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Network Information Services - Time to Go

Free migration assessment available

Sun/Oracle's Network Information Services (NIS) has had a good run and when it was created, NIS was best of breed technology that helped scale directory services to cope with large organizations. But, at present, NIS is showing its age.

And, let's face it. Most organizations have LDAP or Microsoft Active Directory configured in addition to NIS. There's no longer any reason to maintain two or more directories.

Likewise, an expert in providing software and services for integrating Linux, Unix, and Mac systems with Windows, announced today a free assessment service that gives Sun/Oracle Network Information Services (NIS) customers a fast and easy migration path to Active Directory (AD), and an important tool for companies migrating from Unix to Linux.

Sun Microsystems' (now Oracle) NIS was once best-of-breed for Unix identity management - but is reaching the end of its productive life in enterprise environments. NIS suffers from security and manageability issues, and with Sun's "end-of-feature" announcement many corporate IT, security and compliance managers are looking at using AD for their needs. The primary obstacle is the cost and complexity of migrating from NIS to AD, something Likewise addresses with its NIS migration tools and service offerings.

"Likewise eliminates the need for expensive synchronization products and homegrown LDAP solutions," said Steve Young, vice president of sales, Likewise. "This free assessment helps simplify migration from NIS to Active Directory using automated tools and hands-on consulting for more complex configurations. Using the Likewise Enterprise migration tools, passwords and group data can be easily imported to AD. The migration tool can modify AD directly or generate scripts to perform the migration task."

Likewise Enterprise joins desktops and servers running Linux, Windows and Macs to an organization's existing network using Microsoft Active Directory. This provides a single, secure framework for authentication and access control in mixed networks, as well as auditing and reporting tools crucial in most enterprise environments.

Likewise automatically matches UNIX and Active Directory accounts.  Meeting regulatory requirements is easy with Likewise Enterprise because it is based on Kerberos, an industry-standard for secure authentication. Finally, the Likewise Enterprise Delivery Model ensures that customers are supported throughout the migration process.

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About Likewise

Likewise provides more than 70,000 organizations with integration and authentication tools for mixed networks - enabling secure access of Linux, Unix, and Mac OS systems on networks using Microsoft Windows.

Likewise provides integration and identity management solutions to improve security and operational efficiencies and to help achieve regulatory compliance in mixed networks. Likewise Open lets organizations securely authenticate Linux, Unix and Mac OS users with Microsoft Active Directory. Likewise Enterprise includes all the core authentication technology that comes with Likewise Open, plus world-class migration, group policy, auditing, and reporting modules. More information is available at the company's Web site,

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Glenn Rossman has more than 25 years communications experience working at IBM and Hewlett-Packard, along with startup StorageApps, plus agencies Hill & Knowlton and G&A Communications. His experience includes media relations, industry and financial analyst relations, executive communications, intranet and employee communications, as well as producing sales collateral. In technology, his career includes work in channel partner communications, data storage technologies, server computers, software, PC and UNIX computers, along with specific industry initiatives such as manufacturing, medical, and finance. Before his latest stint in technology, Glenn did business-to-business public relations on behalf of the DuPont Company for its specialty polymers products and with the largest steel companies in North America in an initiative focused on automakers.