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How to Assign an SSL Certificate to a Lion Server Service

In Lion Server, you won’t see check boxes for SSL in the configuration screens for user services. Instead, you enable SSL for a service simply by assigning an SSL certificate. [more…]

How to Create an SSL Certificate in Lion Server

You can use SSL certificates with Address Book, web, e-mail, iCal, and iChat services in Lion Server to encrypt data sent between clients and the server. To create an SSL Certificate signed by a trusted [more…]

How to Become a Certificate Authority Using Lion Server

You may want to set up your Lion Server to act as a certificate authority, with the ability to sign certificates created elsewhere in the organization. Use the Keychain Access to create a certificate authority [more…]

Virtual Private Network Basics for Lion Server

If you set up Lion Server as a private server (with a .private domain name), not serving to the Internet, a VPN is one way for users outside the building to privately connect to your hosted websites, wikis [more…]

How to Get Your Lion Server Network Ready for VPN

If Lion Server is set up as a private server, a VPN is one way for users outside the building to privately connect to your hosted websites, wikis, and other services. For your users to access the local [more…]

How to Configure VPN in Lion Server

The Server app in Lion Server automates the configuration of a VPN service, but doesn’t give you many options. The Server app allows you to easily do four things: [more…]

How to Configure Lion Server VPN Clients

Mac, Windows, Linux, and iOS devices can all connect to your network through Lion Server’s VPN. Mac OS X clients and iOS devices can take advantage of Profile Manager for getting VPN configuration information [more…]

Virus Protection for Your Lion Server and Clients

Lion Server has a few built in anti-virus tools, but if you want to ensure full and complete protection for your Lion Server and its clients, you might try [more…]

Hardware You'll Need to Network Your Smart Home

When you're getting ready to network your home to turn it into a smart home, you might be surprised at how many cables, cords, connectors, jacks, controllers, panels, and other gadgets it takes. The following [more…]

Where to Put Your Smart Home's Networking Hardware

When you're making a smart home network, it's best to create a dedicated room for your networking equipment — a central wiring closet just like those in modern offices and other commercial buildings. The [more…]

Why Make Your Home a Smart Home?

A smart home is a cutting-edge, fully connected home. Turning your home into a smart home gives you a lot more than the title of techie king of the neighborhood. By networking your home, you can do a bevy [more…]

The Cost of Networking Your Home

A networked home is a happy home. But how much will it cost to make your home a smart home? Surprisingly little, or surprisingly a lot. It depends on whether you take baby steps or go whole hog. [more…]

Smart Homes For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Turn your house into a smart home and live in a cutting-edge, fully connected home. Your smart home will have the latest trends in home networking, entertainment, automation, and control that will make [more…]

How to Browse Your PC Network Neighborhood

After you set up your network, you can easily see which other PCs are available. Windows 8 power users call this activity browsing your network, where you saunter around and admire what’s connected. From [more…]

The Advantages of a Network

If you’ve never used a network to link multiple computers, you might not realize which applications are network ready. Here’s a quick list of the most common uses for a network. [more…]

Hardware and Software Basics for a Simple Network

The hardware basics that you need for a simple network include a network adapter card or PC card, a network router or switch, and cabling. If each of your PCs will be running any version of Windows 98 [more…]

The Hardware Needed for Basic Ethernet Networks

Following are the basic hardware requirements of any small Ethernet network. One benefit of Ethernet networks is their simplicity. You don’t need a degree in Advanced Thakamology to install your network [more…]

Set Up an Internet Host under Windows 8 Using DHCP

To set up a network under Windows 8 using DHCP and a shared Internet connection — where your DSL or cable modem connects directly to the PC — you need to configure settings on that PC. [more…]

Set Up Network Clients under Windows 8 Using DHCP

After the host is configured, it’s ready to accept connections from the other computers on your network. However, you also have to configure each of those PCs as network clients. Yep, that’s where the [more…]

How to Share Folders and Documents on a Windows 8 Network

Sharing something across the network allows other computers to see it when browsing. Windows 8 takes the safe and conservative approach by default: Nothing is shared across a network until specifically [more…]

Wireless versus Wired Networking

Wireless networking isn’t as revolutionary as you might think. In fact, it operates in the same manner as the standard wired Ethernet configuration. Of course, the method of transmitting and receiving [more…]

Wireless Network Hardware in Windows 8

After you install your wireless base station or WAP for your Windows 8 network, you’re ready to configure your PC for use on your network. [more…]

Why Share Your Internet Connection via a Network?

The network you installed allows for all sorts of data communications between PCs, including the ability to plug in to a shared Internet connection. It is indeed technically possible to share a dialup [more…]

How to Share through Network Hardware

With a hardware device, all the PCs on your network can concentrate on their own work, eliminating the need to leave a PC running constantly as an “Internet server” as is the case if you choose to use [more…]

How to Share through Network Software in Windows 8

Time to be honest here; using a hardware network sharing device is definitely preferable to sharing a connection through software. For example, with a software solution [more…]

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