Sunday, November 19, 2006

Directory Update rocks, too

We have gotten lots of great feedback on Directory Update. And we have taken on a number of new customers. If you have not been following Self Service Directory Update, it is small utility I designed about a year ago and my company is now selling. This utility allows a user to update or modify their own information in the Active Directory and Exchange Global Address List.

Based on some feedback from customers, we have made some useful changes over the past 3 months:

  • Integrated Windows Authentication or Forms Based Authentication support
  • Almost all fields can be either text fields or drop-down lists
  • Added new telephone number attributes, the Notes attribute, Employee ID, Employee Number, Employee Type, Web Page, and Custom Attributes 1 through 10.
  • Customizable help pages
  • Allow Log Off button to redirect to URL
The interface is simple, clean, and easy to use. Directory Update was designed to do one thing very effectively and we think it does it nicely and very affordably. Our feature set compares nicely with soluions such as Namescape's rDirectory, The DOT NET Factory's EmpowerID Suite, and Imanami's WebDir. All of these do a LOT of other things besides self-service directory management, but if all you are looking for is self-service directory management then they are way overkill.
The programmers are working on a couple of new features that have been commonly requested. These include:
  • Manager, Secretary, and Assistant fields (these use the distinguished name of other objects)
  • Set some fields to be mandatory / required
  • Firefox support!
If you have not yet evaluted Directory Update, pop on over to the site, download it, review the installation instructions, and give it a test drive. I say "read the instructions" because getting any ASP.NET application installed and configured can be tricky and the Setup program does not make all the configuration changes you need to make.


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