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  1. What protocol does the Active Directory connector use to retrieve directory data from an Active Directory service?
  2. How does the Active Directory connector 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 connector also relies on DNS records.
  2. The Active Directory connector generates the numerical user ID based on the objectGUID 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 volume.
  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 then provide managed preferences at the workgroup, computer, and computer group level.
  6. It is difficult to undo schema changes to earlier implementations of Active Directory. Windows Server 2003 and later offer 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, the Active Directory connector in Mac OS X supports Active Directory dynamic DNS updates, and has since Mac OS X v10.5.
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