Server credential management for Linux and Windows

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http://serverfault.com – We are a relatively small shop (as far as number of sysadmins) with a mix of RHEL, Solaris, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008 servers; about 200 servers in all. For our administrator accounts (root in Linux and admnistrator in Windows), we have a password scheme that depends on the data center location and a couple of other documented properties of the server. On Linux, our current practice is to create a shared non-privileged account where we could su to root. On Windows-based systems, we create an additional account with administrator privileges. Both of these accounts share the same password. (HowTos)