A sticky just a few posts above
**Active Directory Authentication How To**
We have a Server 2008 domain and I have been asked today to join a new Mac to it - never done anything like this before is there a muppet guide anyone could p[oint me toward please?
Likewise Open Source Software that Authenticates Linux, Unix, and Mac systems with Microsoft Active Directory
Don't forget you still need to buy a Windows server CAL.
You don't need a CAL to bind a Mac to AD or to use Exchange Services, you will only need one to access Terminal Services on the Windows Server.....
Haven't cracked it yet but I have downloaded Likewise Open Source Software that Authenticates Linux, Unix, and Mac systems with Microsoft Active Directory
and sussed versions etc so thanks folks for the very useful answers - it's now a job for next week.
Thanks for this it's what I need as well. Also a job for next week, cheers
speckytecky (2nd July 2010)
"So how is this sorted out?"
Nothing to be sorted. Bind the workstation to Active Directory. That's it. The platform has no requirement for a CAL let alone a Microsoft one.
"Does the price of Mac OS X include a Windows CAL, then?"
How can a Windows CAL work with any other operating system other than Windows? Additionally Apple does not support Windows. Apple do however provide an environment (via BootCamp) for anyone to install Windows OS if they wanted to. BootCamp is not the Windows OS. You would still need a licence to install Windows because once you go beyond the Mac OS the hardware is effectively a PC and you would treat the same as any other PC.
Antonio Rocco (ACSA)
I've just looked at the likewise software and I'm not too sure what it does that the Directory utility doesn't. For simplicity's sake I would personally prefer to remove any software that could complicate things and just use what's there. Unless there is an issue with the dir util in general with 2008 AD and OS X.
I would perhaps try those 2 together first rather than confusing matters even more with additional software.
Or did I miss something, very is very likely
If you aren't sure of the process of binding a mac to the AD then give me a shout and I will club together a guide for you.
Thanks HodgeHi - my problem/challenge/issue is that the MAC keeps 'losing' it's connection/binding or whatever it is. I've done the rebinding a couple of times now but have to go back to square one each time. The last time it went I just gave the user a local account ie on the MAC, which he was happy with since all the stuff he was doing was on the MAC anyway. Now however, I've been asked by my boss why he can't get to the Network folders. So I have to address the issue again, which I was hoping to avoid to be honest as I have lots of other things to do.
Any help you can give would be much appreciated - I'm a Windows Network Tech not a MAC tech.
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