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Can Mac OS X print to a device on 2008r2 without having to authenticate every time

Hey all,

We have a need for a number of Mac OS X machine to be joined to our domain allowing access to network resources, ie; Printers and Windows File Shares.  Joining our test Mac devices has gone smoothly, but here is where we are having our issue.

We are able to browse printers in the directory and add them to the Mac, but when printing, we are prompted for a UN/PWD.  After entering that information, we are not able to print.  Having said that, First, any suggestions on what maybe the problem? And second, is there a way to be able to print without having to enter un/pwd everytime ?  (we would hope to use kerberos authentication).   Perhaps we made an error a few steps back, during the binding phase...

We are operating at a 2003 functional level and our Windows print server is running 2008 R2.  

Any help would be greatly appreciated
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roylongCommented:
Firstly, do you have CALs/licenses for the macs to allow them to print on your win 2k8 box?

second, we installed a third party utility on all our macs in a similar situation to allow binding and resource sharing on win from the mac. Product from Thursby software called Dave smooths the binding, login and changing passwords, as well as giving an additional utility for aiding the adding of printers.
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MD187Author Commented:
Hey roylong,

Thank you for the comment.  As to CALs/licenses, I am not sure i understand.  We would we need CALs if the print devices are shared off the 2k8r2 box? Do you mean TS CALs? And regarding the second part, thanks for the suggestion.  Unfortunatley, I don't think a 3rd party application is going to work out due to the number of Macs that will be coming onto the domain.  Do you know of any other ways that we might accomplich this?
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roylongCommented:
Not TS CALs; we ran into a problem printing from Macs to win 2k3 and 2k8 they get issued a temp license and when this runs out the macs stop printing.

You can configure the printing on a mac from the terminal - also possible to script this using ARD (apple remote desktop). But this is a pain and requires a clear text password per user or set up as domain admin.

When you configure the macs onto the domain do you then log in as a domain user?  If so, you should be able to browse for a printer using the add printer on the macintosh - you should have an option to browse the AD of the print server is in there - browse for print server; double click to view printers; add the required printer; put local user name(AD) and password in and save this in the keychain.

We have a fair few macs and found the most reliable way was the third party utility.
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MD187Author Commented:
Hey Roylong,

Thanks for the clarification on the CALs, i will inquire about that.  As to saving the the password in the keychain, that is not going to work for us.  There will be mutiple users on each machine and we do not want to use a password manager in this situation.  We will look into the 3rd party option, but  the sheer number of Mac's vs licenses needed, may cause that not to be feasible.
 
I have been researching for sometime now and I am coming to the understanding that, while there are a bunch of solutions; they either they involve compromising policy, schema changes, third party solutions, or some blended happy medium of the three. There doesn’t seem to be a “all in one miracle cure”

Thanks again for all the help on this one.
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roylongCommented:
If you have that many macs, then maybe you should consider setting a mac server up (open directory master, bound into the AD) and use this as your print server for the macs?  This will also negate the CAL issue... ...just a thought.
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MD187Author Commented:
Hey roylong,

thanks for all the help on this one.  I am not sure which way the power that be will want to go on this one. I will bring up that this maybe the best option for the 1000+ Macs they are projecting.

Thanks again and i will close this question as solved.
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MD187Author Commented:
The solutions presented we're good options but not perhaps the answer i was looking for.  Of which does not exist as of now.
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