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Lesson 6. Using Open Directory > Authentication Methods on Mac OS X Server

Authentication Methods on Mac OS X Server

Open Directory offers a variety of options for authenticating users whose accounts are stored in directories on Mac OS X Server, including Kerberos and the many authentication methods that network services require. Open Directory can authenticate users by using:

  • Single sign-on with the Kerberos KDC built in to Mac OS X Server

  • A password stored securely in the Open Directory Password Server database

  • A password stored as several hashes—including NT LAN Manager (NTLM), NTLMv2, and LAN Manager—in a file that only the root user can access

  • A crypt password stored directly in the user's account, for backward compatibility with legacy systems

  • A non-Apple LDAP server for LDAP bind authentication


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