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Yosemite 201: Mac OS X Server Essentials v10.10

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Mac OS X Server Essentials is a three-day course designed to give technical coordinators and entry-level system administrators the skills, tools, and knowledge to implement and maintain a network that uses Mac OS X Server. Students learn how to install and configure Mac OS X Server to provide networkbased services, such as file sharing, authentication, and printing. Tools for efficiently managing and deploying Mac OS X and software updates are also covered.

The course is a combination of lectures and hands-on case study exercises that provide practical real-world experience.

Use the features of Mac OS X Server v10.10
Configure essential services on Mac OS X Server
Use Mac OS X Server tools to monitor and troubleshoot services
Effectively use Mac OS X Server to manage a small network of Macintosh computers and users
Manage access to files and services
Learn how to prepare for Apple Server Essential Certification exam
Learn how to configure essential services on Mac OS X Server
Effectively use Server for OS X to manage a small network of Macintosh computers and users
Learn how to manage access to files and services
Learn how to prepare for Apple Server Essential Certification exam
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Course Outline

Configuring and Monitoring OS X Server

Lesson 1: Installing OS X Server

  • Evaluating OS X Server Requirements
  • Preparing to Install OS X Server
  • Installing OS X Server
  • Updating or Migrating to OS X Server
  • Updating OS X Server


  • Configure OS X Before Installing OS X Server on Your Server Computer
  • Perform the Initial Installation of OS X Server on Your Server Computer
  • Configure Your Administrator Computer

Lesson 2: Providing DNS

  • What is DNS?
  • Evaluating OS X DNS Hosting Requirements
  • Configuring DNS Service in OS X Server
  • Troubleshooting DNS Service in OS X Server


  • Create DNS Zones and Records
  • Restrict Access to the DNS Service

Lesson 3: Exploring the Sever App

  • Allowing Remote Access
  • Using Server Sidebar Elements
  • Using the Manage Menu
  • Using the Tool Menu
  • Using Help


  • Enable Screen Sharing and Remote Management
  • Inspect the Service Data Volume
  • Explore the Access Tab

Lesson 4: Configuring SSL Certificates

  • Understanding SSL Certificates
  • Configuring SSL Certificates


  • Examine the Default SSL Certificate
  • Configure an Open Directory Certificate Authority
  • Configure Your Administrator Computer to Trust an SSL Certificate
  • Clean Up

Lesson 5: Using Status and Notifications

  • Monitoring the Status Concepts
  • OS X Server Alerts
  • Logs in OS X Server
  • Stats in OS X Server
  • Storage


  • Use the Server App to Monitor Your Server

Lesson 6: Backing Up OS X Server

  • Backup Concepts
  • Time Machine


  • Use Time Machine to Back Up OS X Server
  • Inspect Time Machine Backup Files

Configuring Accounts

Lesson 7: Managing Local Users

  • Understanding Authentication and Authorization
  • Creating and Administering User and Administrator Server Accounts
  • Managing Access to Services


  • Create and Configure Local User Accounts
  • Import Local User Accounts
  • Create and Configure Local Groups
  • Troubleshoot Problems with Importing Accounts
  • Manage Service Access
  • Clean Up

Lesson 8: Configuring Open Directory Services

  • Introducing Directory Services Concepts
  • Configuring Open Directory Services


  • Inspect Your Open Directory Master
  • Use Logs to Troubleshoot Using Open Directory
  • Bind Your Server to Another Directory Server

Lesson 9: Managing Local Network Accounts

  • Using the Server App to Manage Network User Accounts
  • Configuring Authentication Methods on OS X Server
  • Using Single Sign-On and Kerberos


  • Create and Import Network Accounts
  • Configure Password Policies

Managing Devices and Configuration Profiles

Lesson 10: Configuring OS X Server to Provide Device Management

  • Profile Manager
  • Configuring Profile Manager


  • Turn On Profile Manager

Lesson 11: Managing with Profile Manager

  • Introducing Account Management


  • Use Profile Manager for Shared Devices
  • Use Profile Manager for One to One Devices

Lesson 12: Configuring the File Sharing Service

  • Addressing the Challenges of File Sharing
  • Creating Share Points
  • Troubleshooting File Services
  • Providing FTP Service


  • Explore the File Sharing Service
  • Use Logs to Troubleshoot Problems with File Sharing

Lesson 13: Understanding File Access

  • Configuring Access to Share Points and Folders
  • Understanding POSIX Permissions vs. ACL Settings


  • Configure Access Control

Implementing Deployment Solutions

Lesson 14: Leveraging NetInstall

  • Managing Computers with NetInstall
  • Creating Images with System Image Utility
  • Understanding Shadow Files
  • Troubleshooting NetInstall


  • Prepare the NetInstall Service
  • Create a Customized NetInstall Image
  • Start the NetInstall Service
  • Start Up from a NetInstall Image
  • Monitor the NetInstall Service

Lesson 15: Caching Content from Apple

  • Understanding the Caching Services
  • Configuring and Maintaining the Caching Services
  • Comparing Software Update and Caching Services
  • Troubleshooting the Caching Services

Lesson 16: Implementing Software Update Service

  • Managing Software Updates
  • Troubleshooting Software Update Service

Providing Network Services

Lesson 17: Offering Time Machine Network Backup

  • Time Machine as a Network Service


  • Configure and Use the Time Machine Service

Lesson 18: Providing Security via the VPN Service

  • Understanding VPN
  • Configuring VPN with the Server App


  • Configure the VPN Service
  • Clean Up

Lesson 19: Understanding DHCP

  • Understanding How DHCP Works
  • Configuring DHCP Service

Lesson 20: Hosting Websites

  • Web Service Software
  • Understanding Basic Website Structure
  • Monitoring Web Services


  • Turn On Web Services
  • Modify the Default Websites
  • Create and Remove a New Website
  • Restrict Access to a Website
  • Monitor Web Services

Lesson 21: Providing Mail Services

  • Hosting Mail Services
  • Troubleshooting Mail Services


  • Turn On the Mail Service
  • Send and Receive Mail
  • Examine Mail Service Logs

Lesson 22: Configuring the Wiki Services

  • Understanding and Managing a Wiki
  • Troubleshooting the Wiki Service


  • Turn On the Wiki Service
  • Edit a Wiki

Lesson 23: Implementing Calendar Service

  • Calendar Service Data Locations
  • Using the Calendar Service


  • Configure and Start the Calendar Service
  • Use the Server App to Add Resources and Locations
  • Use the Calendar Service

Lesson 24: Providing Message Service

  • Managing the Message Service
  • Troubleshooting the Message Service


  • Configure the Contacts Service
  • Configure OS X to Use the Contacts Service

Lesson 25: Managing Contacts Service

  • Understanding the Contacts Service
  • Troubleshooting Contacts Service


  • Set Up the Messages Service
  • Use the Messages Service

Note: This course is not sponsored or authorized by Apple.

Who should attend

Help-desk specialists, technical coordinators, and entry-level system administrators who implement and maintain networks using Mac OS X Server.


Students should have an understanding of Mac OS X and experience with Mac OS X in a network environment. Basic troubleshooting experience or attendance in Yosemite 101 is recommended.


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