Saturday, April 21, 2007

Open Directory / Active Directory Integration

Just this week I have been informed that I will be sitting on a panel at ACPE this year speaking about the intricacies of integrating Active Directory and Open Directory together in a school district setting.

It has been almost two years since I got this working for us, so I will have to go back and do some research into what it was we actually did.

Like always I wasn't excited about the suggested solutions that were out there from Apple and Microsoft. I decided not to rely as heavily on Active Directory as all of those methods suggested. Three years ago I made the decision that our data warehouse would be our authoritative directory, and with this in mind, AD and OD are merely separate systems that just sit out there and perform their duties. We don't rely on a directory service as heavily as many others do, so that made this fairly simple. Now we use AD strictly to manage Windows clients, and we use OD to manage all our OS X and Linux clients.

I will post more about our specific setup as I have time to go back and recreate everything that was done. I also will try and share what others that are on this panel are doing in this challenge endeavor as well.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007


Well, i have finally decided it is about time to get started blogging about the things I do on a daily basis. I have been planning to start this a while ago but I haven't had the time until now.

I think there is quite a community out there who struggle with the same issues I do working in a public school district that has limited financial resources, yet still has the expectations that we are a full blown corporate enterprise.

I will try and blog about successes we have in our work and the struggles we have as well. I also intend to talk about many other issues as they come up, such as the use of open source in K-12 education, and opportunities that exist in the new Web 2.0 world for education.