Mac OS X: Join your Mac to a Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials domain By Mariette Knap Client computers, Cloud enabled server solutions, Mac, Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials how to join a mac to a windows domain server 2012, yosemite, mavericks, connector With Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials we have a Connector that can be used by browsing to http://servername/connect and it will download the Connector software to your Mac. Learn how to connect your Mac to the Windows domain and enjoy the best of both worlds. Feature comparison Launchpad Apple Macintosh client Microsoft Windows Client Backup Uses Timemachine Native Client Computer Backup Remote Web Access The Remote Web Access site enables you to connect to other computers and to access some of the network resources from within the office or from any remote location with an Internet-enabled computer. The Remote Web Access site enables you to connect to other computers and to access some of the network resources from within the office or from any remote location with an Internet-enabled computer. Shared Folders Click Shared Folders to open Windows Explorer to the location of the shared folders on the server. Click Shared Folders to open Windows Explorer to the location of the shared folders on the server. Dashboard Not available for Mac Click Dashboard to open the Sign in page for access to the Windows Server Essentials Dashboard. After you sign in, a Remote Desktop connection to the server Dashboard opens Microsoft Office 365 Not available for Mac Click Microsoft Office 365 to access additional links to the Office 365 resources. Computer health alerts Alerts that appear on the Launchpad provide a quick status about the immediate health of the computer. To view information about a health alert, click an alert indicator to open the alert viewer. Health alerts appear in the viewer based on level of severity. The most severe alerts appear first in the list. Less severe alerts appear later in the list. Alerts that appear on the Launchpad provide a quick status about the immediate health of the computer. To view information about a health alert, click an alert indicator to open the alert viewer. Health alerts appear in the viewer based on level of severity. The most severe alerts appear first in the list. Less severe alerts appear later in the list. When I first started writing this tutorial I thought it would be clear that Connecting the Mac with the new Connector software would actually join the Mac to the Active Directory as you would expect but it does not. It creates a computer account in the active directory and lists it in the Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Dashboard but you cannot login to the domain with your Mac. So I thought it would be a good idea the join the Mac after I successfully ran the Connector installation and so I did. One thing you must be aware of that you use exactly the same AD computer name as you used in the Connector Wizard. See the below screenshot for that. 1. Connect the Mac with the Windows Server Essentials Connector Connecting that Mac to your Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials is really easy. Before you start with this procedure you should download the update connector from Download Windows Server Essentials Connector for Windows Server 2012 R2 from Official Microsoft Download Center. The last version is also compatible with the latest version of Apple Macintosh OS X. Open Safari and browse to http://servername/connect. Click on download software for Mac. Open ‘Connector for Mac’ to install it. Click Open. Use the username and password of your Mac Click Continue You can use the name of your server if DNS is working or use the IP address. Click Continue. Give your Mac a name to identify it on the Microsoft network. Now you need the credentials of the administrator of the Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials. We need to another description of this Mac. The Windows Server Launchpad is handy so I leave it checked. Click Close Use your Windows credentials to sign in to the Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials network. We can go to the shared folders and if you are also an admin on the Windows server you can view alerts on the server. 2. Join the Mac to a Windows Domain the classic way As we have found that the Connector not really joins the Mac to our Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials comain it is now time to use the classic procedure. I prefer this method because it allows me to use a domain account to authenticate with the Mac. Now that we have found that our Mac is not really joined to the domain we want to really join it and authenticate against the Active Directory when we login. Choose Users & Groups. Click the lock to unlock. Use a local Mac administrative account for this. Click Join. I am going to use the same name as we did when we connected the laptop to the Windows domain with the connector. I do this because I run the ‘classic join method’ now and hope to maintain the use of the Launchpad. This laptop has already a computer account in the Active Directory with the name ‘mac0001’. Click OK. Change ‘Display login windows as’ to ‘Name and password’. Click Options. Click ‘Only these network users’, click the +sign and choose the user(s) you want add. Make sure to change this in a checkmark, after that click the lock to prevent further changes. Logoff and login with your domain credentials Because you have used your domain credentials you can add a connection to your server shares without entering credentials. All security is now handled by our Windows Server Essentials and no passwords are stored locally on your Mac. Click on Contososerver All our shares are available.