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10.3 Server: Disable 'Mobile Accounts' in Panther Server OS X Server
Panther Server has a new feature entitled "Mobile Accounts" whereby a user's account information is copied to the hard drive for access when they aren't wired into the network. While it sounds promising, I was a little disappointed with the results. By Apple's own admission this feature does not sync any files or preferences for the user; it merely caches some login data. Worse, once I had set it up, it refused to revert to the former (Network) Home folder.

For anyone else out there wanting to disable a "Mobile Account," you need to open NetInfo Utility, authenticate (if necessary) and delete the "user" record for the user in question. You should then be able to log out and back in and be back to a Network Home folder.

Surprisingly enough, the NetInfo record DOES need to be removed ... simply turning off NetInfo in the Directory Access Utility didn't fix the problem on our G4 PowerBook.
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10.3 Server: Disable 'Mobile Accounts' in Panther Server
Authored by: jdera on Jan 14, '04 12:23:14PM

You don't need to go into NetInfo Manager. If your computer has a mobile account on it, the account will appear in the Accounts pane of System Preferences. From there you can simply delete the user using any administrator account. Deleting the mobile account user on the client machine will not affect it on the server.



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10.3 Server: Disable 'Mobile Accounts' in Panther Server
Authored by: stayathome on Jan 14, '04 05:51:25PM

I haven't tried the mobile accounts yet, because I can't even use 'normal' network home folders. How did you get around the FontBook and font-management related problems with network home Directories?



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