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Local Network User better then Local User ?

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fadrianoc Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
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Feb 4, 2013 9:48 PM

I've 4 iMac and one Mac Mini Server.

I've created 4 local user that access to each own iMac and i create a unique admin account on each iMac


Now i'm thinking that a better solution probably could be to create 4 Network User using open directory.

What the real advantages to do that ?

Only the benefit that each user can access to each iMac having their own desktop ?

Or is better to stay with local user, instead, assuming that for the most of time each user has to access only to its own iMac ?


some questions:

1) application have to be installed on each iMac, is it correct ?

2) how to move my local user to network user ?

I've found that solution, is it the simplest way to accomplish that ?

3) may i delete the admin account on each iMac giving the network user also the admin privilege ?

4) each mac have access to the same gmail (calendar and contact) account using mail and contact apple app, is it possible to have an unique server account for that ?

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Morgs Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Feb 5, 2013 5:00 AM (in response to fadrianoc)

    Hello I cannot answer your questions directly but I have kind of been wondering similar things.


    With Profile Manager I am strating to wonder if network accounts are neccasary?


    Seems that network accounts are only useful if clients are home syncing their home folders which would enable them to then login from a different machine on the network and get their desktop.


    I don't see (and this could be due to my lack of experience) why you couldn't have services only accounts available to the local admins on the clients and then enrol them in Profile Manager.

  • Morgs Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Feb 5, 2013 1:11 PM (in response to fadrianoc)

    My understanding is that if you create a Local Network User and for their home folder choose the Local Only option then they will be able to login to the client only from with in their network and their home folder will live solely on the client machine like a Local Account to that Client machine but without the binding to the network the account will not be accessible.


    I am still trying to understand what configuration best suits what scenarios. I guess that will come with experience.

  • hanefi turkoz Calculating status...
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    Feb 5, 2013 5:52 PM (in response to fadrianoc)



    Local or network is first depandant of your requirement of software.

    Apple have no solution for his iMovie for network users !

    Office have a problem with extended attribute

    Adobe need simlink

    Firefox have ....

    Mail crash if ...


    Then, provide your requirements account is delicat.




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