The majority of big companies and government structures traditionally use Microsoft services and operating systems, and there does not always exist a solution, capable to cover the requirements of a particular company. That is why it is crucial to ensure before integrating new systems and external vendors' solutions that those are compatible with the services your company infrastructure is based on.
Microsoft Lync communication service offers quite a complex, not very user-friendly interface which might be very inconvenient when it comes to prompt communication. The main advantage of this service is it's full compatibility with all Microsoft products, therefore the majority of companies, using the infrastructure of this biggest software vendor, by default choose Lync.
Considering the complexity of work and interaction with the use of pre-installed Lync messenger and inability to customize the solution according to your needs, a company is looking for an alternative solution to build a prompt and, most importantly, convenient communication process between the employees, compatible with Microsoft Active Directory – a service, developed for domain networks.
Such solutions exist, and one of them is dialog messenger.
To begin, let's find out the characteristics of computer network management based on Microsoft Active Directory (AD) and Microsoft Workgroup (WG) products.
AD and WG demonstrate two different logic types of managing a computer network. The advantage of these systems is that computers are logically combined and create a united network for your employees, even if the machines are physically located on different continents.
The difference between these two types is in the fact that Workgroup is developed for using in small groups of users and can typically be used for a comfortable connection of up to 10 computers, while Active Directory is perfectly suitable for big companies.
WG limited functional is based on a fact that this is a peer-to-peer network, where all the computers of a local workgroup are provided equal rights, meaning there is no main controller to store and administrate the information about the group. In other words, if network password will be changed on one of the computers in a workgroup, there will be no access to shared files until new password will be entered on each of the computers of the network.
Unlike the Workgroup, Active Directory type networks one or more computers perform a specific functional – a domain controller which stores all the network information of the company. This server launches Active Directory, which stores user profiles and controls the security and permissions for all computers on the domain. Such networks, therefore, meet the requirements of big companies, which are unable to manually update authentication parameters for each user.
Due to integration with authentication management services, dialog corporate users don't need to authorize again while switching between company business applications, moreover, they can authorize in dialog using their Active Directory account.