Most companies will have some kind of directory service setup where they manage all users, groups, and the members of each group. So it is quite natural that when we are about to install Alfresco at a client site, they will sooner or later want us to hook it up to this directory service. Otherwise, they would be forced to manage users and groups in two different systems, which is not ideal to say the least.
There are also different authentication mechanisms that we might have to integrate with such as HTTP basic authentication, NTLM, or Kerberos. So we need to know how they work and how to set up Alfresco to authenticate with them.
In this chapter, we will look at: