With Charles Edge’s advice on how to choose server hardware under our belts, it’s time to move on to the most important chapter in his in-progress “Take Control of OS X Server.” In Chapter 3, “Preparation and Installation,” Charles helps readers work through creating a clean environment in which to install OS X Server and then get it installed and configured for basic use.
Some of these steps are trivially easy (configuring Energy Saver to prevent the server from going to sleep), whereas others (turning on DNS) are a bit more complex. Although it’s tempting to take the path of least resistance during setup, there are times — and this is one of them — where some additional effort up front can prevent significant headaches later on. That’s where Charles’s hard-won experience over many years of working with OS X Server comes in.
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