ACA Mac Integration Basics 10.13

Apple Certified Associate5 H 47 M

If your day-to-day involves supporting Mac systems, this course is for you. Take the Apple Certified Associate exam to become a certified Apple technician.

  • Directory Services
    • Overview
    • Directory Services
  • File Sharing
    • File Sharing
  • Email, Contacts and Calendars
    • Collaboration Software
  • Security
    • Security Features
    • Security Features Part 2
    • Security Features Part 3
    • Security Features Part 4
  • Printing
    • Printing
  • Moving and Backing Up Content
    • Moving Content
    • Time Machine
  • Running Windows on a Mac
    • Running Windows Applications
    • Boot Camp
    • Boot Camp Part 2


5 M

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The Apple Certified Associate certification is an excellent starting point for people working with Apple Mac systems in a networked environment. The certification covers topics like integrating Mac and Windows PCs as well as connecting to numerous network services. This certification course was previously titled Mac Integration Basics.

[MUSIC] Hello, and thank you for watching ITProTV. We're talking with Don Pezet about Apple Certified Associate, a new series. Don, tell us about this series. >> All right, well, in this series we're gonna be taking a look at Apple technologies from the perspective of somebody who has to work with them everyday. This is designed as a kind of a first step in your Apple certification career. So we cover a lot basics that are spread across. How to use our Mac OS environment. How to support computer systems running Mac. And to be thinking about various things like security initiatives and so on. As we step through this course you are gonna see it covers quite a range of material. Probably more than what a regular end use would need. But it's geared more towards that IT professional, somebody who is gonna be working with these systems, and needs to know the ins and outs a little better than the regular end user. >> So you've already touched on this, but who else is the show targeted towards? >> All right, so this is really targeted towards businesses, people who support Macs, that's kinda what I mentioned a moment ago but I said it's a little more than an end user. Honestly end users can benefit from a lot of this knowledge as well. It'll help you better understand how to use your Mac and some of the features that are tucked behind the scenes that most of us don't necessarily think about. But the reality is this course it used to have a name, Apple used to call this Mac Integration Basics. And when it was called Mac Integration Basics, it was focused on teaching you how to integrate your Mac with a Microsoft Windows environment. And so if you work in a business where you had Mac and Windows machines and they needed to work together, this was the course view. Over the years it's changed a lot. It is still called Mac Integration Basics on some pages, but it's really the Apple Certified Associate now. And it's focused on anybody who support Macs in a business environment or is using them in any kind of professional sense to make sure that they are stable, secure and up and running. >> Is there a certification involved in the course? Absolutely. So that's where we get the confusion, right? Because it used to be Mac Integration Basics, and it was just a course. Then they added the certification, the Apple Certified Associate, or ACA. And now, well, there actually used to be more than one course that could get your ACA. This is now the only course that gets your ACA. >> So they merged the two together. So it used to be kinda this optional component but now it's all stuck together and it's one and the same. So when you hear somebody say Mac integration basics and you hear somebody say Apple Certified Associate, those are one and the same. So what we're gonna learn here in this series, we're gonna cover all the exam objectives. To make sure that you have the knowledge in your noggin to be able to sit down, take the exam and get ACA certified. And I mentioned earlier that's kind of that first step in the Apple Certification Program. Somebody might choose to continue on to do Apple Certified Support Professional, somebody may stop right here at ACA. It's actually a nice cert to be able to get because it doesn't have a ton of information behind it, so it's easy to grasp all the data, get that certification and get that thrown in your resume. And then you can always choose to move more advanced down the road. >> So what sort of episodic topics are we gonna be covering? >> All right, we're gonna jump all over the place. There is still some integration with Windows that is part of this exam. And that's actually what we're gonna start with, directory services. Connecting a Mac to a Microsoft active directory environment. Those are very prevalent out there in the business world, almost non existent in the home, all right. That's an example of where home users don't necessarily benefit from this. But in the business world, they are everywhere. So we'll get a chance to see how that works. We're gonna take a look at file sharing. We can share files across the network and get our Macs talking. We'll do email, contacts, and calendar or collaboration software. So if you're in a business environment, you likely have some kind of centralized mail system. Maybe calendaring, maybe contacts. We can integrate all of that right into Mac OS using the mail, calendar, and contacts apps. Which are appropriately named for what they do. >> [LAUGH] >> So we'll get a chance to see that. We're gonna dabble into security and some of the security features that are built into Mac OS. Which are on by default, some which aren't. So we'll get the chance to see which are which and how to work with those. We'll do printing, because well, people still print and we need to >> Do you think it's good? [LAUGH] >> Businesses especially, printing is really important. We're going to tackle backing up content. Time Machine. Time Machine is really easy. For a home user, it's easy to forget. For a business user, it's essential. We need to make sure that we back up our system. So we'll see how to back it up, how to restore, how to make sure that our data is there when we need it. And if we do have a failure, that we can recover from it. And the last thing that we're gonna tackle is kind of a fun one for me, which is if you're moving from the Windows world over to Mac OS, sometimes there's applications that still require Windows. Well, we're gonna see how you can run those Windows applications on your Mac. We'll see virtualization software like VMware Fusion. And we'll take a look at Boot Camp where you can actually install Microsoft Windows on your Mac and have it run side-by-side with MacOS so that when you boot up you can pick, do I wanna boot up into MacOS or do I wanna boot up into Microsoft Windows? And you still have access to those applications. Really neat features, and we're gonna see them all right throughout this series in Apple Certified Associates. >> Thank you, Don. So if Apple Certified Associates sounds like a course you'd be interested in, and you should be interested in it, make sure you see all the episodes from our course library. And thank you for watching IT Pro TV. [MUSIC]

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