A network with OS X Server

Discussion in 'macOS' started by miniConvert, Aug 13, 2006.

  1. miniConvert macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2006
    Kent, UK - the 'Garden of England'.
    Hello everyone!

    One of the Mac Pro's I have on order has been spec'd with OS X Server. I would like to use a client-server model for the small company network I'm setting up, whereby employees have a centrally maintained username and password that will allow them to log in from any of the Mac terminals in the office and be presented with their files, settings, desktop etc.

    Firstly, this is possible, right?

    Secondly, does anyone know of any good guides for setting up this type of network on both OS X Server and the client Mac's?

    All information, advice, comments gratefully received.
  2. varmit macrumors 68000


    Aug 5, 2003



    There also is http://consultants.apple.com/ if you don't want to do it yourself, that is if you don't have any IT experience.
  3. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    It's not too tricky. The server has an app called Workgroup Manager that you use to set up accounts, etc. As part of this, you would point their home directories to the server. On the clients it's a simple matter of opening Directory Access, pointing LDAP at your server, then logging off.

    Most of what you need to do will be self-explanatory when you get there. For everything else, we're here :)
  4. miniConvert thread starter macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2006
    Kent, UK - the 'Garden of England'.
    Fantastic, thank you :) It's all very exciting! From what I've just read at the URLs above it certainly sounds perfect for my requirements as I'd hoped.
  5. munkees macrumors 65816


    Sep 3, 2005
    Pacific Northwest
    I have Mac OS X Server 10.4.7 at home for my network. You have to set up an Open directory for the username and passwords. I have got it done but it not that well explained in apples documentation. I also set up a DNS server for the internal network. It turns out really cool having this. I now have my desktop where ever I log in.

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