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Lesson 2. Installing and Configuring Mac... > Initial Mac OS X Server Configuratio...

Initial Mac OS X Server Configuration

If you did a local installation, upon completion of the installation a Welcome screen appears prompting you to create a valid server configuration. In Mac OS X Server v10.4, initial configuration is completed using Server Assistant, which runs both as an installation assistant and, following a successful installation of Mac OS X Server, as a separate application used to install and configure remote computers. In each case, Server Assistant uses slightly different steps. It is Server Assistant that is used to configure the administrator account, computer names, network interfaces, and directory usage. This makes the configuration process go quickly, provided you have already planned out the configuration of your server.

Mac OS X Server v10.4 can be configured automatically using a configuration file generated by the Server Assistant application, which is available from the Server Admin Tools CD, or inside the Server folder which is inside the Applications folder on an existing Mac OS X Server v10.4 installation. The generated configuration file can be stored on another mounted volume, such as an iPod, USB dongle or a CD-ROM, or as a record in directory services. The configuration files can be computer-specific, based on the MAC address, or they can be generic. If a configuration file is accessible to the newly installed server, Mac OS X Server will locate the file and automatically configure itself based on the settings in the configuration file.


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