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Mountain Lion 201: OS X Server Essentials v10.8

Course Description
OS X Server Essentials is a three-day course designed to give technical coordinators and entry-level system administrators the skills, tools, and knowledge to implement and maintain a network that uses OS X Server on Mountain Lion. Students learn how to install and configure OS X Server to provide network-based services, such as file sharing, authentication, and printing. Tools for efficiently managing and deploying 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.
 
Duration: 3 days
 
Who Should Attend?
This course is designed for help-desk specialists, technical coordinators, and entry-level system administrators who implement and maintain networks using Mac OS X Server.

What You Will Learn?
• The features of OS X Server v10.8
• How to configure essential services on OS X Server
• How to use OS X Server tools to monitor and troubleshoot services
• Effective use of OS X Server to manage a small network of Macintosh computers and users
• How to manage access to files and services
• How to prepare for Apple Certified Technical Coordinator (ACTC) v10.8 certification

Prerequisites
Students should have the following prerequisite knowledge prior to attending this course:
• Understanding of OS X
• Experience with OS X in a network environment
• Basic troubleshooting experience or completing Mountain Lion 101
 
Course Outline
Part 1: Configuring and Monitoring OS X Server
• Installing OS X Server
• Providing DNS
• Exploring the Server App
• Configuring SSL
• Using Status and Notifications
• Backing Up Mountain Lion Server
 
Part 2: Configuring Accounts
• Managing Local Accounts
• Configuring Open Directory services
• Managing Local Network Accounts
 
Part 3: Managing Devices with Configuration Profiles
• Configuring OS X Server to Provide Device Management
• Managing with Profile Manager
 
Part 4: Providing File Services
• Providing File Sharing Services
• Understanding File Access

Part 5: Implementing Deployment Solutions
• Leveraging NetInstall
• Implementing Software Update Service
 
Part 6: Providing Network Services
• Hosting Backups with the Network Time Machine Service
• Providing Security via the VPN Service
• Providing DHCP Service
• Hosting Websites
 
Part 7: Using Collaborative Services
• Providing Mail Services
• Configuring the Wiki Service
• Implementing Calendar Service
• Providing Messages Service
• Configuring Contacts Service

Certification Exam
Students can take the OS X Server Essentials 10.8 exam - one of two exams required for Apple Certified Technical Coordinator (ACTC) 10.8 certification.

"The Training was really outstanding and it really helps me a lot on my work especially working on Mac Server and iPads implementation. Thanks Hossam for sharing his high level expertise on this topic."

- Thanseer Ahammad
MicroComputer Specialist,
IT Support Services,
UAE University

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