Want to win a PS4? Go Premium and enter to win our High-Tech Treats giveaway. Enter to Win

x
?
Solved

Syncing Mac OS x and Windows 7 profiles

Posted on 2011-09-07
5
Medium Priority
?
495 Views
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
I have a Server 2008 domain with a Mac OS X 10.6.7 OD Server in a "magic triangle configuration. I am able to correctly create a networked share home folder for the Mac clients. What Want to do is to have primarily the "My Documents" and "Desktop" folders point to the same location, as one of my proof of concept tests is to create a folder/document on the desktop of a Windows client, log off, then log on to a Mac OS X client and see the folder/document. I have tried a couple of different combinations with AD folder redirection, but seem to be hung up on whether to point the folder created in the profile creation process to an existing folder on the redirection share, or to auto generate one via the GPO. Since Mac OS X clients create these folders in the "Home" share, I can't reconcile the two paths: WIndows profile and Mac Home.
0
Comment
Question by:bdbuchanan
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
  • 2
5 Comments
 
LVL 15

Expert Comment

by:roylong
ID: 36506006
Are you binding the macs to the AD too?
And are you using the AD accounts to log in to the macs?
We have user folders mounted using the setting in the account details in AD for home folders; this mounts the same SMB path on both platforms.
0
 

Author Comment

by:bdbuchanan
ID: 36507392
Roylong: Yes, we are binding the Macs to the AD, though after binding them to OD first. Yes, we log in to the Macs with AD credentials. I had no problem mounting user folders using the home share path from AD. The problem was in trying to make the paths to the Desktop and Documents folders agree when a user logs in frequently to both Macs and Windows boxes (something we do often in our enterprise. The solution I have come up with is to use the AD folder redirection GPO to point the Desktop and Documents folders to where Mac OS creates them in the home folder. It seems very straightforward: I just hope I don't have to do any more mucking about with setting NFS auto-mounts in the Macs. Planning on wrapping this up tomorrow. Will post my results.
0
 
LVL 15

Accepted Solution

by:
roylong earned 1000 total points
ID: 36508836
Great to hear you have it covered - it is a bit of hit and miss sometimes; and just getting to a place which work for you.

If you have a problem with NFS mounts on the macintosh then you should check out this app NFS Manager - it's saved me a lot of time in the past.

http://www.bresink.de/osx/NFSManager.html

If that doesn't do what you want, then contact the developer as he is very approachable and probably has the answer.
0
 
LVL 11

Assisted Solution

by:gmbaxter
gmbaxter earned 1000 total points
ID: 36519862
I use folder redirection of users documents and desktop to the home folders on data servers. Desktop matches up fine, but couldn't get the my documents folder to redirect to documents. When logging into Windows, users get their entire home folder mapped in my computer - this resolves the my documents and documents folder not matching up.
0
 

Author Comment

by:bdbuchanan
ID: 36520432
Gmbaxter: I found much the same thing. Since we are on Server 2008, I was considering using the function available in the GPO to redirect "Documents" to the home folder and using \\server\share\home folders\%username%.
0

Featured Post

Problems using Powershell and Active Directory?

Managing Active Directory does not always have to be complicated.  If you are spending more time trying instead of doing, then it's time to look at something else. For nearly 20 years, AD admins around the world have used one tool for day-to-day AD management: Hyena. Discover why

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Uncontrolled local administrators groups within any organization pose a huge security risk. Because these groups are locally managed it becomes difficult to audit and maintain them.
For anyone that has accidentally used newSID with Server 2008 R2 (like I did) and hasn't been able to get the server running again because you were unlucky (as I was) and had no backups - I was able to get things working by doing a Registry Hive rec…
This tutorial will walk an individual through the steps necessary to install and configure the Windows Server Backup Utility. Directly connect an external storage device such as a USB drive, or CD\DVD burner: If the device is a USB drive, ensure i…
This tutorial will walk an individual through setting the global and backup job media overwrite and protection periods in Backup Exec 2012. Log onto the Backup Exec Central Administration Server. Examine the services. If all or most of them are stop…

610 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question