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Lesson 5. Authenticating and Authorizing... > Controlling Access Through Server Ac...

Controlling Access Through Server Accounts

Authorization is used throughout Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server. The most common example is usually transparent to the user: Every time a user accesses a file, the computer checks file permissions against the user's account information to see if the user is authorized to use the file. In Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server, owner and group permissions are associated with every file, folder, and application.

When accessing a file server, you typically have to authenticate and then you see a choice of valid share points available to mount. When you navigate inside a mounted share point, folders' badges (small icons displayed on or under the folder icon) show whether you are authorized for read-write, read-only, write-only, or no access for that folder.


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