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macrumors 65816
Original poster
May 24, 2010
Hi everyone! We have some older iMacs at school we want to repurpose in our school media center as extra just internet browsing computers. They are SUPER slow logging in to our active directory and signing out. Besides that they do fine at browsing the web. Does anyone know best settings so that the Mac does not create a user account and folder for each student in hopes to speed these up? Thank you!


macrumors 6502
Jul 28, 2008
Do you have Mobile accounts turned off? If not, I would turn off Mobile Accounts.

That being said, do you need to them joined to AD? I can't in good conscious recommend joining a Mac to AD anymore.


macrumors 65816
Original poster
May 24, 2010
Thank you! We will play with turning off mobile accounts. That is kind of what we were thinking. We do not want them binded to AD so it is more a temporary solution until we figure out something long-term.


macrumors 68020
Aug 27, 2015
on the land line mr. smith.
I did not watch the video, so apologies if redundant.

Consider ending Binding Macs to AD, and use NoMAD instead. It doe the work of binding, without binding. Can be greatly automated and customized too, and the optional NoMAD Login will create user accounts on demand (on the first login) with AD credentials. Very slick, easy to manage user credentials on AD.

NoMAD open-source home


macrumors G3
Mar 26, 2013
Elkton, Maryland
Are the Macs being managed by an MDM or Profile Manager? There are several tweaks that can be done and deployed via a settings profile to speed up login time such as:
  1. Set cachedaccounts.askForSecureTokenAuthBypass string to true. This disables the Bypass Secure Token option when creating a mobile account.
  2. Disable mobile account prompt (either enforce that it creates or does not without a prompt).
  3. Disable using UNC path to derive network home location.
  4. Disable Microsoft AutoUpdate (if installed).
  5. Disable Setup Assistant options.
Bear in mind that most of these options are version dependent, so you may find that some settings are ineligible for use on older operating systems.


Feb 19, 2008
The Finger Lakes Region
You should know Microsoft in 2007 push out an update too Microsoft Sever 2008s2 to allow Mac & Linux to get into Active Directory! Sense Server 2010 both Mac and linux can join microdot server Active Directory! So if domain is. Microsoft 2010 or better with Mac or modern Linux machines to log into Active Directory!
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