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Apple Pro Training Series: OS X Lion Server Essentials by Ben Greisler, Arek Dreyer

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Preparing for a Network Home Folder

By default, when a person uses a Lion computer that is bound to an Open Directory server hosted on a Lion Server and logs in as a network user, she gets a home folder created in the /Users folder of that client computer’s boot volume. One challenge, however, is that if the user moves from one computer to another, her home folder does not move with her; the documents she edited on the first computer are not available on the second computer. One solution to this problem is to provide a network home folder for a network user; when a network user logs in to a bound Mac, the computer retrieves the account information from a shared directory domain. The Mac uses the value of the location of the user’s home folder, ...

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