"I have also been told, you can't run server tools 10.6 on a 10.5 machine, but I need to check this out"
This is correct:
Mac OS X Server: Admin tools compatibility information
However you can VNC from a 10.5 Machine to a 10.6 Client or Server that has the Admin tools installed and use them that way. You don't necessarily need ARD as VNC Server and Client is built into 10.5 and 10.6 Server and Client OS. You can VNC from any browser by keying in the url field vnc://IPaddressofRemoteClientyou'reinterestedin. Alternatively you can use the "Connect to Server" option from the Go Menu. Again key in vnc://IPaddressofRemoteClientyou'reinterestedin. Finally you could navigate to /System/Library/CoreServices/Screen Sharing and drop the application's icon into the Dock. In 10.6 Server the Server Setup Assistant automatically does this for you when completing the initial configuration.
It's been some time but you should also be able to do the same from a 10.4 Machine that has ARD 3.x installed. Ideally WorkGroup Manager is best utilized when installed on a Client OS.
Antonio Rocco (ACSA)
I note that I can download Quicktime 7.6.6 from here QuickTime Player 7.6.6 for Mac OS X v10.6.3 which might be enough for me to get by on this occasion. The machines are generally only for using Final Cut Express, of which QT plays quite a big part, so if I can get the same version of QT as my WGM can manage, then I'll be most of the way there.
If the application paths are an inconvenience due to slightly different locations when creating dock items, you can always create a symbolic link to the new location. I did this to get iwork 08 and 09 running from the same icons on the few 10.6 machines we have.
Not sure if this would work, but maybe just create an item in the location required an just rename it to whatever.app This may be enough to add it to the WGM.
I just use a USB stick with a copy of 10.5 and 10.6 WGM depending on the build i wish to manage, OD where managed preferences are concerned is essentially just a store for information (the plists) it doesn't care what that information is.
So you can manage 10.5 clients with a 10.6 server, and 10.6 clients with a 10.5 server without issue there are obviously newer MCX that only the 10.6 clients will understand but thats just progress. The 10.5 OD will store all the functionality as far as MCX is concerned of 10.6.
As always.. im not sure Apple will support this and you can never mix 10.5 and 10.6 servers in a OD master / replica situation.
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