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Simplify Administration with Directory Services

Feb 03, 2012, 23:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rares Aioanei)

[ Thanks to Lee Schlesinger for this link. ]

"A directory service stores information about users and other entities, such as clients and printers, in a database that maps values to names and vice versa. This data offers a centralized repository that you can use to simplify network security management. Directory services, properly implemented, lessen the possibility of chaos and disorder on a large network.

"How does a directory service simplify an administrator's job? Imagine a hundred-user network where people come and go, and you, the systems administrator, have to create and delete users not only for access to the operating system but on the many applications that also require authorization. This can become a time-consuming nightmare. One important use of directory services is storing usernames and passwords in a centralized location, relieving you of a significant burden. "

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