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READING, 30 July 2002 -- In conjunction with technology industry analyst IDC, Aelita Software Corporation, a leading provider of enterprise management solutions for Windows-centric networks, today released an analysis of Active Directory deployments in enterprise class environments.
The new IDC white paper, Managing Large-Scale Active Directory Deployments, discusses the benefits of Active Directory and the technical limitations that must be addressed in large-scale Active Directory deployments. The paper is available on the Aelita Web site:

"Active Directory environments are not only complex and time consuming to build and deploy, ongoing management presents real challenges for users," said Al Gillen, Research Director, System Software, at IDC. "This paper should help companies better understand and respond to the challenges they
will face with this new tool."

Based on extensive research of current deployments, the paper determines that although businesses are aware of the benefits of Active Directory, they often encounter technical limitations that impact successful management. Limitations identified include the lack of business rules enforcement when
populating and managing Active Directory, difficulty in assessing and auditing security settings, limited delegation capabilities, and the complexity of group policy management.

IDC recommends that "before considering using Active Directory in a large-scale corporate deployment, IT managers should determine how they will resolve issues related to the technology limitations of Active Directory." The paper continues, " ... comprehensive policy-based management requires
organisations to delve deeper into managing the systems and organizations better than the native tools supplied with Windows 2000 can offer."

The paper examines how third-party tools can overcome these limitations, with a focus on Aelita Enterprise Directory Manager (EDM). EDM combines rules-based provisioning with role-based delegation management for Windows 2000, Active Directory and Exchange 5.5/2000. This "rule and roles" approach to management offers the features and benefits that IDC cites as key to
successful Active Directory deployment.

Managing Large- Scale Active Directory Deployments also describes additional features of EDM that may deliver benefits, including integrating Active Directory with other enterprise directories, such as human resources applications. This integration enables automated employee identity
management and improves business workflow processes. EDM can build on the existing capabilities of Active Directory to deliver additional benefits and a greater return on investment.

"The most successful deployments have planned for both migrating to and managing Active Directory," said Ratmir Timashev, president and chief executive officer of Aelita Software. "The best administrators have a vision of how Active Directory can revolutionise their networks during the next five to ten years. With the real world performance of EDM and other Aelita solutions, administrators can achieve their goals."

The white paper concludes with the recommendation that "users with complex or highly geographically distributed organizations evaluate Aelita EDM for the benefits it could offer their organizations."

IDC analysts Al Gillen and Fred Broussard researched and wrote the new white paper. Gillen, Research Director, System Software, in IDC's Infrastructure Software family of programs, is responsible for research and analysis on server, client and embedded operating systems as well as related
infrastructure software. Broussard is a Senior Research Analyst, PC and Device Management Software, in the System Infrastructure Software program, specifically focusing on client management software applications.

About Aelita Software Corporation

Aelita Software, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner for software products, provides comprehensive Windows-centric enterprise management solutions that focus on migration and deployment, administration and provisioning, operations and security, and backup and recovery. Aelita solutions improve the usability and security of Windows 2000, Active Directory, Microsoft Exchange and .NET infrastructures, while also extending Windows-centric network management to multi-platform enterprises. Recent Aelita innovations include ZeroIMPACT(tm) Windows 2000 and Exchange 2000 migration, the first full-featured Active Directory recovery solution, and a new approach to
operations and security management that is enabling network managers, security directors and CIO's to use operating and security data in new ways. Aelita Software is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio and can be reached at (800) 263-0036. For more information on Aelita, go to or

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