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    MAC on Windows Network

    Our manager is thinking of deploying MAC machines onto our windows 2003 network.

    This is because of a iMedia course which the media department are thinking of rolling out sometime next year.

    Has anyone had any experience in placing a MAC suite or machine on a windows network?

    How hard is it to manage? Any issues? Problems?

    Any help would be useful

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    Re: MAC on Windows Network

    You need a Mac server if you want to lock down settings on the machines. Other than that, they work fine.

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    Re: MAC on Windows Network

    Once read a massive thread somewhere on this, there were a few opinions.

    1) Stick to Windows only, no Macs allowed at all,
    2) Macs are ok but they will stay off the network,
    3) Macs go on the network and fully integrate.

    It seemed if you have Mac experience then there's no reason you shouldn't network them in and you can make it work fine. But it also seemed that if you didn't have any Mac experience it would be a lot of hard work.

    At the end of the day, if the course needs it then it has to be done, we're here to make IT work for them after all, we don't have computers just to give us jobs.

    Me personally, I've never used a Mac and I like it that way!

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    Re: MAC on Windows Network

    Last year we got a mobile trolley with 10 MacBooks.

    I also didn't have Mac OS X Server so couldn't lock down the systems centrally. I ended-up reading a lot around the net to find the best ways to get them on the domain.

    I use a combination of loginhooks - which copies over a local version of a "perfect" profile for each user, and then deletes their profile on logout. They are logged on via AD authentication.

    There is no way to restrict applications, like you can with Mac OS X Server. But system settings can only be changed by a local administrator.

    Having the Mac Server is definitely the way to go for ease of use. You can install the server software on a Mac Mini if you're ot going to have that many users.

    Mike Bombich's website is the font of all my knowledge - the "Mac OS X Lab Deployment" pdf is a life saver. Legendary Site

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    Re: MAC on Windows Network

    Nice one Morstar!

    Will have a look at the information, we maybe thinking of deploying approximately 15 - 30 macbooks and we are having opposition from 4 of our 5 IT/Network technicians.

    Thanks everyone who has posted so far, the information has been helpful.

    Does anyone have experience or know of any situations or schools which have successfully implemented MACS on a windows network?

    Likewise, anyone know of any schools which have had problems and have scrapped the idea?

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    Re: MAC on Windows Network

    Talk to Ric, I believe he has a room full of Macs. Also I think GrumbleDook uses Macs too. Either way, you'd be better off asking in the Mac Forum.

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    Re: MAC on Windows Network

    We have 2 rooms full of macs running both windows and mac OS X. You really do need a mac server but instead of spending loads for a xserv we just bought a mac pro.

    its quite suprising how easy it is to log a mac onto a windows machine.

    If you have any problems feel free to PM me for help as i just love working with macs

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    Re: MAC on Windows Network

    Ross2k5, Ric, Roberto, Kingswood and myself have integrated setups ... I would look at Roberto's blog as well as Mike Bombich's site ... some very handy stuff there.

    Also moving this to the Mac forum.

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