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Hello,
We have a client that is in a PC/AD directory environment but they are in the process of migrating to basically an all mac environment. I can already see some issues with integrating macs into an AD environment.  i.e.: offline files etc. Is the OSX server a good alternative for management of mac devices in a networked environment?  Basically the client needs centralized authentication, files sharing and profile management.  Just wanted to see what peoples experience has been?
Any information will be greatly appreciated.
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by:JAN PAKULA
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mac in ad works quite well  - works better if you have mac osx server (much simpler setup)

few problems are with .local domains

http://support.apple.com/kb/TS4041

also have a look here

http://www.edugeek.net/forums/mac/15199-active-directory-authentication-how.html




also you will want to download some files from the (complete solutuion)

http://www.edugeek.net/forums/mac/18340-new-od-ad-integration-paper.html

(requires free registration)
AD-OD-Sandbox.pdf
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by:DaveKall42
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I am finding the integration to be fine but where I am stumbling a little bit is with offline folders on the mac with a windows file server.  I can access the server share fine with smb but if the user is off network then no access to their files.   Any ideas about that?  Macs are on Mavericks and the servers are 2008R2.  Is the mac server an easier more efficient way to manage macs given that they are basically going to be a all mac shop here in a bit.
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i would definitely go with OSX Server

as for local files try that

http://support.apple.com/kb/PH11307?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US
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