Home Directory approaches of Mac OS X Server and Active Directory compared

Posted on 2009-04-22
Last Modified: 2013-12-24
I just switched from Windows 2003 Server over to Mac OS X Server and it took me some time to realize the different user home folder approaches. This is the way I understand it now, is this correct?

Windows Server Active Directory
- in default mode (without setting group policies), if a user is added centrally in AD and he or she logs into a client pc, a home directory will be created locally on that machine
- In order to redirect home folders to a server-based location or to use roaming profiles, group policies need to be set
- the Windows default (in Apple terms) therefore is: A network account with local home folder on each machine the user has logged into.

I understand for Apple this is not normal (or even impossible).
- Either you have network accounts with home folders being tied to a share point
- Or you have local accounts (that don't reside in the open directory doamin) with local home folders on the machine where the local account is defined
- Or you have mobile accounts which basically use both a network account and a local account being linked to each other

So, to ask specifically, a network account with local home folders (such as an Windows) - Is that possible?
Question by:Dirk85410
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    Yes this is possible.  You have to set the path in WGM for the local home folder.

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