Take Control of OS X Server
Take Control of OS X Server


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Take Control of OS X Server

Last updated on 2016-02-18

About the Book

We won’t beat around the bush — running Apple’s OS X Server requires a lot more knowledge and effort than most other activities on the Mac. No matter how easy Apple makes working within the Server app, there are terms, concepts, and procedures you should understand before tackling server installation and management. Unless you know what to enter and why, your server won’t work, or worse, its important data might be vulnerable to outside attack or hardware failure.

For anyone in a home or small office situation who needs help with OS X Server, Charles Edge draws on years of experience as the CTO of a national consultancy and managed services provider to give you the essential background explanations, step-by-step instructions, and real-world advice you need to set up and run OS X Server successfully. You’ll learn how to set up file sharing, create shared calendars, run your own Web server and wiki, coordinate Mac and iOS software updates for your users, manage your organization’s iOS devices, and provide networked Time Machine backups, among much else. A final chapter offers advice on how to keep your server running smoothly.

What about Yosemite? This book was written with OS X 10.9 Mavericks and OS X Server 3.2.2, and nearly all the instructions also work with 10.10 Yosemite and OS X Server 4.0. We plan to release a free Yosemite-focused update in early 2015.

In the full book, you’ll find answers to many OS X Server-related questions, including:

  • What’s the best Mac to use as a server?
  • How much RAM and drive space should my server have?
  • What’s the best way to speed up a server whose performance is lagging?
  • Why is it important to set up directory services early on?
  • Which ports need to be opened to make services available to the outside Internet?
  • What’s the big deal about running a mail server?
  • Is there a good way to share contacts between people? (No, sorry.)
  • Can OS X Server provide a private messaging service?
  • Will I be able to enforce iPad device restrictions via Profile Manager?
  • Does setting up an organization wiki requires the Websites service?
  • Should I use the Software Update or Caching service, or both?
  • What should I do if Time Machine on a client Mac can’t connect to the backup service?

Note: This book assumes that the average reader has one router, one network, and one server (although there are a few spots where I discuss how multiple servers interact). Large installations will have different configurations by necessity. Similarly, the book does not cover imaging, Xsan, or VPNs.

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Table of Contents

  • Read Me First
    • Updates and More
    • Basics
    • What’s New in Version 1.2
  • Introduction
  • OS X Server Quick Start
  • What’s New in Server 5
  • Upgrade to Server 5
  • Choosing Server Hardware
    • Storage
    • Server Resources (CPU and RAM)
    • Bandwidth
  • Preparation and Installation
    • Understand Network Basics
    • Install and Configure OS X
    • Download and Install the Server App
    • Meet OS X Server
    • Finish Network Configuration
    • Configure Alerts
    • Move On to Directory Services
  • Directory Services
    • Set Up the Open Directory Master
    • Set Up the Open Directory Replica
    • Work with Users
    • Work with Groups
    • Bind Clients
  • DNS Service
    • Understand Zone and Record Types
    • Configure DNS on the Server
    • Configure DNS on Client Macs
  • File Sharing
    • Remove Default Shared Folders
    • Create a New Shared Folder
    • Configure Permissions
    • Enable File Sharing
    • Connect to Shared Folders
  • Collaboration Services
    • Use the Contacts Service
    • Use the Calendar Service
    • Configure the Messages Service
  • Mail Services
    • Prepare to Run a Mail Server
    • Configure the Mail Service
    • Tweak Mail Settings via Command Line
    • Configure Mail Clients
  • Mobile Device Management
    • Enable Profile Manager
    • Enroll Devices
    • Manage Devices
  • Web Services
    • Prepare to Run a Web Server
    • Configure the Websites Service
    • Configure Web Sites
  • Wiki Services
    • Configure the Wiki Service
    • Create a Wiki
    • Customize a Wiki
    • Navigate a Wiki
    • Create and Edit Wiki Pages
    • Store and Access Files in a Wiki
  • Software Updates
    • Decide Which Update Services to Use
    • Configure the Caching Service
    • Configure the Software Update Service
  • Backup
    • Back Up the Server
    • Enable Time Machine Backups
  • Server Maintenance
    • Additional Resources
    • Tasks to Perform as Necessary
    • Weekly Tasks
    • Monthly Tasks
    • Annual Tasks
  • About This Book
    • Ebook Extras
    • About the Author
    • About the Publisher
  • Copyright and Fine Print

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