El Capitan Server – Control & Collaboration is the logical companion to El Capitan Server – Foundation Services. You have built a solid foundation for your OS X Server environment. It is now time to deploy powerful and flexible services on top of that foundation. Starting with Profile Manager, get control of your OS X and iOS systems and users. Set policy, manage inventory, and centralize your management. Don't let any devices escape your control.
Next, El Capitan Server – Control & Collaboration extensively covers Users and Groups in both Active Directory and Open Directory deployments. The many variants of user accounts are covered. From Mobile to Network Home accounts, extensive real world examples and scenarios are provided. Want to provide Network Home Folders for your 500 students and 100 laptops? Got you covered. Need to provide Managed Mobile accounts to your 50 person business, consolidating all management to your server? Got you covered. Proper management of your users and policy is key to a successful and flexible deployment.
A deep dive into File Services rounds out the offering. This includes coverage of Apple's new iOS sharing feature, allowing OS X Server to offer file sharing to your fleet of iOS devices. File Sharing remain the most commonly deployed service in OS X Server. And AFP is still viable. From small workgroups to large departments or schools, File Services is the backbone of collaborative workflows, backup, and home folders. Learn all the secrets of successful File Sharing, including complete coverage of permissions.
El Capitan Server – Control & Collaboration is targeted at system administrators responsible for OS X Server in enterprise, education, and small business. However, you don't need to be a seasoned veteran to benefit from the book. Examples and explanations can be followed by readers of all experience levels. Control & Collaboration is filled with practical advice and guidance on topics ranging from account naming convention, asset organization, security best practices, password best practices, and mass importing of users and groups. For administrators responsible for education deployments, check out the extensive details for supporting network home folders and managing 1000s of student records. All Mac environments can benefit from the use of Profile Manager, File Services, and providing secure access to remote employees. Build these services on top of your solid foundation.
El Capitan Server is Apple's latest evolution of OS X Server. OS X Server is a collection of core networking services, collaboration tools, and groupware products. It remains a Swiss Army Knife, packed with capable and useful tools for many different deployment targets. There are no hidden costs, no add-on packages, and no exotic hardware requirements. OS X Server is simply an un-carved block, waiting for a creative system administrator to achieve nearly anything imaginable. Beneath its simple facade hides powerful tools for serious work.
This is the second edition of Control & Collaboration. Fully reviewed and updated for El Capitan and Server 5, El Capitan Server – Control & Collaboration provides a significant amount of new and updated content. The book has been completely reviewed and cleaned up. Much has changed in two years. All that experience and knowledge is included in this new edition.
Users and Groups
Putting it All Together
In addition to these chapters, Control & Collaboration also covers Apple's Device Enrollment Program (DEP) and the Volume Purchase Plan (VPP), a primer on both POSIX and ACL permissions is provided to help strengthen the understanding of how permissions work to protect content and to enable collaboration, and coverage of Apple's built in VPN service is provided. Lastly, a new essay on the Apple Watch is included.
This is the Green Book to compliment the Blue Book. Get ready for the Yellow Book.
Updates and Additions
El Capitan Server – Control & Collaboration fully embraces the benefits of digital publishing and Apple's iBooks distribution model. The book will evolve as Apple updates Server.app and El Capitan. Buyers of the book can expect a consistent stream of updates throughout the life of El Capitan.
Publishing With a Cause
In addition, $1 from each sale will be donated to the American Cancer Society in the hope that future generations will not know the suffering and loss of cancer.
Reader Reviews of the Control & Collaboration Series
"First off, just want to say how awesome your book was, and what a tremendous help it was in setting up my first server! I simply can't wait for the rest of the series!"
"BTW, I told another person about your book, and I have to say it's the best blend of tech-talk, and non-tech talk I've seen on OS X Server... it's really well written. I'd even go as far to say your book is light years ahead of the Lynda.com videos..."
"I wanted to migrate to an OS X server and so read many articles before starting this project. In the end that first attempt didn't succeed and I ended up abandoning that initial install and reinstalling with the help of your book. It was clear and thorough. By the way, I discovered the book after I discovered you on the discussion forums where some of your advice proved useful with that initial implementation."
Apple's OS X Server is an amazingly powerful product. Combined with El Capitan Server – Foundation Services and El Capitan Control & Collaboration, you will be able to craft truly amazing solutions.