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Take Control of OS X Server, Chapter 3: Preparation and Installation

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This article is a pre-release chapter in the upcoming “Take Control of OS X Server,” by Charles Edge, scheduled for public release later in 2014. Apart from Chapter 1: Introducing OS X Server, and Chapter 2: Choosing Server Hardware, these chapters are available only to TidBITS members; see “Take Control of OS X Server” Streaming in TidBITS for details.


Preparation and Installation

Now that you have your server hardware, it’s time to install OS X Server. Don’t worry, though—there’s no reason to be intimidated by OS X Server, largely because it’s just an app, albeit one that installs and manages other apps that provide content to other computers. Plus, I’ll guide you through the entire process.

Note: A particular app that provides a specific type of content to other computers is called a service. Each of the subsequent chapters in the book focuses on a specific service (or two if related).

There are a few places where my instructions may seem more complicated than necessary. That’s because I’ve learned over the years that the simplest approach can lead to significant trouble later on. It’s better to put extra effort in at the start when that can prevent later problems.

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