Using Mac OSX Lion Server by Charles Edge jr.

Using Mac OSX Lion Server by Charles Edge jr.

Using Mac OSX Lion Server is one of those lovely, handy O’Reilly over­view guides that take the place of manu­als not sup­plied with products. In this one the Charles Edge Jr. aims his guid­ance towards rel­at­ively new server admin­is­trat­ors — pos­sibly even someone set­ting up a fam­ily server — and cov­ers all the great basics of determ­in­ing what hard­ware and soft­ware needs you might have and how these might be served with OSX Lion Server. The 200 page volume (it is def­in­itely bey­ond a brief cover, but less than many of the exhas­ut­ive server admin manu­als you might be used to) cov­ers all the basic inform­a­tion and moves into some of the more spe­cial­ised func­tions you might put an OSX-based server to such as work­ing with stream­ing video or hand­ling the backend on some of the glossy OSX’y tools such as iCal, or the Address book.
I appre­ci­ate that the author moves bey­ond the basics that I’d see on the screen. As he admits, the soft­ware is really designed to be very user friendly itself and guide most users through the intra­cies of server man­age­ment, so much of the prose moves towards giv­ing atten­tion to the less than obviosu implic­a­tions of mak­ing vari­ous decisions — look­ing behind the scenes at what choice may lead to and how the decisions pull together. Quite valu­able and well presen­ted in my opin­ion.
The chal­lenge with all these version-based books is keep­ing them up to date. This is the first OSX server volume I have examined (and prob­ably should have moved in this dir­ec­tion long before now — espe­cially as we have a deployed XServe kick­ing around) and so I don’t have a feel for how this has tran­stioned from pos­sibly earlier volumes on Leo­pard or Snow Leo­pard. As it is, the screen shots are (as always) a great boon and the book is clear and straight­for­ward.
This is a recom­men­ded volume both for those called to upon to admin­is­ter an exst­ing OSX server or sim­il­arly use­ful even if at the point of con­sid­er­ing whether and OSX-based server will meet your needs. It is a superb ref­er­ence manual fore­most and spe­cific top­ics of interest are esy to loc­ate and help­ful in isolation.

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