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Integrating OS X with Active Directory

This course will be based on OS X Yosemite

Integrating OS X Yosemite with Active Directory environment is a two days course for those looking to add OS X Yosemite to their Active Directory infrastructure.

The course, designed for support technicians, takes you through all the key stages of OS X integration, from installing OS X, configuring OS X Networking, joining an OS X client to an Active Directory Domain, configuring OS X Open Directory to work with Active Directory, Using OS X Server to deploy profiles to OS X and iOS clients and troubleshooting integration issues.

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Learning Objectives

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Install OS X Yosemite
  • Install OS X Yosemite
  • Configure OS X Yosemite
  • Configuring networking
  • Configuring user environments
  • Join Open Directory to an Active Directory Domain
  • Configure Profile Manager
  • Creating device profiles
  • Creating user profiles
  • Troubleshooting OS X


An understanding of OS X Yosemite, knowledge of TCP/IP and a Active Directory

Course Content


  • Welcome
  • Agenda and Objectives

OS X Yosemite (10.10)

  • OS X Yosemite overview
  • Installing Yosemite locally
  • Deploying Yosemite
  • Yosemite basics
  • Configuring basic network settings, computer name and creating (local) user accounts

Active Directory

  • Why Integrate? What does a Directory Service offer?
  • Pre-requisites for AD Integration
  • Preparing AD for OS X Integration
  • local domains and how they may impact on OS X

Binding OS X to Active Directory

  • DNS - recap of what it does and how to check it is correctly set up
  • DNS - testing - Network Utility and Terminal
  • Simple binding
  • Advanced binding options
  • Binding with Terminal
  • Kerberos - overview and testing

User Data Management

  • Home directories - Local, Mobile, Network
  • Default behaviour and best practice
  • Deprecated technologies

Troubleshooting Integration Issues

  • Troubleshooting binding and login issues

Dual Directory Integration

  • What are Open Directory and LDAP?
  • "Magic Triangle"
  • Managing devices in a dual directory environment
  • Brief overview of third party AD plug-in options

Managing OS X in Dual Directory Environments

OSX Server overview

  • Installing OS X Server - including pre-requisites
  • Configuring OS X Server
  • Understanding and configuring Open Directory Masters and Replicas
  • SSL Certificates - Self Signed vs CA issued
  • Backing up OS X Server

Management in Practice

  • Legacy tools - Workgroup Manager
  • Introduction to Profile Manager
  • Profile Manager pre-requisites
  • How does APNS work, and what does it need?

Configuring OS X Server to Manage Devices

  • Configuring Profile Manager
  • Enrolling Devices to Profile Manager
  • Creating Profiles to manage devices
  • Deploying Profiles
  • Manage, Lock and Wipe devices

Integrating Management with Active Directory

  • Binding OS X Server to AD and managing settings for AD users and groups
  • Enabling AD Single Sign On from OS X Server
  • Managing share points, login window options etc


  • Common issues - how to avoid them and how to resolve them!
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