Our setup is:
We have setup a suite of Macs in a school which has a Windows domain for user authentication.
An Xserve running 10.6.3 Server is setup as OD Master and authenticated on the Windows domain which issues the user account credentials.
We have deployed a network of iMacs by creating a master image of 10.6.3 client and a NetRestore image from that in the System Image Utility on the server.
The Macs are bound to both the OD and AD.
The Macs are members of a computer group in WGM on the Xserve which controls the machine preferences.
Each Mac has a unique hostname which is reflected in Preferences,Sharing.
The names are MAC-1, MAC-2, etc.
Every morning users are unable to login to SOME machines.
The get a shaking login box.
However if they go to another machine, the same user can login with no problem.
On all machines there is the green light for 'Network Accounts Available' on the login box.
The pattern seemed to be completely random and the only way we could get round it was by unbinding all machines from the AD and rebinding. We have to do this every day!
A possible cause:
After much head scratching and banging against brick walls we have now noticed that there is a difference in the System Preferences, Network, WINS settings of those that can and cannot login.
For those machines that allow login the WINS name is the same as the LocalHost and Sharing name: MAC-1, etc...
For those that DO NOT allow login the WINS name is the original name of the original disc image: admins_imac
We know that it is a recipe for login disaster if there are two Macs on the same network with the same HostName.
And we are realizing that the same probably holds true for a WINS name.
So the obvious thing to do is to rename the WINS name and it should work.
Except that I can rename the WINS but when the machine has been restarted it reverts to the original image name: admin's_imac
It seems there is a reference somewhere in the system that isn't changing when we change the WINS name in preferences.
Although it has worked on some machines?!
So how can I rename WINS and get it to hold the rename?
Is there a template or plist file that needs to be modified at root level?
Look forward to any suggestions.