Does System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) require Active Directory and if so why?

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Does VMM require Active Directory and if so why? This question was asked during the Microsoft System Center live chat on IT Knowledge Exchange in January 2010.

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VMM uses AD to authenticate the users as well as handle things like Cluster Validation and such, so yes, we require AD.

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