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Part III: System and Network Administration > System Administration Overview

Chapter 11. System Administration Overview

Since Mac OS X has Unix at its heart, performing some system administration tasks is unavoidable, even for the most casual users. For this reason, the system lets you approach many administrative duties from two different angles. Fundamental tasks such as user account management (you'll need at least one user on the system, after all) and network setup may be performed though the friendly frontends of System Preference panes, while a more experienced admin can perform more subtle and sophisticated tasks through the Terminal's command line.

As such, much of this chapter assumes knowledge of the Terminal application and Darwin's Unix command line. See Chapter 19 first if you need to.


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