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Exercise 4.4 Configure Server on Your Client Computer (Optional)

Challenge

Install the Server app on your client computer, and prepare it to remotely administer your server computer.

Considerations

Your server does not allow remote administration by default.

If you attempt to remotely administer your server, you will get a message that your client computer does not trust the identity of the SSL certificate used by the server.

Solution

Install the Server App

On your server computer, you ran the Server app to configure your server computer as a server. However, on your client computer, you can run the Server app to remotely administer your server.

Option 1: In the Instructor-Led Environment, Copy the Server App

In the instructor-led environment, the classroom server has the Server app available in the StudentMaterials folder; move the Server app to the Applications folder on your server computer with the following steps:

  1. In the Finder on your server computer, open a new Finder window, click Documents in the sidebar, open the StudentMaterials folder you downloaded, and then open the Lesson4 folder.
  2. Drag the Server app into the Applications folder in the Finder window sidebar.

Option 2: For the Independent Reader, Download or Purchase OS X Server in the App Store

If you are performing the exercises independently, you should have already purchased OS X Server by the time you completed Exercise 4.1; if this is the case, open the App Store from the Dock or from the Apple menu, sign in with the Apple ID you used to purchase OS X Server, and download OS X Server, which automatically places the Server app in your Applications folder. If you have already purchased the Server app and have it available on a removable volume, drag the Server app from your removable volume into your Applications folder.

Use the Server App to Administer Your Server

Using your client computer, open the Server app, connect to your server, and accept its SSL certificate.

  1. On your client computer, open the Server app.

  2. Click and hold Server in the Dock, and then choose Options > Keep in Dock from the menu that appears.
  3. Click Other Mac.
  4. In the Choose a Mac window, select your server, and click Continue.
  5. Provide the administrator credentials (Administrator Name: ladmin, Administrator Password: ladminpw).
  6. Select the “Remember this password in my keychain” checkbox so the credentials you provide will be saved in your keychain (a secure store of passwords) and so you will not need to provide credentials again.
  7. Click Connect.

    Because your server is using a self-signed SSL certificate that has not been signed by a certificate authority your client computer is configured to trust, you’ll see a warning message that you are connecting to a server whose identity certificate is not verified.

  8. Click Show Certificate.
  9. Select the checkbox to always trust com.apple.servermgrd when connecting to your server.
  10. Click Continue.
  11. You must provide your login credentials to modify your keychain.

    Enter your password (ladminpw), and click Update Settings.

    After you click Update Settings, the Server app connects to your server.

  12. Quit Server.

In this optional exercise, you configured your client computer to remotely configure your server with the Server app.

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