Universal Password Full Story
Like most companies, your users now have to sign on to their PC
workstations, the network, Windows NT servers and AS/400s. Lists of user
IDs and passwords can result in a proliferation of handwritten yellow
"stickies" stuck up on cubicle walls. This reduces the value of
user IDs and passwords, compromising security.
synchronizes password changes initiated by the AS/400 as well as those
initiated by the distributed NT network and attached mainframes. In
conjunction with Microsoft’s SNA Server, Universal Password allows
single automatic sign on to all servers in the environment improving
system security and integrity. Additionally, administrative tasks of
Passwords are synchronized
between servers using encrypted communication, thus ensuring system
security. This eliminates the need for users to remember or input multiple
sets of user IDs and passwords. "The synchronization eliminates the
need for easy-to-remember passwords as well as the proliferation of yellow
stickies on terminals".
Universal Password together
with SNA Server provides users with single sign-on access to multiple
AS/400s, Windows NT and mainframe servers. Users sign on to the first
system and additional sign ons are performed automatically. With
simplified access to computing resources and reduced log-on processing
time, system availability and user productivity is improved.
SNA Server distributes
password changes initiated on the AS/400 to other components throughout
the environment. Universal Password and SNA Server are designed to work
together assuring tight integration between components. "Our
customers have told us they would like the convenience of a single sign-on
environment while leaving their current AS/400 and Windows NT Server
security models intact," says Paul Morse, SNA Server Product Manager
at Microsoft. " We are pleased to see Open Universal provide a
solution that uses Microsoft SNA Server to help meet our customers needs
in this area."
Universal Password minimizes the administrative burden and support costs of resetting forgotten passwords for users. As well, the need for manually changing passwords throughout the distributed environment when a password change occurs is eliminated. Administrative functions are easily performed through Windows NT, and AS/400 routines can shutdown and restart components permitting ease of integration into AS/400 production schedules such as IPL.