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network login without network home directory

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John S Heffernan Calculating status...
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Jan 3, 2013 9:04 AM

Been searching and trying things for a while but not having any luck. 

 

We are a small school and have been using a guest account and a shared folder that has a hierachical structure or teachers, then students for years for our elementary students.  Teachers have their own password protected folders (sharepoints).  However, there is a long standing bug that causes saves to fail under certain conditions when multiple instances of the same user are saving. 

I have not used network logins or networked home folders. So I want students on our mobile cart to start signing in and saving their files in their own folders.  I created my accounts and folders and created a share point for the student folders.  Client computers are bound to the server and DNS is setup correctly. 

 

I was able, after a lot of trial and error set up networked home directories.  But what I really want is for a network login to not use a full networked home folder but to use the laptop's local enviroment but automatically mount a student specific sharepoint that can share to if they want to. 

 

I get the shaking login if they use does not have a Home folder setup in the workgroup manager Home tab. I tried to manage the login item preferences on both a user basic but still can't get it to work.  Students can login to the file server manually by clicking on the server and logging in that way after they have logged into to a local client machine.  

 

Can users do a network login with a networked home folder.  If so, how to I associate the account and the folder? 

 

Thanks for any guidance on this...

 

John

Mac OS Server 10.6, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Jeff Kelleher Level 4 Level 4 (3,015 points)

    You may want to look into mobile homes.

  • cpguru21 Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)

    "

    So I want students on our mobile cart to start signing in and saving their files in their own folders.  I created my accounts and folders and created a share point for the student folders.  Client computers are bound to the server and DNS is setup correctly.

     

    I was able, after a lot of trial and error set up networked home directories.  But what I really want is for a network login to not use a full networked home folder but to use the laptop's local environment but automatically mount a student specific sharepoint that can share to if they want to.

     

    "

     

    On the last point here, you can set mounts to automatically load when a user logs in.  You can even use an apple script to run , mount and log in to a share, when a user logs in.  What are using the home directories for?  I do not work in a school environment and don't use home folders, all my machines have local logins, which user and pass's coincide with their server logins, however I use a network accessible share(s) for users to store data on.

     

    Let me know if I missed the mark here.  Again I don't work in a school environment.

  • Free Tibet Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    I think you need to create a mobile account that creates a local home folder at login but then NEVER syncs it...

    then you can easily use workgroup manager to specify any amount of mountable sharepoints...

    personally I don't know why you don't want network based home folders saves a lot of heart ache...

  • Free Tibet Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    there won't be any if you don't sync

  • Free Tibet Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Jan 10, 2013 11:33 AM (in response to John S Heffernan)

    Oh Crap !

    10.4 is like 4 years past support ....

    you need to upgrade to at least 10.6.8 on all machines...

  • cpguru21 Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)

    I use the manual setup.  For some users (who have a really hard time remembering how to connect) I set as a log in option and check off the remember password, so the drive mounts when they log in.

     

    On one of my servers I use a script to access a network samba share that auto logs in and mounts.  This one is used for NAS backup.

     

    Let me know if you would like to see a sample of the script.

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