Mavericks 101: OS X Support Essentials v10.9

3 Days – $1500

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Students should have the following prerequisite knowledge prior to attending this course:

  • Understanding of OS X
  • Experience with OS X in a network environment
  • Basic troubleshooting experience or MAVERICKS 100

Exam Prep Guide

Chicago Metro (Oak Park)


  • April 22-24, 2014
  • May 13-15, 2014
  • June 3-5, 2014
  • June 24-26, 2014
  • April 22-24, 2014
  • May 13-15, 2014
  • June 3-5, 2014
  • June 24-26, 2014


Mavericks 101: OS X Support Essentials v10.9 is a three-day, hands-on course that provides an in-depth exploration of troubleshooting on OS X Mavericks. This course is designed to give you a tour of the breadth of functionality of OS X Mavericks and the best methods for effectively supporting users of OS X Mavericks systems. The course is a combination of lectures and hands-on case study exercises that provide practical real-world experience.


Who Should Attend
  • Help desk specialists, technical coordinators, service technicians, and others who support Mac users.
  • Technical support personnel in businesses that use Macs.
  • Technical coordinators or power users who manage networks of computers running OS X — such as teachers and technology specialists who manage classroom networks or computer labs.


Certification Track

Demonstrate your knowledge by passing the OS X Support Essentials 10. exam and earning Apple Certified Support Professional (ACSP) 10.9.

* Purchase the certification exam with the class and receive a $100 discount.


Class Delivery Options

MacSpecialist provides training solutions for any scenario. Besides this class, we also offer:

  • On-demand training for your organization including on-site delivery.
  • One-on-one certification preparation.
  • Workshops with customized curriculum.

Course Outline


Prepare and partition the drive, install OS X Mavericks, use the installer log files to verify a successful installation, configure OS X Lion with the Setup Assistant, update software with Software Update and Installer, tips and techniques for troubleshooting an installation problem

User Accounts

Create and manage user accounts, create and manage administrator accounts, locate directory attributes, security, password selection, Keychain, and FileVault

File Systems

File systems supported by OS X Mavericks, file and directory ownership and permissions, Disk Utility and file repair, using the command line for file management.

Data Management

The root volume, file system layout, preferences, frameworks, file types unique to OS X Mavericks (i.e., resource forks and packages), Spotlight, file archives, disk images. archiving and restoring data with Time Machine, managing backup data, how to access the data outside of Time Machine

Applications and Processes

Applications supported in OS X Mavericks, applications created with different developer APIs, the UNIX concept of a process, the relationship of processes and applications, tools to monitoring and managing processes, application preferences, troubleshooting, Boot Camp

Network Configuration

Basic networking configuration, TCP/IP networking, Ethernet, AirPort, multiple network connections, appropriate use of network locations, isolating and troubleshooting network elements

Network Services

Connecting to common network resources, Network Users accounts with Directory Services, AFP, SMB, SSH, FTP, and WebDAV connections, Bonjour, NetBIOS, the network browser, isolating client software issues from network issues Enabling network services on an OS X Mavericks client, peer-to-peer collaboration, sharing files between Macs and Windows, sharing web documents, screen sharing, firewall as well as techniques to isolate server issues from client and network issues

Peripherals and Printing

Connecting peripherals to a Mac, cabling, connections, device drivers for common peripherals, managing printers, print-job management, printer PPDs and PDF workflow, techniques for isolating cabling, driver, or application issues

System Startup

Troubleshooting boot issues with a Mac at startup, phases of the startup process, which part of the system is active during each phase, issues that can arise, automatic process launching with launchd and login window startup items