Sierra 201: OS X Server 5 Essentials

3 days

Course Descriptions

OS X Server 5 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 macOS Server 5. Students learn how to install and configure macOS Server 5 to provide network-based services, such as file sharing, authentication, and printing. Tools for efficiently managing and deploying macOS Server 5 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 macOS Server 5.

For Online Attendees

Each student will need to setup three (3) computers in order to take the class remotely. The first can be a PC, tablet or Mac capable of running Adobe Connect. The second computer must be a Mac running the latest version of macOS Sierra. The third computer is a Mac running the latest version of macOS Sierra with Server 5 application, which is supplied with download instructions. This setup will allow online students to view the presentation on one computer and do server exercises on the other two.

What You Will Learn

  • The features of Server 5 for macOS
  • How to configure essential services on Server 5 for macOS
  • How to use Server 5 for macOS tools to monitor and troubleshoot services
  • Effective use of Server 5 for macOS to manage a small network of Macintosh computers and users
  • How to manage access to files and services

Prerequisites

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

  • Understanding of macOS
  • Experience with macOS in a network environment
  • Basic troubleshooting experience or Sierra 101

Instructor in Action

Course Outline

Part 1: Configuring and Monitoring macOS Server 5

  • Installing OS X Server
  • Providing DNS Records
  • Exploring the Server App
  • Configuring SSL Certificates
  • Using Status and Notifications
  • Backing Up macOS Server 5

Part 2: Configuring Accounts

  • Managing Local Users
  • Configuring Open Directory Services
  • Managing Local Network Accounts

Part 3: Managing Devices with Configuration Profiles

  • Configuring macOS Server 5 to Provide Device Management
  • Managing with Profile Manager

Part 4: Sharing Files

  • Configuring the File Sharing Service
  • Defining File Access

Part 5: Implementing Deployment Solutions

  • Leveraging NetInstall
  • Caching Content from Apple
  • Implementing the Software Update Service

Part 6: Providing Network Services

  • Offering Time Machine Network Backup
  • Providing Security via the VPN Service
  • Providing DHCP
  • Hosting Websites

Part 7: Using Collaborative Services

  • Providing Mail Service
  • Configuring the Wiki Service
  • Implementing the Calendar Service
  • Managing the Contacts Service
  • Providing the Messages Service

Part 8: Managing macOS Server 5 with Command Line

Note: This custom-designed class is created and owned by Future Media Concepts. It is not sponsored or authorized by Apple Inc.