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    Joining iMacs to domain without OSX server

    Afternoon,

    Please feel free to move or merge with another thread if there is a similar one had a quick look but couldnt find anything.

    Ive been tasked with joining a test iMac to our domain - windows 7, svr2008r2. But the powers currently at be do not want to buy a mac mini server. So you can easily join a iMac to a domain without the OSX server and magic triangle? And is there anything to look out for when doing it?

    Cheers

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    Go to system preferences > Accounts > Login options

    Then network account server, click to add, then click on activity director, and then click on the pencil icon, this will allow you to add your AD Server details, and admin account user

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    I have a item on my blog on how to do it Joining computer to domain | How To Mac

    Ross

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    Cheers ill take a look later

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    Following Rozzers blog will show you how to do bind to AD, its really simple. What you need to consider is do you need to manage the Mac OS in any way i.e restrict applications, setup dock shortcuts etc etc. If you want to manage the mac os in some way a mac server is the easiest (though not the only way) to achieve this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rozzer View Post
    I have a item on my blog on how to do it Joining computer to domain | How To Mac

    Ross
    I know it is not related but don't suppose you have anything on the setup of an OS X server ( setting it up as an OD master ) and also how to manage a suite of macs using MCX Files / work group manager etc ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JR-PCS View Post
    If you want to manage the mac os in some way a mac server is the easiest (though not the only way) to achieve this.

    What other ways are there of managing them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdench View Post
    What other ways are there of managing them?
    Not sure if there are better articles that can help but a quick google for guides on how to apply MCX preferences locally pointed me to these links.

    MacTech | The journal of Apple technology.

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    Local MCX and Lion Managing OS X

    If you don't want to set up MCX preferences on each Mac locally you can set them using various third party AD plugins such as Centrify and ADmitMac. But they both cost money.

    The best way is via a mac server though, it is what every schools is doing these days as you can get a mac mini server for 650.

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    i want a mac server fighting the network manager to get one as we have 40ish macs joining us at the begining of the summer

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdench View Post
    i want a mac server fighting the network manager to get one as we have 40ish macs joining us at the begining of the summer
    they havn't ordered 40 macs have they? there was a good reason they were not on the domain....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdench View Post
    i want a mac server fighting the network manager to get one as we have 40ish macs joining us at the begining of the summer
    Put it this way - I put one in my last school. Then I forgot about it. That's how much maintenance I had to do on it. It will be nearly zero hassle for you if you get one, but will save a massive amount of effort managing machines.

    We've just ordered one to bring our random collection of Mac's in line here. Mac mini server comes to about 700 IIRC. Bargain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Put it this way - I put one in my last school. Then I forgot about it. That's how much maintenance I had to do on it. It will be nearly zero hassle for you if you get one, but will save a massive amount of effort managing machines.

    We've just ordered one to bring our random collection of Mac's in line here. Mac mini server comes to about 700 IIRC. Bargain.
    If hes trying to convice the person i think he is, hes the kind of person that wouldn't spend 20 on a windows license a year to use as a file server and would setup samba in a terrible way to save 20 quid...

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    If hes trying to convice the person i think he is, hes the kind of person that wouldn't spend 20 on a windows license a year to use as a file server and would setup samba in a terrible way to save 20 quid...

    .....pretty much

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    I maybe wrong here but if people have a VMware virtual environment I think you can run a mac server virtually now. You don't really need a high spec machine for policy enforcement.

    Ross

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    I know it is not related but don't suppose you have anything on the setup of an OS X server ( setting it up as an OD master ) and also how to manage a suite of macs using MCX Files / work group manager etc ?
    I do have a couple of videos but more for 10.5 / 10.6. Videos | How To Mac

    Hope they help.

    Ross

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