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Product Details

  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies (Oct. 18 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118027728
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118027721
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 2.6 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #593,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Set up the server designed to handle all those Macs, iPads, and iPhones on your network!

With more Macs, iPads, and iPhones moving into the workplace than ever before, what's an administrator to do? Mac OS X Lion Server is the perfect way to handle a Mac network, and this book will walk you through every step — even if you're new to Mac administration. Learn to configure, secure, and troubleshoot Lion and how to incorporate a Mac subnet into the Windows Active Directory domain.

  • When worlds collide — learn how to get Windows PCs and Macs working together on Lion Server

  • Virtual perfection — compare hardware choices and learn to set up a server on a virtual machine

  • All about directories — automate security and simplify maintenance with user directories, and integrate Open Directory with Active Directory

  • Serving up services — create permission schemes and set up file and printer sharing

  • Help users collaborate — set up e-mail, calendar sharing, contact sharing, iChat instant messaging, and meeting scheduling

  • Of websites and wikis — create personal or group wikis and host websites

  • Protect the portables — safely manage notebooks and mobile iOS devices

  • Secure your server — configure the firewall, manage SSL certificates, and lock down your VPN

Open the book and find:

  • How to choose server hardware

  • How to format storage drives

  • Tips on managing user groups

  • Effective ways to set up access permissions

  • How to schedule resourcesand locations

  • How to set up Mail Server 3

  • All about Podcast Producer

  • Ten cool things to add to Lion Server

Learn to:

  • Set up, configure, and administer your Mac network

  • Work with both Mac and Windows clients

  • Handle security and troubleshoot problems

  • Manage iPhones, iPads, and other mobile devices on your network

About the Author

John Rizzo is a popular computer industry columnist, editor, and blogger who covers Macintosh and cross-platform topics. His blog, MacWindows.com, is the web's largest news and information source for Mac and Windows integration issues.

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The information in this gem is a must have for people setting and using Mountain Lion Server. Mr. Rizzo is clear and covers the topic in a thorough manner. I found the book easy to follow and the examples were relevant and useful.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa2dcd138) out of 5 stars 10 reviews
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HASH(0xa2afc7b0) out of 5 stars A great companion to the software Nov. 1 2011
By Jim Dixon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book contains several hundred pages of step-by-step instructions that show you how to do all kinds of things, including setting up an email server, using Lion Server to connect to Active Directory, and managing clients. It also explains concepts that beginners might not know about, such as the types of network directory servers you can create and access control lists for file sharing. For the reviewer who said there's nothing about DNS in the book, check out the index, where you'll find a whole column of listings that are in the book.)

Some of Lion Server's features are not easy to find -- such as using different SSL settings for different services. This book tells you where everything is in a step-by-step manner. The screen shots are very helpful as well.

A lot of the information in Lion Server for Dummies is nowhere to be seen at Apple's web site, and Lion Server's Help system is pretty sparse. I found a PDF at Apple's web site that doesn't mention some of the things you can do with Lion Server, let alone how to set it up. I found this book to be a great help in figuring out Lion Server. If you have Lion Server, you should have this book.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2dc45f4) out of 5 stars Good, Basic Book Dec 12 2011
By Peter Haas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
MacOS X Lion Server answered a number of questions about setting up an in-house mail server and that alone was worth the price.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa367e200) out of 5 stars Book does NOT explain DNS or SSL very well at all... I've had a nightmare with setup... Jan. 1 2012
By Daniel A Wollert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Book is written for IT people. I'm pretty savvy with Macs and setups and whatnot... This book still lost me with its cryptic discussion of SSL and DNS... Basically, I tried to follow step by step with absolutely no luck. I'm gonna wait for the Missing Manual Series!
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3143204) out of 5 stars Not suited for Dummies Feb. 1 2012
By Wilfried Voss - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is written in the lively style of the "Dummies" series of books, but somebody should explain to the author, John Rizzo, the concept of "...for Dummies." In my humble opinion, you can't explain an automobile by going into the details of an electronic ignition versus a carburetor. But then, ironically, many of the chapters explain what you can do, however, without elaborating on how to get there. To name only one example, there is absolutely no explanation on how to set up a client and test the communication with the server. My point is, there is no hands-on approach, which is what we "dummies" need. Topics like "Using inherited and explicit ACEs together" may be necessary for a complete documentation, but it carries the potential of confusing (and tremendously bore) the server novice.

Most annoying are the references to the previous version OS-X Snow Leopard Server, especially the features that have not made it into Lion. Sorry, but who cares? My point is, everybody who dealt with Snow Leopard Server already knows the basics and cannot be considered a "dummy." The same is true for users who utilize server hardware beyond the Mac mini. You won't let a "dummy" handle such serious equipment like a Mac Pro which is worth several thousands of dollars. My point is, a quick reference to the server hardware is appreciated, but leave the details for the professionals.

My idea of "Mac OS-X Lion Server for Dummies" is a basic and comprehensive description of the most needed services, and this is where the book fails miserably. These services are primarily running a website and file sharing, which makes about 90% of what "dummies" need. Yes, Lion Server can do a lot more, and there are a myriad of technical aspects when it comes to setting up a server, but let's get there when we are familiar with the basics.

Whenever I approach a new technology, I tend to buy a "Dummy" edition for a quick startup, but I also order the "professional" version to research the details when needed. In his particular case, I regret to have bought the "Dummy" version. Sorry, no more than one star.
HASH(0xa2cc9dec) out of 5 stars OSX Lion Server Sept. 22 2013
By Edith K. Farris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
By the time I read and somewhat comprehended the process ... a new server was announced, "Mountain Lion" so now I am
really behind ... but thanks to my Apple computer it does a very good job in teaching. This book is well written ... I just didn't
know enough to understand what I was reading. I like the Dummies books, have used others that rated a 5 star rating ...
I fear the 3 star rating here is because of my limited familiarity with the terminology ... I am 81 years old ... that's my
excuse and I am sticking to it. :)