Configuring and Using Calendars, Contacts, and Email

This is the third course in a series of eight courses designed to help you prepare for the ACA-Mac Integration exam. In this course, you'll take a look at three main apps that can help send email, schedule meetings, and more.
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Feb 10, 2017
Duration
2h 47m
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Description
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Feb 10, 2017
Duration
2h 47m
Description

Even with advances in technology, email is considered the most common way to communicate remotely with one another, especially in a corporate environment. Calendars allow you to plan your day, and contacts allow you to keep vital information regarding clients, family, and friends. In this course, Configuring and Using Calendars, Contacts, and Email, you will learn how you can keep in touch, organize, and manage your daily life. First, you will learn how to connect to an internal and external email server. Next, you'll create and manage personal and business related activities using the Calendar app. Finally, you will delve into creating and managing personal and client information using the Contacts app. When you are finished with this course, you will have the knowledge and skills necessary to connect your Mac to a Microsoft Exchange server, and how to create and manage contacts and calendar events that can be synchronized with your Internet service provider, so that you can have access from any device.

About the author
About the author

Ken has over 30 years of IT experience. In his career he has worked as a NetWare Admin, Windows Admin, Senior Support Engineer, Trainer, and Consultant.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hello, and welcome to Pluralsight. My name is Ken Mauldin, and welcome to my course on Configuring and Using Calendars, Contacts, and Email. I'm a technical trainer at Fortinet, a network security company, and I'm also an author here at Pluralsight. There are many apps that are built-in to Mac OS X that can help us to keep in touch with family and friends, as well as clients that we might have, and also to help us organize and manage our daily lives. In this course, we're going to take a look at how we can connect our Mac's to both internal and external email servers, how we can keep track of business and personal schedules, and how we can keep track of important information about family, friends, and clients. This course will also help prepare you for the Apple Certified Associate Mac Integration Exam. Some of the major topics that we will cover include how we can use the mail app to connect to an internal and external email server, how we can use internet account preferences to connect to and manage our emails, our calendars and contacts from multiple service providers out there. We'll also take a look at how we can create and manage personal and business related activities using the calendar app, and how we can create and manage personal and client information using the contacts app. By the end of this course you'll know how to connect your Mac to a Microsoft Exchange server, as well as internet based services provided by Yahoo, Google, and Twitter. We will also look at how we can create and manage contacts and calendar events that can be synchronized back with our internet service provider, so that we have access from any device anywhere in the world. Before beginning this course you should at least have a basic understanding of Mac OS X and how to navigate the launch apps using either the dock or the launcher, and how we can access System Preferences. So I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn more about how to use the built-in apps that are part of OS X to help us stay in touch with those that are important to us, and to help manage our very, very busy schedules today with Configuring and Using Calendars, Contacts, and Email here at Pluralsight.

Getting Started
Hello, and welcome to Pluralsight. You're watching, Configuring and Using Calendars, Contacts, and Email, Getting Started. I don't know if this has ever happened to you, but it's happened to me a few times, and in fact, a few too many times. Have you ever missed an important appointment or a birthday maybe, anniversary, something like that simply because you forgot? That's kind of embarrassing, not to mention what kind of trouble you could get in if it happened to be your spouse's birthday, not a good sign, right? Or what about making a phone call, and you said you would call somebody, and you simply can't find their phone number or something else that's important about them, maybe their email address or their web page. What about wanting to send pictures to somebody else through email, but not having an email client available to you? Well, that's where this course can come in handy because this course not only helps you focus on how you can obtain your Mac Certified Associate Mac Integration certification, but it also looks at how we can use calendars, contacts, and email apps that are built-in to OS X. So we've got a lot in store for us, so what do you say we get started?

Configuring Email with Exchange
Hello, and welcome to Pluralsight. You're watching Configuring Email with Exchange. You know it's said that a typical employee will spend about 25% of their day working with email. Some of that might be junk mail, but regardless, sending and receiving communications through email is a vital part of our day to day work. Exchange Server, which is a Microsoft product, happens to be one of the more common servers that we might see in a corporate environment. In OS X we have our Mail app, and the Mail app is our client-side, how we can actually communicate and send and receive email with those out wherever they may happen to be, whether they're sitting in the same office as me or half way around the world. Now the vital part here, more than anything else, is how do I get my Mail app to be able to communicate and send and receive email through my Exchange Server, and that's what we want to look at in this particular module. So we've got a lot coming up, so what do you say we get started?

Managing Internet Account Preferences
Hello, and welcome to Pluralsight. You're watching, Managing Internet Account Preferences. You know, it was not too long ago that we didn't have social media, and we didn't really use email that much. It's become kind of a common day to day task though today. I mean, we keep track of what our friends are doing, people that we maybe haven't seen in years. I'm connected with people that I went to kindergarten with, and believe it or not, that's like, I hate to admit it, somewhere around 50 years ago, but imagine being able to keep track of what your friends are now doing, and that's where Internet Account Preferences comes in because without it, it can be very hard for us to remember all the different pieces. How do I connect into, say, LinkedIn or Facebook? How do I connect into my external personal email, say, with Gmail or Yahoo, and that's where Internet Account Preferences comes in because it's a simplified way to help us connect in using a typical, normal, standard environment, and I can determine what I want to be able to synchronize with my Mac, and what applications I want to synchronize them with. Do I want to bring contacts into my Contacts? Do I want to bring calendars into my Calendars section, our Calendar app? Do I want to bring my emails in? You know, and we can kind of pick and choose exactly what we want to bring in through our Internet Account Preferences, so we've got some pretty cool stuff coming up here. So, what do you say we get started?

Creating and Configuring Contacts
Hello, and welcome to Pluralsight. You're watching Creating and Configuring Contacts. Have you ever forgotten somebody's name or you forgot how to get a hold of them, say by phone number or what their email address is? I hate that. I'm very bad at that because the older I get I find out the more I forget. I always run into somebody, and it's like, I know you, I've seen your face before, but I can't remember your name. Well, that's where having an app like Contacts comes in. Contacts allows us to be able to keep track of not only personal, but also work related people, people, contacts, companies, things like that that we have that we want to communicate and do business with on a regular basis or birth dates, anniversaries, phone numbers, things that are important for us to use as a way to help communicate and contact somebody. That way we don't forget something. We don't miss out on an opportunity just because we couldn't remember somebody's phone number or email address. So that's what we want to look at as we go through this section on Creating and Configuring Contacts, is how can I create them, and then how can I manage and maintain them after I've got them created? So we've got a lot coming up. So what do you say we get started?

Configuring and Sharing Calendars
Hello, and welcome to Pluralsight. You're watching Configuring and Sharing Calendars. Have you ever forgot an important date, whether it was a business meeting or a personal thing, something like maybe your kids' recital or a play or a parent teacher conference? Imagine that wrath that's going to come down if you forget your anniversary or your wife's birthday or your significant other's birthday. That's not a good sign. Well, that's where this module comes in because calendars are an important part of my life at least, and I hope they are part of yours. Without them I would forget everything. There would be no way that I would even remember when I'm supposed to be turning in my projects, and that's not a good sign, so I use Calendars frequently, and the cool part is the Calendars have a reminder process, and you can set the reminders to say, oh, remind me a week before my wife's birthday or remind me half a day before my kids' recital or soccer game, something like that, so that I can remember, and start to set that reminder process up to say, oh yeah, I need to leave early today. Well that's the cool part about the Calendar app, and that's what we want to look at as we're going through this particular module is how I can use the Calendar app as a way to help manage and maintain my day, but also my week, my month, and in some cases, my year, so that I don't forget those important dates that do come up. So with that, let's get started.

Wrapping Up
Hello, and welcome to Pluralsight. You're watching, well you're watching the final module of this particular course, and it's called Wrapping Up. Now as the final module we want to go back through and do some basic review. What did we actually cover, and did we accomplish what we really set up to do? Remember, as we step through this course my goal, hopefully, was to show you two sides. One, what you needed to help prepare for the Apple Certified Associate Mac Integration exam, and two, what you might need to use or learn to do daily tasks. You're going to have people at work that are going to contact you and ask you how you do certain things. You're going to have people at home that are going to ask you how you do certain things, and it's important to know how to actually perform those tasks, so that you come off looking really good with your family and friends and coworkers, so with that let's go ahead and get started.