Running Panther Server: Things that only work once you start using them

Posted by Pierre Igot in: Macintosh
May 10th, 2004 • 9:59 pm

Apple has a new Knowledge Base article titled “Mac OS X Server 10.3: Disk quota not set until the user logs in via AFP”, which says:

Disk Quotas are set up in Workgroup Manager in Mac OS X Server 10.3. However, they are not enforced for an account until that user has logged in once via AFP.

I’ve noticed that there are a number of such behaviours in Panther Server. For example, even after you’ve created a new POP account for a user using Workgroup Manager, the new account only appears in the “Accounts” tab in the “Mail” service in Server Admin once the user in question actually starts using the account.

This is not exactly intuitive stuff. The new account should appear in the list of accounts as soon as it is created. It seems obvious, but somehow Apple doesn’t seem to think it’s important. Yet it is very important from the point of view of a server administrator like me, who’s used to a certain level of intuitiveness with Apple-branded software. Just because it is server software doesn’t mean it can be dispensed from such basic design requirements.

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