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    Hi. I'm still fairly new to Active Directory. I know a little, but I don't know a lot. What I'm wondering is if it's a bad idea to have one username and password for all the employees in a department. Like Shipping for the shippers and Sales for the salespeople. Thanks.

  • #2
    Re: User accounts

    How large/small is the organisation?
    Does everyone have their own computer?
    Do you want to be able to track/monitor the individual users?

    Personally I would have individual accounts for everyone and create GROUPS for departments (Sales, Shipping etc). Permissions are then applied to the Groups and individuals added to the Groups. If a new user is hired then you only need to add them to the Group and they get all the appropriate permissions. Saves a lot of micro-managing.

    Your company should have an Acceptable User Policy to avoid any inappropriate downloads being done with company machines and bandwidth.
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    • #3
      Re: User accounts

      Concur - do not have different people using the same account!
      What happens if:
      One user changes the password without telling everyone else?
      Someone misuses the network?
      Personal files need to be saved?

      If you need a departmental email address, groups (as already mentioned by Biggles) can be mail enabled
      Tom Jones
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