Essential Mac OS X Panther Server Administration by Michael Bartosh

By Michael Bartosh

From the command line to Apple's graphical instruments, this booklet makes use of an intensive, basic technique that leads readers to mastery of each point of the server. packed with much-needed perception, transparent motives, troubleshooting information, and defense details in each bankruptcy, the ebook exhibits method directors how one can make the most of the software's functions and contours for his or her person wishes. a number of the subject matters coated intimately include:* install * Deployment * Server administration * listing prone * net program providers * method interplay * facts collecting * rigidity planningThis accomplished consultant additionally takes the time to scrupulously spotlight and learn the diversities among Mac OS X and the opposite server structures. even if you are a pro Unix or home windows administrator or a long-time Mac specialist, crucial Mac OS X Panther Server management offers you the intensity you are trying to maximize the opportunity of your Mac OS X Panther Server.

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All of your Mac OS X servers (and preferably your Mac OS X clients) should be able to perform both forward and reverse host resolution. Note that we didn't say DNS-- Mac OS X has a flexible resolver that's capable of querying a variety of data sources. What is important is that when a process issues a gethostbyname() or gethostbyaddr() call, it needs to be answered. While DNS is the most standard and common method for ensuring this process, it is certainly not the only one. Several servicesparticularly, directory service-related applications and Mac OS X's graphical management utilitiesdepend on host resolution, or at least function more smoothly when it is available.

Runs /sbin/SystemStarter, which is responsible for starting most system services. SystemStarter reads /etc/hostconfig, where the configuration for several startup items are stored. SystemStarter has a great manpage, so we won't go into a detailed analysis of its architecture. We will, however, discuss startup items with a specific bearing on installation: Network Brings up all nonloopback interfaces with the ipconfig[*] command. The machine attempts to get an address via DHCP on every interface.

The next (and final) screen before the install begins allows you to customize which software packages will be installed. Clicking the Customize button reveals the dialog seen in Figure 2-4. There's really no hard and fast rule regarding precisely which software you should choose, but you should always make sure to install the BSD Subsystem package (which is marked as optional, probably for licensing reasons). Common targets for exclusion include localizations for languages that you will not use (this speeds installation dramatically on slower hardware) and the additional Printer Drivers package.

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