El Capitan 201: OS X Server Essentials 10.11

COURSE OUTLINE:

Description

This course is designed to give technical coordinators and entry-level system administrators the skills, tools, and knowledge to implement and maintain a network that uses Mac OS X Server. You learn how to install and configure Mac OS X Server to provide network-based services, such as file sharing, authentication, and printing. Tools for efficiently managing and deploying Mac OS X and software updates are also covered. The course is a combination of lectures and hands-on case study exercises that provide practical real-world experience.

Audience

Help-desk specialists, technical coordinators, and entry-level system administrators who implement and maintain networks using Mac OS X Server

Prerequisites

  • Understanding of Mac OS X
  • Experience with Mac OS X in a network environment
  • Basic troubleshooting experience or El Capitan 101

Learning Objectives

  • The features of Mac OS X Server v10.11
  • How to configure essential services on Mac OS X Server
  • How to use Mac OS X Server tools to monitor and troubleshoot services
  • Effective use of Mac OS X Server to manage a small network of Macintosh computers and users
  • How to manage access to files and services

1. Configuring and Monitoring OS X Server

  • Installing OS X Server
  • Providing DNS
  • Exploring the Server App
  • Configuring SSL Certificates
  • Using Status and Notifications
  • Backing Up OS X Server

2. Configuring Accounts

  • Managing Local Users
  • Configuring Open Directory Services
  • Managing Local Network Accounts

3. Managing Devices and Configuration Profiles

  • Configuring OS X Server to Provide Device Management
  • Managing with Profile Manager
  • Configuring the File Sharing Service
  • File Access

4. Implementing Deployment Solutions

  • Leveraging NetInstall
  • Caching Content from Apple
  • Implementing Software Update Service

5. Providing Network Services

  • Offering Time Machine Network Backup
  • Providing Security via the VPN Service
  • DHCP
  • Hosting Websites
  • Providing Mail Services
  • Configuring the Wiki Services
  • Implementing Calendar Service
  • Providing Message Service
  • Managing Contacts Service