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Multiple Mac Connections without Additional Logins

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By Randall R. Saeks

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Posted: 22 Sep 2004

Here's a tip from reader Randy Saeks on how to connect users to another AFP volume or server in Macintosh OS X, without additional logins.

When users login via LDAP to an OS X machine, they will automatically connect to the server that has their home directory. If they want to use another volume or another server, they typically have to log in to the server again via the Connect to Server Application.

However, using Apple's workgroup manager in conjunction with Novell eDirectory enables the Mac Server to provide users with security and a managed client setting. To ensure that users automatically mount another volume or another server, here is what needs to be done:

  1. Set up the client and server as specified in this previous Cool Solution Posting:
  2. Once the MCXSettings have been setup, open workgroup Manager on the OS X server and select the user to apply the settings to.
  3. Click Preferences on the top menu bar.
  4. Click the Login icon from the list of options to specify what to run at login.
  5. Mount the server or volume to your desktop.
  6. Drag the server into the window, making sure that the ?Manage Settings? option is set to Always.
  7. Check the box "Mount with user's name and password".
  8. Repeat the above steps for each server or volume needed.

In addition, servers can be mounted but hidden so that the user cannot see them. This can help avoid avoid confusion. Once the server has been mounted, you can create a link to the folder on the server that users will need access to.

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