[K12OSN] OS X with Linux or Windows Home Folders?

Shane Sammons shane.sammons at gmail.com
Fri Sep 21 14:36:22 UTC 2007

Thanks Jim!
I will let you know how I make out, I just got Ubuntu Desktop (7.04)
installed on my server now updating, for some reason the server version
wouldn't initialize the keyboard. I will see how I make out with the sharing
on Linux. I also have the Windows 2003 server to keep playing with as well.
Hopefully I will find a way to move the students network systems off to one
of the two servers. Both have 250Gb mirrored drives, much better then the
single 60 un-mirrored on the OSX server (don't ask was purchased before I
got here).

Again thank you for the help so far.


On 9/20/07, Jim Kronebusch <jim at winonacotter.org> wrote:
> On Thu, 20 Sep 2007 13:40:52 -0400, Shane Sammons wrote
> > Maybe someone here would know. I have search Google and I keep getting
> > instructions on NFS shares, Samba, etc. Yet, not one has been setting up
> and
> > moving user home folder in OS X Workgroup Manager from local AFP shares
> to
> > an SMB or NFS share.
> >
> > I created a basic Windows share and entered smb:\\\students
> > with username in both of its fields and that didn't work. I then tried
> the
> > username:password at Workgroup/servername/share format. Still account were
> made
> > locally.
> >
> > I am not going to setup an Ubuntu Server and see if I can do it with NFS
> > shares. However, again no luck with finding documentation on it. I have
> > found notes of issues with the file locking of 10.3 systems which we
> use.
> >
> > Would anyone here know and be a good resource for this or perhaps could
> > direct me to some documentation?
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Shane Sammons
> Well this isn't exactly for what you want to do, but maybe it will give
> you a clue as to
> what you need to do.  Here is a howto I posted a few years back on getting
> OSX to work
> with LDAP and NFS home's.  http://www.1-cs.com/osxldap.html
> Section 3 and 4 might have what you need.  If your setup is currently
> using the local
> /home folder you could use these instructions to mount /home from a nfs
> server on
> startup to your local /home server (if your user data is stored in a
> different location
> by default such as Users, you should be able to change the instructions to
> use that
> location).  Warning, you can hose a system pretty quick in NetInfo
> Manager.  Have a
> backup :-)
> One other thing I had a problem with.  Mac doesn't use a file extension by
> default and
> store data about the file in a bazillion .Apple* whatever files.  For some
> reason this
> broke for me when using NFS.  All files needed an extension or they just
> showed up with
> a terminal icon and users didn't know how to open them.  I think NFS
> breaks apples
> communication with the sill .Apple crap, where AFP and SMB didn't.  Maybe
> I was one of
> the lucky ones to get this problem and things will be better for
> you.  Fix, make users
> add extensions to all their files (yeah right).
> If you want to use samba, you may be able to change the vfstype to smb.
> Hope this helps.
> Jim
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