Microsoft's forthcoming Longhorn Server operating system is scheduled to fold several identity services into Active Directory.
Active Directory currently allows network administrators to set policies for groups of users, and to centrally deploy new applications to many computers.
"Longhorn will see the domain controller role that customers historically thought about with Active Directory become just one of the roles," Mike Atalla, a group product manager for Microsoft's identity and access product group, told vnunet.com in an interview at the RSA Conference in San Francisco.
Longhorn Server is slated for availability by the end of this year. The software will add identity, certificate and rights management services as well as federation management services to Active Directory.
Identity and certificate services allow administrators to manage user accounts and the digital certificates that allow them to access certain services and systems.
Rights management services let users set limitations on information that they create, for instance to prevent an email being forwarded beyond the original recipient.
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