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Understanding the server administrative tools

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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.

Understanding the server administrative tools

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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  1. 20m 22s
    1. Welcome
      2m 40s
    2. Understanding Leopard Server
      6m 8s
    3. Understanding the three types of servers
      8m 48s
    4. Using this title
      2m 46s
  2. 1h 13m
    1. Getting ready and organized
      11m 57s
    2. Installing server administrative tools on Leopard client
      2m 10s
    3. Formatting your hard drive
      8m 41s
    4. Installing the server
      2m 18s
    5. Installing the server remotely
      8m 22s
    6. Configuring Standard Server
      13m 5s
    7. Configuring Workgroup Server
      18m 59s
    8. Configuring Advanced Server
      7m 52s
  3. 30m 58s
    1. Understanding the server administrative tools
      4m 33s
    2. Understanding server preferences
      3m 59s
    3. Understanding server administration
      13m 44s
    4. Understanding Workgroup Manager
      5m 34s
    5. Using remote administration with Screen Sharing
      3m 8s
  4. 26m 2s
    1. Understanding DNS
      4m 50s
    2. Configuring DNS on Standard Server
      3m 1s
    3. Configuring DNS on Workgroup Server
      2m 45s
    4. Configuring DNS on Advanced Server
      12m 23s
    5. Self-referencing DNS
      1m 7s
    6. Verifying DNS setup with ChangeIP
      1m 56s
  5. 12m 45s
    1. Understanding Open Directory
      2m 10s
    2. Configuring Open Directory on Standard Server
      1m 25s
    3. Configuring Open Directory on Workgroup Server
      1m 44s
    4. Configuring Open Directory on Advanced Server
      7m 26s
  6. 39m 0s
    1. Understanding user and group management
      2m 59s
    2. Configuring users and groups on Standard Server
      3m 12s
    3. Working with users and groups
      2m 40s
    4. Configuring users and groups on Workgroup Server
      2m 29s
    5. Creating users on Advanced Server
      8m 28s
    6. Creating groups on Advanced Server
      2m 31s
    7. Binding a Leopard client to Advanced Server
      4m 18s
    8. Managing client preferences with Advanced Server
      12m 23s
  7. 1h 36m
    1. Understanding file services
      2m 44s
    2. Configuring file services on Standard Server
      3m 6s
    3. Configuring file services on Workgroup Server
      2m 45s
    4. Configuring file services on Advanced Server
      5m 0s
    5. Setting up AFP file services
      8m 42s
    6. Configuring an AFP share point
      12m 23s
    7. Setting up SMB file services
      6m 51s
    8. Configuring SMB protocol options
      8m 59s
    9. Testing an SMB share point with Windows Vista
      2m 32s
    10. Setting up FTP services
      10m 34s
    11. Configuring the FTP protocol option
      2m 53s
    12. Testing an FTP service with Mac OS X
      3m 44s
    13. Setting up NFS file services
      4m 35s
    14. Configuring NFS protocol options
      9m 54s
    15. Testing an NFS service on Mac OS X
      2m 34s
    16. Understanding permissions and precedence
      9m 3s
  8. 11m 10s
    1. Understanding Time Machine
      2m 36s
    2. Configuring Time Machine on Standard Server
      2m 1s
    3. Configuring Time Machine on Workgroup Server
      1m 57s
    4. Configuring Time Machine on Advanced Server
      1m 41s
    5. Configuring client to use Time Machine server
      2m 55s
  9. 1h 19m
    1. Understanding mail services
      6m 17s
    2. Configuring mail services on Standard Server
      1m 37s
    3. Configuring mail services on Workgroup Server
      1m 36s
    4. Configuring mail services on Advanced Server
      7m 40s
    5. Configuring mail relay options
      6m 29s
    6. Configuring mail filter options
      7m 6s
    7. Applying a spam filter fix with Terminal
      12m 52s
    8. Configuring mail disk quota options
      3m 17s
    9. Configuring mailing lists
      4m 54s
    10. Configuring mail advanced options
      16m 46s
    11. Testing the mail service on Mac OS X
      10m 52s
  10. 1h 7m
    1. Understanding web services
      3m 15s
    2. Configuring web services on Standard Server
      1m 12s
    3. Configuring web services on Workgroup Server
      1m 32s
    4. Configuring web services on Advanced Server
      1m 59s
    5. Configuring web services general options
      4m 16s
    6. Configuring web proxy options
      4m 12s
    7. Configuring web modules
      8m 31s
    8. Configuring default web services options
      3m 4s
    9. Defining a new website
      6m 39s
    10. Configuring Web Options
      3m 28s
    11. Configuring web realms
      3m 53s
    12. Configuring web logging
      1m 22s
    13. Configuring SSL security
      1m 27s
    14. Configuring web aliases
      7m 26s
    15. Configuring web reverse proxy
      4m 0s
    16. Applying web services to users and groups
      1m 22s
    17. Configuring SquirrelMail with Terminal
      9m 32s
  11. 16m 58s
    1. Understanding wiki services
      1m 38s
    2. Configuring wiki services on Standard Server
      1m 16s
    3. Configuring wiki services on Workgroup Server
      41s
    4. Configuring wiki services on Advanced Server
      3m 29s
    5. Testing wiki access from a web browser
      1m 22s
    6. Configuring wiki administration settings
      5m 19s
    7. Exploring Wiki Tools
      3m 13s
  12. 18m 13s
    1. Understanding iCal services
      2m 56s
    2. Configuring iCal services on Standard Server
      1m 6s
    3. Configuring iCal services on Workgroup Server
      1m 7s
    4. Configuring iCal services on Advanced Server
      2m 45s
    5. Working with iCal services
      10m 19s
  13. 25m 41s
    1. Understanding shared contact services
      1m 42s
    2. Configuring shared contact on Standard Server
      5m 11s
    3. Configuring shared contact on Workgroup Server
      2m 11s
    4. Configuring shared contact on Advanced Server
      3m 7s
    5. Working with shared contact services
      13m 30s
  14. 13m 16s
    1. Understanding software update services
      1m 57s
    2. Configuring software update on Advanced Server
      2m 38s
    3. Troubleshooting the sofware update service
      4m 32s
    4. Configuring clients to use Software Update Server
      2m 47s
    5. Verifying clients are using Software Update Server
      1m 22s
  15. 22m 56s
    1. Understanding NetInstall services
      2m 44s
    2. Configuring NetInstall on Advanced Server
      6m 23s
    3. Creating NetInstall images
      7m 8s
    4. Enabling a NetInstall image
      1m 34s
    5. Using NetInstall for a client
      5m 7s
  16. 12m 48s
    1. Understanding iChat services
      1m 52s
    2. Configuring iChat services on Standard Server
      1m 14s
    3. Configuring iChat services on Workgroup Server
      1m 48s
    4. Configuring iChat services on Advanced Server
      2m 9s
    5. Working with iChat services
      5m 45s
  17. 51m 9s
    1. Understanding Podcast Producer
      5m 32s
    2. Configuring DNS for Podcast Producer
      1m 4s
    3. Configuring Open Directory for Podcast Producer
      2m 3s
    4. Creating a NFS share for Podcast Producer
      1m 36s
    5. Configuring mail for Podcast Producer
      2m 25s
    6. Configuring users for Podcast Producer
      4m 16s
    7. Configuring groups for Podcast Producer
      1m 8s
    8. Configuring web services for Podcast Producer
      2m 53s
    9. Configuring Xgrid for Podcast Producer
      1m 38s
    10. Enabling Podcast Producer for groups
      1m 34s
    11. Configuring Podcast Producer service
      6m 55s
    12. Configuring Directory.app for Podcast Producer
      2m 28s
    13. Configuring Mail.app for Podcast Producer
      3m 4s
    14. Creating a podcast
      3m 13s
    15. Monitoring progress with Xgrid
      3m 17s
    16. Checking your podcast
      8m 3s
  18. 19m 42s
    1. Understanding VPN services
      1m 45s
    2. Configuring VPN services on Standard Server
      5m 45s
    3. Configuring VPN services on Workgroup Server
      1m 54s
    4. Configuring VPN L2TP services on Advanced Server
      3m 29s
    5. Configuring VPN PPTP services on Advanced Server
      1m 9s
    6. Configuring VPN client information services on Advanced Server
      5m 40s
  19. 5m 3s
    1. Understanding server monitoring
      5m 3s
  20. 10m 9s
    1. Understanding service access control lists
      4m 45s
    2. Understanding administrative server access control lists
      5m 24s
  21. 9m 45s
    1. Using ChangeIP to change a server's IP address
      9m 45s
  22. 2m 53s
    1. Finding further information
      2m 32s
    2. Goodbye
      21s

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