June 7, 2005
"Essential Mac OS X Panther Server Administration": What Every IT Administrator Needs to Know About Panther
Sebastopol, CA--When preparing to join a battle in progress, you want to
know what the field conditions are truly like--what to expect, how to take
charge, and how to respond when circumstances take charge of you.
Before you drop into the action, you'd better be steeped in the real-world
savvy you can get only from those who have confronted these same, myriad
challenges as they arise without warning. If you're a systems or network
administrator plying your craft in a Macintosh or mixed-platform
environment, that means only one thing: Keep a copy of Essential Mac OS X
Panther Server Administration (Bartosh and Faas, O'Reilly, US $49.95)
strapped to your thigh.
Bartosh and Faas wrote Mac OS X Panther Server Administration after
discovering that current Mac OS X Server and Mac OS X systems
administration reference guides were insufficient. "We realized you simply
couldn't fill all the holes in the available knowledge with web-based
discussion forums or articles," says Faas. Apple's server offerings are
more viable than ever, and their proliferation in the institutional and
enterprise marketplace is accelerating. Now is the time when
administrators need solid, comprehensive, tested-in-the-field reference
materials they can use to quickly implement these solutions and
effectively maintain and grow them.
Divided into usable sections on installation, directory services, client
management, and more, Mac OS X Panther Server Administration delivers.
You say you want to master every aspect of the Mac OS X Panther Server?
Here you go. At over 800 pages, Mac OS X Panther Server Administration
is comprehensive, taking you from the fundamental through the arcane.
"Beginnings can be very delicate times, particularly where servers are
concerned," Bartosh and Faas declare at the outset. That's why they start
the book with "a thorough analysis, highlighting the configuration
infrastructures Apple has placed around various open source tools as well
as the fundamental operation principals of the underlying daemons and
services themselves." Each chapter builds from here, delivering clear,
expert insights and brimming with troubleshooting tips, security
information, and more. With this guide, system administrators can take
full advantage of the software's capabilities for the benefit of their
You want to go even further and figure out how far you can push the
envelope? The answer is very far indeed. In every area, the book helps you
implement and troubleshoot, and also illustrates how much more you can
In addition, Bartosh and Faas take pains to identify and describe the
differences between Mac OS X Server and Client, and between Mac OS X
Server and other server platforms. Mac OS X Panther Server
Administration then, of course, goes further, focusing on deployment
options, detailing how the various systems interact, and sharing all the
best practices for integrating both Mac OS X Server and Client into
various enterprise environments.
Mac OS X Panther Server Administration is ideal for customers wishing to
achieve Apple Certified System Administrator (ACSA) certification and for
every Mac OS X Server and Unix administrator who knows an exceptional
field guide could mean the difference between a satisfying tour of duty
Essential Mac OS X Panther Server Administration
Michael Bartosh and Ryan Faas
ISBN: 0-596-00635-7, 848 pages, $49.95 US, $69.95 CAN
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