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Office 365 User Authentication, setting shares on local Win Server 2008 r2 without AD RRS feed

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  • Hi,

    We currently have our employees authenticate onto windows live to access office
    365 cloud services, utilising SkyDrive etc.  However I have just installed
    windows 2008 r2 on an in house server, which will serve as a development
    machine, along with a separate hard drive for internal storage by
    department.  We do not have Active Directory installed as a means of user
    authentication, and therefore I am unable to allocate users into permission
    based work groups.

    Naturally the answer would be to install AD, but this would require a two fold
    authentication for each user, and I am not convinced this would not cause some
    problems moving forward.<o:p></o:p>

    My goal is to be able to allocate shares on the storage drive for employees specific to
    each department level, and thus negate the chance of an employee accessing
    content in folders which they are not entitled to view. 

    I also understand SkyDrive can be used as an option also, but ideally if
    possible I would also like the local share to be viable.  Can this be
    done? If so, would somebody be kind enough to point me towards some reading
    resources.

    Thanks in advance

    Andy
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    Wednesday, November 6, 2013 9:20 AM