When you set up directory services to connect the server to a user directory, administrators and place managers can add members to places by selecting names from the directory. Without a user directory, they must instead register local members in the membership database (Contacts1.nsf) of individual places.
Connecting to a user directory maximizes the features that are available to you. The following features are supported only when a user directory is in use:
- IBM® Lotus® Sametime® features integrated in places
- My Places
- Single sign-on authentication
- Super user access to the server
- User names in double-byte character sets
Connecting to a user directory also provides these user management features:
- User information is managed in a central location, rather than in individual places.
- External members use the same name and password to access any place of which they are a member, whereas local members might have different user names and passwords in each place.
- Many of the qptool commands that enable you to manage member information for multiple places at once are available only for external members. For example, you can use the qptool addmember command to add external members to places, but not to add local members.
If you connect to a user directory, local membership is still supported. The local administrator specified during installation is a local member of the server's Site Administration place.
Parent topic: Connecting to a user directory: qd85