is it possible for OS X to be part of a windows domain?

At the moment we have a network with windows and macs, a windows 2k AD domain controller and a Mac X server.  We are looking into the possibility of getting rid of the X server and just using windows 2003.  For file serving and user management.

Are there problems with mac OS x (panther) accessing windows network shares?  Is it possible for the windows 2003 server to authenticate the Macs network login? In the same way that you can set up network logins on the X server?

Thanks

Andy
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pike480Commented:
for 10.3 accessing an AD Domain, I recommend Thursby's ADmit Mac software. It makes joining the AD Domain painless.

<http://www.thursby.com/products/admitmac-eval.html>

But beware of getting rid of the only server machine on your network that is not susceptible to virus and spyware infestations. It will act as a backup domain controller no problem.
magicmonkey007Author Commented:
Thanks for the link.  The mac users don't really need roaming profiles so they will most probably have local accounts.  Is Windows 2003 build in suport for Mac file sharing reliable? Or is a third party add on advised?

andy

p.s although macs are less prone to infection I wouldn't say it's not susceptible.  Can it really act as a secondary domain contoler?
pike480Commented:
I don't like MS's attempt at Services for Mac, because it just basically sucks. Now that there is no requirement for Appletalk, you can use smb sharing no problem.

The add on is just for ease of having the mac user join the AD Domain. You can do it without it, but it's a royal pain, and it will (probably) break. ADmit Mac doesn't break. With this software, you can still have a local account, it doesn't force you to have the AD account, you can.

As for the Mac being "less prone" to infection, I challenge you to find one (just one) virus for the Mac that isn't user installed. There are none, zero, zippo, zilch. I'm not saying it's always going to be that way, but it's that way now. There are instances of "bad" programs for the Mac, but for each one, the user would have to run the installer and type in his password to get it on the system.

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