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zorinlynx
May 3, 2011, 08:56 PM
We maintain a few computer labs where I work and have some Macs on an Active Directory (AD) domain. The users (mainly students) log in and have their home folder on the network (via smb). It works great; users can take their environment with them wherever they log in and all that jazz.

Is anyone else running such an environment, and have you tried Lion yet? With the way Apple is moving (app store, OS more geared to the consumer) I wonder if these features will remain, or if there are problems integrating Lion into such an environment.

We love the flexibility OS X accords us; we can set up individual machines to either create local home folders for AD users, or use the network home directories, as well as lock down the machines pretty well.



mrapplegate
May 4, 2011, 08:17 AM
We maintain a few computer labs where I work and have some Macs on an Active Directory (AD) domain. The users (mainly students) log in and have their home folder on the network (via smb). It works great; users can take their environment with them wherever they log in and all that jazz.

Is anyone else running such an environment, and have you tried Lion yet? With the way Apple is moving (app store, OS more geared to the consumer) I wonder if these features will remain, or if there are problems integrating Lion into such an environment.

We love the flexibility OS X accords us; we can set up individual machines to either create local home folders for AD users, or use the network home directories, as well as lock down the machines pretty well.

I have not tested in an AD domain, but my understanding is SAMBA is being replaced (http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/11/03/23/inside_mac_os_x_10_7_lion_server_apple_replaces_samba_for_windows_networking_services.html) with Apple's implementation of it.
Using the NT domain controller will not be an option either. Active Directory only. I am not in an enviroment to test for you. Sorry.

phalseHUD
Sep 7, 2011, 08:43 AM
Hi,

Running into some problems here... We have a number of Macs that we have just purchased with Lion pre-installed. Unable to revert to Snow Leopard so I've decided to connect them up to our Active Directory domain. I am now able to login with AD accounts.

HOWEVER, none of our users' files are showing up when they log in.

I've attached Macs with previous versions of OS X to AD before but ended up unbinding them from the domain due to them dropping off regularly but thought I would give it another whirl with Lion.

Any ideas or things I should check? If you need any more info please post back.

EDIT: Forgot to add, we are using Win2008 Server R2

Mattie Num Nums
Sep 7, 2011, 09:35 AM
Hi,

Running into some problems here... We have a number of Macs that we have just purchased with Lion pre-installed. Unable to revert to Snow Leopard so I've decided to connect them up to our Active Directory domain. I am now able to login with AD accounts.

HOWEVER, none of our users' files are showing up when they log in.

I've attached Macs with previous versions of OS X to AD before but ended up unbinding them from the domain due to them dropping off regularly but thought I would give it another whirl with Lion.

Any ideas or things I should check? If you need any more info please post back.

EDIT: Forgot to add, we are using Win2008 Server R2

AD is broken in Lion. Apple is "working" on it.