How to migrate a mac and user to new domain

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by ipmil, Jun 30, 2014.

  1. ipmil macrumors newbie

    May 1, 2008

    We are currently in the process of migrating all out users and computers from one domain to another.
    What is the best way to to this for out macs and users on macs?

    All macs er bind to Active Directory
    All users log on to their mac with username and password from active directory
    MacBooks have Mobile accounts enabled.

    Tried to just unbind from the old domain and bind to new on my mac pro. After that I could log on to the mac with my user (migrated from old to new domain), but I had lost access to all folders under my users folder.

  2. sevoneone macrumors 6502

    May 16, 2010
    Sounds like a permissions issue. I take it you copied the user files from the Windows server to the network Home Directories on your MacPro? When you do that, the files you copy over usually pickup permissions for the admin user you used to copy the files. To fix it, try propagating permissions on each of the home directories and make sure each user has access to their own folders. The procedure is pretty much the same for Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks server:
  3. ipmil thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 1, 2008
    Thanks for the reply.

    Our mac users have both a local home folder and one on the windows fileserver.

    I manage to solve our problem a couple a days ago doing the following.

    1. Unbind the mac from the old AD domain
    2. Bind it to the new AD domain
    3. Log in with the user that have been migrated to the new AD domain
    3a: This is to get det UID from the domain connected to the local user profile
    4. Log the user out
    5. Log in as local admin
    6. Run sudo chown -R UID name of folder (Or close to that. I am not at work so dont remember)
    7. When the user logs in with his migrated user he has ownership to his older user folder.
  4. jcoltrin70 macrumors newbie


    Jun 24, 2016
    Santa Barbara, CA
    We did this a little differently and it was pretty difficult to do it correctly without loss of data in the user accounts. The steps we took are listed here:

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