Using Mac OS X Lion Server--New from O'Reilly: Managing Mac Services at Home and Office
Depending on how Apple chooses to proceed, this could be the beginning of an effort to separate Server from the normal OS X development cycle, making it a version-agnostic app instead, but that's something we probably won't know for sure until we start hearing about OS X These tools—which included Server Admin, Workgroup Manager, and System Image Utility—were each separate applications that gave users fairly comprehensive control over their server's settings.
Server Admin, in particular, was the bread-and-butter administration tool that exposed the settings for most of OS X Server's features. Lion changed that with something called Server.
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If you wanted to do anything more complicated, the GUI wasn't going to help you much. To unlock all of Lion Server's features, however, you still needed the Server Admin Tools, which were and still are available as a separate download. Other services that had been present in Snow Leopard Server and older versions Print, QuickTime Server, and others, most of which could safely be considered vestigial didn't make the jump, and aren't present in either Server. The Podcast service is gone entirely.
The move to bury things like DHCP makes sense: most home users and small offices are going to have a router that already takes care of DHCP and NAT for them, while medium-to-large businesses will likely have Windows or Linux-based implementations already in place. Mountain Lion's subtractions should be harmless for many users, but if you relied on OS X Server for any of this before, you'll either have to re-learn the GUI or look elsewhere to provide these services now.
When upgrading a computer running Snow Leopard Server to Lion from the App Store, the installer was intelligent enough to download and install Server. The Server Admin Tools were still a separate download, but settings for services managed by Server Admin were still there. Happily, most of your Lion Server's settings remain intact with the notable exception of File Sharing share points , and the settings from the last of the old Server Admin services seem to come over into Server.
Once you've installed the Mountain Lion version of Server.
One final recommendation for upgraders: I recommend patience even when upgrading OS X clients since the updates that fix the most severe bugs usually come out quickly , and this recommendation is doubly prudent for OS X Server. Check out the release notes from the server version of Availability Usually despatched within 2 weeks.
With Free Saver Delivery. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Share. Description The new version of Apple's Mac server platform offers many new services to support workgroups at home or the office.
Using Mac OS X Lion Server - Managing MAC Services at Home and Office | Intersoft Books
The book covers new web, wiki, chat and podcasting server management tool, as well as tools for managing configurations of multiple OS installations across a network. The book concludes with advice for setting up a home media server.
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Apple has released 6 versions of their Mac server platform. The original Lion announcement said that the server components would be bundled with the OS and not marketed as a separate project. For the past 10 years, Charles has been the Directory of Technology for , a Mac-first consultancy based in Santa Monica, California. Charles is also the author of krypted.
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