Installation & OS X Recovery: Set up stand-alone OS X workstations while comparing the setup process to Microsoft Windows. Prepare and partition the drive, install OS X El Capitan, use the installer log files to verify a successful installation, booting to OS X Recovery, configure OS X El Capitan with the Setup Assistant, installing configuration profiles, tips and techniques for troubleshooting an installation problem.
Users Accounts & Permissions: Create user accounts so that multiple users can share a workstation, each user having a personal account and workspace. During this chapter we will compare the different types of users and permissions available and how they compare to Microsoft Windows File Systems. Password creation and resets. You will also look at how to setup your Mac to host Microsoft Exchange through the inbuilt software.
Security: A look at how OS X El Capitan provides a safe working environment with inbuilt security features. Securing user data by choosing a strong password, password assistant features, security and privacy settings, enabling FileVault 2, How to protect your Mac system by setting a firmware password and learning about antivirus features, Gatekeeper overview, How to enable network security by configuring the OS X firewall and VPN access services.
File Systems: An in-depth look into how OS X El Capitan is structured, how you can manage volumes on your mac and managing hidden items. Also looking at the many features such as Mission Control, Auto Save, Versions and Resume. How to work with files created on a PC and how to transfer mac files to a Windows computer.
Data Management: A look how the mac handles backing up data using inbuilt Time Machine software, how to create file archives and also how to get your PC data transferred to your Mac using Migration Assistant.
Applications: Find out which applications run in El Capitan and how to manage files in cross-platform environments. Apps with built-in support for Windows file types. Also how you can troubleshoot application issues which may arise.
Boot Camp & Windows Virtualisation: How to set up your Mac to run Windows operating systems natively with Boot Camp, and about virtual options for running Windows.
Network Configuration & Troubleshooting: Basic networking configuration, TCP/IP networking, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, multiple network connections, appropriate use of network locations, isolating and troubleshooting network elements. Compare how you set up Network settings for OS X compares to Microsoft Windows.
Accessing Network Services: Connecting to common network resources, AFP, SMB, SSH, FTP, and WebDAV connections, Bonjour, NetBIOS, the network browser and dynamic service discovery, Connecting OS X systems to file servers, how to create automatic connecting shares, Directory Service overview, Using Active Directory and Open Directory, Configuring a Mac to use a network account, Directory Service features, techniques to isolate client software issues from network issues.
Providing Network Services: Enabling network services on a OS X El Capitan client, peer-to-peer collaboration, Personal File Sharing, screen sharing, AirDrop,
Peripherals & Printing: See how peripherals are supported in OS X, with an emphasis on USB, FireWire, Thunderbolt buses. Compare the CUPS print engine used in OS X to Microsoft’s print engine. Printer support in OS X, how to configure your Mac to print to a locally connected printer, how to share printers, how to configure printer features.
Troubleshooting Tools: Troubleshooting the different stages of the OS X startup sequence. Review various resources and practices to troubleshoot workstation problems. OS X Boot modes and login issue tips.