Yosemite 201: Mac OS X Server Essentials v10.10

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 v10.10
  • 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

Prerequisites

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 Yosemite 101

Instructor in Action

Course Outline

Part 1: Configuring and Monitoring OS X Server

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

Part 2: Configuring Accounts

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

Part 3: Managing Devices with Configuration Profiles

  • Configuring OS X Server 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