The gloves are off again in the fight over whether or not Novell's NDS for NT renders the security of the Microsoft operating system moot.
Last month, Microsoft refused to support any NT customer with a technical security issue if that customer was also running Novell Directory Services (NDS) for NT. NDS for NT runs on an NT server and lets users manage Novell NetWare and NT user accounts and network access rights from the same directory interface.
Microsoft claimed that since NDS for NT taps directly into the NT Security Access Manager (SAM) database and redirects NT domain security information into NDS, it has irreparably altered the operating system.
On its Web site, Microsoft claims Novell could have bypassed this issue by using the Active Directory Service Interface (ADSI) to build NDS for NT. Microsoft said that while ADSI is geared for building applications using the unreleased NT 5.0 Active Directory Service, it does offer some hooks into existing NT 4.0 domain-based services.
Novell officials disagreed. ``They wanted us to use ADSI because then we wouldn't have been able to ship a really valuable directory product for NT until they managed to get NT 5.0 out the door,'' said Michael Simpson, director of marketing for Novell's directory and management products.