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Summary

This chapter provided an overview of the design and organization of the NetInfo authentication mechanism used on Mac OS X systems, providing examples of how some user-friendly administrative applications provided with Mac OS X manipulate information stored in NetInfo. This chapter also explained how to enable remote access to your OS X system using the SSH and Telnet protocols, and provided an overview of the configuration and other files used by the Apache Web server on OS X. The design and elegance of the Mac OS X utilities and interface enable you to be a system administrator without making you buy a pocket protector.

The integration of networking into the Mac OS X operating system is mandatory for enabling things like NetInfo’s networked administration model. More important to most of us is that OS X’s “network readiness” makes it easy for us to send e-mail, create Web sites, and surf the Web in general. The next chapter explains how to use the Mac OS X Mail application, a powerful yet easy-to-use mail client included with every copy of Mac OS X.


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