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Subject: Sys Admin Magazine -- October 28, 2003 News and Reviews
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2003 11:19:34 -0800

                 Sys Admin Magazine -- News and Reviews
                            October 2003

This month, Stephen Worotynec discusses getting started with 
Mac OS X Administration. 
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Mac OS X Administration -- Getting Started
Stephen Worotynec 

In May 2001, Apple introduced OS X, a new version of the Macintosh 
operating system. OS X is radically different from previous versions; 
it blends the Macintosh graphical user interface (GUI) with a Unix 
basis -- the Mach microkernel and 4.4BSD. OS X comes in server and 
client versions, and both are discussed here. The 10.2 version of 
OS X is used in the article and is the third released version. 

Although the Unix underpinnings are advertised by Apple, the inherent 
capabilities are often hidden or difficult to enable. For a Unix 
administrator to get the most function out of this system, many 
features (e.g., GUI-less operation, single-user mode, firmware, and 
serial console access) require explicit activation. In this 
introductory article, I'll show how these tasks are accomplished. 

Where's the Shell? 

The terminal application is hidden in /Applications/Utilities. To 
drag it to your dock for easier access. Or, better yet, have it start 
automatically via System Preferences/Login Items. The OS X shells 
include tcsh, bash, and zsh. 

What about root? 

Note that the root account is not enabled by default. However, any 
account in the admin group may use sudo to perform root functions. 
OS X's sudo has a five-minute timer, so you needn't repeatedly enter 
the password. You can also "sudo bash", for example, to get a root 
shell for ongoing work. 

With a shell and the ability to sudo, along with some understanding 
of Unix, you'll be ready to take on the following tasks. 

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Sys Admin Call for Papers

Sys Admin magazine is looking for systems administrators who have 
a common problem in an uncommon way and want to share their solution 
with the only people in the world who will understand it: other systems 
administrators. Each issue has a theme, but we’re always interested in 
useful articles on any subject related to managing AIX, BSD, HP-UX, 
Linux, Mac OS X, Solaris, and other UNIX/Linux variants. 

* Enterprise Administration -- We’re looking for practical, high-end 
discussions of storage, clustering, security, and advanced networking 
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as Apache, Samba, and MySQL; custom solutions built from open source 
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* Scripting -- Describe how you improved your life with the perfect 
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