According to https://help.apple.com/advancedserveradmin/mac/10.7/#apd52648A71-571A-433C-81A8-2A7792333F22 it's possible to join a Lion Open Directory using a Windows machine, making it think it's joining an Active Directory domain.
However, I had no success what so ever in actually making this work.
For one, not even the SRV record in DNS (on the same Lion server that's also running OpenDirectory) was created.
Once I've added that manually, replicating the real SRV record of a real Active Directory domain, Windows at least managed to find the server, but no success in actually connecting:
DNS was successfully queried for the service location (SRV) resource record used to locate a domain controller for domain "miranda.pilif.home": The query was for the SRV record for _ldap._tcp.dc._msdcs.miranda.pilif.home The following domain controllers were identified by the query: miranda.pilif.home However no domain controllers could be contacted. Common causes of this error include: - Host (A) or (AAAA) records that map the names of the domain controllers to their IP addresses are missing or contain incorrect addresses. - Domain controllers registered in DNS are not connected to the network or are not running.
don't concern yourselves with the strange domain - this is a test-mac mini running Lion at home.
Seeing how spotty the documentation for Lion Server was so far, I would be inclined to think that the documentation I linked above is just plain not true and that Lion, like its predecessors doesn't support playing Active Directory master.
Am I correct in this assumption or am I doing something wrong while installing Lion? Has anybody ever had success in joining Windows to a Lion Open Directory?