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Using OS X Mavericks Server at Home by [Walsh, Terry]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 14261 KB
  • Print Length: 444 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: We Got Served (23 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G8H2HOQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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Has several things missing and some pretty basic things at that. Things like setting up a syslog server. What it covers is covered well. But it's what it doesn't cover that leaves the book somewhat lacking.
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Forces me to review this book after page 3. Book looks ok but not had a chance to read it yet!
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HASH(0x92b1d870) out of 5 stars Very good but could be a bit better 23 Dec. 2013
By A N 3 - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book because there are so few books on this subject. I have followed this author for many years back when I used to have a Windows Home Server. Now the author has switched to Mac OS X Server, like I have.

There are a few things I like about this book and a few that could use improving. Generally if you follow the book from start to end it will get you started, but in a few cases, you can tell that the book was written before Mavericks Server was released because not everything is exactly as described. While the book does point out some things I haven't found elsewhere, it also seems to gloss over some important details. For example, in the Profile Manager section the book points out that two ports need to be forwarded to your server in your router, and this problem caused hours of delay for the author. O.K. I understand that, and I do realize the author was using a non-Apple router where you have to do this manually, but if you use an Apple Airport, the server manages this automatically, which wasn't even mentioned. Interestingly enough, I checked how the server was automatically doing it in the Airport, and only one of the two ports suggested was forwarded, and still it worked fine.

Other suggestions follow this same theme. Basically the book says to do it "this way" without explaining it in a bit more detail. For example, the book says to point the DNS from your clients to the server, and the server to your router, and router to public DNS. O.K. But the problem is then you then have to manually set the DNS of the server in every client, because the router sends out the DNS as being itself and not the server. I would have liked a more detailed explanation of the pros and cons of setting it up one way or another, or at least mention that it can be accomplished two ways, instead of just saying to do it one way and leaving you hanging.

Overall, Apple did a very poor job of explaining how this server is set up and information around is spare. This book adds another source which generally should get you up and running, but it also leaves many holes that it could have easily been explained better.

Also note, as another reviewer has said, the graphics are terrible in the Kindle version and the author says that is due to Amazon Kindle picture file size limits. In the book there is a way to contact the author to get a higher resolution copy. I did that and quickly received back a link to a higher resolution PDF version.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92b1dabc) out of 5 stars Needs Layout Corrections Badly 26 Feb. 2014
By Frank N. - Published on Amazon.com
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It dawned on me that something was not right when I read: Single Sign-on (directory services) for the second time in just a few minutes. It appears that several screens of "the features of os x mavericks server" section were duplicated and appended to the end of that section, beginning with the end of 'Client and Server Backup'

Then I went looking for some particular information and went to the table of contents. The kindle app slide out selection for table of contents took me to the cover page, which is a dozen or so screens from the table of contents. That was annoying, but not nearly as annoying as discovering that every link in the table of contents linked to: the table of contents. I won't comment on the content, since i only have a few days experience with OS X server. I hope these problems especially the broken table of contents gets fixed soon, I'd love to have a usable reference guide.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92b1da80) out of 5 stars Pleased but disappointed 14 Dec. 2013
By foulgernz - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is all I expected but the quality of the screen shots and diagrams are absolutely awful to the point that they are unreadable. I sent an E-Mail to the Author, pointing this out, thinking he might want to sort the problem out, but no reply. I sent an complaint to Amazon who, to their credit, are looking into the problem. This book is so helpful to someone who wishes to learn about Mavericks server and to set up a home server, that it is a tragedy that it has been spoilt in this way. If the problem can be resolved I would be only too happy to review this book again in a more favourable light.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92b1dd74) out of 5 stars Clear and simple, could not be more complete! 8 Mar. 2014
By Magus - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great introduction to Mavericks server software. It is clear and simple and to the point. Great for a beginner wanting to set up a home server; could not be happier.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92b1ddd4) out of 5 stars Good and Comprehensive 18 Dec. 2013
By Deepak - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is quite detailed, very comprehensive and quite simple to understand . Their response to queries was very prompt.
I am happy with my purchase
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