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Lesson 9. Managing Accounts > Managing User, Group, and Computer List Accounts

Managing User, Group, and Computer List Accounts

When you log in to a Mac OS X system using a local user account, both the user account information and the home folder are stored on that computer. This arrangement is difficult for an administrator to manage, as the user configuration on each computer has to be managed individually and locally. Mac OS X Server provides two additional types of user account—created and managed by Workgroup Manager—that can be used in Mac OS X:

  • Network: A Mac OS X Server user account with the following characteristics:

    The account information can reside in any Open Directory domain accessible from the Mac OS X Server that needs to use the account. A directory domain can reside on a Mac OS X computer (for example, the LDAP directory of an Open Directory master) or it can reside on a non-Apple server (for example, an LDAP or Active Directory server). The user's home folder can be stored on the same server as the directory domain that contains the user's account, or it can be stored on another file server.

  • Mobile: A Mac OS X Server user account with the following characteristics:

    Two synchronized accounts. The main account resides in a shared directory domain. The second account is a copy of the main account and resides in the local domain of the user's computer. The user's home folder resides locally, in the user's computer.


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