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Comment Re:Well.. (Score 5, Informative) 412

Active directory is not only used to authenticate users, where it's value is derived from is the ability to organized your entire computer network into organizational units and apply custom policies to each of those OUs. Think of this as having a *nix repository for every OU and in this repo there is a custom script to modify /etc to apply the correct policy to all your machines. Now add the ability to do all this with a couple mouse clicks. This is active directory.

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