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Organizations wanting to integrate Mac OS X systems into their Windows-based enterprise network will most likely want to also centralize the storage of user home directories on a Windows server to ensure proper data security and backup policies are applied. While Mac OS X provides support for using SMB to access Windows shares, the native AFP protocol has many advantages for Mac OS X systems, and Group Logic's ExtremeZ IP Server enables a Windows server to fully support AFP clients such as Mac OS X.
This application note describes how to configure both DirectControl and ExtremeZ IP to enable users to log in to an OS X system with their Active Directory user ID and password to gain access to their home directory stored on a Windows server. The integration of DirectControl and ExtremeZ IP combine to provide IT administrators the tools and services they need to fully integrate Mac OS X systems into both the centralized administration and management that Active Directory provides as well as the centralized network storage that Windows Server provides, further reducing the cost of managing OS X systems in a Windows-centric enterprise.