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Take Control of OS X Server by Charles Edge

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Directory Services

A directory service is a shared repository of usernames, passwords, network resources, and other information. Mac network clients (by “client,” I mean a computer) use a directory service to look up various things.

For the typical reader of this book, a directory service is where you’ll create and store user accounts for services including File Sharing, Calendar, and Contacts.

The directory service is at the heart of many large networks. But a directory service is really just a database that lives on a server, along with some underlying technologies that Apple collectively refers to as Open Directory. Some directory services can have roles that are broken out among a number of servers, but for the purposes of this book I’ll ...

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