Can I create 2 different SharePoint farms using the same Active Directory

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    as short answer Yes, please provide more scenario if you need more details Commented Aug 14, 2016 at 9:24
  • @M.Qassas, thanks, I just want that short answer and when I googled it all results referred to shared DB server, that's why I posted the question here
    – Gouda
    Commented Aug 14, 2016 at 10:06

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As mentioned in the above comment, Yes you can, I have already two farm that uses the same shared Active directory ,

but it's preferred to isolate the service accounts for each farm to a specific group.

  • Farm1 Service Account Group (that contains for example SP_farm1)
  • Farm2 Service Account Group (that contains for example SP_farm2)

Multiple applications can connect to the same Active Directory. This also applies to Sharepoint.

So in short, the answer is yes. But it is advisable to NOT share service accounts across environments/farms.

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