I have had two Mac Mini workstations (10.10.x) in a small office give me weird behavior. The server is a 10.10.4-based Mac Mini. All networking is done over ethernet.
I thought I had solved it on the first computer with some network infrastructure fixes and a re-imaging of the workstation, but the problem appeared on a second workstation months later. A network user logs in, and gets an error message of: “The home folder for user ‘xxxx’ isn’t located in the usual place or can’t be accessed.” When the user logs into another workstation, everything works fine.
Checking from terminal (df), their home folder appears to be mapped but their Desktop contents are not displayed on the screen. If I list files in the Desktop in terminal, all the files are there. Looking at Finder’s Go list of file locations, “Home” is grayed out. These signs make me think the problem is with Finder.
With Google I’ve found a couple of references to similar problems, the closest match being five years ago. The person solved the problem by deleting the extended attribute com.apple.FinderInfo (sudo xattr -d com.apple.FinderInfo /). However, when I try xattr -P, I get a response that the attribute does not exist. Not sure if Apple changed this or the solution simply isn’t relevant in my case. I also found mentions of Kerberos, but since this isn’t user specific I’m not sure that would be germane. Thoughts from any Kerberos experts?
I’ve un-enrolled the workstation and deleted all the profiles. Re-enrolled. Also rebound to the OD. I may be left in a situation of re-imaging this workstation too, but I’m hoping someone else has seen this or knows what I should try to fix?