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I have a Power Mac that I need to add to a Windows Active Directory domain. the mac is snow leapard, the windows domain is 2003 standard. How do I add it?
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goto system preferences, accounts, login options button, click the join button to join a directory service. It will ask for the address for the directory provider (the local domain controller ), enter that, together with the username and password of an account able to add machines to the domain and thats it.

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Here is a good article on how to add it, you will not however get any GPOs on the MAC.

http://www.applesource.com.au/how-to/soa/Connect-a-Mac-to-Windows-Small-Business-Server/0,2000451082,339287478,00.htm
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Here is a good guide.

http://helpdesk.wisc.edu/ams/page.php?id=12248

Make sure make is pointing to windows DNS server in it's TCP\IP settings.

http://www.mcmahonweb.com/2010/06/07/snow-leopard-and-active-directory
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> I have a Power Mac that I need to add to a Windows Active Directory domain. the mac is snow leopard

To start with this cant be true so you should check, the power Mac is a G5 machine, snow leopard isnt compatible with non intel Macs so you cant have both of them. You either have 10.6 and a Mac Pro, or 10.5 and a power Mac - i'm not being petty it does actually matter.

The method you use to join the domain depends on the version but ill assume you are using 10.6. In that case start system preferences, go into accounts, login options and there is a join button which you can click to join a directory service. You will need a username and password with 'join machine' rights on the domain.

You can also access Directory utility through the above diaglog to access advanced options, or directly from /System » Library » CoreServices folder - the AD plugin will allow configuration of such things as which AD groups have admin rights, how the home drive is mapped to network drives etc.

If you want to do centralised management then you have a few options

1) Buy a Mac server (open directory) and join the clients to both AD and OD to allow MCX (managed preferences) the apple eequivilant of GPO.
2) Use products such as centrify and likewise to allow management of the Mac's using customised Group policies.
3) you can also read http://images.apple.com/business/solutions/it/docs/Modifying_the_Active_Directory_Schema.pdf which talks about extending the ad schema.
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