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Mac's and Active Directory issues: Are we the only ones?
posted by Daniel Cox  on May 9, 2018, 12:53 p.m. (5 years, 6 months, 21 days ago)
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I'm the Active Directory Admin at my company. We have a mixed environment of Mac's, Windows (Servers and workstations), and Linux (Servers) all on Active directory. I am trying to find out if our heartache with Mac's is typical in such a mixed environment or if it is unusual and I need to do some thing to make it more stable. The big issue that we see is that the Macs seem to stop talking to AD and require a reboot to get them going again and utilizing the central authentication. However in more problematic cases we have to unbind and re-bind the Macs to AD to get things working again. Now I have had Windows machines in the past go dumb and need to be re-added to AD so I know it is possible but with the Macs it seems like every week at least a couple need this to get working again. As far as we can tell there is no network issues that are dropping connections (at least not for long enough for a human or monitoring to notice). Are these kind of things typical in such an environment? Is there anything I can do to help keep everyone happily talking to one another and improve everyone's experience? Any help or insight you may be willing to share would be apprciated.

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