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OSX 10.6 sync local documents to AD documents

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I have bound osx 10.6 to OD and AD 2008 server. I use the force local folders option. The students also have a network folder which points to the AD documents. I find a lot of the time students save to the local mydocuments and not there network docs so when they move around there files are not available. Is there a way to snyc my docs local to the mydocs on 2008 server?

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Why do you use the force local home?
If you deselect that option, you can get the OS to log users in with a network home.
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Well, I inherited it as it is and was told that you have to force local homes to avoid problems with software like Logic, Sibelius, etc - is there any truth in that?
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Yes certain software has issues accessing it's files in a network home folder especially if it's not AFP based (Adobe CS products also).  In theory it should all work fine but it doesn't.  The ~/Library/ folder is the most problematic.  It also depends how large these files are and your network capacity.  

You can either try and re-direct those problem files somewhere locally as problems occur in testing or do as you're doing and turn on the Syncing options in Sys Prefs  > Accounts > Mobile Settings.  Just choose Documents if that's all you need and set it to Logout.  Students will now get a sync error message if something isn't quite right when it occur, so user education is needed.  (newer file on the network vs locally)  Personally I have trouble with it and it using alot of CPU, especially if your users put lots of photos / vidoes in their Docs folder.  You could try something like iBackup and a logout scipt / hook to copy the files. http://www.grapefruit.ch/iBackup/

Aleternatively (storage space dependent) you could leave it as is & copy their local docs to their network folder, delete their local Docs folder and create a Symbolic link to the network Docs folder.  So to the user it looks local but is actually a shortcut to their network docs folder.  There's also a feature in Workgroup Managers MCX to set RedirectedFolders which does much the same thing I believe (haven't tested it)

I'd suggest reading the forums over at afp548.com and check out MacEnterprise.org.  Apple + Directory services has plenty of issues / cavaets.  You should definetly do some testing / research before making any changes.

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Mattosaur4,

Thanks for the advice. "turn on the Syncing options in Sys Prefs  > Accounts > Mobile Settings" - where is this function, I can't see it? - I'm runnning 10.6.6

Also, what set up works best for your organisation?

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With OS X Server and a dual directory you'd be setting this in Workgroup Manager on the OS X Server.  On a computer group or per user.  I'd suggest reading the Workgroup manager PDFs.
http://www.apple.com/server/macosx/resources/documentation.html  - User Management.

I am yet to decide what works best, each thing I've tested has it's own set of issues.

Matt
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