Mountain Lion 201: Mac OS X Server Essentials v10.8

FMC is and Apple Authorized Gold Level Training Center

Course Descriptions

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 network-based 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.

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for help-desk specialists, technical coordinators, and entry-level system administrators who implement and maintain networks using Mac OS X Server.

What You Will Learn

  • The features of Mac OS X Server v10.8
  • How to configure essential services on Mac OS X Server
  • How to use Mac OS X Server tools to monitor and troubleshoot services
  • Effective use of Mac OS X Server to manage a small network of Macintosh computers and users
  • How to manage access to files and services
  • How to prepare for Apple Certified Technical Coordinator certification


Students should have the following prerequisite knowledge prior to attending this course:

  • Understanding of Mac OS X
  • Experience with Mac OS X in a network environment
  • Basic troubleshooting experience or Mountain Lion 101

Instructor in Action

Course Outline

Note: The curricula below comprise activities typically covered in a class at this skill level. The instructor may, at his/her discretion, adjust the lesson plan to meet the needs of the class.

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

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

Lesson 3: Exploring the Sever App

Allowing Remote Access, Using the Next Steps Drawer, Using Server Sidebar Elements, Using the Manage Menu, Using the Tool Menu, Using Help

Lesson 4: Configuring SSL Certificates

Understanding SSL Certificates, Configuring SSL Certificates

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

Lesson 6: Backing Up OS X Server

Backup Concepts, Time Machine

Configuring Accounts

Lesson 7: Managing Local Users

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

Lesson 8: Configuring Open Directory Services

Introducing Directory Services Concepts, Configuring Open Directory Services

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

Managing Devices and Configuration Profiles

Lesson 10: Configuring OS X Server to Provide Device Management

Profile Manager, Configuring Profile Manager

Lesson 11: Managing with Profile Manager

Introducing Account Management

Lesson 12: Providing File Sharing Services

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

Lesson 13: Understanding File Access

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

Implementing Deployment Solutions

Lesson 14: Leveraging NetInstall

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

Lesson 15: Implementing Software Update Service

Managing Software Updates, Troubleshooting Software Update Service

Providing Network Services

Lesson 16: Offering Time Machine Network Backup

Time Machine as a Network Service

Lesson 17: Providing Security via the VPN Service

Understanding VPN, Configuring VPN with the Server App

Lesson 18: Understanding DHCP

Understanding How DHCP Works, Configuring DHCP Service

Lesson 19: Hosting Websites

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

Lesson 20: Providing Mail Services

Hosting Mail Services, Troubleshooting Mail Services

Lesson 21: Configuring the Wiki Services

Understanding and Managing a Wiki, Troubleshooting the Wiki Service

Lesson 22: Implementing Calendar Service

Calendar Service Data Locations, Using the Calendar Service

Lesson 23: Providing Message Service

Managing the Message Service, Troubleshooting the Message Service

Lesson 24: Managing Contacts Service

Understanding the Contacts Service, Troubleshooting Contacts Service