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active directory advantage over openldap ? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello all

    What would be best arguments/advantages to choose active directory over open ldap ?

    thanks


    sti_cartem

    Friday, December 14, 2012 3:14 PM

Answers

  • To me it is much easier to manage, easier to maintain, much better documentation, much better third party tools, regular updates and improvements, much more mature.  There is a reason that Active Directory holds an 88% market share.  People will say that AD is "point and click" but with powershell you can almost stay command line for everything if you prefer CLI.   

    Having said that I tweeted something fun about OpenLDAP in September and the chief architect of OpenLDAP responded.  I have posted our conversation.  I've only worked with OpenLDAP once and it was a small enviornment so I can't substantiate the speed claims he made.

    Thanks

    Mike


    http://adisfun.blogspot.com
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    • Proposed as answer by Sandesh Dubey Saturday, December 15, 2012 3:28 AM
    • Marked as answer by STI_CARTEM Monday, December 17, 2012 2:33 PM
    Friday, December 14, 2012 4:50 PM

All replies

  • To me it is much easier to manage, easier to maintain, much better documentation, much better third party tools, regular updates and improvements, much more mature.  There is a reason that Active Directory holds an 88% market share.  People will say that AD is "point and click" but with powershell you can almost stay command line for everything if you prefer CLI.   

    Having said that I tweeted something fun about OpenLDAP in September and the chief architect of OpenLDAP responded.  I have posted our conversation.  I've only worked with OpenLDAP once and it was a small enviornment so I can't substantiate the speed claims he made.

    Thanks

    Mike


    http://adisfun.blogspot.com
    Follow @mekline

    • Proposed as answer by Sandesh Dubey Saturday, December 15, 2012 3:28 AM
    • Marked as answer by STI_CARTEM Monday, December 17, 2012 2:33 PM
    Friday, December 14, 2012 4:50 PM
  • More on AD vs openLDPA see this

    Active Directory vs openLDPA
    http://stackoverflow.com/questions/997424/active-directory-vs-openldap
    http://www.differencebetween.net/technology/difference-between-ldap-and-acitve-directory/

    Hope this helps


    Best Regards,

    Sandesh Dubey.

    MCSE|MCSA:Messaging|MCTS|MCITP:Enterprise Adminitrator | My Blog

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    Saturday, December 15, 2012 3:38 AM
  • I would say that Active Directory is:

    • Easier to administer
    • Easier to maintain
    • Many applications are fully compatible with it
    • One of the most used LDAP products and it is much more easier to get supported when you have a disaster

    Also, Group Policies are ones of the most powerfull features that can be used to administer Windows computers and also it can be used to administer third party Operation Systems by integrating third party tools like Quest ones.

    If you need our point of view about a specific feature in AD, please let us know!


    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees , and confers no rights.

    Saturday, December 15, 2012 2:31 PM