With this week’s installment, we’ve come to the end of the streamed chapters of Charles Edge’s “Take Control of OS X Server.” We started by helping you figure out what sort of Mac you’d need for a server, and then walked you through basic installation of OS X Server before focusing on how to set up each of the services that is relevant to someone running OS X Server in a home, small office, or school environment.
How best to close out this book, then? With advice on how to keep your server running happily. In Chapter 14, “Server Maintenance,” Charles shares tips about how to deal with common situations and recommends maintenance tasks that can stave off problems. He divides these into things you must do as they arise, and those that should be done weekly, monthly, or annually.
Of course, there’s no way the book can anticipate everything that you might run into, so Charles also offers a list of useful resources — both Internet sites and conferences — where you can learn more from your fellow Apple sysadmins. They’re an awfully nice bunch, so you shouldn’t feel shy to ask for help or contribute your own expertise as appropriate.
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“Take Control of OS X Server” is comprised of:
Chapter 1: “Introducing OS X Server”
Chapter 2: “Choosing Server Hardware”
Chapter 3: “Preparation and Installation”
Chapter 4: “Directory Services”
Chapter 5: “DNS Service”
Chapter 6: “File Sharing”
Chapter 7: “Collaboration Services”
Chapter 8: “Mail Services”
Chapter 9: “Mobile Device Management”
Chapter 10: “Web Services”
Chapter 11: “Wiki Services”
Chapter 12: “Software Updates”
Chapter 13: “Backup”
Chapter 14: “Server Maintenance”
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