Mac OS X Lion Server For Dummies Paperback – Oct 18 2011
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From the Back Cover
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
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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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.
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.
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. :)
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