From the command line to Apple's graphical tools, this book uses a thorough, fundamental approach that leads readers to mastery of every aspect of the server. Full of much-needed insight, clear explanations, troubleshooting tips, and security information in every chapter, the book shows system administrators how to utilize the software's capabilities and features for their individual needs. Some of the topics covered in detail include:
Web application services
This comprehensive guide also takes the time to carefully highlight and analyze the differences between Mac OS X and the other server platforms.
Whether you're a seasoned Unix or Windows administrator or a long-time Mac professional, Essential Mac OS X Panther Server Administration provides you with the depth you're seeking to maximize the potential of your Mac OS X Panther Server.
Server Installation and Management
Chapter 1 Designing Your Server Environment
Chapter 2 Installing and Configuring Mac OS X Server
Mac OS X Server Installation Architecture
Graphical Installation and Configuration
Command-Line Installation and Configuration
Automatic Server Configuration
Other Installation and Configuration Options
Putting It All Together
Chapter 3 Server Management Tools
Server Management Daemons
Chapter 4 System Administration
Chapter 5 Troubleshooting
Chapter 6 Open Directory Server
Managing Open Directory Server
Accessing an Open Directory DomainOpen Directory ServerOpen Directory MasterOpen Directory Domain accessOpen Directory Domain
Chapter 7 Identification and Authorization in Open Directory Server
Michael Bartosh is a consultant and trainer specializing in Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server in the context of cross platform directory services and server infrastructures. A frequent speaker at technical conferences, Michael focuses on solutions that minimize impact on existing infrastructures. Originating from Texas, he resides in downtown Denver, CO with his wife, Amber.
Ryan Faas first used a Mac as part of a high school journalism class. At that time never expected to be able to do more than type an occasional story into MacWrite. As such, he is still occasionally surprised to realize that he spent nearly five years as the Mac Hardware Guide/Editor for About.com, co-authored "Troubleshooting, Maintaining and Repairing Macs" (2000 Osborne/McGraw-Hill), and is currently a Mac columnist for Computerworld. When he's not writing about Macs, Ryan is usually busy working as a systems administrator for a human services organization, working on consulting jobs to design or redesign Mac and cross-platform networks and train various groups of IT professionals in the care and feeding of all things Macintosh. All of which would also have very much surprised the high school student he was when he first sat down in front of a Mac IIci. Life experiences that would have been less surprising to Ryan when he was that high school student include being a local government correspondent for the Empire News Exchange, writing social commentary articles published in various forms in both the US and UK, teaching graphic design and technology at the college/vocational school level, and helping to found a communications and technology consulting company in upstate NY.
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Comments about oreilly Essential Mac OS X Panther Server Administration:
Other reader reviewers here have asked where Tiger is in this volume...but this question is completely irrelevant in a Panther Server book. Did anyone here read the title? The description of this book is clearly aimed at Panther Server. Not Tiger Server.
Why would someone buy a Panther Server book to give them guidance for v.1 of Tiger Server...?
In most cases, I would wonder about making an abrupt in-line transition to a brand new server platform. If you need the book, wait for it. It will come.
Comments about oreilly Essential Mac OS X Panther Server Administration:
I found the Visual QuickPro Guide for OX Server was useless in proper configuration of Mac OSX server in a mixed domain with Windows 2003 server AND with Mac Open Directory being Prime controller. This Book Essential Mac OS X Panther Server Administration gives alot of attention to issues like this.
Now for the downside. We had already converted to Tiger server because of the weakness of Apple's SBM/CFIS(Windows) compatability.
With Tiger there are many new things AND new configuration steps. This is the downside of this book coming out when it did. I could have used this book better last year.