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    Dec 15, 2011
    Question Network user login without network connection.
    I recently installed OS X Lion Server for home use and created several network users. My family has several Macs and I wanted to be able to manage users accounts and parental controls from my server.

    If I we always login using our network account when we are at home, what happens when we are on the road and we want to login to our Macbook with not connectivity to the server?

    I know with Windows your network user information is saved locally on the machine so that you could login when you have no network connectivity, is this possible to setup in OS X?

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    May 22, 2005
    Closer than you think.
    Performa 6116 2GBSCSI 8MB OS 7.5.3
    Since Lion server still uses the same old Workgroup Manager and since the Lion server documentation references the SL manuals I would assume this to be true,..

    "Mobile accounts also cache authentication information and managed preferences. A userís authentication information is maintained on the directory server but is cached on the local computer. With cached authentication information, a user can log in using the same user name and password, even if he or she is not connected to the network."

    Taken from here,..

    So make sure you configure them as mobile users.

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    Member Since
    Dec 15, 2011
    Thanks for the guidance, this is exactly what I was looking for.

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    Aug 10, 2011
    yes, creating a mobile account will allow the user to log in when they are away from the server, using their cached credentials. One downfall is if the user has a countdown on how many days before their password expires, you won't be able to utilize this feature.

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