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OS X Mountain Lion Server For Dummies by John Rizzo

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Part III

Serving Up Files and Printers

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Meat and potatoes. For many, network file and print sharing makes up the basic work of a server. Mountain Lion Server’s roots go back to file-sharing software, Apple’s 1985 release of AppleShare. Apple thought it would help Mac sales to businesses by providing a central repository for files that all Mac users could access. Today, file and print sharing are only two of many functions that the server provides to users, but they still play a central role in networks. Mountain Lion Server’s file and print services support client computers running any operating system, as well as iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches. This part covers everything you need to know about file service.

You can easily share printers without a server, but print serving goes beyond giving users access to printers. It juggles multiple printing requests to any single printer and manages all your printers. And it provides user features, such as automatically sending a print job to a free printer rather than sitting in a queue. This part includes a chapter on how to use the built-in printer sharing software of Mountain Lion Server.

I also throw in a chapter on permissions, settings that determine who can do what to which files. Mountain Lion Server supports a set of easy-to-use permissions that you can configure in minutes. It also supports high-end, ...

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