Using a Mac on Active Directory

Apple Mac computers and iOS devices are the creative's platforms of choice. However, it can be a challenge to integrate them into an organisation’s wider, typically Windows-based network.

Windows network integration involves interfacing with Windows Active Directory (AD). While Apple provides tools for this purpose, the experience of using them often falls short. Issues with user authentication, file management and connecting to network peripherals, like printers, may remain.

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Advantages of using EnhancedAD

  • aster login timesFaster login times
  • Simpler file sharingSimpler file sharing
  • Virtual Scratch DisksVirtual Scratch Disks
Faster login times

Faster login times

Logging in to a networked Mac or iOS device can take several minutes to complete. In live, timed situations, such as corporate presentations, lectures or school lessons, this could have problematic repercussions.

A long delay can break an audience’s focus and reduce productivity. In a classroom, it could spell the end of a controlled lesson, as students fail to stay on-task.

Simpler network file sharing and file management

Sharing files between users on the network is made easier with EnhancedAD: just right-click on a file. The action opens a dialogue box which allows sharing to occur. This is valuable for collaborative team projects and situations where quick feedback is required.

Simpler network file sharing and file management
Regular feature and security updates
Regular feature and security updates

Our software is updated with each OS release from Apple. This means migrating to a newer OS version should not cause conflicts or compatibility problems for your network. Thanks to our solution, it is also easy to release incremental updates or push out new antivirus definitions.


Counterpoint’s Apple network
configuration is the first I’ve encountered which I would
describe as being fit-for-purpose within a School.


– Thomas Phillips, IT Services Manager, Thurston Community College –


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