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Network Accounts Are Unavailable at login - 10.8.2

2730 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 7, 2013 12:31 AM by itsamacthing RSS
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Jan 4, 2013 2:56 AM

Hi there,

 

We have connected our brand new iMac up to our Windows Server 2003 using Active Directory (with some success). However, we are experiencing a problem at login where it says Network Accounts Are Unavailable and displays a red dot next to the username.

 

If we wait 30 seconds or so the red dot disappears and I can log in as a Network user, but I wondered why it would be doing this?

 

Many thanks,

 

R

 

Operating System: 10.8.2 Mountain Lion

iMac (27-inch, Late 2012), Other OS, 10.8.2 Mountain Lion
  • itsamacthing Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)

    Apple has a buggy implementation of Samba (SMB), which they really really need to fix.  Check the WINS settings, make sure you have your NetBIOS Name and Workgroup filled in.  The bug, is that you will loose these settings and that will mess up your AD communication usually along with making networking impossible with SMB shares

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)

    Well really Apple/Mac OS X has never been a Network friendly OS. And now you are pairing it with a Windows server system.

     

    Apple also wrote there own version of SMB for Windows networking as they weren't allowed, actually didn't want to pay for, use of the older system they were using.

     

    I find OS X takes quit some time to see network shares on Windows systems and even from other Mac computer.

  • itsamacthing Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)

    If you are loosing your WINS sertings, i found that if you turn off your file sharing, and then set it... and then turn file sharing back on, then it will stick for a while...

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)

    That is true mostly if you are running a SSD as the boot drive. Once I dumped the SSD in my MBP I've never had to Reset File Sharing to keep, and always show, the WINS settings for computer name and workgroup. Something about how fast a SSD loads the OS that skips over this network setting.

     

    But that doesn't fix the under lying problem OS X has with all types of networking. Just slow to get started.

    itsamacthing wrote:

     

    If you are loosing your WINS sertings, i found that if you turn off your file sharing, and then set it... and then turn file sharing back on, then it will stick for a while...

  • itsamacthing Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)

    Did you notice that when you turn off sharing, and go to check on your WINS settings, the info is already repopulated? 

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