“Open Directory, Mac OS X’s native directory service, allows users to both manage local accounts and to create shared directory domains hosted by Mac OS X Server. With shared directory domains, administrators can create network accounts that can be used to log into computers and to access server-based resources throughout an organization’s network,” Ryan Faas reports for Computerworld.
“Open Directory leverages several powerful technologies, including OpenLDAP and Kerberos, to provide a secure and scalable environment. It provides single-sign on to services within a network, supplies powerful home directory options and sports an extremely comprehensive client management architecture,” Faas reports.
“Despite the complex technologies that make up Open Directory, Apple has made an incredible effort to make the platform easy to set up and manage. While this article isn’t a comprehensive manual for designing an Open Directory infrastructure, it is a guide to the basic configuration process,” Faas reports.
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