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We are now Teaching Workshops based on Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard).
Call us at 773-506-2100 if you need training on other versions of Mac OS X.


Mac OS X Admin Training: microsim adapter

Hands-On Five-Day Ultimate Administration Workshop ($2499)

Hands-On Five-Day Mac OS X Advanced Administrator Workshop ($1999)

Hands-On Four-Day AMP (Apache, MySQL & Php) Workshop ($1199)

Two-Day Remote Desktop & Mac OS X 10.5 Mass Deployment Workshop ($1199)


Mac OS X Training:

Hands-On Five-Day Mac OS X Administrator Workshop ($1599)

Mac OS X Server version 10.5 Three-day Workshop ($1199)

Mac Troubleshooting and Maintenance Two-Day Workshop - Mac OS X ($599)


Mac OS X Intro Training:

One-day Introduction to Mac OS X Workshop ($249)


Mac OS X Courses in Development:

Two-Day Xsan Admin Workshop ($899)




Customized Training Solutions:

"On-Demand" Macintosh and Non-Macintosh Training Topics


Troubleshooting and Maintenance - Mac OS X

Description:

Are you torn between upgrading your Mac or buying a new one? Is your school moving new to a new version of Mac OS X or thinking about upgrading to Intel-based Macs? With Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, you'll have to leave those PowerPC Macs (G4, G5) behind, forever! Find the tools and answers you're looking for on troubleshooting memory, hard drives that have crashed, PRAM, NVRAM, printing, how USB and Firewire peripherals and expansion cards work with what model of Mac, and more. Discussions include an in-depth look inside the Mac OS X 10.6 Operationg System, the startup process, which files and folders can be and should be managed or touched, special diagnostic boot modes, disk utilities and data recovery, dealing with ports and hardware, kernel panics, legacy network protocols and more. Hands-on activities include a troubleshooting "run-through" to solve boot and Application launch issues, as well as how to smoothly upgrade your Mac to Snow Leopard without losing data. You'll come away from the workshop with the knowledge of how to troubleshoot or upgrade your Mac, make smart decisions for future purchases and peripherals, how to take preventive maintenance steps to keep your Macs running smoothly, a confidence in knowing more about Mac OS X 10.6 and how to prevent situations which might lead to data loss, backup and restore a user's data and preferences, and more. This course is taught on Mac OS X 10.6 workstations but the troubleshooting techniques you'll learn are equally applicable to other versions of Mac OS X, such as Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. You'll also get exclusive instruction in the use of Mac HelpMate, our own troubleshooting tool, and how to work it into your maintenance schedule.

Who should attend: Home Users, Macintosh Administrators and Support Technicians, Consultants, Graphic Artists and Production Managers, Repair Technicians, Educational Computer Lab Administrators, or anyone responsible for keeping Macintosh Computers up and running

Days: two (weekdays) or four (nights or weekends)
Hands-on: yes
Hours 9-4
Cost: $599
Materials Included: Guidebook and CD with freeware/shareware enhancements and troubleshooting tools for your Mac.

Prerequisites and Experience: Basic knowledge of Macintosh hardware and software. Basic familiarity with computer hardware concepts.

Day One

Hardware & Software Components of the Macintosh Platform and Operating System
  • What makes a Macintosh "different" from other computers?
  • Identify major components of Mac hardware
  • Discuss various Mac input-output ports
  • Expansion buses and cards
  • SATA, Firewire and USB
  • Troubleshooting removeable Disks and Flash Drives
  • A complete overview of the Mac OS X 10.6 installation process
  • The Mac OS X 10.6 boot process and special boot modes
  • Creating and Managing User Accounts
  • Locking down User Accounts

Preparing Yourself for Troubleshooting:
  • Putting together a Mac Troubleshooting Hardware and Software toolkit with the best utilities - most free!
  • How to Create a Field Boot Drive for Mac OS X
  • Troubleshooting Serial ATA, USB and Firewire Drives
  • Parameter Ram (PRAM)
  • The Mac OS X Boot Sequence and How to Identify Where Problems Exist
  • The importance of EFI, APM, and GUID
  • Steps to Get a Non-Booting Mac Going Quickly
  • An in-depth look at important Mac OS X System Components
  • System Requirements for Mac OS X 10.6
  • The Mac OS X File Sytem Domains
  • Your Options for Running Classic Applications on Mac OS X 10.6
  • Your Options for Running PPC Applications on Mac OS X 10.6 (Rosetta)
  • Your Options for Running Windows on Mac OS X
  • How to upgrade and install applications without hassles
  • Using Apple's built-in disk utilities, and third-party disk utilities
  • How to tell the difference between hardware and software problems
  • Decode the most common system error messages
  • Techniques for cutting troubleshooting time in half (or less)

Troubleshooting Mac OS X Operating System and User Data
  • Tools to help you Isolate which files govern which settings
  • How to read log files
  • Using Crashreporter
  • Troubleshooting Lauchd
  • Use Screen Sharing for Troubleshooting
  • Remote Troubleshooting via command line
  • Create a hidden admin account for troubleshooting

Day Two

Troubleshooting Logic Board Devices:
  • How to understand RAM Types and Compatability
  • How to identify problem RAM - and why it's sometimes not easy
  • Troubleshooting ports and network connections
  • Knowing when to replace power supplies
  • How to perform a complete reset of your Mac

Monitors, Speakers, Printers, Mice and Keyboards:
  • When is it time to repair or replace a monitor?
  • What monitors work best with Macs?
  • Displayport and future implications
  • Refresh rates, digital v. analog, resolutions and video adapters
  • Attaching speakers to your Mac - analog, optical and USB audio out
  • Resurrecting damaged keyboards and mice - how to fix your mighty mouse's ball
  • Printer connections, print quality, and font installation and management
  • How to deal with AppleTalk being dropped from Mac OS X

Troubleshooting Hard Disks and Other Media:
  • How to select the best hard drive to upgrade your system
  • Hard drive troubleshooting and backup
  • Recovering data from a failed drive
  • Strategies to protect your data: backing up, archiving, redundant disks (RAID).
  • Is Apple's Time Machine the best answer for our backup needs?
  • Working with CDs, DVDs and disk images
  • Backup media for your Mac: tape drives, Firewire disks, and online storage
  • How best to leverage Time Machine Backups
  • Bootable Backups v. Time Machine Backups
  • How to fix overlapped extent allocation arrors and other disk directory damage other without expensive software
  • Extended attributes and resource forks

Troubleshooting Network Issues
  • The Mac file sharing model: how to make it work for you
  • Sharing files between Mac OS X workstations
  • Understanding permissions and file ownership
  • Connecting your Mac:
  • Ethernet, Airport and Dial-up
  • Bluetooth Networking
  • Overview of Mac server options
  • High speed internet access: cable modems, dial-up, DSL, T1 lines
  • Mac OS XTerminal commands for troubleshooting your network connection
  • Probing / Tracing / Sniffing wired and wireless Connections

Drafting a Preventative Maintenance Plan
  • Physcial Maintenance
  • Drive Maintenance
  • Remote Maintenance
  • File System Management

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Two-Day OS X 10.5 Mass Deployment and Remote Desktop Workshop

Description:

We designed this advanced workshop especially for Network Admins for small, medium, and large businesses who need to upgrade ten or more workstations from an earlier version of Mac OS X to 10.5 Leopard. You will learn how to "clone" your Macs so that you have a standard image for each workstation. You will also learn valuable tips and techniques for quickly restoring corrupt Mac OS X installations, how to NetBoot off of a utilities image, and how to keep individual workstation configuration down to a minimum. You will also learn how to use Apple and third-party remote admin tools to manage workstations from a single computer, as well as how to adopt site licensing strategies for software to ease installation pains. Please note: this is an advanced workshop for network admins who already have OS X Server 10.3 or 10.4 (10.5 starting Nov 1, 2007) installed and running on their networks.

Who should attend: Macintosh Administrators and Support Technicians, Consultants, Educational Computer Lab Administrators, Network and IT Managers

Days: two (weekdays) or four (nights or weekends)
Hands-on: yes
Hours 8-5
Cost: $1199
Materials Included: Mass deployment documentation and hardcopy of the Mac OS X Server Admin Guide.

Prerequisites and Experience: Familiarity with OS X Server 10.2, 10.3 or 10.5

Preparing a "model" Mac:
  • Creating a Mac OS X build that will work on all your Macs, is it possible?
  • What to keep, what to delete from your Model Mac
  • Site Licensing software, and which software to avoid
  • Planning for a Mac OS X Mass Deployment
  • Network requirements
  • Setting up and testing Workgroup Management
  • Server-based home directories, local home directories and Portable Home Directories

Deploying your image:
  • Netbooting to image your Macs
  • Using ASR (Apple Software Restore)
  • Using Multicast ASR
  • Apple's New Automator-Based System Image Utility
  • Configuring NetRestore
  • Netrestore PHP Services
  • Carbon Copy Cloner, Disk Utility, and Scripts to create ASR images
  • Post-imaging configuration
  • Netbooting to optimize/run disk utilities

Remote Administration Techniques:
  • Automating Software updates with Software Update Server
  • Apple Remote Desktop
  • The Apple Remote Desktop Postgres Database
  • Distributed Shell (dsh)
  • An overview of VPN hardware and client solutions for remote administration
  • Virtual Network Computing (VNC)

Advanced Techniques for Mass Deployments:
  • Managing Macs with Radmind
  • Updating Mac with Radmind
  • Loadsets and command files
  • "Status Quo and Radmind"
  • "Lab Management and Radmind"
  • Radmind Labs
  • Radmind in the corporate world
Optimizing a server for Mass Deployments
  • Adjusting permissions on the Workstations
  • Imaging with the http protocol
  • Troubleshooting Automounts
  • Proper DNS, bonjour and protocol configuration
  • Setting up Active directory authentication and integration
  • Automatic Naming of workstations and "sticky" IP addresses
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The Ultimate OS X Administration Workshop

So, you've worked with Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server for a while, and maybe you've even gotten certified by Apple. Now what's left to know? A whole lot, actually. We've developed this ultimate Mac OS X five-day workshop for Mac OS X System Administrators who want to implement better, faster, and smarter techniques for monitoring networks and hardware, remote administration of OS X Clients over a LAN or VPN, SSH security and configuration, and SSL Security. Learn how to install agents on your OS X Servers and Clients that report network, hardware, security, and performance statistics back to a central server where you can view network maps, green light/red light indicators for status and failures, router uptime stats, and many many other monitors. You'll also use learn to monitor your network connections to detect intruders, block them, and notify you when someone's up to no good. Then, you'll work with one of the most advanced SPAM-blocking tools available, which can be deployed with any email server on OS X, Linux, or even with Microsoft Exchange. Each solution is absolutely 100% Open-Source, so you'll be able to implement what you've learn, without having to lobby for a budget. Because of the technically intense nature of this workshop, we are limiting registration to just four participants, be sure to reserve your seat early!

Who should attend: Macintosh Administrators and Support Technicians, Consultants, Educational Computer Lab Administrators, Network and IT Managers

Days: Five
Hands-on: yes
Hours 8-5

Cost: $2499

Materials Included: Command Labs and Case Studies, with fully licensed Software DVD and WorkBook, One-Year Subscription to MacTech Magazine

Prerequisites: one of more of the following: working knowledge of the Mac OS X command-line, bash or tcsh, one year Mac OS X Server administration, ACDHS, ACTC or ACSA Certification, good grasp of networking, DNS, and Apache Concepts, xcode tools.

Day One:

Advanced Command-Line Concepts

  • Elements of a shell script
  • Scripting languages
  • Bash features
  • Setting Variables
  • If/then conditionals
  • Loops
  • Formulating Scripts
Information Interfaces

  • Diskutil to monitor disks and RAIDs
  • Mailing from the command line
  • System_Profiler Command
  • SCUtil
  • Ktrace
  • Setting and monitoring Disk Quotas
  • DSCL (Directory Services Command-Line Util)
  • NICL (Netinfo Command-Line Util)
  • Using Syslogd to collect log files
  • Working with syslog facilities
Hands-on Labs, Build Your Scripts

  • Script 1: Eliminate Duplicates with a script
  • Script 2: Run md5 to sense file changes
  • Script 3: Use hdiutil to backup files and volumes
  • Script 4: Backup Macs over a network using rsync
Day Two:

Monitoring Performance and Installing Software

  • Use Xcode to compile and install solutions
  • Use BigTop, MONster and other performance monitors
  • Use PackageMaker to build installers
  • Build and installer
  • Install packages from the command line
  • Strategies to build smart installers
Network Interfaces

  • TCPDump inside and out
  • Sniffing Network Packets with Ethereal
  • configd and ifconfig
  • sshd_config and ssh tunneling, ssh security
  • Generating keypairs for automated connections
  • Xwindows and ssh
  • static routing and NAT, how to do it right with OS X Server
  • Proxys for working though firewalls
Security

  • Rolling your own SSL certificates
  • Installing SSL certificates
  • Configuring SSL for Exchang and Entourage
  • Installing SSL for mail servers
  • Installing SSL for LDAP
  • Other uses for SSL certificates
  • Implement login hours for users and groups
Day 3:

Advanced Web Services

  • Install Webmin and configure log analysis
  • Install self-signed SSL certificates
  • Setup Squirrelmail
  • Configure MySQL and Phpmyadmin
  • How to automatically configure sites without Server Admin
  • Great Uses for Proxies
  • Configuring mod_throttle
  • Configuring throttled
  • Working with Formmail.php
Open-Source Web Solutions

  • Installing e-commerce solutions: phpshop and oscommerce
  • Install More Groupware
  • Install OWL document management system
  • Install PostNuke, Typo3, and Mambo CMS
  • Install Gallery2
  • How to ensure dynamic sites index well with Google
  • Generate PDF from Web Sites
Mail Services

  • PostFix Configuration for OS X and OS X Server
  • Working with Server Admin and PostFix command-line tweaks
  • Virutal Mail Domains
  • Virtual Mail Users
  • Email Groups
  • Keyword and expression filters for PostFix
  • Backing up and troubleshooting PostFix and Cyrus
  • Cyradmin tools
SPAM and Virus Protection

  • SpamAssasin (spamd) - is it the best solution?
  • ClamAV - open source virus scanner.
  • SPAM prevention concepts
  • SPAM (unsolicited email)
  • HAM (false positives)
  • Bayesian filters and blacklists
  • Whitelists and local users
  • Configure and train a SPAM filter for PostFix
  • How to implement SPAM filters on other servers
  • -WebStar V
  • -Exchange
  • -Eudora Internet Mail Server
Day 4:

Remote Monitoring and Management

  • Parsing log files and trending
  • Scheduling events for monitoring
  • Monitoring the health of hard disks and RAIDs
  • S.M. A.R.T reporting on workstations -
  • Be alerted when a hard drive is about to fail
  • Install and Configure Snort to detect intrusion attempts
  • Scripts to send alert emails
Advanced Mass Deployment/Administration

  • Advanced Netboot Imaging Tools
  • Integrating Netrestore PHPServices
  • Integrating a Postgres database with Apple Remote Desktop
  • Storing Machine-specific information in a web-enabled database
  • -Store Computer records
  • -Store serial numbers
  • -System Inforation reports
Day 5

Configure a Nagios Server
  • Download the Nagios Source
  • Compile and Install Nagios
  • Handling the GD Dependency
  • Deciding which Services to Monitor
  • The art of Nagios Configuration Files
  • Hosts, Groups, and Users
  • The Nagios Web Interface
  • Customizing the Nagios Display
  • Nagios Alerting
  • Securing Nagios traffic
  • Use Nagios alerts to trigger software install/backup
  • Use Nagios alerts to lock down workstations
  • Configure the Workstations
  • Make an Installer for server and clients
Putting it all together

  • Develop a plan to deploy solutions at your site
  • Formulate checklist to identify challenges
  • What equipment might you need? (pager, cell phone)
  • Any changes to network infrastructure?

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One-Day Introduction to Mac OS X 10.5

Description:

If you work in the Graphic Arts field, General Business, or are a Creative Mac User and your company is in the process of upgrading to Mac OS X, or If you're the owner of a new Mac that came pre-loaded with Mac OS X 10.2, 10.3 or 10.5, or have recently upgraded to 10.5, or are contemplating an upgrade, and you'd like to know more about what Mac OS X can do, this Workshop will help you learn basic techniques for window, application, and file management, multiple user accounts, getting your Mac hooked up to the internet, printers, scanners, digital cameras, camcorders, and other devices. YouÕll also get some times on some great free software and system enhancements for your Mac that can easily save you three or four times the cost of the workshop.

Who should attend: Home Users, Macintosh Administrators and Support Technicians, Consultants, Graphic Artists and Production Managers, Repair Technicians, Educational Computer Lab Administrators, or anyone responsible for keeping Macintosh Computers up and running

Days: one
Hands-on: yes
Hours 9-4
Cost: $199

Materials Included: Guidebook and a CD with freeware/shareware enhancements for your Mac and programs for Mac OS X.

Prerequisites and Experience: Basic point-and-click computer knowledge.

Morning Session 9:00am - 12:00pm

Mastering the OS X Desktop:
  • The OS X Finder and Desktop Environment
  • Working with Windows and Files in OS X
  • Expose
  • Spotlight
  • Dashboard
  • Finder Window Views and Keyboard Shortcuts
  • The Importance of the Home Directory
  • Customizing the Finder Toolbar
  • Copying, Moving, Deleting, and Creating files and folders
  • Launching Applications

Using the Dock:
  • Adding and Removing Items from the Dock
  • Using the Dock to open, manage, and switch Applications
  • Static and Dynamic areas of the Dock
  • Setting Dock Preferences
  • Using the Dock as an application and document launcher
  • Customizing the appearance and position of the Dock

Afternoon Session 1:15pm - 4:00pm:
Working with System Preferences:
  • Setting system preferences as general using and administrator
  • Energy Saver and Screen Effects
  • Managing User Accounts
  • Secret features of the System Preferences
  • Launching Items automatically on login
  • Configuring autologin
  • Keeping Mac OS X up-to-date

Working with the Internet, Peripherals & Digital Media:
  • Hooking up cameras, scanners, and hard drives to your Mac
  • Connecting to the Internet by Cable Modem, DSL or Dial-up
  • Burning CDs and DVDs
  • .Mac services
  • Data backup and security
  • Installing a Printer
  • Managing Print Jobs
  • Creating and emailing PDF files

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Mac OS X Server 10.5 Three-Day Workshop

Description:

Is Leopard Server a big deal? Yes it is! It's not only a quantum leap beyond Panther and Tiger Server, but it also leaves many other Network Operating Systems (NOSs) in the dust. Just when you got comfortable with POSIX permissions, now there's ACLs (access control lists) to master. Explore the capabilities of the new collarboration tools, such as the iCal and iChat server. With Mac OS X 10.5 Server, the amount of clients you can serve is only limited by the processing power of your hardware, the speed of your network, and your ability to wring the most performance out of the most powerful operating system ever to run on a Mac!

This three-day course can effectively lay the groundwork for you to become an Apple Certified Technical Coordinator (ACTC) or an Apple Certified System Administrator (ACSA). Not only is Mac OS X Server exponentially more capable, it's also exponentially more complex, with an array of options, settings, and choices. And of course there's the new killer feauture: the Time Machine Backup server for network clients. There's also tight integration with Windows networks and Active Directory, UNIX Servers, and a Directory Service called Open Directory, which is based on OpenLDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol), the new SACLs (Service ACLs) and DACLs (Directory ACLs) as well as many enhancements to the mail server, a new wiki server and the long-anticipated "Exchange Killer" iCal server.

This course also covers some of the groundbreaking fundamental changes in Leopard Server such as extended file attributes, metadata, launchd, dslocal flat files as the replacements for NetInfo and new capabilities for Open Directory. Attending this workshop will bring you up to speed all the way from installing Mac OS X Server, to configuring some its most complex TCP/IP services such as the built-in Apache 2 webserver, jabber iChat server, iCal Server, IPFilter, Mail Server, NetBoot Service, VPN Server, Open Directory, Time Machine backup server and more!
Who should attend: System and Network Administrators, Directors of Technology, Network Engineers, Business Owners, Consultants, Technology Managers and Salespersons, Educational Administrators or Teachers, or anyone responsible for configuring or maintaining a Macintosh Network, as well as Administrators of Novell or Microsoft Networks that provide file services for Mac clients.

Prerequisites and Experience: Basic knowledge of Client/Server operations, users and groups. Basic familiarity with file sharing.

Materials Included: Guidebook and a CD with Networking Utilities and Admin Tools, source code, shell scripts and AppleScripts, documentation and white papers.

Days: three
Hands-on: yes
Hours 9-5 (weekdays)
Cost: $1199

Day One:

An Overview of Mac OS X Server 10.5
  • What's the role of Mac OS X Server 10.5, who is integrating it?
  • The differences between Mac OS X Server and Mac OS X
  • Mac OS X Server's place in the "grand scheme" of network operating systems
  • Features of Mac OS X Server 10.5
  • Hardware and Software requirements to run Leopard Server
  • Licensing Mac OS X Server: what's the difference between the $499 version and the $999 version?
  • The Mac OS X Server bundle compared to Windows 2003 Server, what it comes with and what it doesn't come with
  • Features of Mac OS X Server: what you'll probably use and what you won't use
  • The differences between Leopard Mac OS X server previous Apple Servers
  • Choosing Standard, Workgroup, or Advanced mode for your server installation
  • Virtualizing Mac OS X Server, is it possible?
Installing Mac OS X Server
  • Install the server on your Workshop Mac
  • Choose an installaton: Standard, Workgroup or Advanced mode
  • Configure the server for Open Directory
  • Further configure network settings and DNS
  • Server Admin v. Server Preferences
  • Workgroup Manager v. Server Preferences
  • Server Administration Software: Server Monitor, System Image Utility
Configuring your Server
  • Setting up the proper types of administration accounts
  • Creating share points on the server
  • Configure home directory shares for users
  • Create/manage users, or import them from AppleShare IP or an earlier version of Mac OS X Server
  • Create/manage users, groups, and contact information
  • Assign POSIX permissions to share points
  • Assign ACLs (Access Control Lists) to share points and why this is liberating and more secure!
  • Set up additional services such as Windows File Sharing (Samba) and the Apache Web Server
  • Print Server Configuration
Configuring Advanced Services
  • Enable WebDAV
  • Setting up the Mail Server and Spamassasin
  • The new built-in virus protection
  • Enable Netboot
  • What happened to Macintosh Manager?
  • Set up DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol)
  • Set up DNS (Domain Name Server)
  • Configure Bonjour (Rendezvous) for services
  • Enable and configure Appletalk, if necessary
  • Adding additional network cards and IP addresses to the server
  • The Gateway Setup Assistant
  • The Crown Jewel: AFP (Apple Filing Procotol)
  • Windows File Services
  • The necessary evil: FTP (File Transfer Protocol)
  • Logging file access
Print Services
  • CUPS and Mac OS X 10.5
  • Connecting printers to the server
  • Managing print queues and print jobs
  • Monitoring print jobs
  • Setting print priorities
  • Sharing printers with Windows clients
  • Sharing a print queue in Directory Services (LDAP)
Day Two:

Working with Open Directory Services (NetInfo Domains & LDAP Servers)
  • Local NetInfo domains v. LDAP OD Masters
  • Designing an Open Directory network to meet your organization's needs
  • Administrating Open Directory
  • Open Directory from a user's perspective
  • Replicating Open Directory with LDAP Replicas
  • Migrating from NetInfo
  • Integrating LDAP and Microsoft Active Directory
  • LDAP Search policies
  • Working with the Kerberos KDC and Kerberize Services
  • Kerberos and Active Directory, how they work together
  • Populating Open Directory with Contact information
Configuring Apache (The Web Service)
  • What is Apache? Why is it so great? Why is it the most widely used Web server on the planet?
  • Setting up Web Sites
  • Hosting multiple sites (virtual domains)
  • WebDAV security
  • Securing your Apache Web Server
  • Configuring MIME types
  • Using the Web Server as a Proxy Server to accelerate web browsing, block access to specific sites, and log user activity
  • Configuring CGIs (common gateway interfaces)
  • Apache security (realms) to control access to specific parts of the site
  • Enabling PHP, PERL, TomCat, JBoss, and MySQL on your server
  • Advanced Apache Configuration via the command line
  • Troubleshooting your Web server
  • Open-Source Administration Tools (Webmin)
  • High-Performance, High-Volume Web Serving
The Mail Service
  • Setting up Postfix and Cyrus for the first time
  • Mail protocols: IMAP, POP and SMTP
  • Working with an ISP for proper email service over the Internet
  • Create Postmaster and enable email for your server user accounts
  • Spam Assasin and clamav
  • Mail filter options
  • Maintaining the Mail Database
  • Logging mail transactions
  • Postfix and Spam Filters
  • Extending and securing Squirrelmail
Collaboration Services
  • What are the advantages of a Jabber (iChat) server?
  • Hosting iCal files on a WebDAV share
  • Weblog and Asset Management options from Open Source
  • How does Apple's Weblog Server stack up?
  • Enabling the Leopard Server Weblog process
  • Third-party groupware and OSS groupware overview (Open Groupware, Open Xchange, Kerio, Communigate)
  • Improving client computer performance
Advanced Network Services and Launchd
  • Just what is Launchd? Why is it such a big deal?
  • Bending Launchd to your will and making it work for you
  • Create subnets for DHCP
  • Setting up DNS (Domain Name Server) beyond the GUID/li>
  • Using IP filter (firewall) to secure your server and your network
  • Configuring multiple IP addresses and filters
  • Enabling NAT (Network Address Translation) to use your Mac OS X Server as a router
  • Address redirections
  • Port redirections
  • Logging IP Filter activity to detect intrusion attempts
  • Specifying and denying access to your network
  • Setting up the VPN Server
Backup Solutions for Mac OS X Server
  • Retrospect
  • BRU
  • PysncX
  • Carbon Copy Cloner
  • DD and Ditto
  • Apple Software Restore
  • Rsync
  • Time Machine
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Hands-On Five-Day Mac Administrator Workshop

Description:

This five-day intensive Macintosh Administrator Workshop is designed to bring you up to speed quickly with Troubleshooting Leopard and Leopard Server! It combines the content of two of our most popular Workshops: Macintosh Troubleshooting and Maintenance for Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server 10.5 at a substantial savings! Separately, the Workshops would cost $1798. This special Workshop is offered just a few times a year. If you're interested in learning everything you need to be a Mac Guru quickly, call us to register and reserve your seat because this Workshop fills up quickly.

Who should attend: System and Network Administrators, Directors of Technology, Network Engineers, Business Owners, Consultants, Technology Managers and Salespersons, Educational Administrators, or anyone responsible for configuring or maintaining a Macintosh OS 9 or Mac OS X Network, as well as Administrators of Novell or Microsoft Networks that host Mac clients.

Prerequisites and Experience: experience with networks, some knowledge of network hardware, protocols, and working with the Internet.

Materials Included: Guidebook, Mac OS X Server Tips and Tricks, and a DVD with Networking Utilities, Troubleshooting, Backup and Admin Tools, documentation and white papers.

Days: five
Hands-on: yes
Hours 9-5 (weekdays)
Cost: $1599

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Hands-On Five-Day Mac OS X Advanced Administrator Workshop

Description:

There no training like this available anywhere else in the United States: this Workshop represents an accumulation of five years of Mac OS X consulting experience, research, and lab testing. If you work for a corporation, school, or non-profit corporation that needs to upgrade ten or more workstations to Mac OS X, this "super-geek week" will endow you with the tools and knowledge to roll out your Mac OS X Deployment with ease, speed, and stability. First, you'll learn how to set up the perfect Xserve or Mac OS X Server machine in our Three-Day Leopard Server Workshop with Bonus instruction in Advanced Server skills that include Active Directory and Kerberos Single Signon integration. And then, you'll plan, stage, and practice a rollout and a Mac OS X migration in our Mac OS X 10.5 Remote Desktop and Mass Deployment Workshop at an incredible savings! Separately, the Workshops would cost $2398. This special advanced Workshop is offered just a few times a year. You'll blow-away your co-workers, Mac OS X users, and company executives with the ability to reload a Mac OS X workstation in as little as six minutes, with all software and updates already installed, as well as learn techniques for remote "hands on" management and automated management down to a single file with powerful file system management tools like Radmind. Call us to register or register online, because this is a unique course that fills up quickly.

Who should attend: System and Network Administrators, Directors of Technology, Network Engineers, Business Owners, Consultants, Technology Managers and Salespersons, Educational Administrators, or anyone responsible for configuring or maintaining a Mac OS X Network, as well as Administrators of Novell or Microsoft Networks that host Mac clients.

Prerequisites and Experience: experience with networks, some knowledge of network hardware, protocols, and working with the Internet.

Materials Included: Guidebook of Mac OS X Server Tips and Tricks and best practices, a DVD with Networking Utilities, Troubleshooting, Backup tools, Admin Tools and Mass Delployment Tools, documentation and white papers.
Days: five
Hands-on: yes
Hours 9-5 (weekdays)
Cost: $1999



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Mac Four-Day Apache, MySQL, PHP - Development Workshop

Description:

Our popular AMP on Apple (Mac OS X) class will kick your dynamic web skills into high gear. You'll learn how to harness the power of Apache, MySQL, and PHP (the most used development language on the web) all at the same time! Our course is designed to take you from the basics to the advanced within the four days of hands-on training. By the end of the class you'll be ready to build and install customized, real-world web applications.  A basic understanding of any programming or scripting language is required.

Who should attend: Anyone interested in learning how to leverage the power of dynamic websites. Programmers, Designers, HTML coders.

Days: 4 (weekdays)
Hands-on: yes
Hours 9-5
Cost: $1199
Materials Included: Guidebook and freeware/shareware enhancements, free php/mysql web hosting for one year.



Prerequisites and Experience: At least a basic knowledge of any programming or scripting language (HTML) is required.


Apache

  • What's the role of Apache in the AMP
  • The differences between Mac OS X Server and Mac OS X
  • Apache 1 vs 2
  • The httpd.conf file and what it contains
  • Loading Modules
MySQL
  • Installing MySQL
  • Important choices during installaton
  • Changing the root user password
  • Further configure network settings
  • Web Based Database Administration
  • Database Backups
  • Commandline options
  • Great maintenance tools
PHP 5
  • PHP's role in the WWW
  • Language fundamentals
        * PHP Basics
        * PHP Data types
        * Storing & retrieving information in variables
        * Basic operations with variables
        * Variable rules
  • Decision making in PHP
        * Comparison operators
        * The if construct
        * The while construct
        * The for construct

  • Arrays and PHP
        * Working with arrays
        * Sorting arrays
        * Other array related functions
        * Multi-dimensional arrays
  • Re-using PHP code
       * Functions
              o Declaring functions
              o Passing data by reference
        * Including code in scripts
        * Variable scope in PHP

  • PHP and the WWW server

        * Working with web forms
        * PHP POST & GET form elements
        * Embedding forms with PHP code
        * Validating form data
        * Preventing spoofed submissions
        * Guidelines for secure PHP
        * Understanding magic quotes
        * Setting default values in forms
        * Processing uploaded files
        * Retrieving & Sorting uploaded files

  • Working with databases and PEAR MDB2

        * A brief history of databases
        * Relational database concepts
        * Database tables
  • Using the CREATE TABLE statement
  • SQL Data types

        * Integer data types
        * Floating point data types
        * Character data types
        * Other SQL data types

  • SQL column modifiers
    Understanding SERIAL and AUTO_INCREMENT column options
    Table & database naming syntax
    Manipulating data in SQL

        * The SELECT statement
              o Overall SELECT syntax
              o Selecting values to display
              o Restricting selections using the WHERE clause
              o Using ORDER BY to sort query results
              o Using LIMIT to limit result sets
        * The INSERT statement
        * The UPDATE Statement
        * The DELETE and TRUNCATE TABLE statements

  •  Leveraging existing code using PEAR & PECL
  •  Accessing databases using PHP

        * USing PEAR's MDB2 class
        * Creating a Data Source Name (DSN)
        * Setting connection options & connecting to the database
        * Executing SQL statements
        * Executing prepared statements
        * Multiple statement execution
        * Retrieving information about queries (metadata)
        * Transactions and queries
        * Retrieving data from a database
        * Single-step queries

  •  Managing web sessions

        * Using PHP session handling
        * PHP cookie handling

  •  Handling date & time in PHP

        * Diplaying dates & times
        * Parsing a date or time
        * Generating relative times

  •  Working with files in PHP

        * Reading & writing files with PHP
        * File permissions
        * Handling errors

  •  Working with XML data in PHP

        * Understanding XML
        * RSS Feeds

  •  Debugging PHP Code

        * PHP Error handling
        * PHP debugging tools
        * Suppressing errors

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Two-Day Mac OS X Server & One-Day Best Practices Workshop
Description:

This three-day workshop is designed to fully review Mac OS X Server 10.5 and also includes a special third day focused on best practices. Not only will you learn everything about 10.5 server - but also learn how to prepare for disaster recovery, creating secure network configurations, squeezing out extra performance, modifying the configuration files without the GUI and much more. By combining these two popular courses you sae nearly $200!

 

See the following links for more info: Server & Best Practices

Who should attend: Anyone interested inMac OS X Server 10.5

Days: 3
Hands-on: yes
Hours 9-5
Cost: $1199
Materials Included: Guidebook and freeware/shareware enhancements,

Prerequisites and Experience: Familiarity with Mac OS X 10.5.


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One-Day Server Best Practices Workshop
Description:

This one-day workshop is focused on Mac OS X Server 10.5 best practices. Learn how to prepare for disaster recovery, creating secure network configurations, squeezing out extra performance, modifying the configuration files without the GUI and much more.

 


Who should attend: Anyone using Mac OS X Server 10.5

Days: 1
Hands-on: yes
Hours 9-5
Cost: $499
Materials Included: Guidebook and freeware/shareware enhancements,

Prerequisites and Experience: Experiance with Mac OS X Server 10.5


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There are many more training topics available on request, just give us a call at 773-506-2100 if you don't see a topic you want listed here.

Mac Topics

Quark XPress 6 and 7
Adobe Creative Suite
Adobe Acrobat
Adobe Flash
Adobe Dreamweaver
HTML & Javascript
Ruby
Python
MySQL & PHP
DNS and ISP Services
E-Commerce on the Macintosh
Applescript
Filemaker Pro
Microsoft Office X, 2004 and 2008
iWork
iLife (iMovie, iPhoto, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand)
Parallels
VMWare Fusion
ColorSync and Color Manangement
Mac OSX Shell scripting
UNIX Underpinnings and Mac OS X Internals
AppleScript
Automater
Basic Xcode Development
PackageMaker
Radmind
Puppet
Oracle Database Administration
Fibre Channel Storage Administration
Advanced FileSystems (MacFuse, ZFS, AFS, StorNext) X Windows on OSX

Non-Mac Topics

Quark XPress 6 and 7
Adobe Creative Suite
Adobe Acrobat
Adobe Flash
Adobe Dreamweaver
HTML & Javascript
Ruby
Python
HTML & Javascript
E-Commerce on Windows, UNIX, & Linux
Supporting Windows 95, 98, NT 4.0 & Windows 2000, XP, and Vista
Windows NT 4.0 Server Administration
Windows 2000 Server Administration
Windows 2003 Server Administration
Oracle Database Administration
Novell Netware 5, 6 and eDirectory Administration
Linux & UNIX Administration
Fundamentals of Networking

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