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A provision in a statute, rule of procedure, or the like, that is a mere direction or instruction of no obligatory force and involves no invalidating consequence for its disregard, as opposed to an imperative or mandatory provision, which must be followed. The general rule is that the prescriptions of a statute relating to the performance of a public duty are so far directory that, though neglect of them may be punishable, it does not affect the validity of the acts done under them, as in the case of a statute requiring an officer to prepare and deliver a document to another officer on or before a certain day.

Generally, statutory provisions that do not relate to the essence of a thing to be done, and as to which compliance is a matter of convenience rather than of substance, are directory, while provisions that relate to the essence of a thing to be done, that is, matters of substance, are mandatory.


noun catalogue, guidebook, handbook, index, manual, reference book, reference work
See also: roll

DIRECTORY. That which points out a thing or course of proceeding; for example, a directory law.

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Microsoft plans to integrate the Zoomit technology with Active Directory to gather data from directories, address books, databases, and repositories into one metadirectory, with the ability to "push" information on adds, deletes, and changes to the appropriate systems.
Last week Microsoft acquired Zoomit Corp for its Via metadirectory product (CI No 3,700), but Novell says the Zoomit technology doesn't support replication, is proprietary rather than standards-based, supports only Microsoft operating systems, and also isn't available yet.
alleged infringement in the suit by enterprise software systems using web services oriented architecture, metadirectory, and LDAP directory solutions for identity management and access control of servers, routers, and other network resources of a corporate intranet.
Built into Identity Manager's metadirectory, the module leverages Identity Manager's robust, real-time responsiveness and extensive set of connectors.
In its bid to make Novell Directory Services (NDS) a repository for all enterprise data, Novell Corp will today announce the availability of Virtual Replica - metadirectory technology that enables NDS to store and share data with other directories on the network.
ILM 2007 builds on the metadirectory and user provisioning capabilities in Microsoft Identity Integration Server 2003 and adds new capabilities for managing strong credentials such as smartcards, providing an integrated approach that pulls together metadirectory, certificate and password management, and user provisioning across Windows and other enterprise systems.
Available to customers in May, ILM 2007 is a new solution that builds on Microsoft's metadirectory and user provisioning capabilities by adding support for managing strong credentials such as certificates and smart cards.
Microsoft Corp, building up for the release of its own Active Directory, declined to join the group, and instead announced yesterday the acquisition of Canadian metadirectory firm Zoomit Corp.
Radiant Logic's Synchronization Services and Virtual Identity Hub provide back-end granular updates for metadirectory functionality and use remote connectors (agent-less connection) for non-intrusive access, or local connectors for real time notifications.
5 is a significant update to Novell's award-winning flagship user provisioning and metadirectory solution.
The current demand of identity management requests are focusing on automation of workflow approval processes, audit/logging/reporting services, the beginning of federation systems, a small rebirth in looking at integrating back-end repositories with metadirectory and a growth in virtual directory systems, and an evaluation of services," according to Earl Perkins, Vice President, Security and Privacy, Gartner.
Beginning with the future release of Windows Server, code-named "Longhorn," Microsoft will expand the role of Active Directory(R) to include Rights Management Services, Certificate Services, Metadirectory Services and Federation Services.