What are the three kinds of OS X accounts?

Normal user – can edit their own settings only, desktop pic. cannot make system-wide changes

Admin user – can make system-wide changes such as Network, Date & Time, Sharing, Energy Saver, Startup Disk. Can use NetInfo Manager and Directory Setup

System administrator- by default, this account is disabled for log-in (it can be enabled in Netinfo Manager), also called superuser or root user.

What are the quick-fixes to consider when troubleshooting an installation problem?

– check installation log
– confim that the firmware is up to date
– restart/reinstall
– check for disk problems
– disconnect non-essential hardware
– turn off Energy Saver and screen saver preferences

What are five things you should do before upgrading pre-OS X to Mac OS X?

– make a backup
– upgrade pre-OS X system to OS 9.2
– read “before you install” document
– collect network configuration
– decide on installation method

Is it possible to install an older version of Mac OS X in place of a newer operating system ?

No, not with the installer as it is built.

However, if you delete the files (or move them to a backup folder) inside of /Library/Receipts , the installer will then let you install an older version of Mac OS X in place of 10.3

How do you see any installation errors once the installation is complete?

open Consol (/Applications/Utilities)

choose View -> Show Log List

click disclosure triangle next to /var/log

select install.log

What are two ways to see the computers serial number from within the computer interface (i.e., to make the computer show it to you on the screen rather than reading it physically from the back or inside of the machine)?

1. Go to About This Mac, Click twice the text where it says the Mac OS X Version (although this is not a button, the text will change). (Click once over this version number shows you the OS Build version, clicking twice gets you to the computers serial number).

2. Open the Apple System Profiler and look in the Hardware section

When creating a short name for a new user account (or the master user account), what are the requirements of the short name?

The short name can be up to 255 bytes in length. If english is selected as the language, this means up to 127 characters in length. The short name may not contain spaces or special characters (<> {} [] () ^!\#|&$?~)

Unlike many unix systems, the short name can be about 127 characters in length (depending on the language selected), whereas most unix system require this name to be all lowercase and restricted to 8 characters.

On a Erase & Install installation of Mac OS X 10.3 the Setup Assistant runs automatically after the installation completes. Which parts of the Setup Assistant can be skipped, and how is this done?

On the first page of the Setup Assistant, the country selection cannot be skipped.

To skip the Your Apple ID page, select Dont create an Apple ID for me and click Continue

On the next page, to skip the registration press Cmd-Q and click Skip when the registration page comes up.

On the next page, you are required to configure your mac with a Name, Short name, password (and verify the password).

Note: This process described above to creating a local account, not to pull information from a NetInfo Directory.

Mac OS X 10.3 comes with three installer disks. Beyond the OS, what packages are on Discs 2 and 3? What happens if you dont have these discs when the installer asks for them?

The default install for Mac OS X 10.3 uses Discs 1 and 2 (including Additional apps, Printer drivers, Asian Fonts, and Language Translation)

Disc 3 contains packages for X11 or additional language fonts. If you do not have Disc 2 or 3 CD available, yo can quit the installer when it asks for them. Later, you can manually install any needed packages from those CDs

When formatting a drive with the native volume format — Mac OS Extended (HFS+)– what is the name of the feature protects the file system against power outages or other premature shutdowns or restarts?

ANSWER: Journaling (or file system journaling)