User accounts on OSX Server

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by MacFanUK, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 29, 2009
    I'm considering building a network around OSX Server, having never used OSX Server before so apologies if this is a noob question.

    In Windows Server, it's possible to set up user accounts with specific 'network storage' (in the form of a folder on the server hard drive) which then gets mapped on the users pc when they log in. This means that whichever computer that user logs into, it has their data on it.

    Is it possible to do something like this in OSX Server?

  2. macrumors 68030

    Les Kern

    Apr 26, 2002
  3. macrumors 6502


    May 12, 2007
    Yes, in fact you have a couple of options. You can set up "network accounts," where the users' data reside in network folders...when a user logs on to a new machine, the Home Folder is set to the network share. This is good for desktop machines that are always connected to your network. Another option is to setup "mobile accounts," which synchronize the users' data between the server and the client. So, when a user logs on to a machine for the first time, his data are synced to the client, and any changes are synced back to the server. This works pretty well overall, but is sometimes a bit flakey. This scenario is ideal when you have laptops that might not be connected to the network at all times.

    You can read up on OS X Server's full range of capabilities in Apple's excellent Server Guides. Good luck!

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