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    Question mark in dock

    Ok, another day and another problem - this one is probably a definitive one as I'm sooo close to changing this macs to Windows 7!

    I've imaged and configured 15 macs - all were working fine for Staff and Student logins - apart from the errors etc. I've rebuilt OD and recreated all of the preferences from scratch and it all seemed to work.

    Testing some today and they now all show the question mark in the dock for the users home - and it is also missing in Finder! I set the Authenticated users on the root share folder years ago when we had this issue with 10.6 and that sorted it - but it seems to have come back overnight and theres been no changes to the AD servers, permissions,preferences etc!

    I just need one more frustration like this to give up on osx, anyone got any ideas?

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    Wait, this is 10.9 right? Be very, very careful with users' home directories: Magic triangle with mavericks destroying windows permissions?

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    Odd thing is - it was working fine. Macs have always done stupid thing with windows permission anyway.

    Does it work with 10.7 ok? Otherwise these macs are going down the windows route!
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    Ok, so from what I can see 10.9.2 and 10.9.4 are pretty busted up as far as the AD/OD thing is. If I set the options to make the AD a Mobile Account then the user sees their home folder in the dock, if I take that off it becomes a question mark again. What a mess of an os this is turning out to be!

    I've now got to choose between Windows 7 or 10.6.8 which worked fine for years!

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    Mountain Lion is rock solid IME, as is Snow Leopard but it's a bit old. Only issues with ML is cost - it's not a free upgrade.

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    I tested 10.7 but it wouldn't work with the OD bindings, i.e it never picked up the computer preferences. Only 10.6.8 and 10.9.2/4 worked, but 10.9 is unusable in anything other than a home or mac only environment.

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    Yeah Lion/10.7 is a dog.

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    That means I'm stuck with 10.6.8 really - nice one apple!

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    Is 10.8 not an option at all?

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    Not unless I pay for it! And I'm not in the position to to that right now. And I'm not inclined to either seeing as every version of osx from 10.7 has been a mess when joined to ad and od!

    I'm seriously sick of apple today - rebuilding the image to 10.6.8 now gives me an invalid serial number for Logic Pro - time to start throwing macs out of the window!
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    They do fly well, I guess the aluminium of the unibody is aerospace grade. Sorry I couldn't be more help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheridan View Post
    time to start throwing macs out of the window!
    It is worth trying the latest public beta of OS X Yosemite just to see if that's any better?

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    Are you using DFS at all?

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    Not using DFS, just connecting users to their SMB shares. To be honest I'm running out of time with this and I have little faith in newer versions providing anything other than another set of bugs.

    So far, my test install of 10.7.5 is working well - connecting SMB shares and pulling down the preferences properly - but until I deploy a few more I'll reserve judgement.

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    Update: 10.7.5 deployed and working fine - I'll leave 10.9 for the home users!

    Also I've tried Yosemite, and it seems to have the same issues as 10.9 so far. SMB shares not connecting, preferences not applied correctly etc. But shiny new IOS style icons. Great stuff
    Last edited by Sheridan; 27th August 2014 at 12:31 PM.

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