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Reference 4.3. Using Server Sidebar Elements

The Server app’s sidebar contains four sections, which you’ll use over and over throughout this guide.


The Hardware section displays your server, as well as an AirPort device if there is one on your subnet.


If you select the AirPort device, and provide authentication to manage the AirPort device, when you use the Server app to start some services for the first time, the Server app asks if you would like to modify the AirPort device’s NAT rules to allow outside access to the service. This is convenient if an AirPort device sits between your internal network and your connection to the Internet.

Once you select your server in the Server app sidebar, you see four tabs:

  • Overview
  • Settings
  • Network
  • Storage


The Overview pane is the first thing you see after your initial installation and configuration of OS X Server. The arrow next to your Startup Disk is a shortcut to clicking the Storage tab and selecting the startup volume.


The Settings pane offers a number of options to configure remote access and administration.

This is also where you edit your server’s SSL certificates; remember that the Next Steps Review Certificates pane contains a link to this Settings pane.

The last option in the Settings pane allows you to configure your server to store data for various services on a volume other than the boot volume.

Moving Service Data Location

When you click Edit next to the Service Data field, you have the opportunity to change where your server stores some of its service data. Here’s what the pane looks like for a server with two internal volumes and one external volume:

If you use the Server app to choose a different service data volume, it does the following:

  • Automatically stops the appropriate services
  • Creates a new folder on the volume you choose (/Volumes/volume_name/Library/Server)
  • Copies the existing service data to the new folder
  • Configures services to use the new location
  • Starts the services again

The list of services whose data gets relocated includes:

  • Calendar and Contacts
  • Mail
  • Messages
  • PostgreSQL databases and backups that services like Profile Manager use
  • Profile Manager
  • Software Update
  • Websites
  • Wiki

Not all the server’s service data is moved. For example, configuration and temporary files (like the Mail spool file) remain on the startup volume, and some services, like FTP, NetInstall, and Websites, offer separate interfaces to choose where to store data for those services.

Just as you should not change the name of your server’s startup volume after you start offering services, you should not change the name of the service data storage volume after you designate it in the Server app.


The Network pane shows your current Computer Name and Host Name, as well as the status of your server’s network interfaces.


This Storage pane displays an alphabetical list of the disks connected to your server computer; you can also drill down and edit file ownership, permissions, and access control lists (ACLs). You’ll see more about this pane in Lesson 14, “Understanding File Access.”


The Accounts section of the Server app sidebar contains the Users and the Groups panes. Lesson 8, “Managing Local Accounts,” and Lesson 10, “Managing Local Network Accounts,” make extensive use of the Users and Groups panes.



Lesson 6, “Using Status and Notifications,” covers using the Alerts, Logs, and Stats panes to proactively monitor your server.



This is a list of the services that OS X Server offers. A green status indicator appears next to the services that are currently running. Select any service to configure it.

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