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Enterprise Mac Managed Preferences 2010th Edition
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Many technical books feel like they are all talk and lofty theory, with heavy labor needed to get practical use out of what's written. By explaining the why's behind what to do, and taking GUI-based and bash tools alongside python and automation techniques, this book is very accessible, whether you're a novice or a seasoned pro. Highly recommended for anyone hoping to deliver an enterprise-grade computing experience to Mac users.
Before getting this book, I had been googling around to try to find the information I wanted. It was a very haphazard process, and It was slow going; I had lots of fragmentary and somewhat confusing information. But this book makes it so much easier. It explains at a very high level what lots of things are, how they work, and how to use them. For example, when discussing directory services, it covers:
* What "directory services" means for the reader who is unfamiliar with the topic
* What the common directory services are, and how they fit into the Mac world
* How to set each of those directory services up in a Mac environment
* How directory services are different from, and interact with, the actual settings (preferences) you want to apply to each user's machine
* Practical advice on several practical alternatives if, for some reason, you can't or don't want to use a directory service (e.g. modify local preferences using the "defaults" command-line program, etc.)
Really, I loved this book. I came to the book as someone with deep experience using a *personal* Mac, but no understanding of how one would manage and control multiple Macs in a multiuser environment. I get it now.
One last thing: Unfortunately, Apple seems to be changing things quite quickly in this area -- I think this book covers OS X through Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6), but even since then, in Lion and Mountain Lion, there have been a number of changes (e.g.Read more ›