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|Shared network/Basic file sharing||0||0%|
|Virtualization & Boot Camp||1||20.00%|
|Windows server/Active Directory||0||0%|
|OS X Server/Open Directory||1||20.00%|
|Windows Server & Mac OS X Server||3||60.00%|
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|Jun 22, 2013, 03:58 AM||#1|
Mixed enviroment (Windows & OS X)
Hey, I need some help. I think this might be an interesting discussion to have here and might actually help someone else in same situation. I've identified a number of ways how to integrate windows & mac computers into a network, this means it's mixed environment OS X and Windows only. Let me just pin point that it's for a enterprise network.
Here comes a definition of enterprise network from technopedia.com
I've identified following options how to do such setup.
1. Shared network/Basic file sharing
Sharing network resources just using AFP/SMB protocol2. Virtualization & Boot Camp
Having Windows in Virtual Machine/Natively running on a Mac and accessing the network resources from the Windows which would be tied to an Windows server AD.3. Remote Acesss
Accessing a remote computer which would be used to access the network. (could be either windows/os x running on remote computer)4. Windows server/Active Directory
OS X workstation can be added to an Active Directory. This means unified user logins, however almost no security (policies) management over os x systems via windows server tools, unless third party solution like Centrify is used.5. OS X Server/Open Directory
Windows can be added to an Open Directory. However likewise there would be no control over windows stations as OS X Server tools don't support group policy management tools and I'm unaware of third party solution to this.6. Windows Server & Mac OS X Server
This solution is referred to as "Magic or Golden Triangle" or "Dual Directory". Having two separate server is the network which would be serving for it's workstations e.g. Windows Server to Windows Workstations, OS X Server to OS X Clients.7. Other solutions
Thank you very much again for your opinions & help!
|Jun 27, 2013, 01:47 AM||#2|
I'm in the same boat.
I have a count of 3 PC's and 3 Mac's on a network, along side 4 iPhones, a 5th Gen iPod Touch, and an iPad Mini.
I am leaning twords OS X Server with Open Directory, which can tie into Active Directory on windows clients.
2012 21.5" iMac: 2.7Ghz i5, 8GB RAM, GT 650m, 1TB HDD
2009 17" MacBook Pro: 2.8Ghz C2D, 6GB RAM, 9600m GT, 240GB SSD
PC: Custom and Changing
iPhone 6+ Space Grey AT&T 128GB
|Jun 29, 2013, 12:29 AM||#3|
I manage 1200 macs and maybe 30 PCs, with about 200 running Boot Camp. I used to use Active Directory. Overly complex, wasteful. I still use a little Open Directory, but not much. I use Remote Access but only I use it for maintenance and security. In almost 20 years here I long ago discovered that simple is better. Just because you can doesn't mean you should. These pages are rife with examples of how clever people think they are when all they are doing is adding a level of complexity that is unnecessary at best, destroying any productivity at worst.
A good server setup with shared resources is the way to go. Spend your time productive instead of tinkering/fixing/cursing/killing. You can make IT a bottomless pit of despair or a welcome companion.
|Jul 1, 2013, 04:58 PM||#4|
With that said, at our main office I manage about 140 Macs (alongside 350 PCs that I don't directly support) that are all bound to both our 2007 Server through Active Directory and our 10.8 server via Open Directory. The setup works reasonably well with the only consistent headache arising when passwords are updated and keychain doesn't update automatically. That is more of a user training issue though and admittedly it's not that frequent any more.
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