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Refer to these resources for updated and in-depth information.

Mac OS X Server Administration Guides

The following documents provide more information about integrating Mac OS X with Active Directory. These documents and more are available at

Introduction to Command-Line Administration

Open Directory Administration

Apple Knowledge Base Documents

Check for new and updated Knowledge Base documents at

Document HT3169, “Mac OS X 10.5 Server: Preventing DDNS registration for multiple interfaces”

Document HT3393, “Mac OS X 10.5 Directory Utility: Configuring ‘Prefer this domain server’ in the Active Directory connector”

Document HT3394, “Mac OS X 10.5: Verifying DNS consistency for Active Directory binding”

Document TA21463, “Using network homes with the Active Directory plug-in for Mac OS X 10.3.3 or later”

Document TA22948, “Mac OS X: Using the Active Directory plug-in in a multidomain controller environment”

Document TS1532, “Mac OS X 10.5: Active Directory—Name and password considerations when binding with Directory Utility or dsconfigad”

Document TS1534, “Mac OS X 10.5: Active Directory connector uses ‘macAddress’ attribute to locate computer account”

Document TS2495, “Mac OS X 10.5: Network home directory may not mount if bound to Active Directory”

Document TS2525, “Mac OS X 10.5: First 1000 results displayed when querying Active Directory”

Document TS2528, “Mac OS X 10.5: Managed Preferences settings not applied to computer bound to multiple directory services”

Document TS2967, “Mac OS X Server: Cannot authenticate to SMB shares when bound to Windows Server 2008 Active Directory”


Desmond, Brian, Richards, Joe, Allen, Robbie, and Lowe-Norris, Alistair G. Active Directory, Fourth Edition (O’Reilly Media, Inc., 2008)

Hunter, Laura E. and Allen, Robbie. Active Directory Cookbook, Third Edition (O’Reilly Media, Inc., 2008)

Kouti, Sakari and Seitsonen, Mika. Inside Active Directory: A System Administrator’s Guide, Second Edition (Addison-Wesley, 2004)

Marczak, Edward R. Apple Training Series: Mac OS X Advanced System Administration v10.5 (Peachpit Press, 2008)


Apple Professional Services Consulting Group:

Leveraging Active Directory on Mac OS X, Leopard Edition:

Domain Users Cannot Join Workstation or Server to a Domain:

Corrections to the Windows Server 2008 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant:

Windows Server 2003 Active Directory:

ExtremeZ-IP File Server:

Thursby ADMit Mac:

Centrify DirectControl for Mac OS X:

Likewise—Join Linux, Unix, and Mac to Active Directory:

SMB/CIFS Comparison:

Introduction to Microsoft Windows Services for UNIX 3.5:

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Performance Advisor:

Naming conventions in Active Directory for computers, domains, sites, and OUs:

AD Plugin Join Replication Issues:

Finding your Active Directory Site and Domain Controllers:

Fix for slow AD logins/joins caused by macAddress query:

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