Join Sean Colins for an in-depth discussion in this video Documentation of needs, part of OS X Server Essential Training: El Capitan Edition.
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- As a part of this course, I am providing a server planning worksheet, that will help you to document your server setup. With a properly planned server installation, you can be confident that you're doing the right thing. And you'll have the paper trail to back up your decisions if anyone ever needs to understand how your server came to be. Every server should have its own planning document completed and archived with the IT Department or IT professional, who prepared and deployed it. Take however much time you need to review the provided planning document.
If you're running a test environment, play the role of IT professional and customer, and come up with a reasonable set of answers to the questions so you know what you're trying to deploy, and why. If you're taking this course while working from within your company's IT department, perhaps have someone else in your organization play the role of customer for you. Doing so may result in unexpected and detailed answers you couldn't provide on your own. Understanding the "Why" of your server will help you to intelligently deploy your server in the best way possible.
When done with the planning document, be sure to include it with all of the documentation for your server including the purchase order, customer number, the purchase invoice, and anything else that may be relevant about the server later on. Keep a copy of the planning document with you so you can add notes as needed, and refer to notes when you're later required to configure the server. You'll need to refer to your planning document throughout this course, so have it nearby and available to make your deployment process as smooth as possible.
Sean Colins, Apple Certified Trainer and owner of CoreQuick, an Apple Professional Services for Education provider, explains how to set up OS X Server's most requested services. He starts with the fundamentals of server administration—that apply to any kind of server—and then looks deeply into server setup, network configuration, file sharing, and caching. Sean also shows how Apple provides a fully functional reference system on which to learn mobile device management with Profile Manager, giving you the power to manage Apple devices by centrally controlling their settings and deploying apps with device-based MDM enrollment. Since collaboration and communication are key features of OS X Server, Sean covers setting up your own email server, collaboration wikis, and even website hosting for Dreamweaver and HTML5 designers. The course concludes with a chapter on OS X Server security and backup procedures to ensure all your hard work is safely secured.
Remember, as with all courses in the library, a certificate of completion is available as soon as you complete the course. Post it on your LinkedIn profile to demonstrate your OS X Server expertise.
- Planning your OS X Server deployment
- Setting up IP addressing, DNS, and firewalls
- Setting up file sharing
- Making OS X Server a Time Machine destination for client Macs
- Caching iCloud user data to speed up iCloud for people on your network
- Administering mail on OS X Server
- Using Profile Manager as a reference platform for day one compatibility with new iOS and Mac OS features
- Setting up and using collaboration services to enrich your users' communication, creativity, and organization
- Locking down and backing up OS X Server