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Enterprise Mac Managed Preferences by Greg Neagle, Edward Marczak

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Chapter 3. Understanding Directory Services

In Mac OS X, managed preferences and directory services are intertwined. Managed preferences data is stored in directory services. Mac OS X machines use directory services to obtain information about users, groups, computers, services, and more. In this chapter, we'll discuss directory services, some common directory service configurations, and how directory services relate to managed preferences.

What Are Directory Services?

The term "directory service" refers to a store of information used by the operating system. Typically, this information store contains information about users and groups. It often contains information about computers and resources like printers and services, and may contain information ...

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