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  Discover the Power of Open Directory
Subject:   local home dir?
Date:   2007-06-06 03:47:32
From:   noahgift
Response to: local home dir?

I can't agree with you more! I LOVE network home directories. I LOVE network Operating systems. For several months I worked off of a netbooted OD client with NFS Home Directories.


Stay tuned for the second article. I mentioned in my summary this barely scratches the surface of Open Directory. In the second article we will setup a common NFS Home Directory for a Cent OS/RHEL client and an OS X client. This has never been documented before and makes your Mac a true *nix machine.


In the third article we get even crazier and setup network home directories for a Windows Machine served up off of a Mac, and authenticated to Open Directory!


There are some cases where you would need to authenticate to Open Directory, yet keep a separate offline folder. Specifically, you may have an expensive Final Cut Pro Suite that does uncompressed HD editing directly off of a XSAN. You may not want to keep your user directory on the network if you have a poor infrastructure as it could cause network hangs. If you have a great network infrastructure with expensive Cisco switches and GigE throughout the building then it probably won't be an issue.


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  1. shamless plug & I look forward to the windows article
    2007-06-07 02:10:32  Jerky [View]

    • Noah Gift photo shamless plug & I look forward to the windows article
      2007-06-07 04:22:00  Noah Gift | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

      • shamless plug & I look forward to the windows article
        2007-06-07 10:49:54  Jerky [View]

        • Noah Gift photo shamless plug & I look forward to the windows article
          2007-06-07 15:31:37  Noah Gift | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

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