Configuring a network home directory

For each user whom you want to have a network home directory, you must specify the location in Active Directory.

Note:   In earlier releases you had to first create a network home directory for a user if you planned to also create a portable home (mobile home) directory for that user. With the current release, you can create portable home directories for users without first creating network home directories for those users.

Configuring a network home directory for a user connected to Auto Zone:

  1. Create a network share to host the home directory.

    For example, on the dc-demo server ( domain), create a network share called MacUsers.

    You must assign appropriate permissions to the network shared directory so the Active Directory account is able to write to the user’s home directory. One way to do this is to assign read/write permissions to Authenticated Users on the network share. Each home directory that is created inherits permission from the network share so the account of the logged-in user is granted write permission its network home directory. See Setting shared directory permissions for more details about properly setting and fine-tuning network share permissions.

  2. On a domain controller in the forest to which the Mac OS computer is joined, open Active Directory Users and Computers.

  3. Select Users, select the user, then right-click the user and click Properties.

  4. Click the Profile tab, then under Home folder select Connect.

  5. In Connect...To type the location of the share you created in Step 1 by using the following format:


    For example:

  6. Click OK to save the user profile.

  7. (Optionally) By default, the agent is configured to use the Active Directory home folder if one is specified in a user’s profile. However, to be explicit, you can edit the configuration file and add the following parameter:

    auto.schema.use.adhomedir: true

    Save and close the file.

  8. Specify the type of share to mount for the network home directory on the Mac computer, SMB, or AFP.

    By default, the Mac computer will attempt to mount an SMB share for the network home. If you specified an AFP share, you must set the following parameter in the configuration file:


    Or enable the Computer Configuration > Policies > Centrify Settings > DirectControl Settings > Adclient Settings > Auto Zone remote file service group policy to specify SMB (the default) or AFP for all Mac computers.

  9. Optionally, if you want the network home directory to be mounted automatically on the user’s computer, enable the following group policy: User Configuration > Policies > Centrify Settings > Mac OS X Settings > Automount Settings > Automount user’s Windows home.

When the specified user next logs onto the Mac computer, the home directory will be created on the specified share. On the Mac computer, you should see the server and share under SHARED in the Finder.