Hi, I've seen many things about this...but most seems to be bits and pieces. I just started helping support a small school's computer lab. They have about 28 new imacs running 10.5.7 and a 2003 microsoft server. I would like to configure the macs to login to active directory and allow individual desktop configurations based on server groups as well as a home folder located on the server for each person and mounted as a folder on the desktop. Ok..I hope this is more clear...
We have grades k - 8. We would like to have each student have an account on the server. Then they can login to any mac using Active directory name/password. We would like the desktop to be configured based on the group the student is in on the server..ie. We would setup 9 groups by grade...grade 1 group, grade 2 group and so on. The desktop would be specific to the grade. However we would like a folder showing up on the mac desktop (mounted) that is located on the server and is specific to the user logged in. Each student to have a private home folder on the server. Which we can then allow the teachers access to get assignments etc...Possibly adding a second folder to a shared write only folder to hand assignments in. The hope is no mac would need accounts setup, only at the server level and it doesn't matter which mac the student signs in on.
I've been able to get a mac running 10.5.6 to authenicate/connect to the server and see folders, but when I do the same thing to an updated (10.5.7) mac, I can authenicate to AD, but can not see any folders.
Any help, instructions, suggestions, directions as to where to look all welcome.... Thank You in Advance....
Thanks... Not sure... I thought I would be able to find a script to run on the MAC that would look at user & group and choose a desktop to startup with? Got the AD login to work.... Hello,
I have managed to configure a MAC (ox=10.5.7) to login to a windows server 2003 via Active Directory (AD). I can login to the mac via the AD authentication w/o creating an account on the MAC. Life is good…
However I’m volunteering at this is school and we have two things we would like:
1- Provide a private folder on the Dock based on user login. Also provide a group folder on the dock based on the group (grade) the user is in. The intent is to use these folders to store and/or handin assignments. The teachers would have access rights to these folders. 2- Custom configure the desktop based on a group. The user would login w/ their AD credentials and the Win 2003 server would have them included in a group. In our case, each student would be a respective group called grade. Ie. Grade 1, grade 2 etc. The desktop would load a configuration based on grade.
Anyone have/or know where to find a step by step how to configure these features?
Okay, had a chance to look into this, I see that OS X server is not needed, and see you've found and successfully set it up with Directory Access.
You will get a home folder in the dock when you log in, but I wish I could help with the scripting of the folders/desktop, a bit beyond me without digging around more, but if you find a solution it would be appreciated if you share it, I'm curious now.
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