What You’re Not to Read
If you’re going to read this book, you don’t need to read the entire thing or to read it in any particular order. The book is organized in a logical manner from beginning to end, but it’s not a narrative. Rather, it’s modular. You need to read only the portion that applies to a specific project or technique.
If you already have Mountain Lion Server installed, you can skip Part I. And you don’t have to read Part VI to accomplish any server project. Consider it the chocolate center of a Good Humor bar.
A lot of the chapters are arranged from general to specific. For example, Chapter 7 gets you up and running with file sharing. If you want to get into the nitty-gritty of advanced tweaking of user permissions, read Chapter 8. If you’re a Windows administrator with experience with Active Directory, you can skip Chapter 5 on network directories and go right to Chapter 6, which deals specifically with Macs and Microsoft networks.
I think you’ll enjoy the text next to the Technical Stuff icons, but you can skip them if you want I won’t be insulted (well, not much).