Part 3 of my plan (get a Mac Pro) may soon come to pass!

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by HawaiiMacAddict, May 2, 2007.

  1. HawaiiMacAddict macrumors 6502a

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    Aloha everyone,

    Imagine my surprise when, after jokingly referring to a Mac Pro as something that would certainly make the room look better, my wife told me that I would only have to wait for another 10 months! You see, we bought my iMac at the local CompUSA using their credit card - 24 months with NO interest. We're going to pay it off in 20 months, and then .....

    My plan is to make my house a Macintosh-only zone. Step 1 was accomplished when I purchased my 20" Core Duo iMac. Step 2 was accomplished when I purchased my 15" Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro. Step 3 will be accomplished once I get my Mac Pro - my wife will then get the iMac and we can chuck the PCs :D (or maybe donate them to the Shriner's Hospital in town).

    I do have a question. I manage simulation and ABCS systems at work, and implement Active Directory domains more often than not. How is Open Directory, as compared to Active Directory? One thing I'm considering purchasing along with the Mac Pro is Mac OS X Server, so as to manage the other Macs via Open Directory. I want to learn as much as possible about using Mac OS X Server in a Macintosh-only network, and if my wife OKs the added expense, I'll be able to do just that.

    Of course, when I purchase my Mac Pro, Leopard will be on the prowl :D and I hope that we'll have even more hardware choices (along with Apple lowering their RAM prices, if that ever happens :rolleyes: ). If there are any network administrators of Mac-only networks or any who administer mixed Mac-Windows networks, I would like to hear their comments with respect to Open Directory, especially with respect to how it compares to Active Directory.

    Mahao Nui Loa,

    :apple:HawaiiMacAddict
     
  2. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

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    I don't think it would be worth it..What would the point be? one of them is a laptop that wouldn't always have access to the network anyway. I have never used open directory i manage AD domains. But I have heard it can do alot of stuff not as much as what you can do with group policies, but still a fair bit. But why would you want it? for storing files? logins?
     
  3. HawaiiMacAddict thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Aloha trainguy77,

    We are using Active Directory more and more in Army networks - I am a C4ISR Network Engineer, which is nice way to say that I set up various computers running Linux, UNIX, and Windows programs that must all "talk" to each other. The Army is moving to an Active-Directory centric model, and I am currently pursuing MCSE certification. Active Directory works rather well, but I would lke to see the Apple alternative - this will also let me, possibly, learn what I would need for my next job, were I lucky enough to get hired as an adminstrator for a Macintosh network. :D

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