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Transition from Windows to mixed Win/Mac
May 30, 2008 1:14 PM   Subscribe

Windows network admin moving into the world of Macs. Where & what to learn?

I'm currently a school's IT director and know my Windows XP & server2k3. I like Windows.

Alas, we might be getting a number of Mac laptops in the next year or so (50-100). As such, I need to learn how to manage the Macs on my network. We'd still have a lot of Windows on the network.

I'm looking for tips or tricks on making a possible transition. Good resources for Windows-->Mac? Or good resources for Mac network management in general.
Heck, is managing a fair number of Macs even reasonable in a Windows server environment, or am I just better off getting a Mac server?
My experience with Macs is non-existent. My knowledge ends at their finally using TCP/IP instead of AppleTalk!
Too limit things down, I'm not looking for an MCSE-like tomb, but some resources to at least get me on my feet.

Of possible consequence is I do quite a bit of locking down through GPOs (can't change backgrounds, no editing of IE to use proxies, etc) and each student has their own (non-roaming or mandatory) log on with a mapped network home share. Of use would be knowing how AD & GPOs interact with Macs.

I'll also plan on getting Macs to mess with before anything's rolled out, but pointers beforehand sure can come in use.

Thanks!
posted by jmd82 to Computers & Internet (5 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
 
Integrating Macs with AD found with a casual search.

This seems like a great page for mapping AD and GPOs from the windows world to os x.
posted by zabuni at 1:28 PM on May 30, 2008


Previously today.
posted by odinsdream at 1:37 PM on May 30, 2008


AFP548 and Mike Bombich's site are essential.
posted by porn in the woods at 1:40 PM on May 30, 2008


In short? If it's a documented feature, and it's difficult, you're doing it wrong. This rule has helped many a sysadmin make the transition. Use it wisely, young padawan.
posted by SpecialK at 2:12 PM on May 30, 2008


A Guide to “Things MacOS X” on the Net...
posted by self at 6:04 PM on May 30, 2008


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