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How to Turn On and Set Up Lion Server’s Podcast Producer with Server Admin

Setting up and managing Lion Server’s Podcast service with Server Admin gives you a much more robust and full-featured system than the one you can create with the Server app. This is reflected in the name: in Server Admin, it’s called Podcast Producer, while Server app calls it simply Podcast. If you want to create and use multiple workflows with multiple users, you’re better off using the Server Admin tools.

The procedure for getting Podcast Producer running is different from that for other services. You first need to turn on and configure Xgrid. The easiest way to do this is to run Setup Assistant. The Podcast Producer Setup Assistant configures the Podcast Producer settings, starts the library file system and the Xgrid service, assigns an Xgrid username, and connects to the directory.

The first thing to do is to enable Podcast service:

  1. Open Server Admin and select the server in the left column.

  2. Click the Settings icon in the toolbar and then click the Services tab.

  3. Make sure that the Podcast Producer check box is selected and click the Save button.

Next, launch the Podcast Producer Setup Assistant and run through these steps:

  1. In Server Admin, click the triangle next to your server in the left column to expand the list of services.

  2. Select Podcast Producer from the list.

  3. Click the Overview icon in the toolbar.

  4. Click the Configure Podcast Producer button in the lower right to launch Producer Setup Assistant.

  5. Click through the introductory window.

    You now have a choice between Express and Standard setup. Express automatically configures and turns on the needed services. With Standard setup, you have to type information.

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  6. Click the Express Setup option.

    With either the Standard or Express choice, Podcast Producer Setup Assistant checks your directory to see whether a Kerberos-supported directory service exists.

  7. Take the appropriate action in one of two screens that you may see:

    • Click Continue if the assistant reports that it has found an Open Directory master on the server or if it detects that your server is bound to a kerberized directory.

      This enables Podcast Producer to use the directory service.

    • If you’re prompted to set up an Open Directory master or Kerberize your directory, enter a directory administrator name, short name, and password and then click the Continue button.

  8. Click Continue in the Confirm window, which displays the settings the assistant has made.

    Podcast Producer Assistant tells you whether the setup succeeded or failed.

  9. Click OK when you receive one of the two possible responses from the assistant:

    • A dialog says it succeeded.

    • A dialog says it failed and asks whether you want to try to fix the problem or run the assistant again.

    When the process is complete, a Summary screen appears, telling you that Podcast Producer has been configured and started.

To bring back the Podcast Producer Setup Assistant later, click the Overview icon in the toolbar and then click the Configure Podcast Producer button.

Podcast Setup Assistant tells you what it is configuring while it happens. This includes turning on something called NFS file sharing. Although it was a feature of previous versions of Mac OS X Server, you won’t see NFS file sharing as an option anywhere in the Lion Server administration tools.

Apple removed all graphical user configuration for NFS file service, but it retained the service, which is also used with NetBoot service. NFS is still available through the command line.

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