For some reason, some of our Lion Mac Minis are deciding they don’t like living on our Active Directory (throwing up a ‘node cannot be found’ error when you try and bind them). Now, instead of tearing my hair out in despair in trying to get it work, I’ve decided to lose the AD altogether. Instead, I’ve created a local account for the Mac (called ‘Teacher’) and used a shortname and password that can log onto the shared drive for the school. As the Mac is still bound to the Mac Server for preferences etc., it still mounts the shared drive on login and has all of my finely crafted .plist files. But because it’s not having to wait for two different servers before it can login, login wait times are shorter.
I suspect there may be some shortcomings for this approach, but it seems to be working ok so far!