When I first started using Windows 8, I didn't think using a "Microsoft account" to log into my computer was such a good idea (and it probably still isn't) but I decided I'd give it a shot, just for a day or two. After using it for a little bit, it became one of my favorite Windows 8 features. I like syncing my desktop with my other computers a lot more than I thought I would.
However, there is one big drawback when you do this and use BCM: you can't log into a shared BCM database on a SQL Server. BCM uses your windows logon to authenticate you with the BCM database and you can't make a Windows logon on the server that uses the Microsoft account address.
In my case, the address I use with the Microsoft account is also the email address for an account in the domain with the SQL server, yet sharing the BCM database with this user doesn't work either, even when both accounts use the same password.
Bottom line: if you need to access a shared BCM database on SQL server, you can't use a Microsoft account to log into your computer. You'll need to use a local account.
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