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We are considering testing Mac's in our environment - We have been a Dell/Windows shop for many years but have recently dropped Blackberry's in favor of the iPhone and wanted to take a look at the Mac OS in comparison to the Windows OS.  Anyone have any opinions on this?  We have a Windows AD and a few apps that probably aren't MAC compatible but could run in the Windows virtual instance on the MAC.  Any issues joining MAC's to the Windows AD domain?
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How much do you use group policies to lockdown/control/configure your desktop?  You lose that with the MAC (unless you use a third party app)
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We don't use GP at all for configuring the desktop - Good point though.  
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No issues here unless you use some really heavy PC apps like 3D or CAD. In that case you'd need to use bootcamp and there's no reason to waste the cash on Macs unless you're going to use OS X primarily.

You'd save a ton of dough on Antivirus and Spyware since you don't get that on Macs at all with the exception of a couple of trojans that do about nothing.
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Good point, we do use Great Plains, Docuware, CAD , etc.
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Running Windows on a Mac is great and fine and dandy and it runs fast but it really is a waste to spend that much cash (espeically on basic MacBooks) to run Windows.

May as well buy the user 2 cheaper, just as fast, machines and have a spare handy when there's a hardware problem for that kind of money.
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No GPs will make it easier.

You may have already seen this white paper

http://images.apple.com/business/solutions/it/docs/Best_Practices_Active_Directory.pdf

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Mike
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If you wanted to control the computer accounts on the Mac side it's fairly simple to setup a Mac server, join it to the domain and also run Open Directory. Then,  you would bind all the Macs to AD and OD using OD to control the computer accounts. In this case OD control over the computers is great.
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Thanks for your help - pts divided amongst you.
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