Active Directory and home directory on network support?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by zorinlynx, May 3, 2011.

  1. zorinlynx macrumors 603


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    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.
  2. mrapplegate macrumors 68030

    Feb 26, 2011
    Cincinnati, OH
    I have not tested in an AD domain, but my understanding is SAMBA is being replaced 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.
  3. phalseHUD, Sep 7, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2011

    phalseHUD macrumors regular


    Mar 7, 2011
    Digital Sprawl
    Where are the documents?


    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
  4. Mattie Num Nums macrumors 68030

    Mattie Num Nums

    Mar 5, 2009
    AD is broken in Lion. Apple is "working" on it.

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