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Active Directory / Open Directory Alternative in MAC OS X 10.3.* or 10.4.

Posted on 2006-04-27
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Last Modified: 2011-10-03
I am looking for an alternative to using Active directory in Mac OS. Is there any but Open Directory?

I have a feeling this is being done all over but not widly known about, am i right? can you please provide information on what software I can use in Mac OS that will do what Active Directory does in XP and Open Directory does in mac. Just an alternative to open directory?

any open source software? ive been looking for some time and have come to the conclusion that i must ask.

thanks for your time.

Question by:rootnet
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strung earned 152 total points
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The NeXT NetInfo services are still available (and used under the covers):

You can also hook up to external directory services:
NIS : http://www.bresink.de/osx/nis.html

What is wrong with OpenDirectory?


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I dont want to use Mac OS X Server, thats why i cant use Open Directory. Unless you know how I can buy Open Directory seperately? i just dont want to spend the money on OS X server.
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brettmjohnson earned 148 total points
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OpenDirectory on Mac OS X Server simply uses OSS Open LDAP available here:

OpenLDAP is free, you can download it, build and install it for Mac OS X or Linux
[or a large number of other platforms].   Here is a tutorial on how to set up an
LDAP server using OpenLDAP:

You will have to set up appropriate schemas and probably tune the other
Mac clients to use the non-Apple schema.  Be careful not to spend more
than $500 worth of time and hardware setting up your own LDAP server,
or you would have been better off just buying Mac OS X Server.

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