius, protocol to exchange user information
securely with Radius-compliant firewalls, remote-access servers and Internet-routing
equipment.


It will work, however, only for networks that use Novell Directory Services. Microsoft
Corp.’s competing Active Directory, which is supposed to consolidate data from
multiple directories and domains, will not be available until NT Server 5.0 comes out next
year.


Organizations that use BorderManager Authentication Service can maintain local control
over remote-user authentication, authorization and accounting, even if they turn over the
remote-access administration chores to an Internet provider.


BorderManager Authentication Service will run standalone or with other BorderManager
services on any server under IntranetWare 4.11, NetWare 5.0 or Windows NT 4.0.


The server software requires 1M of dedicated memory, 1M free on the hard drive and a
TCP/IP protocol stack. It works with remote-access products from Ascend Communications
Inc. of Alameda, Calif., Bay Networks Inc. of Santa Clara, Calif., and Cisco Systems Inc.
of San Jose, Calif.


The administration PC must run Windows 95 or NT Workstation 4.0 and have a 32-bit
NetWare client and the NetWare Administrator utility installed.


A remote client needs Win95 or NT Workstation 4.0, 2M free on the hard drive, and a
user object located in the same NDS tree as the server and user licenses. All the
transfers are encrypted by the Message Digest 5 algorithm from RSA Data Security Inc. of
Redwood City, Calif.


A 45-day trial version is downloadable from http://www.novell.com/bordermanager/bmas.
The full version of BorderManager Authentication Service starts at $995 for a five-user
license.


Contact Novell at 800-638-9273. 

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