Active Directory (AD) in Windows (or Open Directory in Mac OS X) stores information about user and group accounts, computers, and servers in a secure central directory services structure. This allows the user to have a single user account and password for accessing resources across all servers on the network, such as shared folders, printers, e-mail, and databases. In this course, Connecting Our Macs to Directory Services, you will take a look at how to connect your Mac OS X devices into Windows Active Directory or OS X Open Directory. This is also the first course in a series of eight courses designed to help you prepare for the ACA-Mac Integration exam. You will cover topics such as joining your Mac to both the Active and Open Directories, using the Command Line Interface, and troubleshooting connectivity issues. By the end of this course, you will have a better understanding of how to connect your Mac to Directory Services and you'll be more prepared for the exam.
Course Overview Hello everyone. My name is Ken Mauldin, and welcome to my course, Connecting Our Macs to Directory Services. I'm a technical trainer at Fortinet, a network security company, and an author here at Pluralsight. Originally, Macs were only thought of for graphic design and video editing, but more users are migrating to Macs based upon their power and their ease of use. In this course, we are going to look at how we can join our Macs to our existing directory services environment, as well as help prepare you for the Apple Certified Associate Mac Integration exam. So what are some of the major topics that we'll look at? Well, the first one's going to be how we can connect our Macs to an Active Directory domain, both using the GUI and the command line. Now, depending on the environment you're in, some people really like the GUI site, some people really like the command line, and that's why we want to take a look at both of those environments. We're also going to look at how we can connect our Mac to an OS X Open Directory services environment as well. So if you happen to have Mac OS X Server installed and you're running Open Directory services, it's important to know how we can join our Mac to those environments in addition to Active Directory, so we're going to look at both sides. We also want to talk about some of the troubleshooting tools that are available for you from both the GUI, as well as the command line. By the end of this course, you'll know how you can join your Mac to an existing Active or Open Directory services environment, but you'll also know how to do some troubleshooting of basic network connectivity issues because you never know when they're going to arise inside your network. Before beginning this course, you should have at least a basic understanding of Mac OS X, of network connectivity. I do hope you'll join me on this journey to learn to connect or bind our Mac to our existing network infrastructure with Connecting our Macs to Directory Services course here at Pluralsight.