- Series: Apple Pro Training
- Paperback: 600 pages
- Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (December 20, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321887336
- ISBN-13: 978-0321887337
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.2 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,049,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Apple Pro Training Series: OS X Server Essentials: Using and Supporting OS X Server on Mountain Lion 1st Edition
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About the Author
Arek Dreyer has been an Apple Certified Trainer since 2002. Originally an expert in Sun systems, Arek shifted his professional focus to Mac OS X shortly after it came out. President of Dreyer Network Consultants Inc., Dreyer has been delivering courses and providing training around the world, both in the classroom and at events like Channel Camp and the Macworld Conference and Expo. Dreyer also provides integration and troubleshooting services for his own customers and for Apple. Along with Ben Greisler, he authored Apple Pro Training Series: OS X Lion Server Essentials.
Ben Greisler is the owner and technical lead of Kadimac Corp, a firm specializing in the integration of OS X and the Macintosh into business IT. Greisler is an Apple Certified Trainer, author, consultant, and lecturer who has been on the Advisory Council of the Apple Consultants Network and the MacIT Committee of the Macworld Expo.
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Reviewing a book like this is always a bit difficult because much of how a book is arranged either matches how you think or it doesn't. To me, I like this book because it doesn't just tell how to do something but a bit why and the prerequisites. That other book got me very frustrated in a few areas, because it did explain how to accomplish something, but it doesn't reliably tell me what needs to be done BEFORE that task is accomplished. With Server many tasks depend on a series of events occurring before them, and to me, this book spells it out better than the other.
Another reason I like this book is because it has lots of pictures, probably three times as many as the other book. Yes this may sound silly bit but it is not. Actually seeing the screens that you need to act on is a nice feature. Many many times that other book may explain how to perform some function, but one step or another is not completely clear, and this book solves that with pictures at every step.
As a negative I think this book is overpriced but I purchased it because choices are few.
So overall, if the price doesn't put you off, I think this book is the best for Mountain Lion Server. Endorsed by Apple, which doesn't hurt either.
However, my expectations were set by the much deeper coverage available in the Apple Pro OS X (not server) Essentials volume.
What was missing?
- Discussion of how running the various server components impact the startup/shutdown process.
- Discussion of how "Safe Mode" and other alternative modes impact the server components
- Discussion of any kind of troubleshooting
If you want help setting up an OS X Server, this book will help you.
But if you want to KEEP it running, this book is utterly useless.
Whatever, if you're working with apple servers then get these books. They are the best resource (in addition to the apple forums) you're going to find. I run bunch of servers and always have this book on my desk.
This book is designed in a really great, easy-to-understand methodology that really drills home the lessons into your brain.
Each chapter contains the following:
1. An explanation of everything you need to know on that particular topic -- in a clear, easily understandable manner. It really felt like the author was having a conversation with you, talking in plain English and holding you by the hand throughout the entire process. It was really just excellent. Advanced topics being presented to you in the simplest way possible.
2. A step-by-step walkthrough for you to apply what you've learned on your very own Mac running Lion Server. Just follow along with the steps and you'll get the desired results on your Mac.
3. A Q&A section at the end of each chapter to quiz you on what you've learned.
Thanks to this methodology, this book really helped me understand the main topic I needed help with, which was file sharing in Lion Server (including permissions, inheritance of permissions, and propagating permissions).
If I had one minor suggestion for the book, I would like even MORE screenshots added to the book. There actually were already a plethora of screenshots, but I was trying to learn Lion Server without easy access to my own Mac running Lion Server on it, so I was heavily dependent upon the screenshots to teach me what I needed to know. It would have been even easier for me if I had more screenshots, but if you have easy access to your own Lion Server, the included screenshots will be more than enough for you.
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