Skip navigation

Migrating from MS Server 2008 to OS X Server

465 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Sep 21, 2012 2:29 PM by Peter P. Felten RSS
Peter P. Felten Calculating status...
Currently Being Moderated
Sep 17, 2012 8:25 PM

Hi all,


I am a newbie to the OS X Server world so please don't laugh if my question sounds dumb.  I am a network admin for a 100+ Windows users on a MS Active Directory, Windows 2008 Server network.  I am so sick of Microsoft and the unnecessary complication of many of the tools and interfaces that I have to use on a daily basis just to keep my network up and running.  Although I am just thinking out loud at this point, I am curious if it is possible to migrate away from the Windows Server 2008 network to an OS X network?  If it were possible my goal would be to migrate all the users to an OS X server from the Active Directory domain controller, then dump the MS server.  I would still have a few MS file and database servers around for awhile and 100+ windows users / machines.  Am I nuts or is this a possibility.  Any info would be appreciated.


Thanks in advance,



  • Strontium90 Level 4 Level 4 (2,895 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Sep 18, 2012 6:28 AM (in response to Peter P. Felten)

    You are nuts.


    OS X Server is good with OS X clients.  If you plan to continue to support the 100+ Windows clients, and they are domain members, then stay with Windows.


    If you are going to replace the Windows clients with Macs, then the discussion is different. 


    And don't get me started on the superiority of Exchange (despite its complexity) over Apple's groupware solutions.  Let's just say that using iCal server and Address Book server on OS X will exclude Windows clients from participating unless you change all your tools.  Or you would need a product like Kerio.

  • Mark23 Level 3 Level 3 (975 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Sep 18, 2012 8:53 AM (in response to Peter P. Felten)

    I don't think you are nuts for wanting the über-stable system of Mac OS X. I do think that Strontium90 is right when he implies that you should keep the windows server to service your windows clients.


    You could however set up an email server that you connect to your AD-domain and tell the Mail server to use AD authentication for it's service, leave the old one running, install the mail account for the new server at the clients and let them manually transfer all email. When finished point your MX record with the lowest (10) priority to you new server (mac) wile giving your old server (win) a higher (20)  priority to your windows machine for backup purposes.


    What services do you run anyway?

  • iPeRi Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Sep 20, 2012 3:16 PM (in response to Peter P. Felten)

    Instedd of using MS AD you can use Keberos as autentification server. Then it dosent mather wheter your user have Mac or a boring MS PC.


    Here you have a link to howe you setup a server and clients.


More Like This

  • Retrieving data ...

Bookmarked By (0)


  • This solved my question - 10 points
  • This helped me - 5 points
This site contains user submitted content, comments and opinions and is for informational purposes only. Apple disclaims any and all liability for the acts, omissions and conduct of any third parties in connection with or related to your use of the site. All postings and use of the content on this site are subject to the Apple Support Communities Terms of Use.