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Windows Server® 2008 Administrator's Pocket Consultant by William Stanek

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Differences Between User and Group Accounts

Windows Server 2008 provides user accounts and group accounts (of which users can be a member). User accounts are designed for individuals. Group accounts are designed to make the administration of multiple users easier. Although you can log on with user accounts, you can’t log on with a group account. Group accounts are usually referred to simply as groups.

Real World

Windows Server 2008 supports the InetOrgPerson object. Essentially, this object is the same as a user object and you could use it as such. However, the real purpose for the InetOrgPerson object is to allow for compatibility and transition from third-party X.500 and Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) directory services that use ...

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