OS X Mountain Lion Server For Dummies

Book description

Create a Mac network in your home or office

There's no doubt about it: Macs, iPhones, and iPads have invaded the workplace. But, you don't need an IT department to administer a Mac network in your home or business. This friendly guide explains everything you need to know to set one up yourself using OS X Mountain Lion Server. First, you'll find an easy, quick-start way to implement OS X Mountain Lion on a Mac Mini. From there, you'll learn how to set up DNS, iCal Server, Podcast Producer, Wiki Server, file sharing, mail services, and more. This book helps you set up profile support for your iPhone and iPad and provides ways to configure iCloud in the home or office to keep your business data safe.

  • Explains how to set up, secure, and troubleshoot a Mac network with OS X Mountain Lion Server

  • Covers how to configure the server as well as DNS, iCal Server, Podcast Producer, Wiki Server, Spotlight Server, iChat Server, File Sharing, and Mail Services

  • Shows Windows administrators how to easily incorporate Macs into their network

  • Also covers support for iOS devices and ways you can use iCloud to keep your data secure when you hit the road for business travel

Take control of your network and make administering it a snap with OS X Mountain Lion Server For Dummies.

Note: The ebook version does not provide access to the companion files.

Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Table of Contents
  3. Title Page
  4. Introduction
    1. About This Book
    2. Conventions Used in This Book
    3. What You’re Not to Read
    4. Foolish Assumptions
    5. How This Book Is Organized
    6. Icons Used in This Book
    7. Where to Go from Here
  5. Part I: Getting Mountain Lion Server Up and Running
    1. Chapter 1: Mountain Lion Server: An Overview
      1. Why You Need Mountain Lion Server
      2. The Servers in Mountain Lion Server
      3. Management Tools in Mountain Lion Server
      4. Command-Line Administration
    2. Chapter 2: Choosing Server Hardware
      1. Criteria for Selecting Server Hardware
      2. Hardware Requirements for Running Mountain Lion Server
      3. Selecting Processors for Your Mac Servers
      4. Putting Enough RAM in Your Server
      5. Selecting Hard Drive Storage
      6. Choosing the Right Mac for Your Server
      7. Considering Other Network Hardware
    3. Chapter 3: The Quick and Easy Installation and Setup
      1. Installing the Software
      2. Configuring Services and Accounts
    4. Chapter 4: Advanced Installation and Setup
      1. A Road Map to Installation and Setup
      2. Collecting Info Before You Install
      3. Planning Installation Scenarios: Clean Install, Update, and Server Migration
      4. Erasing, Partitioning, and Creating a RAID by Using Disk Utility
      5. Performing a Clean Install of the Base OS with a Recovery Disk
      6. Upgrading Older Servers
      7. DNS in Mountain Lion Server
      8. Keeping Control of Mountain Lion Server Updates
      9. Changing Ethernet Addressing
  6. Part II: Creating and Maintaining User Accounts and Directories
    1. Chapter 5: Controlling Access with Directories and Open Directory
      1. Defining Directories
      2. Authenticating with LDAP and Kerberos
      3. Determining Whether You’re Running a Local or Network Directory
      4. Planning for an Open Directory Deployment
      5. Prerequisites
      6. Configuring Open Directory
      7. Binding Clients to the Shared Domain
    2. Chapter 6: Integrating Open Directory with Active Directory
      1. The Magic Triangle
      2. Binding Your Server to Active Directory
      3. Deciding Whether to Muck Around with Advanced Configuration
      4. Managing User Groups with Workgroup Manager
      5. Configuring Single Sign-On for Mac Clients
      6. Troubleshooting and Getting Help
  7. Part III: Serving Up Files and Printers
    1. Chapter 7: Setting Up File Sharing
      1. Protocol Soup: AFP, SMB, and Other File-Sharing Methods
      2. Configuring File Sharing
      3. Setting Up and Using FTP File Service
    2. Chapter 8: Controlling Access to Files and Folders
      1. Defining Owner, Group, and Others (and Sometimes Everyone)
      2. Standard POSIX Permissions versus ACL Permission Schemes
      3. Working with Standard POSIX Permissions
      4. Working with Access Control Lists
      5. Troubleshooting with Rules of Precedence
    3. Chapter 9: Sharing Printers over a Network
      1. Listing Printer Sharing Features in Mountain Lion Server
      2. Printer Sharing Technology and Terminology
      3. Mountain Lion’s Print Management Software
      4. Setting Up Shared Printing
      5. Managing Printers and Print Jobs
      6. Don’t Forget Your Clients
  8. Part IV: Facilitating User Collaboration
    1. Chapter 10: Sharing Contacts with Contacts Server
      1. Clients for Contacts Server
      2. Prerequisites
      3. Setting Up the Contacts Server
      4. Setting Up Users’ Client Devices
    2. Chapter 11: Serving Up Calendars
      1. Clients for Calendar Server
      2. Prerequisites
      3. Setting Up Calendar Service
      4. Setting Up Mac and iOS Clients for Calendar Service
    3. Chapter 12: Hosting Websites and Wikis
      1. Prerequisites
      2. The Automatically Created Collaboration Website
      3. Hosting Your Own Websites
    4. Chapter 13: Running an E-Mail Server
      1. Understanding Mail Protocols
      2. Mail Service and the Internet: DNS
      3. Setting Up E-Mail Service
      4. Authenticating and Encrypting Mail
      5. Blocking Spam and Other Nasty Bits
      6. Creating User E-Mail Addresses
      7. Setting Up a Mailing List
    5. Chapter 14: More Collaboration with Messages
      1. Instant Messaging, Conferencing, and More
      2. Clients for Messages Server
      3. Prerequisites
      4. Configuring Messages Service
  9. Part V: Managing Clients
    1. Chapter 15: Mass Deployment of OS X
      1. NetBoot, NetInstall, NetRestore
      2. Creating a System Image
      3. Setting Up and Starting the NetInstall Service
      4. Starting a Client Mac from NetBoot or NetInstall
    2. Chapter 16: Managing iOS and Mac Accounts
      1. The Server App and Profile Manager versus Workgroup Manager
      2. Managing Accounts with the Server App
      3. Configuring Clients with Profile Manager
      4. Managing Accounts with Workgroup Manager
      5. Configuring OS X Clients with Managed Preferences
      6. Using Software Update Server to Control Updates from the Server
    3. Chapter 17: Creating Mobile Accounts for Notebooks
      1. Connecting Workgroup Manager to a Shared Domain
      2. The Nightmare of Networked Notebooks
      3. Planning and Deploying Mobile Accounts
      4. Creating Server-Based Home Folders and Deploying Mobile Home Folders
    4. Chapter 18: Keeping Your Server Healthy and Secure
      1. Configuring a Firewall
      2. Working with Secure SSL Certificates
      3. Using Virtual Private Networks
      4. Attention: The Alerts Pane
      5. Seeing the Long View with the Stats Pane
      6. Troubleshooting by Using the Logs Pane
      7. Monitoring Activity
  10. Part VI: The Part of Tens
    1. Chapter 19: Ten Things You Can Add to Mountain Lion Server
      1. Antivirus for Your Server
      2. Kerio Connect
      3. Network Backup of Clients
      4. Media Asset Management and Workflow
      5. Database Servers for Home or Office
      6. Apple Remote Desktop to Manage Macs
      7. InterMapper, a Network Monitor
      8. TechTool Pro
      9. iOS Apps to Manage Servers
      10. Nagios for Network Monitoring
    2. Chapter 20: Ten Cool Things That Didn't Make It into the Rest of the Book
      1. Big, Fast External Storage
      2. Xsan
      3. Running Mountain Lion from the Command Line
      4. Speeding Up Networks with VLANS
      5. Researching Ruby on Rails
      6. Setting the Server to Autorestart
      7. Finding Help at Apple.com
      8. Server in a Virtual Machine
      9. PostgreSQL Database
      10. Ethernet Link Aggregation
  11. Cheat Sheet

Product information

  • Title: OS X Mountain Lion Server For Dummies
  • Author(s): John Rizzo
  • Release date: October 2012
  • Publisher(s): For Dummies
  • ISBN: 9781118408292