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OS X Mountain Lion Server For Dummies by John Rizzo

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Managing Accounts with Workgroup Manager

As Uncle Ben Parker reminds fans of Spider-Man, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Workgroup Manager has great power for modifying the directory databases in Mountain Lion Server, so care in understanding the capability of this server tool is critical to healthy account management.

remember.eps Workgroup Manager is not installed with Mountain Lion Server. You must download it separately from http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1567.

tip.eps You can open Workgroup Manager installed on any Mac OS X 10.8 computer connected to the same network as the Open Directory master (see Chapter 5). For the most consistent results in Workgroup Manager, connect directly to the Open Directory master. Don’t connect to replica servers or any server bound to the directory. Replica servers contain read-only copies of the directory databases that are periodically synchronized from the master, so editing accounts on replicas forces directory updates on the master from the replica; instead, the master needs to update the replicas.

Connecting to the server and authenticating to the directory

Workgroup Manager is preconfigured to connect to the server on which it’s installed. In the Workgroup Manager Connect screen, enter the address, username, and password of the local administrator ...

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