El Capitan Server

El Capitan Server

By Reid Bundonis

  • Release Date : 2015-10-02
  • Genre : Operating Systems
  • FIle Size : 52.34 MB
Score: 5.0
From 5 Ratings


El Capitan Server 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.

El Capitan Server – Foundation Services walks system administrators through the proper setup and integration of OS X Server.  It is based on nearly two decades of experience deploying Apple operating systems and server products.  Setting the proper foundation is critical to the long term success of OS X Server.  Foundation Services walks readers through real-world deployment examples and offers extensive field advice, saving administrators time and eliminating frustration.  Get up to speed rapidly and deploy a solid server from day one.

El Capitan Server – Foundation Services 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.  Foundation Services is filled with practical advice and guidance on topics ranging from backup, to naming convention, to architecture planning.  Start here to set a strong foundation.

This is the third edition of Foundation Services.  Fully reviewed and updated for El Capitan and Server 5, El Capitan Server – Foundation Services provides a significant amount of new and updated content.

Chapters include:

Directory Services
Caching Server
Foundation Extras
Change Log

In addition to these chapters, Foundation Services also covers Active Directory integration, System Integrity Protection, scripting and automation using cron and launchd, and valuable advice regarding backup, upgrading, workflow, and integration into existing infrastructure.

Updates and Additions

El Capitan Server – Foundation Services 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 Foundation Services Series

"The documentation is extremely well written, clear and accurate. He has added to and updated my understanding of many aspects of the Mac server and done it with humor and great tone. I also like that he spoke of current best practices from real world experience. This is commonly missing from other technical books."

"This book is completely different. It is focused on using OS X Server in a larger enterprise environment, but even if all the text doesn’t apply to my home server environment, I learn something new on just about every page. Mr. Bundonis has years of experience working with OS X Server in very large environments and it shows."

"In short, this book is a must-have for anyone setting up (OS X) Server using any configuration... In fact, many tips in this book could help those managing servers other than Maverick Server. Overall this probably is the best server book I have ever read. I only wish there was more of it. Apple you need to hire this guy to help write your documentation!!"

"The author continues to keep this book up to date with every maintenance release and also adds new content."

"Firstly, thanks for all the hard work - it was a most enjoyable and informative read."

"Your books have been so great that everything just works. Seriously, I read a few other books and nothing was as dead simple and easy to understand as your writing and the way you walk through stuff."


Apple's OS X Server is an amazingly powerful product.  Combined with El Capitan Server – Foundation Services, you will be able to set a proper foundation to craft truly amazing solutions.


  • One of the best out there

    By RicPDX
    You could fill a bookstore with all the titles about Windows servers, but Mac server books, particularly good ones, are few and far between. This one covers all the basics from a real-world perspective. I had to learn how to build an Open Directory/DNS server the hard way. A vendor came in and destroyed ours. Even though I had several manuals on hand, including the Apple/Peachpit training guide, this is the one I turned to for my guide. It tells you what you need to do and why. Now I’m moving on to his volume on Control and Collaboration as I move to bring up Profile Manager. Bottom line: want to build a Mac server? Then by this book!
  • Required Reading for any Mac Server Deployment

    By Papi99
    This is an excellent guide for deploying server the right way based on what works in the real world. I value the details on the order and process to deploy Mac OS X Server from the ground up. It’s great to read straight through to see what’s changed from previous Server releases, and also great as a field service manual to get the proper steps to automate the backup of services and enable features like Radius to be used with what’s actually deployed in the real world. Yes I’ve digested Apple’s Training Series books for Mac OS X and Server in the past. Nothing was as quick to read, easy to understand, and as inexpensive as Reid’s series on the subject. Looking forward to the other two installments.
  • Think of it as a personal tutor of best practices for building a Mac server

    By Morphire
    Well written and none too shy on technical details, this book was clearly written from a 'been there done that' standpoint. You won't find chapter after chapter telling you what menu options you have on this page or that. I've wasted too much money buying that kind of book over and over again. Seriously! I can sort that out without reading a book. You will get opinion and detail based on what has worked for the author. The nuts and bolts of putting together a clean, solid server are what makes this book valuable. This is really the server book I've been looking for since I started running a Mac server years and years ago. I'm anxiously awaiting the release of his other two books and any updates covering updates to the server app.