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O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference
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Mac OS X and Active Directory: A Study in Directory Integration
Michael†Bartosh, 4am Media, Inc.

Track: Sys Admin and Networking
Date: Wednesday, October 29
Time:†4:15pm - 5:00pm
Location:†Stevens Creek

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Critical to Mac OS X's place in any enterprise is its ability to make use of enterprise directories -- centralized network repositories for users, groups, security policy, and other administrative data. Due to its ubiquitous nature, Microsoftís Active Directory plays a particularly important role. Mac OS Xís integration into Active Directory is an interesting phenomenon since itís not a product of any formalized cooperation between Apple and Microsoft. Rather, itís a product of open standards -- of two vendors conforming to an established specification for directory services protocols.

Unfortunately, many directory integration solutions are intrusive in nature, expecting administrators to alter existing infrastructures in order to incorporate Macs. Participants in this session will be exposed to Mac OS X's directory services infrastructure in depth, and will learn to leverage its capabilities to maximize end user satisfaction while minimizing impact on enterprise systems. While Active Directory is the primary example, these strategies are applicable to almost any directory service.

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