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iPad - How to use home directory (Active Directory)

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We want to give our students the oppertunity to use the iPad for some lessons. They have a homedirectory (Active Directory) that is on a (hidden) share.

When our students create something in (for example) Pages, we would like them to save it to their homedirectories. But how can we accomplish this? Are there any 3rd party tools to accomplish this?

Keep in mind that 1 iPad can be used by different students. So mounting a fixed share (for example home$/students/peter) won't work. We have around 2.000 students, so mounting a share like home$/students won't work either.

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by:jhyiesla
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Since you don't really log into the ipad and it's not really a part of the domain, I'm not sure you can do this directly. The "easiest" thing to do would be to set up some remote control program that they could use to do the actual work; like on a Terminal Services Server or their own desktop or laptop computer; using the iPad as a entry point to the remote computer. Or create it in pages and use a remote control program to transfer it to a remote PC that has the appropriate drive mapped

Another way, although it violates one of the things you want them to do is to use a in cloud repository like Google Apps or some other central file system to temporarily save the file and then transfer it later.

If you're just trying to have them save something they create, they could use a web based email system to email it to themselves and then transfer it to the home folder.
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by:TheCybex
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There are tools to login an SMB share, but I need a tool that can browse directly to the homedirectory of a user. I guess no such app exists currently... Thanks for your reply though.
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Not that I know of, but there are thousands of apps and I obviously don't know all of them :)

As I mentioned above the only way I know of is to have them RDP into a terminal server.  They will be prompted to enter in their networking creds which, assuming that this has been set up, map a drive to their home directory. So the iPad becomes a remote terminal with the heavy lifting being done on the terminal server. This does allow you to have multiple students using one iPad, but would keep each one separate for doing their work and accessing their folder.
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