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Sick of the dock on Mac OS X Leopard not being able to open folders with a simple click, like sanity demands and like it used to be in Tiger? You can, of course click it, and then click again on Open in Finder, but that's twice as many clicks as it used to be. (And while you're at it, Control-click the folder, and choose both Display as Folder and View Content as List from the contextual menu. Once you have the content displaying as a list, there's an Open command right there, but that requires Control-clicking and choosing a menu item.) The closest you can get to opening a docked folder with a single click is Command-click, which opens its enclosing folder. However, if you instead put a file from the docked folder in the Dock, and Command-click that file, you'll see the folder you want. Of course, if you forget to press Command when clicking, you'll open the file, which may be even more annoying.

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Take Control of OS X Server, Chapter 5: DNS Service

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DNS Service

Now that you’ve configured your server and set up Open Directory, we can move on to configuring other services. The first we’ll look at is DNS, or Domain Name System, which is a system for naming computers, resources, and services. If you’ve been following along in this book, you’ve already turned on the DNS service in order to enable Open Directory. Now, it’s time to improve and extend your DNS configuration.

Although DNS configuration beyond what you already did in Turn On DNS, in Chapter 3, isn’t absolutely necessary, a little additional configuration can provide improved performance due to cached domain-name lookups and let your client Macs use names rather than IP addresses to refer to the server and its services. For example, your users will have an easier time remembering mavserver.pretendco.lan than 192.168.210.2. And, to make it even easier, you can even associate names with certain services, like file sharing, since it’s easier to remember that the internal file server is called files.pretendco.lan than mavserver.pretendco.lan (even if they’re just two names for the same server).

Another benefit of using names rather than IP addresses is that if you move certain services to other servers in the future, you can just, for instance, repoint files.pretendco.lan at a different machine, and your users don’t have to change anything to access your file server.

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