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Understanding the Home Folder Default Behavior
When you log in with a user account for Active Directory, by default Mac OS X creates a home folder for the user on the startup disk in /Users/usershortname.
If a directory already exists with that name, Mac OS X will not create a new home folder. You may experience unexpected results because the Active Directory user does not have write permissions to the home folder.
See “Transitioning from a Local User to an Active Directory User,” later in this chapter, if that is appropriate for your situation.
Understanding Home Folder Synchronization
The default settings do not configure Mac OS X to synchronize the local home folder with a network home folder. If you log in as the same Active Directory user on multiple Mac OS X computers that are configured with the default settings for the Active Directory plug-in, you will have a different home folder on each computer, and the contents will not be synchronized. To prevent this situation you can do the following:
Configure mobile accounts and home folder synchronization. See “Understanding Mobile Accounts” for more on this.
Deselect the option to force the creation of a local home folder, and use Active Directory tools to assign a network home folder for the Active Directory user account. See “Specifying a Network Home Folder” for details.
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