6 Replies Latest reply: Oct 19, 2009 6:59 AM by Reid Dawson
TGH Level 2 Level 2 (275 points)
Hey guys,

I connect to a Windows Active Directory at work with my MacBook Pro.

In DirectoryUtility I bind the computer to the AD server and when I am connected all is fine, but how do I access my account (and more importantly all my documents) if I am not connected to the network or the server is down? Is there a way to login to my user account?


G5 PPC 1.8 Ghz 2 Ghz RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.8), 17" 2.16 Ghz MBP 1 GB RAM (10.6 Snow Leopard)
  • TGH Level 2 Level 2 (275 points)
    Anyone have any tips?
  • Reid Dawson Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    I just purchased 25 15" Mac Book pros for my employer and we are experiencing the same issue - we are fine with our network accounts (We're on an Active Directory domain), but when the users (and myself) leave the office with our Macs we cannot log into our domain accounts. We do have the Cisco VPN clients installed, but I cannot find an option to connect and stay connected after a log out as we can do in Windows.

    Any suggestions would be most appreciated - I'm trying to sort this out before I have to roll the remaining 24 out. I'm hoping this roll out goes well and we can work on replacing the rest of the company's computers with Macs, and hopefully the servers with X-serve units.
  • Reid Dawson Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    TGH - I figured it out - it took some digging around, but here's what you need to do:

    1) go to the Directory Utility
    2) edit Active Directory, and click the arrow beside Show Advanced Options
    3) Under User Experience, make sure Create Mobile Account at Login is checked - this is the key. I left the Require confirmation check box checked just to see - I have not unchecked it since I was able to successfully log in and create the mobile account.

    You will need to do this while connected to the network that contains your domain controllers. I managed to create a VPN connection using the Apple networking tools (I could not get the Cisco VPN client to allow me to stay connected through a log-out, but the Apple VPN client would allow it).
  • Reid Dawson Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Just another observation - when logging out or shutting down using the remote account, it will take a bit longer to complete than normal.
  • TGH Level 2 Level 2 (275 points)
    Thank you so much! I saw that option originally and was wonderign if that was what it was but then thought it was related to MobileMe... anyway, thanks for the tip - I tested it and it worked perfectly!
  • Reid Dawson Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    I figured out why it was taking a while to log out now - I had configured the Mobile account settings (Under the user account) to synch on log in AND log out and that was the reason it took longer to log out. Turns out this can be set to automatically synch the users docs, pictures, or other folders that you chose to their network user share - very convenient for automating back-ups of their docs if you have the space on the server.

    And I am glad that helped you as well!