AD authentication for MAC

How reliable is AD authentication for new versions of MAC like Yosemite and El Capitan. There have been issues with earlier versions of MAC OS.
How good is Windows 2012 for handling group policy for MAC? Is there custom ADMX file that could be imported on AD for implementing group policy in MAC computer. I  have connected few MACs to AD most of them are EL Capitan, if they are all reliable I am planning to join all of them of AD
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Tim LapinComputer Consultant (Desktop analyst)Commented:
We have been using AD authentication for our Macs for several years now.  The authentication process has been fairly stable from Mountain Lion onward, with Mavericks marking a further round of improvements.

I can't speak to the Windows server side of things, alas.  Another group manages those boxes.  I can tell you that our domain forest controller is running Windows 2008 R2.  I can only hope that the newer versions have not made it worse.
I haven't experienced any issues with our Macs authenticating against AD from Lion to present (including El Capitan).

Since Group Policy is just registry settings, and Macs are not aware of any such thing, Group Policy would have no effect.  I haven't researched this, but I think the best you could hope for would be some third-party product which might be able to read GP and translate that into something that Macs could act on.
pchettriIT DirectorAuthor Commented:
I was looking for group policy template to restrict USB HDD access ,password policy and monitoring through SCOM, if there are MAC based monitoring on SCOM
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Tim LapinComputer Consultant (Desktop analyst)Commented:
footech is right.  There is no group policy control for Macs via Active Directory.  Sorry for not reading your initial post more clearly.

As to managing macs, there are several products that provide some sort of management.  Most of them concern themselves with the software side (software libraries, pushing new updates, ...):
Casper by JAMF
SCCM 2012
Apple Remote Desktop management
and no doubt others.

I am not aware of any tool that provides the level you want.

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While you can join AD from your Mac, you'll mainly get Single Sign On account password authentication.  If you want Group Policy, you'll need expensive 3rd party software.

Thursby Software's ADmit Mac
Centrify Server Suite
PowerBroker Identity Services
Macs are also bsd unix systems and you can install software, configure them, and monitor them from the unix command line.
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