A better way of integrating Macs with our Windows domain?
Our Macs are currently integrated with our domain using the "Magic Triangle" configuration with a Mac Mini server for OD.
The students here all authenticate with their AD logins and their home drives are mapped using SMB so by default they will save to the network. (No Local Homes)
This system does work. However over the year or so that we've had it set up like this, it has been pretty unstable on a few different fronts..
Here's our network;
Windows Server 2003 D/C running AD on a ".local" domain **GASP**
Mac Mini Server (10.6.8) running OD
Cisco Switches + VLANs and gigabit networking throughout.
80 or so Mac Clients (10.6.8) over 5 mac suites.
Here's our problems;
- Login time. Always been slow, anything up to 3 minutes to log in. After 10.6.8 regularly 3-5 minutes to log in. (Heard this was to do with IPv6??). Been living with this for a while.
- Programs crashing out when saving to the network - recently happening a lot! Got a new quirky problem with power point taking 10 mins to save a files unless you "save as" and change the name - after which it will save instantly. Students saving iWeb files are waiting up to 30 minutes for their site to save.
- Large files such as indesign documents, fireworks projects, photoshop documents are slow when accessing/editing + crashy when saving.
- Losing space on our windows server - Media students are creating large websites on the network + import lots of videos/images taking up a sizeable amount of space on our windows server.
What I want to know is if there is a better way of setting this up? Something that I've overlooked? I've been considering setting them back up with local home directories again.. But this then brings up the issue of data not being backed up.. I think students working from the same workstation each time isn't an issue it's just the backing up of the data thats the problem.
Over the christmas break our domain is changing from .local to .somethingelse so i'm hoping this will help but I know that the space issue isn't going to change and I'm pretty sure it's still going to be unstable when accessing large files straight off of the network.
Does anyone have any light they can shed on the subject?