Connecting Our Macs to Directory Services

Learn how to connect your Mac OS X devices to Directory Services. This is the first course in a series of eight courses designed to help you prepare for the ACA-Mac Integration exam.
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
May 9, 2016
Duration
2h 26m
Table of contents
Course Overview
Getting Started
Joining Your Mac to Active Directory
Joining Your Mac to Open Directory
Using the Command Line Interface
Logging In
Troubleshooting Mac Client Connectivity Issues
Wrapping Up
Description
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
May 9, 2016
Duration
2h 26m
Description

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.

About the author
About the author

Ken has over 30 years of IT experience. In his career he has worked as a NetWare Admin, Windows Admin, Senior Support Engineer, Trainer, and Consultant.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

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.

Getting Started
Hello, and welcome to Pluralsight. You're watching Getting Started. You know it's hard to believe that directory services has been around for as long as it has, about 30 years, imagine that, 30 years, and in that time it's only been the past few years that we've been able to actually integrate all of our devices together into a directory services environment. So imagine being finally able to manage all of our users and groups and shared resources all from directory services. So that's where we want to start with this particular course, is how we can connect our Macs into our directory services. So with that, let's get started.

Joining Your Mac to Active Directory
Hello, and welcome to Pluralsight. You're watching Joining Your Mac to Active Directory. You know, when Active Directory first came out back in 2000, it was almost impossible to be able to join your Mac to an Active Directory infrastructure and be able to use all the benefits of Active Directory. But of course, over time everything has evolved. Windows has gotten better, OS X has gotten better, and the compatibility between the two has grown greatly. I mean, we can now join a Mac to an Active Directory environment with very little effort and take advantage of all the benefits of Active Directory. And that's what we're going to focus on in this particular module, is how we can join our Macs to our Active Directory directory services. So, with that, let's get started.

Joining Your Mac to Open Directory
Hello, and welcome to Pluralsight. You're watching Joining Your Mac to Open Directory. Well, Active Directory is not the only directory service out there. In fact, there's one specifically designed for OS X Server, and that's called Open Directory, and Open Directory is the same equivalent to Active Directory, only it's designed for the Mac. So that means we can centralize our users and our groups and our password policy settings and all of those settings onto a Mac server. So that's what we're going to look at in this particular section. So with that, let's get started.

Using the Command Line Interface
Hello and welcome to Pluralsight. You're watching Using the Command Line Interface. So we saw in a previous clip how we could go through the process of taking our Mac computer and joining it into our Active Directory environment, though we did that from the GUI, the Graphical Interface side. And that was a quick and an easy way for us to actually go through that process. But keep in mind that that's more than one way to do the same process or the same thing when it comes to computers and especially when it comes to OS X. And that's what we want to focus on in this particular module is one of the other ways that we can do that and that's using the command line interface inside of Terminal. So with that, let's get started.

Logging In
Hello and welcome to Pluralsight. You're watching Logging In. Once you've joined your Macs to your Active Directory or Open Directory environment now comes the fun part, the actual logging in to that directory's services. When it comes to logging in we do need a valid username and a password, but when it comes to that username, there are certain ways that we can actually enter that in. And part of that's going to be based upon how your network is set up and what your network administrator has it set to or configured for for your environment. So that's what we're going to focus on in this particular module is the different usernames or at least the different ways we can enter in the usernames into our login screen. So with that let's get started.

Troubleshooting Mac Client Connectivity Issues
Hello and welcome to Pluralsight. You're watching Troubleshooting Mac Connectivity Issues. We can get everything planned out just perfectly and we can get our Macs and we can look at the configuration and we can get everything done just right, but still sometimes things happen. It doesn't matter how well we plan, it doesn't matter how well we get everything set up and configured, sometimes things just don't work right. And that's where this module comes in. And we're going to look at some of the different ways, both from the GUI, as well as the CLI, that we can use to help troubleshoot connectivity issues. So with that, let's get started.

Wrapping Up
Hello and welcome to Pluralsight. You're watching Wrapping Up. It's hard to believe that we've come to the end of this particular course. Don't worry, there's more coming up, but we have covered a lot in this short amount of time. We looked at how we could join our Macs to our Active and Open Directory environment and how we go through the login process. So let's go through a process of a quick review and verify that we were able to get everything in that we talked about at the very beginning of this course. So with that, let's get started.