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“My Documents” on to a
Mac OS X+
From Server 2003 Instructions Created By
Yevgeny Zharovsky

• You have an existing Domain “”
• You are sharing your “My Documents” from a files server and not a DC (Domain
• You have full administrative rights to your domain “”
• Your Mac is not yet bound (Bind-ed) to the Domain. (you are not yet
authenticating against LDAP/AD)
o If you are bound to the Domain already just skip the Binding instructions
and simply edit the necessary settings in Directory Access.
Microsoft Server Side Configuration

We have Apple Talk On (on the file server)

You must have NetBIOS enabled

Install “Apple Talk Protocol” (I am not sure how crucial this is, but I had it installed)

Enable “NetBIOS” (The Default settings, just like in the picture)

In Active Directory
User Account Properties
Profile Tab
Enter the “Profile path:” for the Windows Profile
Ex. “\\FileServer\Users\Account\Profile
Enter the “Connect:” for the Mac User HomeFolder
Ex. \\FileServer\Users\Account\My Documents

(It does not matter to the Mac what letter you map your connection as, however make
sure it does not conflict with your Windows clients, they will see the Mapping as the
letter you indicate.)

The Microsoft Server Side Configuration is now over; yes it is that easy.
Mac Client Side Configuration
Binding to the Domain & Settings for Directory Access

Login to the Mac as a Local Admin

Open “Directory Access” (use: Finder – Applications – Utilities – Directory Access)

Select “Active Directory”

Click “Configure”
Active Directory Domain: your domain name (Disclaimer: I have found that most times
you can not enter the full domain name, you must only enter the first part of the domain.
Ex. “”
only enter “ibm”
Computer ID: Enter the desired computer name, this name will go in to Active
Directory. Make sure the name does not conflict with any existing PCs or Macs.
Click “Bind…”

Username: Domain Administrator Username

Password: Domain Administrator Password
Click “Ok”
Click on Show Advanced Options
Make sure to uncheck “Force local home…”
Check “Use UNC path…”
Click “Ok”

Name: Administrator Username for Mac

Password: Administrator Password for Mac
Click “Ok”

Almost Done!
You still need to go to Accounts and tell the Mac not to login with the Local Admin
Open: “System Preferences”

Click on “Login Options”

If it is grayed out you must Click on “Click the lock to make changes”

If you Clicked on “Click the lock to make changes”

You will be prompted to enter the Administrative Username and Password
Click “Ok” Now Click on “Login Options”
This is the “Login Options” screen
Change the option from “Automatically log in as” to “Name and password”
Just as it is shown in the picture.

(After this change you will be presented with a login screen every time the machine is
started; similar to Windows Login)

Logoff or restart the machine and try logging in with your domain account, everything
should work now.