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Mac OS X 10.11 Server Essentials

£1,150.00 (+VAT)

Does your company suddenly have users using or wanting to use Macs and you’re thinking you need an OS X Server to handle them? Do you already have an OS X Server but want to know how to get the best from it? If the answer to any of these is ‘yes’, then why not attend the OS X Server Essentials 10.11 (El Capitan 201) course?

The OS X Server Essentials 10.11 (El Capitan 201) – Apple Pro Training Series: Using and Supporting OS X Server on El Capitan course is a 3 day leader led course with plenty of hands on labs that is designed for technical coordinators and entry-level system administrators who require the correct and expert skills, tools, and knowledge to implement and maintain a network that uses OS X Server.

Course Overview

This course follows the officially authorised Apple Pro Training Series OS X Server Essentials : Using and Supporting OS X Server workbook and is a three-day leader-led course. There are plenty of hands-on labs designed to give technical coordinators and entry-level system administrators real experience and the correct and expert skills, tools, and knowledge to implement and maintain a network that uses OS X Server.

The main goal of this course is to teach technicians how to install and configure OS X Server to provide network-based services, such as file sharing, DHCP, and collaboration services. You will also learn about the tools required for efficiently managing and deploying OS X and software updates.

  • The first day covers OS X Server Installation and Configuration, focusing on initial installation and setup, DNS configuration, SSL certificates, user account creation and remote administration and monitoring.
  • The second day looks into Network Accounts, how to create and host a directory service, OS X and device management, file sharing and deployment solutions.
  • The third day takes attendees through networking services such as network backups through Time Machine, VPN, DHCP and website hosting. There is also a collection of collaborative services such as mail, contacts and calendar discussed. The course is rounded up with an introduction to using the Command-Line interface of OS X.


Students should have the following knowledge prior to attending this course:

If you’re in any doubt about your suitability for this course, please call our training pros on 020 8645 5806 who will be pleased to discuss your training needs in more detail.

Who should attend the Mac OS X 10.11 Server Essentials Course?

  • Help desk specialists, technical coordinators, service technicians or IT professionals who need to effectively support users of OS X systems on a network or want to understand how to get the best from an OS X Server.
  • Technical coordinators or power users who manage networks of computers running OS X, such as teachers and technology specialists who manage classroom networks or computer labs.
  • Resellers, distributors, systems integrators, and consultants who are selling Mac computers.
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  • Understand OS X Server installation. How to configure a clean system and perform upgrades.
  • How to integrate an OS X Server into an existing DNS environment, or how to provide DNS with OS X Server.
  • SSL Certificate overview including how to create and configure certificates in OS X Server.
  • Remote administration and monitoring techniques in relation to OS X Server. Best practices for backing up an OS X Server.
  • Account creation and management, both local and network directory users and groups.
  • How to use OS X Server to provide user and device management.
  • File sharing services using OS X Server including permissions and authentication setup and configuration.
  • Overview of Apple Deployment solutions for system imaging and software updates.
  • How best to provide network services such as VPN, DHCP and Web.
  • Features available in OS X Servers’ collaborative services such as Mail, Wiki, Calendar, Messages and Contacts.
  • How to save time and money by efficiently supporting your OS X users on the network.
  • Plus much more!

Detailed Agenda

Chapter 1: Configuring and Monitoring OS X Server:
Installing OS X Server, Providing DNS, Exploring the Server App, Configuring SSL Certificates, Using Status and Notifications, Backing Up OS X Server.

Chapter 2: Configuring Accounts:
Managing Local Users, Configuring Open Directory Services, Managing Local Network Accounts.

Chapter 3: Managing Devices with Configuration Profiles:
Configuring OS X Server to Provide Device Management, Managing with Profile Manager.

Chapter 4: Sharing Files:
Configuring the File Sharing Service, Understanding File Access.

Chapter 5: Implementing Deployment Solutions:
Leveraging NetInstall, Caching Content from Apple, Implementing Software Update Service.

Chapter 6: Providing Network Services:
Offering Time Machine Network Backup, Providing Security via the VPN Service, Understanding DHCP, Hosting Websites.

Chapter 7: Using Collaborative Services:
Providing Mail Service, Configuring the Wiki Service, Implementing Calendar Service, Providing Messages Service, Managing Contacts Service.

Chapter 8: Using Command Line:
Managing OS X Server with the Command-Line Interface, Command-Line Basics and Navigation, Command-Line File Manipulation, Command-Line Administration and Command-Line Tips and Tricks.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I take this course?

You can join a public course at our training centre in central London or, if you’d like a private course, we can run it in any of our facilities (Surrey, London and Manchester) or we can arrange to run it at a location of your choice.

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Important detail about the course


Beginner / Intermediate

Course Length

3 days

Training hours

09:30 – 17:30 with one hour for lunch

Class size

Maximum six delegates


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