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Microsoft® Lync® Server 2013 Unleashed Second Edition by Randy Wintle, Alex Lewis, David Ross, Tom Pacyk

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Cloud Identity

The cloud identity scenario is ideal for smaller organizations, including those that do not maintain an on-premise Active Directory. Each Lync Online user’s identity is maintained only in the cloud, resulting in a simple deployment and minimal management. However, if password-protected systems are maintained on-premise, users will need to manage several sets of credentials. An additional consideration is that cloud identity does not allow for two-factor authentication options. For these reasons, the cloud identity scenario is not likely to be used by organizations that use Active Directory.

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