from a license point of view how are users counted when you use an internal directory with LDAP authentication ?
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It's the number of users that can potentially log in, specifically the number of users with the "Can Use" permission. See http://confluence.atlassian.com/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=204052342 for details.
Hope that helps?
It's the same, anyone who has the "Can Use" permission counts against your license so it depends on how you configure the directory. If you create all of the users manually and do not select the option to "Copy Users on Login" then only those users that you create will be able to login and therefore count against your license. If you do select the option to "Copy Users on Login" and map LDAP groups to groups that have the "Can Use" permission then every user in those groups will be able to log in and will therefore count against the license.
E.g. you have 2000 users in LDAP, you select the option to "Copy Users on Login" and configure Confluence to add them to the confluence-users group. 2000 users can therefore log in and will count as 2000 users against your license.
EDIT: once a user logs in and is copied to the confluence-users group then they count against the license. So if 1500 of the 2000 log in then the count will be 1500.
E.g. you have 2000 users in LDAP, you do not select the option to "Copy Users on Login", manually add 50 of those users to the "Internal with LDAP" directory and add them to the confluence-users group. 50 user can therefore log in and will count as 50 users against your license.
See http://confluence.atlassian.com/display/DOC/Connecting+to+an+Internal+Directory+with+LDAP+Authentication for details of the different options for configuring an internal directory with LDAP authentication.
I'm probably not explaining this very well, but does that help?
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