How do I apply a User-specific profile to an Active Directory user in Mac Server Profile Manager?

Posted on 2013-11-22
Last Modified: 2014-04-02
I have the Magic Triangle setup & working fine; Mac Server 10.8 on a Mac Mini & Active Directory on Windows 2012 Server on its own box talking to each other ok.

I can see the AD users in the Server -> Users ok.

But when I open Profile Manager in the Mac Server, I cannot figure out how to apply a configuration profile or user profile to a specific user account in Profile Manager. I can see the Active Directory groups in Profile Manager but I'm missing something here.

How do you apply, for example, a profile that maps a network drive for a specific Active Directory user in Profile Manager?

Question by:WineGeek
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Expert Comment

ID: 39669903
You can not apply settings to individual AD users. You can only apply them to AD groups, OD groups, or OD users.
You would have to create either an OD group or an AD group and put that user in the group and apply your settings.

Author Comment

ID: 39676366
Thanks Ed, I would agree with you except I deleted a user-specific profile I created and I just cannot recall how I created it. I recall it was far from intuitive. The profile was named Settings for Bob Smith.mobileconfig.

Are you sure? :)

Author Comment

ID: 39676377
I think I just stumbled onto how I did it. This assumes you've already bound OD to AD.

1) Mac Server -> OD: change the drop-down box to show "Users from your Active Directory domain"

2) Right-click the desired user & select "Edit Access to Services"

3) Open Profile Manager & under Users, that user should now be listed and ready to have a Profile applied to him/her.

I think that's how I did it. Re-checking my steps now....
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Author Comment

ID: 39676382
Confirmed, this is working, unless I've had too much wine.... again...  :)

Just kidding, it's working. But I also had to apply "List Folder Contents" for the "Authenticated Users" account to the parent folder where I have all these user folders on the Windows server before the Mac would map it properly.
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EdTechy earned 500 total points
ID: 39677519
Great. It used to be you could not apply settings to individual AD users. Most of my settings have been migrated from 10.6 so I haven't really made many changes. I also still use Workgroup manager instead of Profile manager (no time to dive into it), so that could be the difference also. Glad you got it working.

Author Comment

ID: 39679501
stand by..... this might not be working.... I'm logging on as a different user (not the user I created the profile for) and it's still trying to map the drive. Let me work on this for another day or so... lots going on right now...

Author Comment

ID: 39970913
This project has been abandoned here at the office for now. I'll toss some point just to close this thread for now. I'll recreate the thread later if needed.
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Expert Comment

ID: 39972372
Thanks. Hopefully next time will be better.

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