Counterpoint MTC Ltd
Counterpoint MTC Ltd

Advanced integration of Apple Mac solutions with Windows AD networks

EnhancedAD has transformed the way in which Apple Macs work on Windows Active Directory (AD) networks. Being used in schools throughout the UK, this core solution provides robust AD integration, reliable file access, full user file mobility, integration with all core network services, centralised data storage and backup, and greatly improved work flows for both students and teachers.

Active Directory Integration Networked User Home Folders Network Media Projects Optimised User Experience Class Projects - Collaboration Tools

EnhancedAD Active Directory Network Configuration
Active Directory Integration

Active Directory Integration

EnhancedAD uses core Apple technologies to provide a robust and reliable Active Directory integration, allowing users to login with their standard AD credentials.

Teachers and students can then be given secure access to important network services, such as their Windows home folders, Internet access and printing. This secure integration allows full auditing and control of these services within existing school policies.

 
EnhancedAD Active Directory Networked User Home Folders
Networked User Home Folders

Networked User Home Folders

With EnhancedAD users have a fully managed Network Home folder as their default saving location. Storing work in the right place is simple and users have access to all their work from any Mac on the network.

Other Active Directory integration solutions only allow Local or Shared Windows Homes. Local Homes are undesirable for mobility reasons, but more importantly they present serious data security and backup issues.

Sharing of Windows Homes on the other hand prevents the use of most professional media applications1. Institutions that seek to use this configuration also tend to experience frequent file permission and performance issues.

EnhancedAD Active Directory Networked Media Projects
Network Media Projects

Network Media Projects

EnhancedAD's Virtual Scratch Disk technology allows music and media projects2 to be stored in the user's Network Home folder.

In fact, EnhancedAD's Virtual Scratch Disks allow network-based projects to be created, edited and stored without any restrictions. This work would otherwise have to be saved locally, creating user mobility and data security issues.

EnhancedAD is the only solution to allows all student and staff files, including media projects, to be managed appropriately. Work is held centrally so it can be kept secure, backed up reliably and users remain mobile.

Optimised User Experience

Optimised User Experience

EnhancedAD optimises the classroom use of AD integrated Macs by managing some key configuration features 'on the fly'. These optimisations ensure that teachers can focus on teaching and learning without the frustration of intermittent technical issues.

  • EnhancedAD Prevents Keychain Errors

    Keychain Password Updates

    Ensures Active Directory password updates handled correctly, preventing keychain errors.

  • EnhancedAD Automatically Configures

    Device Auto-configuration

    The correct audio interface driver is selected by default in professional audio applications.

  • EnhancedAD Releases User Mounted Drives

    Releasing User Mounted Drives

    All user mounted drives are released safely and securely on user log off from machine.

  • EnhancedAD Releases User Mounted Drives

    Finder Sidebar Management

    Customised Finder Sidebar provides access to drives such as Windows and Mac Homes folders.

  • EnhancedAD Releases User Mounted Drives

    Desktop Access Enhancements

    Access to Windows and Mac Homes, Student Resources and Hand In folders, from desktop.

 
EnhancedAD Active Directory Network Configuration
Class Projects - Collaboration Tools

Class Projects - Collaboration Tools

Students often work in pairs or small groups, and projects are saved in an individual's Network Home folder, making access to the work frustrating if the primary user is unavailable.

EnhancedAD's Class Projects feature allows a user to share access to a file with other students. Each user then has access to the project from within their own Home folder.

Students can also provide teachers with access to a project by associating it with a defined 'Class Project'. This provides quick access to student work during lesson time for sharing and ongoing assessment3.

 
1 Final Cut Pro X, iMovie, and Adobe CC applications will not save to network volumes. Logic Pro X will limit software functionality when files are saved on the network.
2 Includes Logic Pro X, Final Cut Pro X, iMovie, Adobe CC applications and many more.
3 Teacher sharing access will be available in EnhancedAD 3.0.