Mac OS X Lion Server Accounts & Directories

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The Magic Triangle: Open Directory, Active Directory, and Lion Server

Windows servers use Active Directory to provide directory services on a network. Apple’s Active Directory plug-in for Mac OS X Lion Server allows a Mac server to maintain information about Mac clients [more…]

How to Determine Whether Your Lion Server Directory is Local or Network

Before you decide on anything about Open Directory, you need to determine what Lion Server is using to store user accounts. Depending on the choices you made when you installed Lion Server, you may not [more…]

Overview of Lion Server’s Open Directory

Mac OS X Lion Server’s Open Directory uses several technologies: Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), Apple’s Password Server (built on the Simple Authentication and Security Layer, or SASL), [more…]

Considerations for Implementation of Lion Server’s Open Directory

Whether you use a detailed Gantt chart or just a quick sketch on a cocktail napkin, start your Open Directory deployment in Lion Server with a plan. Here are some considerations to ponder prior to your [more…]

Lion Server’s Role in an Open Directory Deployment

Lion Server can play different roles in Open Directory: a master, a replica, or a relay. Another role a Mac server can have is to simply connect, or bind, [more…]

Check DNS Setting before Lion Server Open Directory Deployment

If, during your initial Lion Server setup, you configured Server Assistant so that it created an Open Directory master for you, it should have also set up DNS. If you didn’t do this configuration during [more…]

How to Synchronize Time in Preparation for Lion Server Open Directory Deployment

Time synchronization between the Kerberos Key Distribution Center (KDC) and your Lion Server clients is critical. Time skew, or the difference in time between the KDC and clients requesting Kerberos tickets [more…]

How to Create an Open Directory Master with Lion’s Server App

If you didn’t choose to create or import an Open Directory master during the initial installation and setup of your Lion Server, you can create an Open Directory master with the Server app. [more…]

How to Import Directory Information with Lion’s Server App

You can use the Server app in Mac OS X Lion Server to import information from another directory. If you choose this option in Server Assistant during installation, the server creates an Open Directory [more…]

How to Bind to an Existing Directory Using Lion’s Server Admin

Instead of hosting Open Directory on your server, you can have Lion Server join an existing directory domain that exists on another server. This is called [more…]

How to Create an Open Directory Master Using Lion’s Server Admin

You can create an Open Directory master using Lion’s Server App, but you won’t have access to a number of the options that are available in Server Admin on Lion Server. Follow these steps to create an [more…]

How to Create an Open Directory Replica Servers Using Lion’s Server Admin

Having one or more replicas on your Lion Server network greatly helps reduce the load on any one domain server and adds peace of mind in case a server fails. An Open Directory replica is essentially a [more…]

How to Create an Open Directory Archive Using Lion’s Server Admin

The directory service is one of the most critical elements of Lion Server network or any network for that matter. If the directory crashes, you will need an archived back up copy from which to restore. [more…]

How to Restore Open Directory Using Lion’s Server Admin

In the event that your Open Directory domain on Lion Server becomes corrupt or you lose user records, you can restore from an archive. The process is essentially the same as the backup process, but in [more…]

How to Bind Mac OS X Clients to a Shared Domain

You share the directory by creating a binding between the client and the Open Directory domain on Lion Server. Bindingcreates a connection between the server and the client, enabling the client to read [more…]

How to Bind Windows Clients to a Shared Domain in Lion Server

Because Lion Server dropped the ability to act as a Primary Domain Controller (PDC) for Windows clients, Windows clients cannot authenticate to a directory hosted on Lion Server. However, you can run an [more…]

How to Define a Network Directory in Lion Server

Lion Server can host a directory for your network of Mac, Windows, and Linux computers. It can also make use of a directory residing on other servers. And it can help integrate your Mac users into a Windows-based [more…]

Local and Shared Directories and Domains in Lion Server

Lion Server can host a local directory for a small network. It can also host a shared directory as your user base increases. Its ability to do both makes Lion Server a very flexible platform. [more…]

How to Bind Lion Clients and Servers to Directories

Mac OS X Lion Servers can bind to a variety of directories, including the native Open Directory, Microsoft Active Directory, Novel eDirectory, various OpenLDAP systems running on other Unix and Linux servers [more…]

How to Authenticate Mac OS X in Lion Server

In Mac OS X Lion Server, directory services also provide the authentication that allows users to access other services. The common authentication backbones of many prevalent directories are [more…]

How LDAP is Used for Authentication and Authorization in Lion Server

In most modern network directories such as Mac OS X Lion Server, LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) defines how clients communicate with the directory over TCP/IP networks. Computers use LDAP [more…]

How Single Sign-On Authentication Works in Lion Server

Mac OS X Kerberos single sign-on authentication is a secure and painless way to connect to loads of unique, broad ranging Lion services when it’s set up as an Open Directory master. [more…]

Advanced Options for Active Directory Integration in Lion Server

In some cases, Mac OS X Lion Server administrators want to configure settings that only appear in the advanced options of the Directory Utility to specify particular ways that the Mac OS X Server interacts [more…]

Prerequisites to Binding Your Lion Server to Active Directory

The first step in integrating a Lion server into an Active Directory environment is to bind the Mac OS X Lion Server to the Active Directory domain. Binding, [more…]

DNS Settings to Integrate Lion Server in Active Directory

Active Directory requires that domain name services (DNS) be working properly so that the Mac OS X Lion Server hostname and IP address are linked. The linkage should work both in forward and reverse [more…]

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