getting mac mini server v10.6 and active directory to integrate

Hello i am trying to figure out the best way to get a mac mini  v10.6 and active directory to integrate.

We have maybe 6 macs in the office and a mac mini server.

I want to be able to login via active directory on the macs, and i want the email and all those profile related settings done on the mac mini server. Am i doing this the correct way and how is this done?

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The Mac mini server is perfect for what you have in mind. You need to set up what is referred to as a "Magic Triangle," whereby the Macs authenticate to the Active Directory domain, and the Mac server manages all the Mac-specific settings and management.


Good overview provided by Apple:

The definitive guide to creating the "magic triangle" was created by Apple engineer Mike Bombich:

And there's a website devoted just to this topic for specific issues or questions:

Good luck -
nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.Commented:
This is very possible to do. I have done this many times. I have quite a number of posts here on EE on how to make this work. After reading the articles posted by schaps, ask any questions. I can walk you thru the final steps.

DNS is one of the most critical components to making this work.
silviotucciaroneAuthor Commented:
thanks guys for the help. I will go through the provided links and update you guys if i need more help.

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silviotucciaroneAuthor Commented:
Hey guys so i finally got magic triangle working. My issue now is related to home drives mapping on the mac clients.

When i log this certain user in via windows machine, the home drive maps and does SSO perfect.

When i log that user in via a mac client the home drive does not mount and if i try to manually mount it it does not take the SSO credentials.

For example the user is jsmith, yet to login to the share you need to type DOMAINNAME/jsmith

If you type it with the domain name it works and signs in perfect. This does not help me with the automatic mounting of home drives though.

Any ideas?
When i log this certain user in via windows machine...

I need to clarify, this only happens with one certain user, and the other users automount the home share on Windows and Mac fine?
silviotucciaroneAuthor Commented:
No sorry it is for everyone not one user.
silviotucciaroneAuthor Commented:
waiting on a reply....
silviotucciaroneAuthor Commented:
after re installing mac server i was able to rectify the issue. Must have had some settings from before that were causing my issues.

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I don't know, not that I crave points, but the original question was addressed, as vague as the questions and answers were, it was the follow-up question which silviotucciarone solved himself (and I suspect 'reinstall the server' would not have been an acceptable solution from us anyway).
I do not have a big objection, but I want to preserve the incentive factor of this system. If you want 'experts' to respond, there has to be some incentive, and that's what the point system is for. Again, this is not the strongest example of a well-answered question, but the original question was answered and 'thanks' were given.
silviotucciaroneAuthor Commented:
figured problem out on my own
yes, but the original question, for which the points were offered, was not about a problem, it was asking how something should be done.
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