Configuring a local home directory

In general, you do not need to explicitly configure local home directories for your Active Directory users because Auto Zone is configured to work for Active Directory users exactly as if they were local users. That is, by default, an Active Directory user who logs in to a Mac computer that is joined to a domain through Auto Zone is given a local home directory at /Users/username. For example, for a user, Glen Morris, whose login name is gmorris, the local home directory is set to: /Users/gmorris.

Although it generally isn’t necessary to explicitly configure the agent for local home directories, in some situations you might want to do so. For example, if a Windows user has a local home directories defined in their Active Directory profile, that home directory will be assigned when the user attempts to log in and may prevent the user from logging in. The agent provides a configuration parameter (auto.schema.use.adhomedir)that you can set to ignore home directories in an Active Directory profile and always set the home directory to the default (/Users/username).

To explicitly configure a computer for local home directories:

  1. On the Mac computer, edit the configuration file, /etc/centrifydc/centrifydc.conf.
  2. Add the following two parameters:
    auto.schema.use.adhomedir: false
    auto.schema.homedir: /Users/%{user}
    • Setting auto.schema.use.adhomedir to false configures the local computer to ignore any home directories that are set for users in Active Directory. This parameter is set to true by default.

    • Setting auto.schema.homedir: /Users/%{user} configures the local computer to set the home directory to /Users/username, where username is the user logon name defined in the user’s Active Directory account. Note that this parameter is set to this value by default on all Mac computers.

    Note:   If you plan to configure network-home or portable-home directories for this computer, you must set auto.schema.use.adhomedir to true, the default value, otherwise, the agent will ignore the network home directories that you specify for users in Active Directory.

  3. Save and close the file.