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Authenticating against Active Directory with a MacBook Air

Posted on 2013-11-13
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Environment:

(Magic Triangle setup)
Windows Server 2012 Domain Controller
Mac Server 2.1.1 running on Mac Mini running OS X 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion)
MacBook Air running OS X 10.9 (Mavericks)

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Challenge:

I've bound the laptop to both Open Directory on the Mac Server & Active Directory on the Windows Server & can login with network users with no problem, under certain circumstances.

When I power on the laptop, I am unable to log in as a network user. However, once I log in with, for example, the local Admin account & then immediately log back out, I am then able to login as any user, network or local.

I have the laptop configured to show username & password fields at the login screen instead of a list of user account icons. But it still shows the user account icons for the local accounts until I login & back out & then I see the username & password fields.

I understand this is because the wireless interface is not active until local login occurs.

Does anyone have a work-around for this so the wireless is active at the login screen?

I've seen a couple hacks but would rather avoid hacking and maybe use a Configuration Profile created by the Mac Server but so far I don't see any settings when I create a new Config Profile that would accomplish this.

Thanks.
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by:Eoin OSullivan
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Have you looked at the profiles as outlined on the Apple website?

http://support.apple.com/kb/ht3326

You could setup either a Login or System profile
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@eoinosullivan: yes, I saw that. It doesn't apply either because that article is referencing OS X 10.4 (old) or because this laptop is bound to Open Directory & Active Directory. Specifically, there are no [ + ] & [ - ] buttons to add a profile on that screen. My understanding so far is that this will need to be done by creating a Configuration Profile on the Mac server & pushing/applying that profile to the laptop.
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Found my own answer before anyone provided one here.
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