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Mac® Security Bible by Joe Kissell

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Chapter 25. Mac OS X Server Security Overview

IN THIS CHAPTER

Understanding the differences between Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server

Learning the basics of securing Mac OS X Server

Understanding Password Server and the Kerberos authentication protocol

Getting to know Open Directory

Limiting the range of services you run

Setting up accounts for local users

The standard version of Mac OS X offers a long list of ways to share files and other resources, making it easy for users to exchange information with other devices on their local network or around the world. However, Apple also offers a version of their operating system called Mac OS X Server, which includes many additional server capabilities and is also an ideal tool for organizations of any size to manage their internal network as well as provide services to users on the Internet without tremendous technical challenges.

Nearly everything discussed so far in this book applies equally to Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server. However, because the server version has extra features — and ones that make it more likely to be visible to the outside world — those managing a Mac OS X Server installation should know some additional facts to keep their server and the rest of their network secure.

The remainder of this book discusses issues specific to Mac OS X Server, and this chapter provides background information to explain some of the most important Mac OS X Server concepts.

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