Mac OS X Lion Server Client Management

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How to Import and Export Accounts with Workgroup Manager in Lion Server

You can use Lion Server’s Workgroup Manager to import and export account records. Periodically exporting accounts can help you restore your Open Directory domain if the worst should happen and your archive [more…]

Overview of User, Group, and Computer Accounts in Lion Server

Lion Server has three types of accounts: user, group, and computer accounts. User accounts aren’t necessarily individual people; more than one person may have access to a particular user account, such [more…]

Server App versus Workgroup Manager to Manage Accounts in Lion Server

Lion Server has two functions to manage: services and accounts. The Server app tool can handle both. You can use the Server app to manage user services such as file sharing, web services, and e-mail, as [more…]

How to Create New User Accounts with the Server App in Lion Server

To create and manage user accounts in the Server app in Lion Server, click Users in the sidebar to the left. For group accounts, click Groups. A new window appears, which includes some user accounts already [more…]

How to Edit User Accounts and Join Groups with the Server App in Lion Server

The Server app in Mac OS X Lion Server has a user account pane where you can edit some of the information you originally entered, add some new information, and add the user to groups. [more…]

How to Edit Short Name, UID, User Alias with the Server App in Lion Server

The Server app in Lion Server includes an advanced settings dialog that can be used to edit a user’s short name, UID, user alias and other advanced options. Apple took such great pains to hide this dialog [more…]

How to Change Passwords and Password Policy in Lion Server's Server App

The Server app’s Users pane in Lion Server provides two types of password management. First, you can manually change a password for a user account. To do this, simply select a user from the Users list, [more…]

How to Set Up and Manage Group Accounts with the Server App in Lion Server

In the Server app in Lion Server, managing groups is very similar to managing user accounts, although you have fewer options to choose among for groups. [more…]

How to Connect and Authenticate Workgroup Manager to Lion Server

Workgroup Manager has great power for modifying the directory databases in Lion Server, so understanding the ability of this server tool is critical to healthy account management. [more…]

How to Create User Accounts with Workgroup Manager in Lion Server

Workgroup Manager can be used to add, remove and modify accounts in Lion Server. Unlike in previous versions of Mac OS X Server, Workgroup Manager is not installed with Lion Server. You must [more…]

How to Set Server and Directory Administrators in Lion Server

When you create new accounts in Lion Server, they aren’t set to be administrators. However, you can enable users to be server administrators and/or directory administrators. Server administrators can use [more…]

How to Edit User Account Group Membership in Lion Server

After you create user accounts in lion Server, you can assign them to groups and those group assignments can be changed as needed. With Lion Server’s Workgroup Manager Users [more…]

How to Set User’s Home Folder Location in Lion Server

With the user icon still selected on the left of the Lion Server Workgroup Manager, the Home tab gives you various options for setting the location of a user’s home folder: [more…]

How to Create and Manage Groups with Workgroup Manager in Lion Server

Although the number of options and settings are fewer creating a group account in Lion Servrer with Workgroup Manager is much the same as creating, editing and deleting a user account. Group accounts contain [more…]

Overview of Lion Server’s Profile Manager

Profile Manager is one of the most useful new features introduced with Lion Server. It’s an automated way to configure account settings on Macs running Lion, as well as iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch devices [more…]

Configuration Profiles in Lion Server’s Profile Manager

A configuration profile is a small XML file that Lion Server’s Profile Manager sends to Lion clients and iOS devices. When a Lion client or an iPod, iPhone, or iPod touch receives a configuration profile [more…]

How to Turn On and Set Up Lion Server’s Profile Manager

If you have your services running before you turn on and set up the Profile Manager in Lion Server, the Server app automatically creates a profile with the settings of the running services. [more…]

How to Create a Device Profile in Lion Server’s Profile Manager

Lion Server’s Profile Manager lets you configure profiles for devices and device groups, as well as users and user groups. You create profiles for devices the same way as profiles for users and groups, [more…]

How to Configure Profiles on Lion Clients

Once a configuration profile has been created in the Profile Manager in Lion Server, either the one created by the Server app or your own, the users can access it from a web browser. They’ll have to download [more…]

How to Enroll Clients in Profile Manager’s MDM

Once a configuration profile has been created in Lion Server’s Profile Manager, the users can access it from a web browser in order to enroll their device in Profile Manager’s Mobile Device Management [more…]

Overview of Managed Preferences in Lion Server

Managed Preferences for Mac OS X (MCX) is a powerful feature that allows Lion Server to manage system, user, and applications preferences on Macs connected, or bound, to an Open Directory domain. [more…]

How to Create Computer and Computer Group Accounts in Lion Server

Computer and computer groups can streamline management of client management preferences in Lion Server if you plan on using managed preferences.

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How to Configure Managed Preferences in Lion Server

Managed Preferences allows Lion Server to manage system, user, and applications preferences on Macs connected, or bound, to an Open Directory domain. To configure Managed Preferences, click the Preferences [more…]

How Managed Preferences Are Inherited, Combined, and Overridden in Lion Server

Because managed preferences can be applied to all types of accounts, you have a specific hierarchy for inheritance, combining, and overriding preferences in Lion Server. Some settings, such as controlling [more…]

How to Enforce Managed Preferences in Lion Server

When you configure Managed Preferences in Lion Server, system and user settings are preconfigured for easy management in Workgroup Manager under the Preferences icon. During this process, you are given [more…]

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