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Apple Training Series: Mac OS X System Administration Reference, Volume 1 by Schoun Regan, - Ed.

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Lesson 17. Secure Authentication

Time

This lesson takes approximately 2 hours to complete.

Goal

Understand the concepts behind authentication

Use Mac OS X Server to provide SASL-based encryption

Understand the role Kerberos plays in Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server

Authentication is the process of proving your identity. This is a concept that is of great interest to anyone in charge of a server or a network providing services like Apple File Protocol (AFP) or email. Historically, this meant entering separate user IDs and passwords for every service you needed to use (and sometimes every server), even if you entered the same user ID and password each time. However, by integrating technologies such as single sign-on (SSO) via Kerberos, ...

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