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.

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 OS X Yosemite. The third computer is a Mac running the Yosemite Server application, which is supplied with a voucher and download instructions. This setup will allow online students to view the presentation on one computer and do support and server exercises on the other two.

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


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