If you’ve been following along in Charles Edge’s streaming book, “Take Control of OS X Server,” you have OS X Server installed and running at a basic level. In Chapter 4, “Directory Services,” Charles turns his attention to directory services, so you can set up users and groups before you enable additional services.
I’m not complaining, but frankly, we had more trouble editing this chapter than nearly anything else in Take Control’s history, since understanding what readers need to know about Open Directory has been mind-bending. It’s a topic that’s often taught in a 3-day workshop, and it could easily occupy its own book. Luckily, at the level of setting up a single server in a small home or office network, Open Directory isn’t too hard, and we’ve tried hard to keep the book on that track to avoid getting lost in the weeds. In particular, Charles focuses on setting up an Open Directory master and then creating users and groups.
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