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Add existing users/computers to Lion Server

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nathanspry Calculating status...
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May 3, 2012 11:52 AM

We have an exiting network of approximately 50 Macs running anything from Lion to Leopard. Obviously there are existing local accounts on these machines.


What I'd like to do is to administer these users and machines through Lion Server so that I can use the existing user information for all of the services provided by Lion Server, but to do so without altering the way the end user operates and without any data loss.


I am having difficulty finding any information on this, but surely someone has installed Open Directory into an existing Mac network.


Thanks in advance for your help!

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3), Server
  • gracoat Level 3 Level 3 (645 points)
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    May 3, 2012 9:38 PM (in response to nathanspry)

    I'm sure there's lots of people that have done it, but it's one of those things that's unusual.


    Here's how I would try it...

    Bind the client workstation to the server.

    Create a test user on the workstation.  Create some files on the desktop of the test user.

    Create the test user account in workgroup manager on the server.

    Ensure that when you set the password for the new test user in OD, you enter the same exact password that you did for the local account on the work station.


    With the test user selected in WGM click the preferences button at the top.

    Click the Mobility preference button.

    Click the Rules button.

    Click the Home Sync Button.

    Click the "always" button

    Click apply now.


    Now when you log in, you should see your home folder sync to the server.  (hopefully!)  Log out of your test user account.

    On the server, navigate to the test users home folder location and verify that the folders you created on the desktop properly sync'd to the server.


    If it worked as expected, then create your users accounts with names and passwords that match local user names and passwords on the workstations.

    Follow the rest of the steps and Voila!




  • d34dfish Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 13, 2012 1:34 PM (in response to nathanspry)



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