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    Exclamation How to relocate mac library files onto another server?

    Our mac system saves its library folders onto a windows server,
    How do i move the folders to a different location on a different server?
    I am running mac os x server - version 10.4.11

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    What "library" files? Can't be the system fiels?


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    Just to confirm, you want to move the users home folders from the Windows Servers to a Mac Server?

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    ahh, that would make more sense :-P


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    When students login, the user home folders are redirected to windows server. I need to move the location of the users Library folders to the Mac server and leave the document folder on the windows server.

    Is there away for doing this with "workgroup manager"?

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    Are you using Open Directory or Active Directory to provide directory services?
    Is the Mac server joined to the domain?
    Could you use an Samba share on the Mac server or are you moving to use AFP?
    It would be easier to just use another Windows server unless you are moving for some kind of functional change.

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    Hi

    Unlike Windows one of the requirements for successful login on any Mac workstation (server or client) is the ability to not only create or access an already created home folder but also the ability to create or access (as a minimum) the Desktop and Library folders.

    If you move the Library folder into another container elsewhere and you don't change the home folder path in the Users AD Profile then the next time that user logs in the Library folder will be recreated again.

    Basically you're achieving nothing other than duplicating the Library folder as well as using up space you may - probably - never use again?

    If you change the path to reflect the change of Library location then when the user next logs in (assuming a home folder container) the rest of the folders will be created that are still in the original home folder. Again you're achieving nothing other than duplication.

    Although there are other ways of doing this I have a feeling your question is really about 'redirection' for possibly performance reasons? There are plenty of threads on this Forum and elsewhere that discuss how to achieve this. On Apple's website there may still be 'training' videos (and downloadable manuals in pdf format) you can watch that outline how to achieve this. You could also Google for John de Troye's (one of Apple's Senior Software Engineers) Tips & Tricks where Home Folder Redirection is discussed in great detail.

    If you have 10.6 Client Workstations you really should consider 'upgrading' the server to 10.5 or better - assuming Intel hardware?

    Antonio Rocco (ACSA)
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    we are using active directory to provide the services and the mac are joint to windows domain.
    we can use windows server but i need to know how to change the file path on the mac server or client?
    Is there a script for this?

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