superwashu Absent Member.
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NFA Mac home directories... a good idea?

We currently run a "magic triangle" configuration with OS X Server handling preference management and home directories.

We would like to minimize the use of OS X Server as much as possible -- the next version (10.6) won't support our hardware (a two year old XServe G5) and... well I haven't been too pleased with Apple's server offerings since I started using them.

My simple question: Is it okay to use the NetWare homes as Mac homes via NFA? I already know it is possible -- I've set it up by modifying a client's fstab -- my question to people who may have tested it more than me is "are there any gotchas?"

Assuming this can work well, how are people doing it? /etc/fstab isn't really an option on a multi-user system.

thanks for any input!
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superwashu Absent Member.
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Re: NFA Mac home directories... a good idea?

To answer my 2nd question "how are people doing it" it is simply a matter of adding mount objects with appropriate attributes. I believe this was stated elsewhere in the forum but I didn't really understand it at the time (I'm not an eDir guy)

Here are the records/attributes I'm using on the mount object.

cn =

apple-mountDirectory = /Network/Servers

apple-mountOption = net
-------------------- = url==afp://;AUTH=NO%20USER%20AUTHENT@
(that's two values for this one)

apple-mountType = url

And on the test user (stevejobs, of course!) I have

OSX Home = /Network/Servers/
(generally one uses apple-user-homeDirectory for this but we had trouble mapping it with Emu)

apple-user-homeurl = <home_dir><url>afp://</url><path>USERS/stevejobs</path></home_dir>

For Mac folks wanting to know how this relates to mounting with Connect To Server, basically you tell it afp://, select staff-network-drive from the list, and the USERS folder is in the root level of that volume.

Hope this is helpful for someone.
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