Setting up Open Directory on Apple’s Mac OS X Server

Apple Store“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.

Full article here.


  1. Wooohooo. Just what I need for the house and kids.

    Just kidding.

    This is cool if you are working in med to large companies and need the type of directory and services this provides.

  2. Is Server expensive? Compared to what? Windows Server??? There IS a 10-user version of OS X Server for $499 or so. Were it in the $250 range as Coule desires I suspect many more of us would install it in place of the workstation version just so we could get more comfortable and familiar with it.

  3. Too bad that Apple dropped the ball on the OSX server. I am running one and have been running other PC platform servers for years.

    Why can Apple not make the admin of a web server at least as user friendly as any of the other PC/Linux based server control panels???????? Why?? why??

    And why is my OSX Tiger server randomly renaming the server name, by adding a -1 or -2 or -3 after the server volumne????

    Making it impossible for software to be developed to work on multiple machines logging into the same server.

    Shame on you Apple for dropping the ball, I will have to look for other platforms to host my sites.

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