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Citrix XenServer 6.0 Administration Essential Guide by Daniele Tosatto

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Authenticating users with Active Directory

We have understood that if you want to have multiple user accounts and manage different levels of access for these users on a server or a pool, you must use Active Directory. This lets XenServer users log in to a pool using their Windows domain credentials. Before discovering how to enable Active Directory authentication, we have to introduce some concepts regarding authentication.

Access is controlled by the use of subjects. A subject in XenServer maps to an entity on your Active Directory server. This entity can be either a user or a group belonging to your Active Directory domain. When external authentication is enabled, the credentials used to create a session are first checked against the local root ...

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