What You’ve Learned
Directory services centralize system and network administration, and simplify a user’s
experience on the network.
Open Directory is Apple’s extensible directory-services architecture.
Directories store information in a specialized database that is optimized to handle a
great many requests for information and to find and retrieve information quickly.
Information may be stored in one directory or in several related directories.
Open Directory uses the LDAP standard to provide a common language for directory
access, enabling you to maintain information in a single location on the network
rather than on each computer.
The Open Directory service window of Server Admin lets you configure how a Mac
OS X server works with directory information.
Workgroup Manager enables you to create both local and network user accounts.
Directory Utility is the primary application for setting up a Mac OS X computer’s
connections with directories, and it exists on both Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server.
The following documents provide more information about installing Mac OS X Server.
(All of these and more are available at http://www.apple.com/server/macosx/resources/.)
Administration Guides
Open Directory Administration (http://images.apple.com/server/macosx/docs/
Upgrading and Migrating (http://images.apple.com/server/macosx/docs/
User Management (http://images.apple.com/server/macosx/
Open Directory (http://images.apple.com/server/macosx/docs/L355770A_OpenD_TB.pdf)
Apple Knowledge Base Documents
You can check for new and updated Knowledge Base documents at www.apple.com/support.
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