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KB-2141: AD users with network home directories cannot save documents in their home directory on Mac OS X 10.7

Centrify Identity Service, Mac Edition ,  

12 April,16 at 11:45 AM

Applies to:

Centrify DirectControl on Mac OS X 10.7

 
Problem:
 
On Mac OS X 10.7, the new features "Auto Save" and "Versions" are introduced to save changes to documents automatically and keep an ongoing record of the document. 
 
AD users configured with a network home directory cannot save any documents to their network home folders if using an application that uses the "Auto Save" and "Versions" feature (e.g. TextEdit, iWork, etc.).

 
Cause:
 
The problem is caused by an Apple bug where the "Auto save" mechanism fails to save when using a network home directory. 
 
(Apple bug #10088097)

 
Workaround:
 
Method 1:
Create the AD user as a Mobile Account instead of Network Account.
 
Method 2:
Use the "Delete, and create symbolic link" group policy to redirect the auto save folder on the network share to any local folders.
 
For example:
For the TextEdit app;
Redirect: ~/Library/Containers
 
For the iWork app;
Redirect: ~/Library/Autosave Information
 
Notice: It is not recommended to redirect to /tmp/ as this directory is cleaned out when the Mac is rebooted.

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