Mac Server Configuration

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How can we help with Mac Server configuration?

Tech Help Direct are IT experts at Mac Server configuration and maintenance for businesses across the Gold Coast, Brisbane and all of Australia if required. We can customise all business networks to interface with Mac Server services, remote access and Mac-based databasing programs like Genie Solutions Practice Management or Daylite CRM software.

Mac OS Server brings even more power to your business, home office or school. It’s remarkably easy to install, configure and manage. Tech Help Direct are trained and certified by Apple to install configure and maintain all services encompassing Mac OS Server. We offer professional onsite support for Mac Server configuration on the Gold Coast and Brisbane, but also offer remote support to clients anywhere in Australia.

What is it and how does it work?

Mac OS X Server offers powerful services including Open Directory, Profile Manager, DNS, File Sharing, Calendars, Contacts, NetInstall, Websites, Mail and Software Update Caching. This might sound like jargon but continue reading to learn what these services can do and how they can assist with your business.

Caching Server

Caching server is an incredibly simple update storing service that Mac OS X Server offers. Once enabled, the caching server stores (or caches) Apple software updates and applications that are downloaded via the Mac or iOS App Store from all devices on the same network as the caching server. This becomes very useful when there are hundreds of devices on a network that have to install the same update of software. Rather than downloading the software from the internet hundreds of times, one device device downloads a copy and the rest of the devices simply access the local server to download on there device. This way, it is very fast and efficient for iOS deployments of apps and large scale updates on Mac computers. It is very common for IT departments to use Mac OS X Server for this feature alone.

Profile Manager

Profile Manager on Mac OS X Server is Apple’s own mobile device management (MDM) software. If you run a business where your employees have multiple Mac and iOS devices, Mac OS X Server Profile Manager provides a great solution for you to manage configuration settings and track device inventory. The profile manager service allows you to quickly configure large numbers of devices with pre-established settings, apps and books for your system requirements. These settings can be pushed to the devices without interaction or accessed by the user to install settings of their choice. It provides you with a vast array of variables, which we can configure depending on the needs for your business. The below example shows how you can customise restrictions to be directly deployed to an iOS device like an iPhone.

DNS

To use some of the other powerful features of Mac OS X Server, DNS on the server needs to be configured and working perfectly. DNS is a system which helps identify computers, servers and other devices on the network. Tech Help Direct can ensure your DNS server is setup correctly to allow all other networked servers and devices can communicate effectively. Take a look at our network and security services for some more information.

File Sharing

Whether your business has a mixture of Mac, Windows or iOS devices, file sharing on Mac OS X Server is incredibly powerful yet simple to manage. File sharing (alongside Open Directory) allows you to configure the level of access permissions that network users have to a certain folder or file. More importantly, your employees will have a central location to collaborate on your business files. File sharing can also be setup so that these files can be accesses by your employees outside of the office if they are onsite with a client or just working from home. The two most important aspects of File Sharing on Mac OS X server is planning and the configuration of the accounts. Our experts at Tech Help Direct will work with you through the planning stage of your file sharing and also the configuration of what access your users require. More further insight, please take a look at our Business File Sharing and Home File Sharing pages.

Calendar Server

Mac OS X Server contains a user calendaring service that syncs your calendar with all of your devices. These features include scheduling rooms or items that can be checked out such as projectors, restricted viewing of calendars and using push notifications to notify your employees of immediate updates for computers or mobile devices. Having a cohesive and simple calendar is a vital aspect of management, which Mac OS X Server does perfectly.

Contacts Server

Having a central location for your contacts is another important tool to effectively coordinate your business. Contacts on Mac OS X Server allow users to store contacts on the server to access those contacts on multiple devices. Using the contacts app provides integration to Mac Mail, which streamlines your contact searches whilst emailing.

NetInstall

One significant challenge for businesses using multiple Mac computer devices is how to deploy software to all of these devices in a way that is easy and doesn’t require you to manually install each one individually. NetInstall allows server administrators to deploy operating system releases, updates or commonly used applications for your client Mac computers. NetInstall is a must have feature of Mac OS X Server to provide you with a seamless upgrade or reinstall process that is quick and easy to use.

Websites

Built into OS X Server is the capability to manage your very own web server. If you are wanting to setup multiple websites, you can use Mac OS X Server to host these websites from the one machine. You are able to configure the websites with encryption and only allow access to certain pages on your website to delegated users.

Email Server

Most, if not all, businesses have moved to the digital age of using emails for communication. Having a reliable email service for your business is vital for you and your employees. Mac OS X Server includes an email service that you can use to send, receive and store email for your business. Hosting your emails on an internal is a good option if you have a slower than normal Internet connection. OS X Server allows you to host your own email server and keep these messages in-house so that emails are accessed faster and more bandwidth is available for other applications.