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    How do you join a Mac to a Server 2008 domain

    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?

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    A sticky just a few posts above

    **Active Directory Authentication How To**

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    Quote Originally Posted by speckytecky View Post
    We have a Server 2008 domain and I have been asked today to join a new Mac to it
    I've not used it on a Mac, but have on Linux:

    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.

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    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.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean-OC04 View Post
    You don't need a CAL to bind a Mac to AD
    Not a TS CAL, but I understood you still needed a device/user CAL for any device that autheticated against Active Directory - same as you need a CAL for each workstation (or user) that you join to your AD domain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    Not a TS CAL, but I understood you still needed a device/user CAL for any device that autheticated against Active Directory - same as you need a CAL for each workstation (or user) that you join to your AD domain.

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    Nope... you don't need CAL to Authenticate/Bind or even connect Mac OS X 10.6 to an Exchange Server, only if you were connecting to Terminal Services

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean-OC04 View Post
    Nope... you don't need CAL to Authenticate/Bind or even connect Mac OS X 10.6 to an Exchange Server, only if you were connecting to Terminal Services
    Okay, thanks, handy to know - is this something just holds for Mac OS X 10.6, or previous versions of Mac OS X too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    Okay, thanks, handy to know - is this something just holds for Mac OS X 10.6, or previous versions of Mac OS X too?

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    Yes if all you doing are binding them to AD, bear in mind though that the AD plug in wasn't as stable before Mac OS X 10.5.6. Also bear in mind that if you want to connect the Mac to other Windows services eg.Terminal you will then need a CAL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean-OC04 View Post
    Also bear in mind that if you want to connect the Mac to other Windows services eg.Terminal you will then need a CAL
    So how is this sorted out - does the price of Mac OS X include a Windows CAL, then?

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    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.

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    Thanks for this it's what I need as well. Also a job for next week, cheers

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    Hi

    "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.

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    Thanks Leco for trying to bring the thread back on to topic Like - how do you join a Mac to Windows 2008 AD rather than about CAL's

    I'd be very interested to hear how you get on - I'm not making my attempt till Thursday.

    Quote Originally Posted by leco View Post
    Thanks for this it's what I need as well. Also a job for next week, cheers

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    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.

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    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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