Member Since: May 22, 2005
Location: Closer than you think.
Mac Specs: Performa 6116 2GBSCSI 8MB OS 7.5.3
10-14-2011, 08:51 AM
It can be done.
But make no mistake it is not going to be the same. You will have a certain level of compatibility but Windows is Windows and Mac is Mac.
Office for Mac does not include Publisher and there is no replacement. You could however implement RDS which would require server resources and MS RDS CALs.
Macs can join a domain and use AD user accounts to login, though you cannot manage Macs with group policy without third party products.
Network shares will be accessible but .PUBX files will be useless to a Mac directly unless you implement an RDS or Citrix server with O2K7 installed there.
Most likely more trouble than it's worth to get complete integration for a handful of Macs. I face these challenges all the time. Especially when the CEO of XYZ corp says they want a Mac and then we end up selling them the farm to get him/her totally integrated.
Again, it can be done, but there will be a level of success and it might not be acceptable.
You may want consultation
before going too far.