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User accounts on Mac clients - adding the Mac's to a Magic Triangle domain

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We have 50 Mac Book Air laptops that will soon be added to our new Windows Server 2012 Active Directory domain. I'm also building a Mac OS X Server (Mavericks) to handle the GPO-type control for the Mac's. In the Magic Triangle, the Mac client authenticates against AD as well as Open Directory on the Mac Server, that's my understanding.

I'm figuring out how best to handle the existing user accounts on the laptops. I see 4 options:

1) Keep local Home Directories on the laptops (not ideal for data backup purposes)

2) Convert the account to a Mobile account (but disable file syncing according to this article:

http://robotcloud.screenstepslive.com/s/2459/m/5322/l/112405-creating-network-mobile-accounts-with-local-homes


3) Convert it to a Network account

4) Create a new user account with a unique account name that doesn't match the existing user accounts. But not sure if this really buys me any benefits over other choices.

So far it seems we'll have to have Mobile accounts so people can log onto their laptops when out of the office. Anyone gone through this sort of integration yet & can share your suggestions for what might work best with how to handle these existing user accounts?

Thanks.
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Definitely do not keep the current local directories.  Migrate them to the new home folder location on your network.  Use this command to accomplish this sudo scp -Epr /Users/username root@server.example.com:/Users/username

The only thing to be careful of is diskspace.  In the end however, once you are setup you will have the ability with OD(Open Directory) and user preferences to specify what types of data gets sync'd to the server for backing up of the mobile accounts(roaming profiles to Windows admins)

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I do not recommend disabling file syncing.  If the end result is to have a backup of user profile data, this this is not what you should follow as per the article. As I menetionin in step one, you can use system preferences to reduce the type of data you sync between the client and the server.  You can even limit this by file types.

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The command I mentioned in step 1 will allow you to migrate the accounts.  For more detailed steps, please see this article from Apple.  http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5338

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Because you are using the Golden Triangle, your user info is going to be pulled from AD.  I think it's justa matter of training staff to use the new usernames you create for them in AD.
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