July 30, 2014

Integrating Mac OS X into Unix LDAP Environment with NFS Home Directories

Using Work Group Manager with LDAP

Apple provides Workgroup Manager application, that can be used to manage share points, users, groups and network-wide macintosh policies. It can be downloaded as a separate package here and run on any mac desktop that is configured with LDAP services. Please follow to this post to read more about how to setup and use the WGM with LDAP.


  1. Apple Discussions
  2. Apple Mailing Lists
  3. AFP548 Website
  4. MacEnterprise Website
  5. Mac OS X Server 10.4 Manuals
  6. Open Directory and Active Directory
  7. Integrating Mac OS X And Novell eDirectory – Intro
  8. Integrating Mac OS X in a NIS Environment
  9. Using automount on Mac OS X

Integrating Mac OS X into Unix LDAP Environment with NFS Home Directories:HowTo Series:Rajeev Karamchedu

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  1. Rajeev,

    Ben is not alone; 10.6 does indeed do nothing when you click “write to server”. I have run tcpdump on the client, and it does not even try to make a network connection. So sadly, I don’t think this works for 10.6, so I’ve had to resort to passing around the .plist configuration to the clients, which kinda stinks. For reference, I use SSL with my configuration and the ACL’s are correct, because if I manually update the mappings on the clients, everything works just fine.

  2. I’ve got most of this working but I can’t get a user’s groups to come across. Only the primary group is associated with the user on login. Any ideas?

  3. I can’t for the life of me get Workgroup Manager working with my CentOS openldap server. It just can’t or won’t connect. Logs don’t seem to give any clues. Is there something specific in the ldap setup that identifies an OD master as OD instead of LDAP? Is this the problem? I can’t authenticate at all yet so sticking to Apache Directory Studio.


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