Mac OS X Deployment v10.6: A Guide to Deploying and Maintaining Mac OS X and Mac OS X Software

By Kevin M. White

  • Release Date : 2009-12-14
  • Genre : Network
  • FIle Size : 16.89 MB

Description

Mac OS X Deployment v10.6: A Guide to Deploying and Maintaining Mac OS X and Mac OS X Software This is the eBook version of the printed book. If the print book includes a CD-ROM, this content is not included within the eBook version.
Apple Training Series: Mac OS X Deployment v10.6 uses a combination of task-based instruction and strong visuals to teach intermediate and advanced users how to deploy a wide range of files and systems to multiple users in a large organization. Author Kevin White takes readers through the deployment of software, ranging from individual files, to complete systems, to multiple users, discussing the range of methodologies used. Intermediate users will learn how to use Apple deployment tools, including Disk Utility, PackageMaker, and Apple Software Restore. Advanced users will learn how to customize deployment solutions with scripts to provide post-installation configuration. Throughout the book, users learn how to tie all the solutions together to create fully integrated software and hardware deployment plans.

The Apple Training Series serves as both a self-paced learning tool and the official curriculum for the Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server certification programs.

Reviews

  • Well laid-out book on some of Mac OS X

    5
    By Harvey Yebubbleman
    I'll admit, part of what I love about this book has nothing to do with Kevin White's writing or the way the content is presented, but rather on the topic. Deployment is probably my favorite area of system administration, so naturally, I'm inclined to like this book. You learn very interesting things about mechanics to Mac OS X and using a Mac that you interact with every day (such as why programs come in .zip files or .dmg files and what a package installer actually does and how it all works) but probably never knew the reasoning for. That aside, the book's seven chapters are all well organized and go into great detail without being at all overwhelming. The structure of the book itself lends itself well; by Chapter Seven, questions are posed that are easily answered based on the material learned up until that point. Everything in earlier chapters builds upon itself. Furthermore, the book approaches the topic of deployment with the assumption that the reader has limited or no experience in it whatsoever, making the process of learning the material that much smoother and more easily. Much like other books in this training series, one can take the gist of the lessons applied in this book to demystify how things are done in the Windows world. It is a shame that a book and course like this one doesn't exist for Windows Deployment. As far as preparation goes, this book very aptly prepares for the Mac OS X Deployment 10.6 exam. Going into the exam, I didn't feel at all blind-sighted; I feel that the book perfectly prepared me for the content on the exam. If this is a certification that you are considering (either by its lonesome or as part of the soon-to-be discontinued ACSA 10.6 certification) and you're considering doing it before May 31st, this year, I highly recommend going for it. The material is well laid out and the book is well written. Having read, not only other Apple Pro Training Series books, but other Kevin White books in this series, this one is easily my favorite. My only complaint is that a version of this book and course material isn't being made for 10.7 Lion.

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