OS X Server 3/5

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OS X Server

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By Apple (Apple Inc.)

OS X Server is the next generation of Apple’s award winning server software. Designed for OS X and iOS devices, OS X Server makes it easy to share files, schedule meetings, synchronize contacts, host your own website, publish wikis, configure Macs, iPhones and iPads, remotely access your network, and more.

Server is now an application you can add to Mountain Lion right from the Mac App Store. Anyone can quickly and easily turn a Mac running Mountain Lion into a server that’s perfect for home offices, businesses, schools, and hobbyists alike.

File Sharing
• File sharing for Mac, PC, and iPad
• Standards-based AFP, SMB, and WebDAV file services
• Flexible file permissions
• Spotlight searching

Wiki Server
• Point-and-click page editor to change formatting and insert images, movies, and attachments
• Access controls
• Tags and comments
• Revision history
• Document sharing
• Quick Look previews 

Profile Manager
• Configuration and management for OS X and iOS
• Over-the-air enrollment
• Mobile device management 
• Web-based administration console
• Self-service user portal for clearing passcodes, remote lock and wipe

Caching Server
• Speed up the download of software distributed by Apple through the Mac App Store
• No client configuration required
• Up to 750 simultaneous connections
• Fault-tolerant design

Time Machine
• Provide a backup destination for Mac computers on your network
• Deliver backup support for OS X
Monitoring of which computers have backed up, when they last backed up and size of backup
• Receive push alerts and email notifications when Time Machine backups are out of date

Mail Services
• Standards-based SMTP, IMAP, and POP server
• Push notifications
• SSL encryption
• Adaptive junk mail filtering
• Virus detection and quarantine

Calendar Server
• Share calendars, schedule meetings and events, and book conference rooms
• Standards-based CalDAV server for access from Mac, iPad, iPhone, and PC
• View availability with free/busy lookups
• Email invitations and notifications
• Push notifications

Contacts Server
• Synchronize contacts with Mac, iPad, and iPhone
• Allow multiple users to access and update contacts
• Standards-based CardDAV server
• Push notifications

Messages Server
• Secure encrypted instant messaging for your organization
• Persistent chat rooms
• Store-and-forward for sending messages to buddies who are offline

Virtual Private Network
• Highly secure remote access for your network services
• Encrypted VPN connections for Mac, iPad, iPhone, and PC

• Block-level SAN file sharing with concurrent read/write access
• Xsan volume hosting and configuration
• Volume management, storage pools, stripping, and volume mapping
• Real-time monitoring, graphs, and event notifications
• Metadata controller failover and file system journaling

Server App
• Local or remote setup
• Users and groups settings
• View real-time graphs of server usage and activity

Other great OS X Server features
• NetInstall to automate OS X installations and upgrades across your network
• Web server for hosting multiple websites
• Software Update Server automatically downloads Mac software updates and cache them locally

Some features require an Apple ID and/or compatible Internet access; additional fees and terms apply. Some features are not available in all countries.

Release Notes

06/04/2013 | Version : 2.2.1 | Size : 152.9 MB
• Caching Server to speed up download of software distributed by Apple through iTunes and the Mac App Store.
• Time Machine service monitoring of which computers have backed up, when they last backed up and size of backup.
• Wiki Server support for MacBook Pro with Retina displays.
• Fix for deleting apps uploaded to Profile Manager.
• Ability to use Active Directory groups within Profile Manager.
• Centralized Certificate management interface.
• Fix for setup failures due to an SSL error.
• Fixes for upgrading from Lion Server.

For information on the security content of this update, please visit: support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

21/01/2013 | Version : 2.2 | Size : 152.9 MB
• Caching Server to speed up download of software distributed by Apple through the Mac App Store.
• Time Machine service monitoring of which computers have backed up, when they last backed up and size of backup.
• Wiki Server support for MacBook Pro with Retina display.
• Fix for deleting apps uploaded to Profile Manager.
• Ability to use Active Directory groups within Profile Manager.
• Centralized Certificate management interface.

12/11/2012 | Version : 2.1.1 | Size : 135.5 MB
• managing DHCP service from within the Server application
• iOS 6 device management support in Profile Manager
• using the Server application to create a large number of users or groups
• authenticating with Calendar Server when using an Active Directory account
• renewing certificates for use with the Apple Push Notification Service
• configuring DNS entries with second level domains and aliases
• retaining network, DNS and PHP settings installing or upgrading OS X Server
• migrating from Lion Server and Snow Leopard Server

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Supported Devices : Mac OS

Comments and Ratings for OS X Server

Mac OSX Sever 2.2.1 App (2.2.1)
02/04/2013 11:04:00 5/5 By Chutneyg
Overall this is a very good basic server and as an upgrade from an old server 10.5 OSX it is a huge improvement. This has saved me a lot of time during setup of various services. My only comment is that I would like if there were more administration apps apart from Workgroup Manager. Unlike other reviewers I have had no setup porblems and everything just worked.

Knowing where to look (2.2.1)
19/03/2013 17:41:00 4/5 By matt192834
I have to disagree with other reveiwers. I wont go as for to say that this version of server it better than the Snow Leopard version but it works well and is easy to use for most tasks. Despite it's price it is important to remember this is a set of software designed for trained admins. I regulary use 10.8 server to setup AD integrated networks as well as stand-alone OD networks, with wikis, calendars, sites etc... Somethings have been removed from the GUI but everythign you expect is is the command line, just learn to use the man tool. Full documentaion is available from Apple on the developer site.

Works fine for me! (2.2.1)
07/03/2013 06:24:00 5/5 By Chrisinsiam
Title says it all. Never had any problems, and yet it's running on a portable, moving from network to network. I use profile manager for demos all day long without a hitch.

Its not bad (2.2.1)
06/03/2013 20:44:00 4/5 By Dio99
Ive been useing server for about a year now and I can't see why people are giving it as much of a hard time as they are. I would suggest they read the manual or watch Screencastonline tutorials as its Not Bad, but not 5 stars either.

Hate it (2.2.1)
25/02/2013 11:04:00 1/5 By snapdragon69
I have used OS X Server since version 10.1 and AppleshareIP before that. I skipped Lion Server as it was not finished but Mountain Lion is worse in many respects as it have even more unfinished, unusable buggy features. They simply don't work properly and give no feedback or errors. There is no useful deocumentation from Apple and googling just finds you own forum posts or 'me too' messages. Profile manager is an abysmal, clunky and slow web-app that's not even fit for an alpha release. The whole thing is like a Tomy Toy Server just for children to play with on off + - buttons. It is such a shame, Snow Leopard Server (10.6) was the peak and now Apple have started again from scratch in a very half-hearted and under-resourced way.

Very poor and Buggy (2.2.1)
08/02/2013 16:50:00 1/5 By mac stew
Well same problems as the other revviewer ! AFP now keeps shutting down too! Mountain Lion server is the worts version I have used yet! What's going on?

Apple quote "It just works" - This doesn't!!! (2.2.1)
04/02/2013 22:46:00 1/5 By Alan iMac
I have the simplest requirements as far as OS X Server goes. However, I have spent far longer than I would expect reasonable just trying to get four services running - Caching, Calendar, NetInstall and Wiki. Caching did work initially but stopped never to cache again. Calendar, which I try to access from the Wiki page pops up as not enabled. Apparently, I need to get it enabled by my administrator. Unfortunately, the service is already enable! NetInstall also chooses to ignore the Mountain Lion image that is shown with a 'green light' and available so I had to download again from Apple. Finally, while my Wiki service appears to be working ok, I had need to recover my pages from a Time Machine backup. Nope, while you can get them back, the Wiki service doesn't recognise them so I had to rebuild them all!! I won't even mention all the other nightmares I have had - they are not appropriate here but I have just about had enough. I am so glad I didn't abandon my main work horses - Microsoft PCs.

Better than Lion version (2.2)
19/01/2013 12:06:00 3/5 By yesitstrue
Much slicker GUI than the previous version which was the software equivalent of a bag of spanners in a tumble drier. For example setting up the web server now seems to work properly. What really lets this software down, and in a BIG WAY, is the continuing execrable documentation. The so called Advanced Server Admin site is frankly laughable. For example having dumbed down the mail server GUI to virtually nothing you need to set it up properly (i.e. fix the mistakes) using 'serveradmin' from the command line, only there is no proper comprehensive documentation on how to do this or what the sometimes cryptic settings actually do and how they interact, just a few scattered morsels across the internet. Is this some kind of secret? How hard can it be? Get a grip Apple and spend some of your billion$ on your pro-users for once!

AVOID (2.2)
16/01/2013 22:38:00 1/5 By iansumuk
Absolutely appalling software. I regret the day I upgraded from 10.6 server to 10.7, and now, hoping that 10.8 would be better, the update has rendered my contacts server unworkable, my calendar server unworkable, and other things. Loads of articles on the web suggest solutions, nothing works. I'd avoid at all costs and stick with 10.6 server if you have it! It's dreadful softare with migration routines that simply do not work.

Uninstalling…. (2.2)
15/01/2013 19:55:00 2/5 By AUM3RLE
The only thing more laughable than the pitiful support documentation ('ere we can give you some documentation about the previous release Guv'nor) is the total lack of instruction for being able to fully uninstall and start again from scratch in case //I// had made a boo-boo. Go on someone please tell me where the bl**dy files have been scattered to……//please!// Apple and in fact half the internet seem intent on keeping it a BIG SECRET. I even made the rash choice of updating to 2.2 as it might, just might, solve the issues I've been having (mainly a serious depletion of my golden locks) and in fact heavens-to-betsy it goddarned went and made them WORSE. I'm fairly certain if I had tuppence for every user that has now got a server read error on their Wiki or Profile manager I'd probably have enough to go and buy one of those pretty but cancelled Xserves running a server version not destined for absolute beginners but actually absolutely doing the job it should! Fix it PLEASE! Disgusted Proud Owner of an Apple ][

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