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Course Outline | OS X 301: Directory Services v10.8 — NEW!

Description

This four-day course focuses on both OS X Mavericks as a directory service client, and OS X Mavericks Server as a directory server. Cross platform solutions are emphasized in both instances. In working with Mavericks, students learn how to use network accounts and Kerberos authentication with any common directory service, such as Apple’s Open Directory, Microsoft’s Active Directory, or an industry-standard LDAP Server. Students learn both basic and advanced options via the user interface and command line including scripting options to facilitate easier integration

In working with Mavericks Server, students learn how to run a robust, scalable directory system using Apple’s Open Directory service. Students also learn how to integrate Mavericks Server into an Active Directory environment, and to provide management using both dual-directory and profile based solutions. This course is a combination of lecture and hands-on case study exercises that provide practical, real-world experience.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for system administrators and IT professionals who need to gain specific knowledge about directory services, how to effectively configure Mavericks computers to access directory services, and how to effectively configure Mavericks Server to provide and supplement directory services in a mixed-platform environment.

Certification Track

There is no certification offered as this is not an Apple Certification class, but rather is intended as a compliment to the Apple Certification curriculum.

What You Will Learn

  • The troubleshooting process and how to become more efficient with available tools and resources
  • Mac OS X 10.8 features in depth, including how to find additional information
  • How to prepare for Apple Certified Support Professional certification

Prerequisites

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

  • Basic troubleshooting experience or  Mavericks 101
  • Basic Mac OS X Server experience or  Mavericks 201
  • Understanding of basic IP networking, including IP address, subnet masks, ports, and protocols
  • Experience using the command-line interface with Mac OS X

 

Course Outline

Creating and editing local users; creating and editing local groups; using command-line and GUI tools; troubleshooting login issues
Configuring OS X to log in using an Open Directory master; configuring Directory Services search paths; troubleshooting binding issues; troubleshooting login issues; configuring, using, and managing Kerberos and single-sign on infrastructures; troubleshooting Kerberos with GUI and command-line tools
LDAP fundamentals; understanding and populating an LDAP server with the attributes required by OS X for network login; configuring Mavericks to log in using a standard LDAP server; configuring Mavericks to connect to Active Directory via the GUI and the command line; writing a simple Active Directory binding script; troubleshooting binding and login issues
Configuring OS X Mavericks Server as an Open Directory Master; configuring Mavericks Server as an Open Directory Replica; managing Mavericks Server Masters and Replicas using SSL, GUI and command-line tools; locales; writing an Open Directory archive script; troubleshooting issues promoting Mavericks Server to an Open Directory Master or Replica
Configuring OS X Mavericks Server to connect to existing Open Directory and Active Directory servers; configuring services to use Open Directory or Active Directory accounts; verifying proper Kerberos configuration; troubleshooting authentication issues
Overview of Managed Preferences (MCX); Configuring OS X Mavericks Server to function in both dual-directory and magic triangle scenarios in order to manage Mavericks clients effectively; Extending the Active Directory Schema; Managing Mavericks clients with configuration profiles using Mavericks Server’s Profile Manager

Course Outline | OS X 302: Deployment v10.8 — NEW!

Description

This three-day course focuses on solutions for deploying software, ranging from the installation of individual files to the deployment of complete system images to multiple computers. Students then apply what they’ve learned to create a full deployment plan that includes testing, hardware and software deployment, auditing and maintenance.

The course also teaches students how to create a tiered Software Update server solution, as well as about third-party solutions to supplement tools provided by Apple. Students get hands-on experience in using tools such as Apple Remote Desktop, Disk Utility, PackageMaker, Property List Editor, DeployStudio, and System Image Utility and discuss the pros and cons of each for different deployment situations.

Who Should Attend

This class is for OS X system administrators who need to know how to streamline the process of installing and configuring a large number of devices running OS X or iOS.

Certification Track

There is no certification offered as this is not an Apple Certification class, but rather is intended as a compliment to the Apple Certification curriculum.

Prerequisites

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

  • Understanding of Mac OS X
  • Basic troubleshooting experience or  Mavericks 101
  • Basic Mac OS X Server experience or  Mavericks 201
  • Experience with Mac OS X in a network environment
  • Experience using the command-line interface with Mac OS X

 

Course Outline

  • Using the Deployment Planning Template; understanding primary deployment concepts; planning hardware deployment logistics; planning usage management.
Understanding primary deployment concepts; planning hardware deployment logistics; planning usage management
Item Distribution and Scripting OS X file deployment considerations, using archive (zip) files for deployment, using ARD 3 to deploy items; using disk images for deployment. Discussion of package features, creation and deployment of packages
Using MCX (Managed Client for OS X) for client management with Workgroup Manager; Understanding the use of profiles for client and computer management. Deploying profiles with Profile Manager
Understanding system image creation, integrating systems with managed preferences, customizing a system prior to imaging, preparing a system for image creation, creating a cloned system image with Disk Utility; using System Image Utility to create NetBoot, NetInstall, and NetRestore images including images via the modular build method
Understanding system image deployment; Understanding the NetBoot service, configuring the NetBoot service, configuring clients to boot with a network disk image, monitoring and troubleshooting the NetBoot service, deploying system images with NetRestore, configuring ASR network multicast, deploying systems with NetInstall, using System Image Utility workflow actions, MDM and Configuration Profiles, and post-imaging considerations. Using DeployStudio for deployment and creation of images along with running post imaging scripts
Understanding system maintenance concepts; using Apple tools for system maintenance; using the Apple Software Update service; third-party system maintenance tools

Course Outline | OS X 303: Mobile Device & Profile Manager v10.8 — NEW

Description

This three-day course focuses on securely deploying iOS devices, utilizing certificates and the Mavericks Server certificate authority. Students will learn about the core elements of digital certificates, practical digital certificate usage, managing iOS using configuration profiles, and mass deployment of iOS devices.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for system administrators and IT professionals who need to deploy large numbers of iOS devices in an enterprise or educational environment.

Certification Track

There is no certification offered as this is not an Apple Certification class, but rather is intended as a compliment to the Apple Certification curriculum.

Prerequisites

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

  • Basic troubleshooting experience or  Mavericks 101
  • Basic Mac OS X Server experience or  Mavericks 201
  • Understanding of basic IP networking, including IP address, subnet masks, ports, and protocols
  • Experience using the command-line interface with Mac OS X

 

Course Outline

Fundamental underpinnings of encryption
Certificates and X.509 PKI Content and structure of a certificate; certificate authorities and the chain of trust; Keychains
How to obtain a certificate; how to install on on MOSXS; how to store certificates and their private keys securely
Learn about the settings that can be managed; learn about the settings that cannot be managed; structure of a configuration profile
Ad hoc application installation
Mass deployment of configuration profiles to iOS devices
iOS and Microsoft Exchange server; Mobile device management
Tools for individual sync deployments; App Store Volume Purchase Program
Building a device configuration; Creating generic, master, and replica sync stations