Charles Edge and Bill Smith provide detailed explanations of the technology required for large-scale Mac OS X deployments and show you how to integrate it with other operating systems and applications.
Now in its second edition, Enterprise Mac Administrator's Guide addresses the growing size and spread of Mac OS X deployments in corporations and institutions worldwide. In some cases, this is due to the growth of traditional Mac environments, but for the most part it has to do with organizations instituting device choice and switcher campaigns, where Windows and/or Linux environments are migrating to Mac OS X. There is a steep culture shock with many of these migrations. The products that are used are different, the nomenclature is different, and most importantly the best practices for dealing with the operating system and updates are very different.
Apple provides a number of tools to help automate and guide IT toward managing a large number of Mac OS X computers—it has since before Mac OS X was initially released. However, if you want to put together all of the pieces to tell a compelling story about how to run an IT department or a deployment of Macs, you need to compile information from a number of different sources. This book provides explanations of the technology required.
What You'll Learn
- Choose a directory services model that works for your organization and integrate it into your existing model
- Choose an imaging model and begin imaging workstations with or without third-party products
- Use the Mac App Store and Apple’s Volume Purchasing Program to deploy apps
- Leverage scripting techniques to reduce labor for the IT department
- Provide network services (file sharing, mobile home folders, messaging, etc.) to the Mac OS X clients
System administrators and IT professionals who need to manage a large number of Mac OS X computers, be they Mac OS X–based servers or workstations. The assumption is that readers are somewhat familiar with Mac OS X and/or IT in general, but not that they are familiar with the Apple system internals, server services, or deployment techniques.
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About the Author
<Bill Smith has worked in the computer technology field for about 15 years, specializing in the support of advertising, design and graphics systems in several enterprise environments. His specialty is integrating and supporting Macintosh computers with Windows file sharing and messagingservers, which are predominant in the corporate business world. Originally from Oklahoma City, Bill moved to Minneapolis in 2001. He is enthusiastic about teaching and helping others with technology, but also enjoys being the student. In April of 2003, Microsoft awarded Bill the title of "Most Valuable Professional" for his online support of others in the Microsoft community, recognizing his expertise in Macintosh and Windows integration. He has worked internationally to migrate his company's Macintosh computers to Mac OS X and integrate them with Active Directory, Exchange and Office Communications Server.
Table of ContentsChapter One: Directory Services.- Chapter Two: Directory Services Clients.- Chapter Three: Active Directory.- Chapter Four: Storage.- Chapter Five: Messaging and Groupware.- Chapter Six: Mass Deployment.- Chapter Seven: Client Management.- Chapter Eight: Automating Administrative Tasks.- Chapter Nine: Virtualization.- Chapter Ten: Packaging and Mac App Store.- Chapter Eleven: Device Enrolment Program.