In order to configure Directory Services, use the Directory Access application ( /Applications/Utilities), shown in Figure 3-2. You can enable or disable various directory service plug-ins, or change their configuration.
Figure 3-2. The Directory Access application shows the available plug-ins
Directory Access supports the following plug-ins:
This plug-in lets Mac OS X consult an Active Directory domain on a server running Windows 2000 or Windows 2003.
This is the ultimate Mac OS legacy protocol. AppleTalk was the original networking protocol supported by Mac OS versions prior to Mac OS X. Linux and the server editions of Windows also support AppleTalk.
This includes the Network Information
Service (NIS) and the
flat files located in the
/etc directory, such
services. By default, this option is switched
off. After you enable it, click Apply, switch to the Authentication
tab, choose Custom Path from the search menu, click the Add button,
/BSD/Local, and click Apply again.
This is the same version of LDAP used by Microsoft’s
Active Directory and Novell’s NDS. In addition to
the client components, Mac OS X includes
a standalone LDAP daemon. Mac OS X’s LDAP support
comes through OpenLDAP
(http://www.openldap.org), an open source LDAPv3