Essential Mac OS X Panther Server Administration: Integrating Mac OS X Server into Heterogeneous Networks Paperback – 3 Jun 2005
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Integrate Mac OS X Server into Enterprise Network Environments
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If you've ever wondered how to safely manipulate Mac OS X Panther Server's many underlying configuration files or needed to explain AFP permission mapping--this book's for you. From the command line to Apple's graphical tools, the book provides insight into this powerful server software. Topics covered include installation, deployment, server management, web application services, data gathering, and more.See all Product description
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I hope they change their minds because it will certainly leave a big void in future MacOS X Server documentation.
Inside the first part, there is a chapter about planning system deployment reviewing different scenarios as first task to take care of. The author exposes some basic ideas about system administration as well as strategies and tools to resolve a large number of common problems.
One of the key points of this book is its better organization centered around system deployment phases than Apple documentation. Continuous explanations and small tricks to monitor and tune the system are made across the entire book sections. There is exhaustive information about installation with graphical tools, command line and network setup. The most appreciated resource can be screenshots: it allows to follow all the explanations without any problem to new Apple system administrator.
Authors, as advanced users, describe in an easy but deeply enough way all management tools of all system services either graphical or command line versions. Some other Open Source or even propietary tools are described when they are good alternatives to Apple ones.
All the chapters contain "best practices" sections and background knowledge to really understand their functions.
This is a "must-have" book for all level users related to Apple systems administration. I'm really impatient waiting for Tiger revision.
I've been trying to replace a Mac OS X Client machine with a Mac OS X Server machine, but I needed to make AFP work the same way it did under Client (so some users are chrooted into their home folders while other users can access the enclosing sharepoint). Two days of beating my head against it, trying to compare com.apple.AppleFileServer.plist files and NetInfo records got me nowhere. Fifteen minutes with this book and pages 371-373 have solved all my problems. (It actually took me under five minutes to find the answer I needed, but the book was so interesting I read another ten minutes before I remembered I had a job to do.)
Bartosh may be a better author than he is an instructor, and he's a superb instructor. This book should be on every Mac OS X administrator's desk.
If you are doing Mac OS X Server work, you need this book. The documentation in the operating system and on-line is tragic.
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