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Full Review of OSX Leopard Server

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If you don’t belong to the cult of Mac, you might ignore the release of Apple’s new OS X Server 10.5, codenamed Leopard. That would be a shame, particularly for small and midsize enterprises, including those with mixed Apple and Windows clients, or even all-Microsoft shops.

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Stop snickering. Apple produces a pretty decent server operating system and server hardware. We chased Leopard around our Real-World lab and came away pleased on most fronts. This new server OS is ready for work. The e-mail platform connects to Active Directory and bundles AV and anti-spam software without pesky client access licenses. A spiffed-up calendar application can serve as a group scheduler. VPN services can host 500 users per Intel Xserve. In a first for Apple, IP failover provides high availability, and TimeMachine enables easily deployed server-based client backup. Leopard Server can even mimic an NT domain controller.

Everyone knows Mac is great for creating multimedia. Leopard maintains that reputation, and also makes it easier to distribute content online, including audio, video and photos. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 21, 2008 at 5:45 pm

OSX Wiki Server

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Wiki Server. Collaboration for teams.

Mac OS X Server makes it easy for groups to collaborate and communicate through their own wiki-powered intranet website complete with group calendar, blog, and mailing list. Users can create and edit wiki pages, tag and cross-reference material, upload files and images, add comments, and search content with point-and-click ease.

Communication is key.

Whether it’s a small business or a workgroup inside a large corporation, all members need access to the same materials in order to work effectively. Wikis assist users in the clear exchange of information, eliminating confusion and ensuring that all members of a project have access to the resources they need.

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The wiki blog is the perfect place for sharing team news and status reports or encouraging brainstorming. For shorter comments, there’s a space at the bottom of the wiki page where users can share their thoughts or provide feedback. You have the ability to control who can add comments — nobody, only authenticated users, or anyone who has access to the wiki. Teams can also use the wiki for file exchange — uploading shared documents, images, or movies for distribution; even tracking revisions on documents. And shared calendars help users stay on track by ensuring that everyone can see meeting schedules and milestones.

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Customized web workspace.

Wikis allow you to create custom, project-specific websites. Select from 20 built-in themes with different colors, fonts, and layout styles. You can customize these templates with your own banner image and a custom sidebar title that displays pages with a user-defined tag at initial login. Once set up, it’s easy to add, delete, and edit content in whatever way makes sense. No syntax or markup knowledge is required — what you see on the page is exactly what you get.

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You can insert hyperlinks, link between pages, add images, attach files, and change formatting — all with a few clicks. Because wikis feature RSS support, team members can easily track changes and be notified when new content is added, edited, or tagged.
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You can subscribe to RSS feeds for the entire wiki site, any individual page, or any tag or search results. And you’ll never have to worry about making mistakes. Since the wiki maintains a complete history, you can always revert to a previous version of your document.

Once you create a wiki website and give access to members of the workgroup, everyone has the same capability to contribute to the site. And it’s not limited to text and images — users can access a group calendar to track meetings and deadlines or send messages to a mailing list to keep others informed. The blog feature is perfect for brainstorming or commenting on work. And there’s an option for subscribing to a podcast — so anyone who missed that important conference call can catch up on the news.

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January 23, 2008 at 4:43 pm

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Web Hosting

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Web Hosting. Deploy anything from Apache to Zope.

You don’t need to be an experienced webmaster to host your own home page, website, or Web 2.0 application with Mac OS X Server. With its intuitive administrative interface, you can immediately start up a static website or deploy even the most sophisticated of sites.

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Powered by Apache.

Included in Mac OS X Server is Apache, the most widely used HTTP server on the Internet. Apache is preconfigured with default settings, so deployment is as simple as starting the Web service. Any HTML content saved to the server’s default web folder will be served over the Internet automatically. Mac OS X Server offers experienced webmasters support for using either Apache 2.2 or Apache 1.3 from within the Server Admin application.

Deploy the Web 2.0.

Everything you need to develop, deploy, and host reliable Web 2.0 applications is included. Mac OS X Server ships with a full complement of server applications and frameworks including Apache 2, Ruby on Rails, Tomcat 5, and WebObjects 5.4. For hosting enterprise-class applications, Mac OS X Server includes a 64-bit Java VM optimized for the latest generation of Intel multicore processors.

Hosting multiple websites.

Support for virtual hosting in Mac OS X Server allows you host multiple websites on a single server. Using Server Admin, you can configure each website on your server to have a different domain name (using virtual domains) and even a different IP address. In addition, each website can be configured with unique security options and separate log files for tracking and reporting.

Apache Performance

Up to 50% improvement over Tiger Server*

Leopard Server Xserve Quad Xeon

1.56x

Tiger Server Xserve Quad Xeon

Baseline

Apache performance

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Be dynamic.

Apache is extremely flexible, so you can add dynamic content for a more interactive Internet solution. Dynamic content enables you to host stores, auctions, shared calendars, portal systems, polls, and other database-driven services. The robust server-side architecture in Apache supports dynamic content generated by server-side includes (SSIs), PHP, Perl, Apache modules, and custom CGIs — as well as by JavaServer Pages (JSPs) and Java Servlets.

Secure web services.

Mac OS X Server integrates OpenSSL with the Apache web server, providing support for strong 128-bit encryption and public key infrastructure (PKI) authentication using X.509 digital certificates. This high-grade security architecture protects credit card information and other confidential personal and business data transmitted during web transactions.

Written by montanaflynn

January 22, 2008 at 7:12 pm

Leopard Server

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Setup and Administration. No IT department required.

If you think it takes a dedicated IT department to deploy and use a server, think again. Leopard Server is designed so you can easily set up and manage servers.

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Keeping it simple.

Leopard Server builds on Apple’s legendary ease of use with new Server Assistant and Server Preferences features that allow even nontechnical users to set up and manage a server in just a few clicks.

Server Assistant walks you through the setup process and configuration of essential services. It runs a built-in Network Health Check to verify network settings and Internet connectivity.

Using the new Server Preferences application, you can quickly manage users and groups on the server and set up key services such as file sharing, calendaring, instant messaging, mail, websites with wikis and blogs, virtual private networking for remote access, and backup settings for network clients.

 

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Status reports.

To help you keep an eye on things, a new Server Status Dashboard widget provides an easy and instantaneous way to monitor your server. You’ll get at-a-glance information on the status of essential services such as mail, file and printer sharing, iChat, and more.

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The end of manual labor.

Adding clients to the network is now a quick and easy process. Just plug the new Mac into the network and launch the Directory Utility application. It will automatically detect and sign on to the server. After authenticating, the new computer will be configured to use the services offered by your server, and all your applications, such as Mail, iChat, and iCal, will also be configured and ready to use. Leopard Server will keep these settings updated, so you’ll never need to manually reconfigure a user’s account or computer again.

Server Admin for advanced IT services.

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Advanced IT administrators can use Server Admin to set up, manage, and monitor advanced services. Completely redesigned in Leopard Server, Server Admin includes new file-sharing and permission controls, tiered administration, and options for organizing servers into smart groups.

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Written by montanaflynn

January 22, 2008 at 6:57 pm

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