Mac Thread, New Mac Network with Windows Clients in Technical; Hi
I asked this question (in around about way!) on another forum on EduGeek. I would be grateful for more ...
4th July 2008, 11:55 AM #1
4th July 2008, 12:14 PM #2
Coming from a Mac network installing small amounts of windows in the past(even more so now we have a new head *sigh*) AD is the best platform for managing users. Integration of Macs to a AD server is far easier than trying to get windows to integrate with Samba/OD IMO.
Only thing you loose is the ability to manage prefs on a User basis, but due to how the mac's Managed groups work you could easily create a new Managed group for a bunch of bad students for example with restricted rights.
4th July 2008, 12:15 PM #3
OD & windows
Although OSX server makes noises about managing Windows clients, I have found that in reality these services only work on Windows clients up to XP SP1 (bit like NT) and then only with limited functionality.
Our situation is similar to yours with the Tech dept using PC's. We set these up to use Internet and Printing via a local account without network homes. Students saving work do so using our VLE/mail system or pendrives etc. and seem happy enough with the solution.
Works for us
I find people who routinely recommend AD are usually not familiar with alternatives.
OD, Workgroup manager etc. is both powerful and pleasure to use. I'd stick with it.
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