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Possible to run a Snow Leopard MAC server for Windows 7 clients on network ?

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Hello,

Would like to know if we can run a Mac server (Snow Leopard) as a domain controller + active directory for Windows 7 clients on our network ?

Thanks.
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No,  you can't have Apple Servers as domain controllers.  Only Windows 2000, 2003/R2, or 2008/R2 servers can be domain controllers.
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Mike
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Thanks.
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by:Mac2010
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Apple servers (Mac OS X 10.6) CAN be Windows (primary) domain controllers. I know that for sure because I've set up such a network. I only haven't tested this yet with Windows 7 clients, that's why I didn't participate in this question.
More info can be found here:
http://www.apple.com/server/macosx/resources/documentation.html
More info in this manual (and others): File_Server_Admin_v10.6.pdf
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by:Dr_Mango
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True. But since they use an NT4 style domain to run the windows network, this will not work on Win 7 clients.

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According to this (littlebit outdated) Apple article Windows 7 clients are not supported: http://support.apple.com/kb/ts3235
I would like to know too if this has been fixed (and field tested) or not.
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by:Mike Kline
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So you are saying you can have a MAC server and run dcpromo and make it a Active Directory Domain Controller in an AD domain?
In that article it says it can host a domain...that is not Active Directory.

In AD there is no PDC/BDC concept (that was back in NT)
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