Apple Mac OS X 10.8 Advanced Server — A 2 day course

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This course fills the skills gap to make you an expert in configuring, administrating and troubleshooting OS X Server.

The Apple Mac OS X 10.8 Advanced Server is a 2-day course designed to give system administrators the skills, tools, and knowledge to implement and maintain a network that uses OS X Server.

Students learn how to install and configure OS X Server from the command line to provide network-based services, such as file sharing, DNS, DHCP, and Profile Manager.

Command line tools for efficiently managing, configuring and troubleshooting OS X server are also covered. The course uses a combination of lectures and hands-on case study exercises.


Server app

Become an expert with the standard Server app including understanding what the tool is doing behind the scenes.

Headless Server installation

Learn how to perform an install of OS X Server without a monitor

DNS & Bind

DNS is a ket service, learn how to configure and troubleshooting the DNS service

Server command line tools

Learn how to utilise the many command line tools supplied by Apple including serveradmin, systemsetup and networksetup.

File System

Learn how to manipulate the OS X File system with tools such as gpt, diskutil and hdiutil


Is a great management tool. Learn how to use it with OS X server for remote management, including how to secure the authentication with keys


Learn how to manage and create accounts from the command line


Learn how to configure and troubleshoot the DHCP service


Learn to use the number of command line tools to help configure and troubleshoot OpenDirectory


Postgress is the replacement for MySQL. Most of the Apple services utilise it so its important to understand how this service works.

Profile Manager

Have a greater understanding on how this service works including auto enrollment, using the profiles command line tool and backing up/restoring the service.

File Sharing Services

Learn how configure file sharing services from the command line


Understand how Apple implements permissions on OS X Server and how to manipulate them from the command line.


Understand how to backup and restore OS X server including the key services


OS X Server hides a lot of the features available to Apache, learn how to configure and trouble shoot Apache from the command line.

Caching Service

This is a new service recently added to OS X Server. Learn why this is a great service, how it works and how to troubleshoot it.


Learn how to implement the various firewalls in OS X Server using tools such as IPFW and pf.


Certificates play an important part in securing OS X Server. Learn how certificates work, how to configure and install your own certificates and how to troubleshoot certificates.

Publicly scheduled dates, locations, and prices

A schedule of dates for this subject is not currently available. Please call 0333 210 0140 or use our contact form to enquire about places and availability.

Suitable For

System administrators who implement and maintain networks using OS X Server. Those who are ACSA 10.6 level and want to update to 10.8.


Students should have the following prerequisite knowledge prior to attending this course: