Mac OS X Server
10.3 Panther: Visual QuickPro Guide
By Schoun Regan, Kevin White.
Published: Dec 21, 2004
- What the Book is About
- If you have to set up a Mac OS
X Panther Server, you'll definitely benefit from reading this book, or having it
as a reference guide. Even if you're not setting up a server and just want to know
more about what happens at the server level with some of the technical subjects that
get thrown around (Kerberos? What's that?), this is a worthwhile book to buy.
- Target Audience
- The book assumes some previous
exposure or experience with server setup and administration. NFS, Active Directory,
LDAP, Apache, and other topics essential to server setup and management are mentioned.
While some of the topics are covered in depth because of their inclusion in OS X
Panther Server, others aren't given detailed coverage, so readers will have to know
a little bit about them before reading, or be able to quickly search the net to get
answers or perhaps a tutorial if some quick explanations are needed.
- What I Got Out of the Book
- I now know how to set up an OS
X Panther Server. I feel sorry for MCSEs who take months of classes before being
certified for managing a Windows server -- Panther Server setup and administration
seems like a breeze. However, what surprised me and was an unexpected treat was how
much additional information I was able to take away on related topics such as QuickTime
Streaming Server, Network Address Translation, Proxy Servers, Printer Pool Queues,
Load Balancing, WebDAV, and network boot images using NetBOOT, and more.
- I liked the judicious use of screen
shots, and the clear, step-by-step explanations of what has to be done to accomplish
a particular task. There's little chance of making an error, because while the numbered
instructions tell you what needs to be done, plenty of related screen captures have
been added for clarity.
One nice, unassuming feature of the book is that it's printed with two columns of
text per page, rather than being printed with text across the entire page, making
it much easier to read.
- Mac Guild Grade
- A (Outstanding)
- Final Words
- Author Schoun Regan knows his
stuff. He writes clearly and plainly, and you can tell he understands all of the
related technologies and topics that need to be wrestled with while setting up a
server. This was more than just a book on server setup and administration -- it was
an education in many of today's current web technologies.