Originally Posted by Roos24
On August 28, the day it became available, I purchased OSX SL Server, and I had my MacMini sitting ready with a clean hard drive, with a 1TB external HD for back-ups. The goal was (and is) to set up a small home office network, with two websites, a number of email clients, etc.
So I wasn't too happy to see Apple come out with a similar but better equipped set-up, but oh well, too late now.
Today, I am still struggling to get it going. I must honestly say that I don't have any kowledge or background (education) in computer science, but I had hoped to get it going with some help from Apple for example and searching the Internet.
The information that's available is of limited use, and mostly written by and for people with extensive knowledge of server software.
Even worse, Apple support bluntly told me to stop trying to set it up and have a consultant come over to do the job. After I heard their prices, I decided to keep trying myself.
So what I need and what I am hoping to find someday is a step-by-step instruction manual that shows the appropriate screen shots, what to enter where and why, and what can happen if you enter the wrong information (usually those step-by-step manuals only show the ideal situation: "Enter x and continue to the following screen". However, after doing that, my computer says "invalid entry". For the manual, this doesn't seem to be a possibility, which renders it useless from there on). I pre-ordered the book mentioned in the main article, but I won't hold my breath that it will be the answer to my needs. Just know that I will not give up and eventually will run my own OSX server!
Yeah, I understand your problem. One of the downfalls of X Server. On windows, you end up with too many search results for your problem. On OS X, you are luck to end up with a few.
Do not be discouraged, I have set it up for several people. It can be done, though not always the way Apple says to do it. You have to pay one way or the other, time, money...
To help a bit, I highly recommend the discussion boards and mailing lists. read the archives and ask questions. http://www.apple.com/server/macosx/resources/
You can let others remote manage the machine too, allowing them to help you set things up.
Easiest way to get things up and running is to make your list, and just start punching through the list, one section at a time.
Make sure you have certificate installed, as the seems to create issues with many of the secure services. Apple tends to move where you go to create those things from version to version. Familiarize yourself with every setting/screen in Server Admin before changing anything. Then do the same with Workgroup Manager. Once you have done all of that, you should be 80% of the way and you haven't made a change yet.
Key is to know what you are doing when you turn things on and add users etc. You may not realize what the defaults are if you have not looked through the different settings.
Finally, there is no replacing understanding a bit about the underlying software (mostly open source). Look up what it is (mostly listed here http://www.apple.com/server/macosx/specs.html
on Apple's website) on wikipedia and follow some links from there. You can not set up a secure web server if you do not know what that means. You also can not set up a VPN for Windows Users if you do not know differences between how Windows and Unix handle VPN, NAT, etc.
Good luck and buzz me if you have any questions.