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Benefits of adding Macs into Windows Domain?

I have a network of 160 XP clinents on 3 2003 boxes which is my bread and butter. I also have 2 Emacs , 1 Imac , 1 G4 and a new G5 all in the design dept. Before taking this job the last time I touched a Mac was 1988 and a lots changed. I've read plenty of how to's about adding them into a domain but what am I going to gain by this, am I actually going to lose functionality or cause issues with the macs? It would be great to allow users of the macs access to their home areas on the 2003 machines but is it worth the hassle? I'll split the points if this turns into a debate, I'm not really after a PC\ Mac is best argument, just the facts. Cheers.
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crackyCommented:
Hi Wafu,

Since you have so many machines on your domain, my opinion is that it would be beneficial to add the Mac machines. There are limitations, but some of these will be ironed out in the Tiger release. Even Panther's Active Directory support is quite good, so I don't see that you would run into many problems.

ADMitMac makes software to overcome some of these limitations, which might be useful to you. Their site also provides valuable information on current limitations and possible conflicts in Panther, as well as the ones overcome by their implementation:

http://www.admitmac.com/white-paper/
http://www.admitmac.com/admitmac-vs-panther/
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WafuAuthor Commented:
Thanks Cracky I'll have a read through this site tonight.
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WafuAuthor Commented:
cracky are you using this product?
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crackyCommented:
No, I don't use Windows servers, only clients. I wouldn't be able to help with specifics, but could offer advice to some Mac-related issues.
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WafuAuthor Commented:
I've just downloaded the trial and (most unlike me usually) I'm working through the documentation. I'll let you know how I go, hopefully someone else may find this useful so I'll do a little review of ADmitMac. The points are yours anyways. Thanks for taking the time to help. Nice one.
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crackyCommented:
Cheers Wafu. And thanks for taking the time to make this a useful PAQ.

cracky.
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WafuAuthor Commented:
Just to keep you posted, the trial period for Admitmac expired without us having time to really eval the product. Over the next couple of weeks we'll download it again and try to be more aggressive in testing its usability/limitations. Just wanted to let you know where this question is at.
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WafuAuthor Commented:
Just to conclude this question, we now are officially in love with ADmitMac . We're using version 2.1, and the only things I would say is that it's less problematic to setup, if you create computer accounts for the Macs before installing the product. Also set cache logins to clear( on the Macs) and ensure that your Macs have a working time client as a mismatch in times caused us a few problems for a while. Essentially though we like it. Hope this helps anyone in the same position as we were.
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