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I have been looking at LDAP + Kerberos for my setup. I am wondering what is the benefits and challenges with using LDAP + Kerberos instead of local user manangement. I know that LDAP can be used for authorization and storing user information, while kerberos is for authentication.

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In a LAN with 1 or more servers, and a bunch of workstation, you can log on to any of them provided you have been granted access, that comes from LDAP. It provides 1 place to manage users - not running around and create the same user on all the various boxes, thereby ensuring a uniform spelling of Names - and securing that all the needed groups the user belongs to are there, no-matter on which computer the user is logging in. So Ease of Use! One place to backup all the users, with all their rights and groups!

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