- Telling Your Server How To Share with Other Macs
- Now That the Servers Ready to Share, Create Some Share Points
- Three Share Points that Apple Assumes You Need (But You Probably Dont)
- Making Share Points Behave
- Automounting Share PointsIts About More than Just Connecting Them
- Giving Permissions to Share Points and Files Within Them
- When Owner, Group, and Everyone Arent Enough: Access Control Lists
- Theres No Place Like Home, Even If Its a Home Directory Nowhere Near Kansas
- Configuring Home Directories
- Using Quotas to Keep Users From Storing Too Much Stuff
- When Do You Actually Build Home for Your Users?
- Securing Home Directory Access
- Making Users Feel More At Home By Altering the Home Directory Template
- Saying Goodbye to Users and Deleting Their Home Directories
There’s No Place Like Home, Even If It’s a Home Directory Nowhere Near Kansas
Home directories or home folders serve two functions in a Mac OS X. First, they serve as a personal network folder in which users can store files. Second, home directories serve as a place to store user preferences and settings for applications and operating system options. This allows users to have a personal configuration that follows them regardless of which computer within in an Open Directory environment they use (much like roaming profiles in a Windows network). Their desktop patterns, web browser bookmarks, application settings, and personal files remain the same regardless of workstation.
A user’s home directory is listed with a home icon in the sidebar in Mac OS X 10.3 Finder windows. It can also be accessed using the Shift+Apple+H key combination in all Mac OS X versions, by selecting Home from the Finder’s Go menu, or by clicking the home button in the toolbar at the top of Finder windows in Mac OS X 10.2 and earlier.