In a small workgroup of 5 developers in a Windows based network why should I prefer Active Directory user management compared to local server users? We currently use Windows Server 2008 R2 and TFS2010.
Centralised user and computer management. Ability and ease of scaling for growth (of both devs and servers). Security and file system change auditing. Single sign-on. Password complexity baselining.
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I'm in a small startup of about 10 people. One of the first things I implemented was AD. Our openSUSE machines are part of the domian, we use Office365 for e-mail and I plan on implementing ADFS/SingleSignon to authenticate against our AD.
Working at large companies, I know the horror of password hell. It sucks having to manually sync five to eight accounts everytime your AD password expires and you have to reset it. The biggest reason I implemented AD from the start is centralized passwords/accounts. I don't even recommend a product unless it has LDAP/AD integration. Having one password across all products is a huge help. Even our wordpress and wiki installs authenticates against AD.