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Will Mountain Lion Server for Windows AD make it easier?

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Hi all,

 

Sorry for the odd question, but I'd like to know if you think purchasing Mountain Lion server for a Windows AD environment will make it easier to manage the OS X clients on the network?

 

I have around 300+ PC's all heavily integrated in a Windows AD Network. I am using everything in AD - SCCM, CA, DHCP/DNS, File/Print etc

I have around 30 Lion clients (10.7.5) and I have had these AD integrated for logon/authentication, home drive mapping and printing. No problem here, and 10.7.5 appears to make things even better (no mDNS hacking) as I run a .local domain.

 

But here's where its starting to fall apart - 802.1x.

 

I've got it to work, but with hacked profiles files as iPCU doesn't create system/login window authentication profiles. I had to resort to manually creating them from examples I've found discussed here. It was not ideal - compared with how the Windows equivalents are setup.

 

Having a Mountain Lion server means I can generate proper profiles (Profile Manager), and manage the clients too. It even looks like if the clients are updated to Mountain Lion, I can push certificates.

 

What do you think?

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