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Macs working with Windows

Making Macs work robustly in a Windows AD networked environment is a real challenge, but we make it work for your environment. We streamline the use of Macs in a Windows world so that you and your team can focus on what’s important for your organisation.

With the growing adoption of MacOS and iOS devices as part of the IT portfolio of many businesses and educational organisations, IT teams are faced with the challenge of securely and reliably integrating these with their existing IT services.

Our solutions support a wide variety of network environments and are designed to streamline management, improve performance and integration, and simplify workflows for Mac users on the network.

What we deliver…

  • EnhancedAD Active Directory Integration
  • Network Media Projects
  • Classroom Collaboration Tools
  • Cabling Schematics & Specifications
  • Existing Hardware Reconfiguration

Integrated

Our Windows / Mac networking experience provides integrated Mac solutions that really deliver.

Media

We use Virtual Scratch Disk technology to allow media projects to be created, edited and stored over the network without any restrictions.

Collaboration

Quick access to student work during lesson time for sharing and ongoing assessment

Counterpoint’s Apple network configuration is the first I’ve encountered which I would describe as being fit-for-purpose within a School.

– Thomas Phillips, IT Services Manager, Thurston Community College –

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Integrate with Existing Networks

Counterpoint specialises in the supply, configuration, training and support of Apple Mac solutions into education throughout the UK. They combine unique skills of creative technology expertise and Windows / Mac networking experience to provide integrated Mac solutions that really deliver in the classroom.

Counterpoint’s core Active Directory integration provides schools with all the key essential networking fundamentals, including single sign-on with users standard Windows credentials, cross-curricular / cross-platform user file access, integration with existing network services, and unified user / password management. An Apple server is used to provide robust management of the Mac systems based upon the school’s AD users and groups.

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EnhancedAD Active Directory Integration

EnhancedAD Active Directory Integration.

Counterpoint’s unique EnhancedAD software allows students’ Mac based work to be saved into their Mac Home folder by default. These home folders reside on the dedicated performance storage attached to the Mac server, which allows students to access their work from any machine on the network. Work is fully backed up each hour / day, keeping students work secure at all times.

Counterpoint engineers are experienced in tailoring these creative solutions to customer requirements. Common requests include custom scripting, default peripheral specification, resource distribution and student hand in folders.

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Network Media Projects

Additional to saving work to users Mac Home folders by default, EnhancedAD uses Virtual Scratch Disk technology to allow media application projects to be created, edited and stored over the network without any restrictions. This work would otherwise have to be saved locally, creating user mobility and data security issues.

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Classroom Collaboration Tools

During lesson time, students may collaborate in groups on a media project and then all require access to the work for editing outside of normal lesson time, or if the “owner” of the project is unavailable.

EnhancedAD’s ‘Class Projects’ feature allows a user to share access to a file with other students, with each user then able to access the project from within their own Mac Home folder. Students can also provide teachers with access to the project by associating it with a teacher defined ‘Class Project’ folder. This provides quick access to student work during lesson time for sharing and ongoing assessment.

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