The Mac OS X operating system features a tool known as Directory Utility which allows domain network administrators to add Apple computers. Since Macs are on the same domain, file sharing and group authentication are within your control.
If you no longer want to connect your macOS with a particular domain, you can easily unbind Mac from the active directory. To know how to disable a server in Directory Utility on Mac, read the entire content very carefully.
Hopefully, you will get the process. Let’s explore.
Active Directory and Its Working Purposes
Microsoft introduced the directory service called Active Directory, which is used to manage and maintain a database containing all the data about the users and devices in your corporation.
In Active Directory, data is saved as objects, perhaps individuals, groups, applications, or devices. These objects are categorized based on their name and characteristics.
The main goal of macOS Active Directory binding is to allow network users to sign in to a connected Mac and access the Active Directory data directly from the macOS device. Additionally, you can manage their network access privileges by using Active Directory.
How to Unbind Mac from Active Directory?
According to your necessity, you may want to unbind Mac from Active Directory. Moreover, you can do it by using the Directory Utility in Mac. I will describe the steps bellow.
First of all, you need to press Command + Spacebar to open the Spotlight Search.
Then from the “Devices” list on the left side of the window, select your internal hard disk.
Now in this stage, launch the “System” and “Library” directories.
You have to open the “CoreServices” folder and then click on the “Directory Utility” icon.
Then select the “Services” tab, which is located at the window’s top,
Now click the lock icon and enter your administrator username and password.
You have to select “Active Directory” from the list of items, then click the “Edit” button.
Your administrator login and password must be entered once again after clicking the “Unbind” button.
The settings will be saved and the device will be removed from the domain when you click “Apply”.
To apply the adjustments, you have to reboot your computer.
Note: Even if the connection is unexpectedly disconnected, the active Directory still has a record of this computer on it.
Above mentioned steps are the process of unbinding or removing Mac from the active directory. But if you change your mind and want to rebind your Mac to the active directory then you have to read the below-mentioned steps about rebinding domain on a Mac.
How to Rebind a Domain On a Mac?
Let’s move on to the procedure for connecting a Mac to a Windows or Active Directory domain. You have to make sure the Mac is connected to the network before you Bind or Join a Mac to an Active Directory Domain.
You have to keep in mind that the domain join process will fail if your Mac is unable to communicate with the domain controller.
First of all, click System Preferences in the Dock on your Mac, and then click ‘Users & Groups’ under the System heading.
Now by clicking the Lock icon enter an administrator login and password.
After entering the proper credentials, now the lock icon will display unlocked.
After selecting Login Options, go to the Network Account Server section, and click the Join button.
Now select “Open Directory Utility…” from the menu.
You will notice both Active Directory and LDAPv3 (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) are available under the heading “Service”. However, they are both grayed out. You must now click the ‘Lock icon’ and enter an administrator username and password again.
Now you have to choose “Active Directory” and then select the Pencil icon.
Now enter the Active Directory domain name here. If necessary, you can specify a new computer ID. Click on ‘Bind’.
Here you need to press ‘OK’ after Entering a username and password to add this Mac to the domain.
The Mac has been added successfully to the Active Directory domain. Click ‘OK’
Finally, we were able to add the Mac to the domain. Now, the domain name appears next to Network Account Server. To apply the adjustments, reboot your computer.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How Do I Disconnect Server from Mac?
To disconnect server from Mac, you have to follow only two chronological steps that are given below.
Step 1. First of all, press Command + Spacebar to open the Spotlight Search. and search for the server.
Step 2. select the server and right-click, then click on Eject.
To apply the adjustments, reboot your computer.
How Do I Remove a Mac from A Windows Domain?
You can remove your computer from a windows domain using the Directory Utility in Mac. The process nothing but the same as the rebind process. So, if you want to remove Mac from a windows domain, you have to follow the chronological steps of unbind Mac from active directory.
To conclude, I hope that the content about unbinding Mac from the active directory will be very helpful for you guys. I have tried to include the other aspects of the active directory as well, such as if you change your mind and want to rebind with the active directory then you can read that part as well.