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  1. What protocol does the Active Directory plug-in use to retrieve directory data from an Active Directory service?
  2. How does the Active Directory plug-in generate the numerical user ID by default?
  3. What is the default location for an Active Directory user’s home folder?
  4. When binding to Active Directory, what information do you need to supply?
  5. What are two ways to provide Managed Preferences for Active Directory users?
  6. What is the possible danger of making changes to an Active Directory schema?
  7. If you change the IP address of your Mac OS X computer, will it update the DNS record in Active Directory’s DNS service?


  1. LDAP. The Active Directory plug-in also relies on DNS records.
  2. The Active Directory plug-in generates the numerical user ID based on the object-GUID in Active Directory.
  3. Unless you specify otherwise, an Active Directory user who logs in to Mac OS X gets a home folder created in the /Users folder of the startup disk.
  4. You need to supply the Active Directory domain name, a computer name for Mac OS X, and the name and password of a user who has permission to bind computers to the Active Directory domain.
  5. You can extend the Active Directory schema. You can bind a Mac OS X client computer to an ancillary Open Directory server; and you can provide Managed Preferences at the workgroup, computer and computer group level.
  6. It is difficult to undo schema changes to Active Directory. Windows Server 2003 offers more flexibility than Windows Server 2000. You can flag any schema changes you made as inactive with Windows Server 2003, but you can never delete them.
  7. Yes, Mac OS X v10.5 supports dynamic DNS updates.
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