I have a number of workstations on a LAN with a new OS X Lion Server. The server is "set up," in that there are user accounts on the server, among other things, but I actually don't know how to connect the individual workstations to the Lion Server.

In the Windows world, this would be called "Joining the domain" and, depending upon setup, could include setting up home directories, directory redirection to the server, policies related to mapping certain drives, among any number of things.

Any help is appreciated. :-)


The server admin tools and associated documentation will walk you through how this works on Mac OS X. There are even worksheets that help you work through the myriad possibilities before you set up OS X Server.

It depends on how the server was "set up" so perhaps you can find out whether yours expects to control the user accounts and have the clients control themselves with a local policy file pointing to the server or if the server expects to set up the mac clients as well.

Hit the books and do know you can ask more specific questions later of one specific item is holding you up.

I prefer using System Preferences directly from the client until I'm comfortable with the specifics for each site...

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  • Ok, I'll dive in a bit. I have at least one workstation and access to the server to play around with it all. If you have any particular books or documentation I should read, please do let me know! – tcv Sep 19 '11 at 17:04
  • Hit the Profile Manager hard. You really want to set up a testing server on an isolated network to learn by doing and breaking test clients. Make sure you understand backup scenarios before you make live changes. Good Luck! – bmike Sep 19 '11 at 17:24
  • Thanks again. I can't say I'm relishing this. We're a Windows shop. :-) OH well. – tcv Sep 19 '11 at 17:55

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