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As the first server platform to let Mac, Unix, and Linux users share files and printers out of the box, Mac OS X Server promises to revolutionize the world of network administration (or at least make it a whole lot easier). Here to make sure you don't get left behind is Mac OS X Server: Visual QuickPro Guide. In this task-based guide, veteran Mac expert Schoun Regan shows you how to manage local networks, navigate the Unix file system permission architecture, and administer Internet and Web services. You'll also ...
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As the first server platform to let Mac, Unix, and Linux users share files and printers out of the box, Mac OS X Server promises to revolutionize the world of network administration (or at least make it a whole lot easier). Here to make sure you don't get left behind is Mac OS X Server: Visual QuickPro Guide. In this task-based guide, veteran Mac expert Schoun Regan shows you how to manage local networks, navigate the Unix file system permission architecture, and administer Internet and Web services. You'll also explore the ins and outs of IP-based file sharing and printing services and learn about all that's new in the latest of Apple's big cats, Panther Server: improved setup, management, and monitoring capabilities; enhanced Windows integration; new workgroup and desktop management tools; and more. Clear, concise language, step-by-step instructions, and loads of visual aids mean that even beginners can get up to speed on Mac OS X Server—quickly and efficiently—with this guide.
|Ch. 1||Planning and installation||1|
|Ch. 2||Server tools||23|
|Ch. 3||Open directory||75|
|Ch. 4||User and group management||115|
|Ch. 5||File sharing||161|
|Ch. 6||Network configuration options||213|
|Ch. 7||Printing services||239|
|Ch. 8||Mail services||259|
|Ch. 9||Web services||285|
|Ch. 11||Running a netboot server||355|
|Ch. 12||Quicktime streaming server||381|
|Ch. 13||Client management||407|
Posted August 12, 2005
In short: The book will NOT give you the answers needed to configure OS X 10.3 server. No quick or clear enough solution for it can be found via this 'self proclaimed' guide. The step by step info given about how to launch a server tool and operate its GUI (go there, click this, click that, press ok) are overall quite useless. Most of the time the OS makes such GUI options intuitive enough for admins (Hey, it's a mac after all!) and where they are not, then the OS X Server help files and info available on the web will be more helpful than this book. The index enumerates all the topics that it should explain, but most of the time it fails to do so, leaving the reader hanging with doubts, unanswered questions and more confused than before. Even if the reader is tech/web/os savvy, this book will not be much help. It glides over various core topics failing to give necessary explanation about them, while beeing overly verbose with its tiring, unneeded repetitions: do readers really need to be reminded every other page (in writing and graphics) the path where Server Admin or the Workgroup Manager are? And is it vital to keep on telling readers that such and such topic will be covered later in chapter number x (while should be covered right there)? No, we don't. Content is not 'logically' organized: too often you will find yourself jumping back and forth in search of explanations needed to go further. If DNS has to be fully configured and working before promoting a 'standalone' server to 'directory master' why is DNS covered after Open Directory? Also, DNS is an extremely complex topic! How come the author liquidates it in less than 10 pages failing to give readers a sufficient understanding of DNS configuration on OS X Server? The book does not even mention that admins can edit manually the DNS configuration file if needed be, let alone explaining how! In conclusion: after this book lots of more reading is needed to learn how to configure your server. So save yourself time and go straight to better sources like the more thorough, but thougher to read 'Essential Mac OS X Panther Server Administration' by O'Reilly which, although still not a book to learn how to configure quickly your OS X Server, because of its better content, will definitely be way more worth the money you pay for, than this 'Visual QuickPro Guide.'Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.