Hi everyone! You have found your way to the repo for NoMAD Login AD, or NoLoAD for short. This project can be seen as a companion to our other AD authentication product for macOS, NoMAD. You can use either one independently from each other, and both contain all the bits and pieces you need to talk to AD.
NoLoAD is a replacement login window for macOS 10.12 and higher. It allows you to login to a Mac using Active Directory accounts, without the need to bind the Mac to AD and suffer all the foibles that brings.
About this release
The current production version of NoLoAD is 1.2.0. There are several enhancements we are working on for the 1.3 release and you can see those in the 1.3 Milestone.
We would like to give a huge thanks to new contributor Joseph Rafferty. A lot of his pull requests really helped get the 1.2 release out the door.
For those of you that are new to NoLo, the basic features are:
You can login to a Mac using AD without being bound
Just-in-time provisioning user provisioning to create a local account
"Demobilization" of previously cached AD accounts
Local accounts can always login
Ability to enable FileVault on APFS without a logout
Choose between a macOS-style loginscreen, or the older loginwindow types
Customize the login screen with your own art and background
Using NoMAD Login AD is easy. Just enter your AD username and password in username@domain format and your password. If the domain is visible on the network, NoMAD Login AD will discover the domain details and then authenticate your account. Once that is done it will create a local account that matches the AD one and complete the login. You can then use NoMAD as you normally would from the menu bar to keep the accounts synchronized.
Since the created account is a local one, you won't suffer any network delays when logging in or unlocking your Mac. From the login window, NoLoAD will simply defer to the regular local login process for any local accounts. At this point you could even just go back to the Apple Loginwindow, but where is the fun in that?
Enticing you to stay now is the ability to customize the login experience with your own logos and background images. More info, and a gallery of options, can be found in the wiki.
I want to get off this crazy ride!
When you decide that you've had enough it's easy to go back to the standard login window.
Open a Terminal window in the evaluate-mechanisms folder of the NoLoAD archive.
Run sudo ./resetDB.bash to reload the default system.login.console mechanisms into the AuthorizationDB.
If you've had to do this from a SSH session behind the NoLoAD login window you can simply run sudo killall loginwindow in order to restart the login window to the defaults.
Thanks to all of you for trying NoMAD Login AD! Please let us know about issues and features in the issue tracker. You can also find us on Slack in nomad and nomad-login.