Synopses & Reviews
The new version of Apple's Mac server platform offers many new services to support workgroups at home or the office. The new software is an evolutionary revision of Snow Leopard Server, but is priced for everyone at $50.
"Using OS X Lion Server" helps non-sysadmins set up and maintain services for sharing files, mail and calendars on their desktops, tablets, or mobile devices. The book covers new web, wiki, chat and podcasting server management tool, as well as tools for managing configurations of multiple OS installations across a network. The book concludes with advice for setting up a home media server.
Apple has released 6 versions of their Mac server platform. The original Lion announcement said that the server components would be bundled with the OS and not marketed as a separate project. This changed in the Spring of 2011 and Apple announced the server package would be available separately for $50. Major features include:
• File sharing between Mac, Windows, Linux and over the Internet • iCal Server • Wiki Server • iChat Server • Address Book Server • SMTP, POP/IMAP, mailing lists, webmail server • Server-side spam filtering and virus detection • Podcasting tools and services • Web server • Directory services and authentication • Profile manager for supporting multiple OS installations • Networking and VPN services • Distributed computing with Xgrid • Automated backups and RAID • Xsan
With this easy-to-follow guide, workgroups in small offices, schools, and non-profit organizations will learn how to set up and maintain services using the latest version of Apples Mac server platform. Youll also learn how to set up a home media server with Mac OS X Lion Server.
Quickly discover ways to share files, mail, and calendar information on your desktops, tablets, and mobile devices, and learn about Lion Servers web, wiki, chat, and podcasting server management tool. Youll get instructions and advice for managing configurations of multiple OS installations across your network.
If youre considering a Mac OS X server for your small business, school, nonprofit, or home network, this easy-to-follow guide will help you get up and running in no time. Youll learn how to share files, mail, and calendar information on your desktops, iPads, iPhones, and other devices, whether youre new to Mac OS X servers or need to update your skills for the Lion edition.
Discover how to configure your network to include multiple operating systems—including Mac, iOS, and Windows—and set up servers for wikis, websites, and podcasts with relative ease.
- Plan your installation to make sure you have the right server hardware
- Control data access with permissions, and use Apples Time Machine to back up your network
- Share contacts, schedules, and instant messaging with groupware
- Manage wikis, blogs, and websites with Lions web service
- Build an email server and protect it against spam and malware
- Handle preferences for the networks Apple computers and iOS devices
- Deploy new Apple computers to the network with disk imaging
About the Author
Charles Edge started looking to share his knowledge of the Mac OS X Server operating system in 2004. His first speaking appearance at a large conference was DefCon 2004. Since then he has spoken at conferences such as MacSysAdmin, MacWorld, LinuxWorld and BlackHat. Since then, Charles has been the author of 6 books, including the Enterprise Mac Administrator's Guide, Enterprise Mac Security and the Enterprise iPhone and iPad Administrator's Guide. For the past 10 years, Charles has been the Directory of Technology for 318, a Mac-first consultancy based in Santa Monica, California. Charles is also the author of krypted.com, a site dedicated to heterogenous networking.
Table of Contents
Preface; Audience; Organization and Structure; Conventions Used in This Book; Using Code Examples; Safari® Books Online; How to Contact Us; Acknowledgements; Chapter 1: Planning; 1.1 The Minimum; 1.2 Choosing the Right Hardware; 1.3 Planning Your Server's Network Configuration; 1.4 What's In a Name?: DNS; 1.5 Link Aggregation; 1.6 Using Multiple IP Addresses; 1.7 Accessing the Server from Outside the Network; 1.8 Conclusion; Chapter 2: Installation; 2.1 Base OS Installation; 2.2 Configuring Energy Saver; 2.3 Installing the Server Software; 2.4 Creating Users; 2.5 Setting Up Open Directory; 2.6 Using Workgroup Manager; 2.7 Conclusion; Chapter 3: Sharing and Backing Up Files; 3.1 Managing File and Folder Access with Permissions; 3.2 Enabling Sharing; 3.3 Connecting from Clients; 3.4 Backing Up; 3.5 Backing Up Client Workstations; 3.6 Conclusion; Chapter 4: Sharing Address Books, Calendars, and iChat; 4.1 Sharing Address Books; 4.2 Sharing Calendars; 4.3 Setting Up a Private iChat Server; 4.4 Conclusion; Chapter 5: Wikis, Webs, and Blogs; 5.1 Setting Up a Website; 5.2 Setting Up a Wiki; 5.3 Blogs; 5.4 Site Redirection; 5.5 Conclusion; Chapter 6: Building a Mail Server; 6.1 Before You Install; 6.2 Installing the Mail Service; 6.3 Installing Clients; 6.4 Protecting Mail: Message Hygiene; 6.5 Configuring WebMail; 6.6 Using WebMail; 6.7 Conclusion; Chapter 7: Building Your Own Podcasting Server; 7.1 Before You Begin; 7.2 Building Podcast Producer; 7.3 Podcasting; 7.4 Accessing Content; 7.5 Customizing Workflows; 7.6 Remote Recording; 7.7 Conclusion; Chapter 8: Managing Apple Computers and iOS Devices; 8.1 Profile Manager; 8.2 Managed Preferences; 8.3 Software Update Services; 8.4 Conclusion; Chapter 9: Network Services; 9.1 When to Use Apple's Network Services; 9.2 Setting Up a VPN Server; 9.3 Sharing IP Addresses Using NAT; 9.4 Hosting Your Own DNS; 9.5 Configuring Wireless Access with RADIUS; 9.6 Managing the Adaptive Firewall; 9.7 Conclusion; Chapter 10: Deploying Mac OS X Computers; 10.1 The Basics of Imaging Mac OS X; 10.2 Imaging with Disk Utility; 10.3 Using NetBoot; 10.4 Using NetInstall; 10.5 Deploying Computers with NetRestore; 10.6 Conclusion;