I am using macOS 10.12, Sierra, and I've two local accounts (the one created during unboxing and a backup one).

This is a work laptop and I would like to use my Active Directory credentials to login instead of the loca account. I would also like to get integrated network login etc... but this would be a bonus, it's not a requirement.

I've followed Join your Mac to a network account server and read Best Practices for Integrating OS X with Active Directory.

I can easily join the Mac to the domain and can use AD Utilities to browse objects inside the domain so I assume it's working. Now I cannot find how to 'link' my existing local account to a specific AD account.

The accounts are:

  • local account: simoneavogadro (/Users/simoneavogadro) display "Simone Avogadro"
  • Active directory account: simoneavogadro ([email protected]) display name: "Simone Avogadro"

Currently, if I logout & login I must use the local password to login. The AD one will not work. This makes sense to me since I can't find how to 'link' the two things (how to tell the Mac which AD Object to bind for login)

  • So the Login Window users shakes when entering your AD username and password? Also, do you plan on using a local home directory or network home directory?
    – MacManager
    Commented Oct 20, 2016 at 14:57
  • I want to use a local home directory and to be able to login even when offline. I don't see any 'option' to use a network login, I tried: wiselab\simoneavogadro and simoneavogadro as usernames but in both cases the password field shakes. Commented Oct 20, 2016 at 15:13
  • any hint on log files to check ? Commented Oct 20, 2016 at 15:14
  • You can enable the option to show network users at the Login Window, which may help. If domain\username isn't working then try username@domain?
    – MacManager
    Commented Oct 20, 2016 at 15:41

1 Answer 1


Once AD logins are working as expected I think the best answer here is to re-use your current home folder rather than trying to link accounts.

Since you're using a local home for the AD user you can shuffle the home folders and update the ownership. Be sure to do this from another account- not the local user or the AD user (you may have to create a temporary admin user).

To be clear, don't do this until you have AD logins working properly... :)

For example:

sudo mv /Users/aduser /Users/aduser-orig
sudo mv /Users/localuser /Users/aduser
sudo chown -R aduser:staff /Users/aduser
  • pretty interesting, thanks. However I don't really understand why I 'cannot' login using AD credentials, I don't find any hint if this is due to the local and remote account using the same username or what else Commented Oct 21, 2016 at 9:04
  • Oh, the local user and AD user have the same username? That might be a problem... Sorry, I'm not an AD expert so not sure why it's failing off hand.
    – MacManager
    Commented Oct 21, 2016 at 12:27

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