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Computer Weekly 8 November 2011: Read this week's issue of the UK's leading technology publication, with the news, analysis and opinion that matters to IT managers.
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In the previous article in this series, we showed you how to secure a Mac using the functions built into its operating system, OS X.
These functions range from simple password protection and patch management through to full-disk encryption.
However, these are not the only security functions available. Indeed, OS X has a whole security and management infrastructure available for administrators called Managed Preferences, which can be managed most easily using OS X Server.
Capable of running on any Mac that can run OS X 10.8, it is priced at £13.99 for unlimited client connections, so easily affordable.
Apple also sells a customised Mac mini desktop computer with improved storage capabilities, which comes with OS X Server installed for small and medium-sized companies, as well as workgroups, which want a dedicated machine.
In this article, we’ll show you just a couple of the security features of OS X Server: global password policies and data loss prevention
- Configuring Mac OS X Server for the first time
- Types of user account
- Setting up a global password policy
- Creating a network user
- Managing preferences
- Binding clients
- Next steps
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