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ISBN-13: 978-1430229377 ISBN-10: 1430229373 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (August 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430229373
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430229377
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,529,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ed Marczak is key figure for Macintosh operations at Google. Ed is also the executive editor and an author for MacTech Magazine and a member of the Apple Consultants Network.

Greg Neagle is a senior systems engineer for a large animation studio. He serves on the board of directors of MacEnterprise.org and is a regular columnist for MacTech Magazine. Greg has presented several times on Macintosh management topics at Macworld San Francisco and Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference.

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Edward Marczak is the Executive Editor of, and continues to write a monthly column for MacTech Magazine. He is the co-founder of MacTech Conference (http://www.mactech.com/conference). He is a frequent speaker at technology events and has authored two books on Macintosh technology. Edward lives in New York with his wife and two daughters and spends his days working at Google.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Allister Banks on October 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
Having seen presentations by each author on the topic helped highlight some of the concepts behind the book, but I wasn't prepared for how eminently readable this was. Taking each moving part of how the Mac is customized/managed in turn, Mr. Maczak and Mr. Neagle take us right up to the minute with (obviously well-rehearsed) best practices that remove headaches from an administrators job, including Active Directory integration practically handed on a platter. Common recipes are detailed, and the cutting-edge (yet flexible) "Local MCX in a custom (non-default) node" method is discussed to boot.
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eminem on October 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
It's hard to write about a complex subject in a way that is approachable and yet detailed. This book really does an excellent job of it.

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.
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By Brandon Beaudette on May 8, 2014
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Canon of MCX preferences. A must have on any tech person's bookshelf. It is a short read, to boot. Can't go wrong.
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By Taylor Price on July 30, 2013
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This book is a great resource for people looking to find out more about managing macs. It has a lot of information in it that is hard to find elsewhere.
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