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OS X Mountain Lion: Join your Mac to a network account server

Join your Mac to a network account server

A network account server is a computer on a network that’s used to authenticate users when they use such network services as mail, calendar, and instant messaging. In small networks, network services may be provided by the network account server, but in larger networks, other servers are likely to provide them.

About network account servers

Before you can use network services, you need to join your Mac to a network account server.

You can join one or more network account servers. To make sure you join appropriate servers, ask your network account server administrator for assistance.

Join a network account server

If your computer name contains a hyphen (-), you might not be able to join a network account server. To check your computer name and change it if necessary, use Sharing preferences.

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Users & Groups, and then click Login Options.
  2. If the lock icon is locked, unlock it by clicking it and entering the name and password of an administrator for your Mac.
  3. Click the button in the Network Account Server section.

    The button is labeled Join if you haven’t already connected to a network account server. It’s labeled Edit if you already have an existing connection.

  4. If you clicked Edit, click Add (+).
  5. Type the name or IP address of a network account server in the Server field, or choose one from the Server pop-up list.
  6. Click OK.
  7. To add another server connection, click Add (+) and repeat steps 5 and 6.
  8. Click Done.

Stop using a network account server

  1. In Users & Groups preferences, click Login Options.
  2. If the lock icon is locked, unlock it by clicking it and entering the name and password of an administrator for your Mac.
  3. Click Edit in the Network Account Server section.
  4. Select the server you want to stop using, and then click Delete (-).
  5. Click Stop Using Server, and then click Done.

Monitor network account servers

  1. In Users & Groups preferences, click Login Options.
  2. In the Network Account Server section, click Edit.
  3. Note the color of the dot to the left of each server name in the list:
    Option Description
    Green: The server connection is working.
    Yellow: Your computer is waiting for a response from the server.
    Red: Your computer isn’t connected to the server.

Specify which network users can log in

You can authorize specific users with accounts on a network account server to log in to your computer, and you can list their names in the login window. For instructions, see this help topic:

Allow network users to log in to your computer

Last Modified: Aug 8, 2013
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