rDirectory offers three authentication modes and also allows for several combinations depending upon the configuration that best suits your needs. With the Windows Integrated mode, there is no need to explicitly logon to rDirectory - the application automatically picks up a user's Windows logon credentials. With Forms authentication, users logon at least once to rDirectory; however, a cookie can be set to pick up the user's log-on information automatically for future use. The third logon method is for Anonymous access to rDirectory. This mode establishes default credentials for everyone who accesses the directory with rDirectory - no logon is needed. Anonymous mode allows users to search for and display information, but not edit it.
Anonymous mode is useful when you want to provide limited access to directory information (e.g. outfacing applications), or you do not want to require a Client Access License (CAL) for each user searching the directory. For example, you may choose to have public search capability on your website or to establish a lobby kiosk where visitors can locate the phone extension or office location of the person they are visiting.
Finally, rDirectory allows for a combination of the basic authentication modes – Anonymous plus Forms and Windows Integrated plus Forms. These hybrid modes allow users to temporarily logon with another identity. For example, a lobby kiosk using Anonymous plus Forms would allow visitors to search for public information, yet employees could logon to access menus and applications only available internally.