Reset Mac User Password and Admin on Mac Network

I have a new client and they have a hybrid environment of Macs and Windows computers.  I am trying to do two things.  Reset the password on their lab computers (which are all Macs) and also install a program on the Macs, which requires admin level permission.

In the server closet I notice they have an SMB Windows server and also a Mac server.  Does the Mac server contain a similar type of active directory list of users where I can reset passwords?  If so, is it possible that the Macs are connected to the Mac Server in a similar way as in a Windows environment?  If I have the Mac Server password, will that give me access on all the Mac lab computers to install whatever I need?  Can Windows authenticate Mac computers and can they join a Windows domain?

Thanks for your help with all these questions
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serialbandCommented:
It depends.  Are the Macs bound to Active Directory(AD), Open Directory(OD), both or neither.  If it's bound to either, you can reset passwords on the Server.  If it's bound to both, it depends.  If neither, then you have to change it on each system, but you can still change it remotely by connecting to remote login with an ssh client and resetting it on the command line.

Yes, Macs can join a Windows domain and authenticate with AD account passwords.  You won't be able to use group policy without 3rd party software.  Some people use a combination of AD and OD for authentication and policy control.

You can purchase OS server to run and OD server and manage accounts or use it to control policy while allowing AD to control authentication.
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Zephyr ICTCloud ArchitectCommented:
Apple has Directory Services yes, which can be used similar to Windows Active Directory Services, as in have users in them that you can centrally manage (resetting passwords and whatnot)...

But Apple machines can also be made to log into Windows Active Directory ... So it will depend on how the network was set up...

So if you have the password for the Mac Server you could check in the Directory Services if you find the user accounts used to log into the Mac machines and try to login after resetting the password.
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