Trying to create roaming profile for Apple Mac computers

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Im trying to create roaming profile for Apple MAC systems which are connected to Win 2k3 ADS. I set the path on the Active Directory Access options. But the profile stores only on local system. Not on the roaming path I specified. Roaming profile is the same Win2k3 AD server. Anyone have idea on the same? Guru
ASKED: February 7, 2009  7:29 AM
UPDATED: December 9, 2010  9:55 AM

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The solution for the roaming profile is found as its established in some of our client places. It works fine & its very simple. Here you go.

Generally in a Mac system, users profiles are stored user /Users directory as “Documents and settings”‘ in windows XP. When you mount this directory from a common storage, the profile stored under this directory will become roaming.

1. Make sure the Mac systems are joined to the domain controller and an ADS user can log on successfully. Use “Directory Utility” under “Utilities” menu to join the system to the domain.

2. Backup all the contents from /Users to the storage or somewhere locally.

3. Configure automount
- Go to “Utilities” -> “Directory Utility”
- Select the domain and click “Show advanced options”
- Click “Mounts” tab and add automount as mentioned below.
Remote NFS URL: nfs://server_name/share_name/path/to/profile/directory
Mount location: /Users
Additional mount parameters: -P,-T

Apply the settings and this will mount the remote shared folder or we can name it as Roaming Profile Space – under /Users directory

4. Enable roaming profile
- Go to “Utilities” -> “Directory Utility”
- Select the domain and click “Show advanced options”
- Click “Services” -> Select “Active Directory” and click “Show advanced option”
- Click “User experience” tab and select the option “Create mobile account at login”.

5. Reboot the system and log in as any ADS user. The Roaming shared folder will be mounted and the user profile will be created on the shared folder.

IMPORTANT: On the shared folder(if its Linux based NFS shared folder), initially the folders inside the user profile directory will have “root” as owner. Log on the roaming server and change the ownership to the user using

chown -R <username> <user_profile_path>

This is the well known chown command for linux.

This will work.

Thanks,
Guru Bhai

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  • GuruBhai
    [...] stores only on local system. Not on the roaming path I specified. View original post here:  Trying to create roaming profile for Apple MAC: February 7th, 2009 in Mac info | tags: active-directory, create-roaming, mac, only-on-local, [...]
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  • sakyol
    Can we do the same with an smb share?
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  • Devnatu
    hey is it done on the server or on the client machine and also if its client machine then 10.5 or 10.6 as i am unable to find mount tab. All i get is mounting and that dosent have any fields thats stated in the instruction. please help. thansk Dev natu
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