Hello, I need an advise from experienced apple sysadmins, here is the initial situation: * Several Apple workstations and notebooks running OSX 10.4 * One FreeBSD Based Server with multi-terrabyte storage * Server speaks NFS, SMB and can be setup to talk with AFP * Volumes on server itself are formated using UFS2 * Several users, moving around from one machine to another as needed * Network is GigE but split on two buildings, link between buildings is P2P WiFi (effective 25Mbps) What I need is a way to effectively sync user homes to server, considering that: * There is no real need for centralized user management, user accounts are present on each local machine. Passwords are synced by other means (CryptoCard...) * Some well known space eaters such as iTunes, iPhoto libraries and so on can be safely excluded from this sync. * NFS based homes are out of question because users travel a lot After some reading I thought about 3 solutions: 1) Rsync to server, probably easiest to do but will break some things native to OSX such as resource forks. Bad thing is: I do not know how important or critical that is in context of user homes??? 2) Use OSX build-in PHD functionality, this will require quite some work to get it working with FreeBSD based server (LDAP and so on) 3) Use OSX tar to store home on server, excluding some fat directories. This is easiest solution but will result in a lot of network traffic on each logout / login. What would you advise? Perhaps someone knows some other solution we could use? Thanks!