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how to join windows 7 client to mac osx 10.6 domain controller ?

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I m IT support in school in france, and the network is an heterogen mix between mac os and windows 7 clients.

The server is under OSx 10.6 and i don t find a workaround/walkthrough to join my windows clients to the domain controller.


Any solution ?


An upgrade of samba engine can resolve this issue ? If it can be, how to do this ?



Thanks and excuse me for my poor english...

Xserve, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • MrHoffman Level 6 Level 6 (11,720 points)

    I'm not aware of any particular tie-in between Windows 7 and Domain Controller and Samba and OS X Server Open Directory LDAP Services.


    Samba did provide limited Domain Controller capabilities and can use Domain Authentication, but the Apple installation from 10.6 is an old release and I've had some problems getting that older stuff to work.  You'll likely have to hand-manage Samba to get this to work, by following the directions at the web site, too.


    The best resource I've encountered for digging around in this topic area is the archives of the Mac Enterprise mailing list.


    FWIW, Microsoft has (migrated from? abandoned? deprecated?) Domain Controller authentication in favor of Active Directory some years ago, and Apple has abandoned Samba in more recent releases; this is a dead end.  If you are using Windows Server and Active Directory, then OS X Server can be configured in what's called a Magic Triangle configuration; where you have Windows handling Windows authentication, and OS X Server handling OS X authentication, and coordinating across the two.  Or (with newer OS X releases) Apple has improved integration with Active Directory.


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