How to join a MAC to a Windows Domain

Posted on 2008-10-22
Last Modified: 2013-11-24
I recently purchased a new MacBook with OS version 10.5.4 and have no clue how to join it to my Active Directory Domain running Windows Server 2008.

I have 0 expierience with Macs and also need to configure Entourage 2008 for an email client.

Is there a step by step quide someplace to do this?
Question by:Awight
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knightfox earned 300 total points
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The AD plugin is built in to OS X 10.5. If you go to the Directory Access program which is in Applications/Utilities you will see a list of configurable directory services. Click on Active Directory and then Configure. You will need to know your AD forest and domain name, give your mac a computer ID and then click on Bind. It will then ask you for the credentials of an account with permissions to join a computer to the domain (ie a domain admin) and that should be all.

If it fails to bind to the domain it is usually because your AD is not configured correctly.


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mr-gadget earned 200 total points
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It's also worth mentioning that you do not necessarily need to join a Mac to Active Directory in order to use Entourage for email.
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I would love to know how to configure the Mac to use Entourage without joining it to the Domain!
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I'm not sure that joining your Mac to the domain is essential, but you would probably be asked for credentials every time you started it up.


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We join all our macs to our domain and entourage only asks for credentials when you setup initially. Just check the "remember password in keychain" and it shouldnt ask you until you need to change your domain password based on your security policies. Entourage does work without binding to AD though.

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Entourage does not need to mac on the domain as it uses the IIS functionality on the exchange server, essentially all entourage is doing is Outlook Webmail in a new dress :0)


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I am looking at a mac 10.6, I dont see directory access under Utilities.  Has it been moved?

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