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Lesson 9. Accessing Network Services > Managing Multiple User Accounts

Managing Multiple User Accounts

Many processes on Mac OS X require user account information. Applications often ask for your identity and for a means of authenticating that identity. The Finder needs to translate user and group IDs to user and group names when displaying file information. The identification information and the authentication information (or methods) must be stored in a way that makes it easy for applications to access.

In a networked environment, a user will regularly access different servers, including servers for mail and file sharing. For each of these servers, the user will also need to provide a user name and password to gain access. In a corporate environment, a user can quickly become overwhelmed with having to track a different user name and password for each server. It is much simpler for the user if the account information is also stored in a way that it could be shared with servers.


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