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In Mac OS X Server 10.5 Leopard Essential Training, instructor Sean Colins explains the three types of Leopard servers (Advanced, Workgroup, and Standard), and shows how to set up a server environment and configure each of the major services. The tutorial breaks down this complicated subject and focuses on the elements that are essential to getting up and running. This title is ideal for experienced administrators who want a primer of the changes in Mac OS X Server, or new server administrators looking for a complete and detailed walkthrough on how to set up a Mac OS X Server.
In this movie, we already have the server admin tools installed. For reference, the server folder is installed inside of the Applications folder, which is installed on the boot volume of which ever hard drive it is that you installed the software. So when you ran your installation, whether it was on the server or on your local system, maybe a laptop or another system you're using for administration, this Server folder will be inside the Applications folder. And depending upon where this ends up in the order of sequence, you may not have them installed yet. So just kick back and watch this, and I want to talk to you a little bit about what each one of these things does. Don't worry about opening it, I'm not going to open it, I'm just going to talk about each of them. So all you need to look at here is the icons. Okay? Well, first thing I should tell you actually, is that the Server folder that these things are in is automatically created whenever you install the Server Admin tools from the Server Admin disk, that comes with your Leopard Server software. So if you watched that movie, we've got a whole movie on how to install them and getting them onto the client system, but once you install them, there in the Server folder, and you get all of these applications. So the first one up here is Server Admin.
Server Admin is used to administer the server and all of its services, and now in Leopard, it's also used to configure filesharing Preferences and so it sets up Share Points and that sort of thing. It's great for monitoring your software and your network traffic and all kinds of other good stuff. So that's server admin. The server Assistant is used to setup remote servers. It can be used to setup configuration information so that you are able to hold on to a configuration record that can then be used later on to automatically configure a server. You can also use it to set up in a server. So installation and setup of remote servers, so this is a server that's on a different piece of hardware, and then also setting up those configuration records.
The next one here is Server Monitor. Server Monitor is used exclusively with X Serve hardware. So, everybody watching this is going to be an OS X server person, but only some of you are X Serve people. Those of you who own X Serves are going to be able to use the Server Monitor application and it allows you to do hardware monitoring, and it also allows you to do notification. So something goes wrong with your hardware, like the fan goes bad, or something dies, the server can send you an e-mail and it can also send you SMS's or pages to let you know that something is wrong with your server.
Cool piece of software there, but it only interacts with X Serve hardware, so we're not going to be showing that in this title. The next one in the list here is Server Preferences. This is the new application in Leopard Server that allows you to administer services on Standard servers and Workgroup servers. It is not usable on an Advanced Server deployment, and it has a very simplified look and feel. We have a movie talking about Server Preferences and understanding them. Probably the coolest thing about Server Preferences is how easy it is to set up services and manage services on OS X Server, if you choose a standard or workgroup deployment.
Next thing is the system Image Utility. The System Image Utility we will use later on in this title when we're talking about Net Install server and the deployment of images. It is used to create images and a great new thing about a System Image Utility is that it has a fully automated feature that will automatically create a net boot or net install set for you. And it also has a new automator like workflow environment where you can simply programmatically dragged elements into a workflow that sort of flows one into the next, if you're interested in that, definitely take a look at that movie. It's extremely cool.
Workgroup Manager is the next one on the list here. Workgroup Manager is the program in Mac OS X Server that is used to manage users, and groups, and also to manage Preferences for those users and groups. So, if you're going to be working with folks that are going to be connecting to your servers, this is the program you are going to be using on an Advanced Server. The last one in this folder is the Xgrid Admin application. Those of you who will be working in high performance computing on grid computers will be using this application also, anyone who's using Podcast Producer will probably become intimately aware of this program. It's necessary to administer the jobs that are being submitted to and Xgrid grid. And so that is pretty much everything that's installed with your Server Admin tools, that's what each of these things is and what it does. In our next movie, we're going to talk about Server Preferences.
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