MacTech InDepth Topics: OS X Server Administration
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MacTech InDepth's curriculum is set by MacTech with a combination of speakers from both the region, and nationally.


MacTech InDepth: OS X Server Administration will spend the entire day focused on Mac OS X Server. Topics will include:

  • Differences between Lion and Snow Leopard
  • Understanding Issues
  • Working with DNS
  • Definition and Uses of Open Directory
  • Relevance of OS improvements to SMBs
  • Mobile Device Management
  • Visual and Functional updates
  • Changes in Applications
  • Changes in general admin tasks
  • Network Configuration Requirements


Each event has a different set of speakers who bring their own set of experiences, examples, and more to their presentation. Session content continually evolves and is updated regularly. As a result, it is subject to change (without notice). With that in mind, here's the session descriptions for the event.

Session Title:
The Elephant in the Room

Time: 45 minutes including Q&A

  • Snow vs. Lion
  • Why Snow Leopard Server was not the last great Apple Server
  • Advanced Services
  • FTP
  • Apache management GUI's
  • Service ACLs
  • Analyzing the needs of a prospective OS X Server customer
  • Profile Manager
  • File Sharing
  • Podcast Publisher
  • Command Line Administration

Session Title:
Setting solid foundations

Time: 45 minutes including Q&A

  • Internet DNS
  • Routing to your server
  • Port Forwarding
  • DMZ
  • Stupid Router Tricks
  • MX, SVR, and SPF
  • Open Directory: The Kind is Dead, Long live the king

Session Title:
Mobile Device Management 101: Apple’s IPCU/Apple Configurator

Time: 30 minutes including Q&A

  • Mobile Device Management Overview
  • Introduction to Apple's IPCU
  • Practicality of use
  • IPCU Interface
  • Managing Devices

Session Title:
DNS, Ahh, run away, run away

Time: 40 minutes including Q&A

  • Stop your whining, why DNS is easy
  • DNS and BIND
  • What really matters
  • A, MX, CNAME, and PTR records
  • Server Admin DNS configuration
  • DNS at the registrar level
  • Splitting the horizon
  • Internet and Internal DNS

Session Title:
Administering a Server with just

Time: 45 minutes including Q&A

  • The Services
  • General Administration
  • Collaboration Services: Address Book, iCal, iChat and Mail
  • File Sharing and Time Machine Server
  • Profile Manager
  • VPN
  • Web and Wiki
  • Storage

Session Title:
Web Administration of OS X Server

Time: 35 minutes including Q&A

  • Mobile Device Management
  • Services you can administer or use from a web page
  • Profile Manager and Devices
  • Webmail
  • Podcast Publisher
  • iCal
  • Wiki Server

Session Title:
Going old school, using the old tools

Time: 45 minutes including Q&A

  • Server Admin: What is left, and why?
  • Workgroup Manager
  • Advanced DNS
  • Using RADIUS
  • Advanced Mail Server Configuration
  • Working with Open Directory
  • MCX
  • User and Group Management
  • Computer and Computer Group Management

Session Title:
Deployment Part I: Tools & Concepts

Time: 45 minutes including Q&A

  • NetBoot, NetRestore, and 3rd party tools
  • Network configuration requirements
  • Using a Software Update Server
  • Difference between NetBooting and NetRestoring
  • Master Image Creation Best Practices
  • Spanning Tree and Port Fast
  • DHCP
  • Deploying to more than one subnet
  • Firewall ports to open
  • Configuring client machines locally
  • Using Profile Manager, MCX settings, or DeployStudio to configure clients to point at SUS

Session Title:
Deployment Part II: DeployStudio

Time: 45 minutes including Q&A

  • DeployStudio Creation Techniques
  • DeployStudio Management Techniques
  • Making an NBI Set
  • Creating master images
  • Creating workflows
  • Using tools for Admin Tasks
  • The computers database

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