We have a customer who are looking to use OpenLDAP instead of Active Directory for authentication. We have had little/no exposure to open source alternatives to AD.
Ideally it will be something to prove it is a bad idea, as despite the upfront cost savings, no use of Windows authentication, etc. we feel the ongoing support and maintenance will be much more difficult and hence expensive.
Does SQL Server support any alternative directory services? If that is the case, is there an official statement which proves it is bad practice?
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