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Apple\'s debuts Mac OS X Tiger Server

updated 04:30 pm EDT, Mon June 28, 2004

Mac OS X Tiger Server

Apple today also previewed , which it says has over 200 new features including native support for 64-bit applications; a new Weblog Server that makes hosting a weblog as simple as checking a box; iChat Server to deploy private, encrypted communications within an organization; and migration tools for upgrading legacy Windows servers to Mac OS X Server. Other new features include mobile home directories for central access/management of preferences and files, an updated Software Update Server to manage updates and deployment to clients, an Internet Gateway Setup Assistant, Xrid 1.0 clustering software, and more. It will be available for $500 (10-clients) or $1000 (unlimited clients).

"With more than 200 new features, Tiger Server is the best release of Mac OS X Server ever," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "Tiger Server combines over 100 of the best solutions from the open source world with Apple's legendary ease-of-use to create the easiest way to deploy powerful open source server solutions."

Apple says that Tiger Server can natively run 64-bit processes for database, engineering and scientific applications, while still running side-by-side with existing 32-bit applications.

The new Weblog Server is fully compatible with Safari RSS in Mac OS X Tiger and "makes publishing a weblog as simple as checking a box in Server Admin preferences." Weblog Server is based on the popular open-source project 'Blojsom' and is fully integrated into Tiger Server with an easy-to-use interface, Kerberos authentication support and LDAP integration. Weblog Server also provides users with calendar-based navigation and customizable themes and users can post entries using the built in Web-based functionality or with weblog clients that support XML-RPC or the Atom API.

The included iChat server is designed for organizations that need to keep internal communication private. Organizations can define their own namespace, and use both SSL/TSL encryption to ensure privacy and Kerberos for authentication. Tiger Server's iChat server works with Apple's popular iChat conferencing software in Mac OS X Tiger and is compatible with open-source Jabber clients available on Windows, Linux and other operating systems.

Apple says administrators will be able to automatically migrate user and group account information from an existing Windows Primary Domain Controller into Open Directory, enabling Tiger Server to become the Primary Domain Controller for Windows clients and even host Windows users' home directories, group folders, roaming profiles and shared printers.

Apple's Xgrid 1.0 will enable the deployment of computational clusters Xgrid 1.0 uses Kerberos and Open Directory for authentication and includes a new SDK for developers. Tiger Server will also feature

  • improved email services with support for virtual hosts, flexible quotas, mail server clustering and "Spam Assassin" for junk mail filtering
  • Site-to-Site VPN that can extend private networks using IP tunneling with IPSec encryption.
  • Open Directory 3 with updates to Directory Services, Network Authentication and Service Discovery.
  • management of network browsing that can control the display of the network in the Finder.

  • "complete" adoption of CUPS and IPP for print sharing, including AppleTalk support and authenticated printing using IPP and SMB/CIFS.

  • an improved QuickTime Streaming Server with increased performance for HD Streaming, support for the latest 3GPP standards, and an improved QTSS Publisher.

    creation of Access Control Lists with more control over permissions for files, folders and network services.

  • creation/management of SSL certificates, including SSL/TLS Certificate Signing Requests or custom, self-signed digital certificates.

  • automatic pairing of AFP, CIFS and NFS network file servers with support for 2-node active/passive file service clustering and management of "cluster pair" with Server Admin.
  • Ethernet Link Aggregation for combining multiple network interfaces using IEEE 802.3ad Ethernet switches.

by MacNN Staff



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