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HT5586 Can ARD3 work with the Active Directory setup on a Windows machine and without the need of Open Directory
Currently Being ModeratedHT5586 Re: Can ARD3 work with the Active Directory setup on a Windows machine and without the need of Open DirectoryMay 14, 2013 6:30 AM (in response to sudheeshchandran)
ARD cannot directly obtain client information from Active Directory, no. It may be possible to create a script that would get such information and be able to put it into ARD, but I wouldn't begin to know how to write such a script. You may also be able to bind your OS X Server to ARD and create groups there. This article is obsolete for 10.6 or later but may provide some clues as to how to proceed:
There are a number of third-party systems that can manage Macs that may be able to draw information from AD, such as Casper, LANDesk, and others. Which if any would meet your needs depends on many factors including how many devices you need to manage, whether you're looking for a cross-platform tool, your budget, etc. This is a difficult issue to address in a forum like this since there are so many variables to be considered.
Currently Being ModeratedHT5586 Re: Can ARD3 work with the Active Directory setup on a Windows machine and without the need of Open DirectoryMay 15, 2013 6:51 AM (in response to varjak paw)
Thank you Varjak Paw.
Your reply was very helpful for me to conclude on what I can expect from ARD3 and what else I should be looking at to resolve my issue. I understand that there are many variables to be considered in determining the right solution in this case.
Our main requirement is that a Mac server need to be able to deploy/install packages to Mac clients which are authernticated through AD running on a Windows server. We would like to achieve this with a low budget Mac server software, since we have the AD controlling the entire network seamlessly.
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