Macs on a Windows domain ( another question!)
I’ve got some advice to ask concerning buying a mac server. I am at a crossroads wondering what to do. Install Bootcamp on them. yes yes !
We have 11 Snow Leopard Imacs here and I’ve joined them to our windows AD domain. For some reason the login button keeps disappearing (that is the button called ‘Other’ which is present on the login screen that let’s you log into the network). In the end after not being able to solve this issue and it holding people up I had to rever to adding some local users to the macs instead. It make me wonder if AD implementation in OS X is a bit flaky?
Also Iphoto doesn’t seem to want to play with windows and shares and likes the data to be installed locally on the mac so here I hit my first bump ( at least Apple told me this) . Everyone wants to use Iphoto and this is an issue logging onto the windows AD.
Thirdly the few Mountain Lion macs I bought will not let me browse to them via my Windows 7 pc ( via Samba ). This means at the moment I can’t back them up from my pc with my automated Windows 7 software. I asked Apple but had no response. I think there are a few people having issues with Samba on Mountain Lion.
After all these problems and frustration ( and not to mention trying to get Carbon Copy Cloner to back up on each Imac to a share on the windows network and also running into problems) I am pondering whether it would be worth buying a mac mini and trying to set up a mac server and work out how to get the users across from AD into the mac mini. Or do I persevere with Macs and our AD domain? I have no experience of this and wonder where to put my eggs……
I would prefer to ditch the macs altogether – it is hard trying to convince people this is the way to go. They want their macs…..so be it.
Anyway I’d be interested to hear some people’s thoughts on what they think would be the best solution. Buying another server means more admin for IT and it’s possibly less centralised admin ( 15 macs are not that difficult to manage but it’s an extra thing to do - plus you have the backup issue).
The question is whether I buy storage and persevere with our Windows AD domain or plump to a buy a mac mini server. I am not sure what will be the best move so any opinions are much appreciated.
We have about (So far) 250 kids wanting to use the macs – 20 at a time – and 1 gig of storage each. This could grown in time……but for now that’s the sort of space / amount of users – not very many. All they do is Photoshop and Iphoto.
It seems folks on here have the same frustrations running Macs on a windows network does it not?