Description
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Mar 17, 2017
Duration
1h 58m
Description

Being able to support Mac users is a great way to expand your professional skill set and improve your career opportunities. In this course, macOS X Support: Data Management, you'll gain essential knowledge on how the system organizes its files and folders, the types of system resources available and their purpose, how to take full advantage of the search technology, and how to efficiently protect data with the Time Machine backup solution. By the end of this course, you'll have the skills and knowledge required to support Mac users with regard to the topics covered here. This course is the fourth of a series of courses to help you prepare for the Apple Certified Support Professional (ACSP) examination.

About the author
About the author

Herta is an independent Consultant working in software localization, web technologies, online marketing and course authoring. She is mostly dedicated to authoring courses with Pluralsight, but she also works as a localization consultant for SDL International and is part of the Google Linguistic and Localization Team, where she is assigned to localize Google products and software.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi, welcome to my course: Mac OS X Support: Data Management. My name is Herta Nava, I am an IT and localization consultant, and also a certified Apple support professional, and a very enthusiastic author at Pluralsight. Developing skills to support Mac users will enhance your professional opportunities as a service technician, technical coordinator, or as an advanced user. On the other hand, this course is the fourth in a series of courses that help you prepare to take the examination to become an Apple Certified Support Professional. The Apple training and certification program is a very important path you would want to pursue, because it will keep you at the forefront of the Apple technology, and it will help you stand out from the crowd. In this course, we are going to see everything related to data management in a Mac with the OS X operating system or later. The major topics that we will cover include: files and folders, the system resources available in Mac, file system metadata and search, and how to make the most of the time machine backups. By the end of this course, you will have the skills and knowledge required to support Mac users with regard to these topics. Before beginning the course, it will be very recommended to take or have taken the previous courses in this series, which you will find here in the Pluralsight library. Please join me on this journey to learn all about data management in Mac with this course right here at Pluralsight.

File System Metadata and Search
In this module, we will discuss what is metadata, how, and why it is used, and also we will see the search technology used by Mac OS, which takes full advantage of the file system metadata for delivering very efficient results. We will see first a little bit of introduction to file system metadata, next we will see how it is implemented in Mac OS, and later and lastly, we will see the search features and tools. Let's start by discussing some fundamentals about file system metadata. I like this phrase about metadata. Metadata is data about data. My definition would be that metadata are pieces of information stored outside the actual data, used to represent or describe data content, necessary to enrich the user experience. Metadata in its general conception is used to organize, locate, manipulate, and otherwise work with data. It can include information about various aspects of the data that it describes, including its structure, content, quality, origin, ownership, and condition. It can be stored in various forms and in one or several locations. Metadata can be about any kind of information or objects including images, sounds, databases, and collections. If we talk specifically about system metadata, one of the main functions of computer file systems is the storing of metadata to facilitate the locating and manipulating of files. File system metadata provides additional information to describe files and folders. Some of the most common forms of file and folder metadata include file flags, extended file attributes, and permissions.