The prospect of introducing Apple’s Mac into a well-tuned and functioning Windows environment brings with it many questions and challenges. Will Macs be able to access network resources? Can they be joined to an Active Directory domain? What sort of deployment and management options are there for Macs? We’ve got the answers to these questions, along with some tips and tools to make your Mac-Windows integration as smooth as possible.
For several years, Macs have included support for accessing Windows shared files and printers through Apple’s implementation of Samba. And Apple does provide an Active Directory plug-in to Mac OS X’s authentication and directory services components that allows Macs to be joined to a domain and to authenticate users via their Active Directory credentials.