User wants to use a MAC on our 2003 server domain.

Posted on 2007-10-21
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One of our users wants to use a MAC for graphics on our 2003 domain. Requirements to use will be:

Users profile (email, docs, desktop) will need to be stored on the windows server for backup
backed up daily

User will need to have access to shares on network including printers (not a problem as I understand it)

User will need access to the Internet (not a problem as I understand it)

User will need to be able to scan files from a scanner to their desktop (Kyrocera 3035 scanner printer)

Other possible unforseen problems

I have worked ;many years with PCs and 2003 server but I have never worked with MACs before. The user is adamant about having one. To prevent it I will need facts to present. If the problems are not real but workable then I will proceed with the purchase.
Question by:jimmylew52
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Th link covers the items I felt would not be a problem but not the issues that are of concern to me:

Profiles and scanning.
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Profile - you CAN set a login script to mount a network folder for the Mac user where they can store files but it is not recommended to use a Win 2003 server folder as the user home folder.  So you can either backup all their personal settings and files to the network using a small application called ChronoSync (http://www.econtechnologies.com/site/Pages/ChronoSync/chrono_overview.html) which can do all the synching at startup and shutdown.
Apple Mail or Microsoft Entourage (Mac version of Outlook) can link to an exchange server and read mail etc. but not all calendaring functions etc will work fully.

Scanner - While most scanners will work via USB connected directly to the mac .. it is less likely that the network scanning will work if the scanner is connected to a Windows PC and is shared on the network.  However from looking at the Kyocera website there appear to be OSX drivers and TWAIN drivers
I cannot vouch for the Kyocera but a call/email to them should resolve your query

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