Just built a new server 2012 as Domain Controller for the LAN, which is the first & only server on this LAN. We have 50 Mac's & 50 Windows PC's, about 80% are laptops. I've met with our Apple Business team and get some great advice. The plan is to use AD for user authentication and the Mac server to handle Managed Preferences, similar to how you manage Windows machines with Group Policy.
I've created our internal Windows domain as xxxx.private since .local is used by the Bonjour service for broadcast communications I'm told.
Now the rubber is meeting the road.
My initial questions are:
1) When setting up Open Directory on the Mac OS X Server (Mavericks), do I select to create a new domain or join an existing domain?
2) Do I need DNS service running on the Mac Server too?