Overview of Final Cut Server Administration

There are three primary areas on your server system that you will use to configure and administer Final Cut Server: the Accounts pane of System Preferences, Mac OS X Server Settings, and Final Cut Server System Preferences. A brief overview of each of these sections is provided in this chapter, and details about using these areas are provided in the Final Cut Server Setup Guide. In addition, you use the Final Cut Server client’s Administration window to modify Final Cut Server settings.

Important: This manual assumes that you are familiar with Final Cut Server operations. See the Final Cut Server User Manual for detailed information about using Final Cut Server.

About the Accounts Pane of System Preferences

The Accounts pane of System Preferences on the computer on which you installed Final Cut Server can be used to manage local user accounts and groups. After you have added users and formed groups in the Accounts pane, you can then add the groups to Final Cut Server and assign their permissions using either Final Cut Server System Preferences or the client’s Administration window.

Figure. Accounts pane of System Preferences.

About Mac OS X Server Settings

Workgroup Manager in Mac OS X Server is a place where you can manage Final Cut Server user accounts and groups. After you have added users and formed groups with Workgroup Manager, you can then add the groups to Final Cut Server and assign their permissions using either Final Cut Server System Preferences or the client’s Administration window.

Figure. Workgroup Manager in Mac OS X Server.

About Final Cut Server System Preferences

Final Cut Server System Preferences is where you configure the most common Final Cut Server settings. Several of the panes include setup assistants to help you add devices and watchers. Instructions for using the setup assistants are provided in the Final Cut Server Setup Guide.

Important: It is strongly recommended that you use the settings in Final Cut Server System Preferences as much as possible for your administration tasks.

Final Cut Server System Preferences contains the following groups of settings:

  • General: The General settings include the Final Cut Server Start/Stop button and other basic settings, most of which are duplicated in the client Administration window.
    Figure. General pane of Final Cut Server System Preferences.
  • Group Permissions: The Group Permissions settings include the ability to choose which Mac OS X groups Final Cut Server should use. See Groups and Permissions for more information.
    Figure. Group Permissions pane of Final Cut Server System Preferences.
  • Devices: The Devices settings include the ability to add and configure devices using Device Setup Assistant. See Managing Devices for more information.
    Figure. Devices pane of Final Cut Server System Preferences.
  • Automations: The Automations settings include the ability to add and configure watch and respond behaviors using Automation Setup Assistant. See Managing Automations for more information.
    Figure. Automations pane of Final Cut Server System Preferences.
  • Backup: The Backup settings include the ability to add and configure automatic backup operations for the Final Cut Server catalog. See Backing Up Final Cut Server for more information.
    Figure. Backup pane of Final Cut Server System Preferences.

About the Final Cut Server Client Administration Window

The Administration window of the Final Cut Server client contains extremely detailed settings and configurations covering all aspects of Final Cut Server. You should only need to access this window for advanced configurations.

To open the Final Cut Server Administration window
  1. Log in to a Final Cut Server client as a user with administrator privileges.

  2. Click the Server button and choose Administration from the pop-up menu.

    The Administration window appears, and a warning appears for you to confirm that you want to access the Administration window.

  3. Click Continue to view the Administration window.

    Figure. Final Cut Server Administration window.