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Microsoft® SQL Server 2012 Unleashed by Alex T. Silverstein, Chris Gallelli, Paul T. Bertucci, Ray Rankins

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Windows Authentication Mode

Windows Authentication mode validates the account name and password, using information stored in the Windows operating system. A Windows account or group must be established first, and then security can be established for that account in SQL Server. This mode has the advantage of providing a single login account and the capability to leverage domain security features, such as password length and expiration, account locking, encryption, and auditing. Microsoft recommends this approach.

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