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Lesson 5. Authenticating and Authorizing... > Creating and Administering User and ...

Creating and Administering User and Administrator Server Accounts

Authentication occurs in many different contexts in Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server, but it most commonly involves using a login window. For example, when you start up a Mac OS X computer, you may have to enter a user name and password in an initial login window before being allowed to use the system at all. (By default, Mac OS X is set to automatically log in the first account that was set up on the system, without asking for a password. Unless you change this default setting using the Accounts pane of System Preferences, you will not see the initial login window when you start up the system.) While the login example might seem to apply only to Mac OS X, it could be that you are authenticating to a user account that lives across the network on Mac OS X Server.

Another example occurs when you connect to a network server, whether via Apple Filing Protocol (AFP) or Server Message Block (SMB). A user must authenticate before accessing these services, even if logging in just as a guest user. If a login name and password are not correctly entered, a “Login failed” alert appears, indicating a failed attempt at authentication.


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