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Snow Leopard Server updates iCal, Podcast Producer

updated 05:15 pm EDT, Mon June 8, 2009

Snow Leopard Server

Although the WWDC keynote on Monday focused primarily on the new iPhone 3GS and Mac OS X Snow Leopard, Apple also introduced Snow Leopard Server. The operating system features updates to several included programs; iCal Server 2, Podcast Producer 2, Wiki Server 2, Address Book Server and Mobile Access Server. The company has integrated a new 64-bit kernel, enabling the use of more physical memory and increasing the number of simultaneous system processes, threads and network connections that can be handled by the server.

iCal Server 2 now supports push notifications, with automatic alerts for new invitations or changes to existing entries. The program also includes a new web-based calendar client, with options to view schedules, set up meetings, or view the availability of other team members. iPhone users can securely access their calendar and create or modify entries from the mobile device.

Podcast Producer 2 adds several new features for creating videos. Dual-source capture enables users to create picture-in-picture podcasts, using either Apple's templates or customized layouts. Web capture can be used to take video from remote cameras and microphones accessed through any web browser on a Mac, PC or iPhone.

Wiki Server 2 now integrates the Quick Look feature found in Mac OS X, allowing users to preview a document before downloading it. Supported files include text, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, QuickTime and PDF. A new QuickSearch function can be used to search through wikis, blogs, mailing lists, calendars and podcasts. The software also connects with the iPhone, enabling access to content, updates, comment viewing and document changes from the mobile device.

Address Book Server is designed to share contacts across multiple computers. The software uses a new vCard format, CardDAV, for storing contacts outside of the LDAP directory. Permissions can be configured to allow other users on the network to view the content or transfer it to Mail, iChat or Address Book.

Mobile Access Server provides tools to set up and manage remote access to a business network. The software enables secure access to firewall-protected services, without using a VPN, and integrates an organization's existing directory service for authentication. The system eliminates the need for client software, while supporting common protocols such as HTTP/HTTPS, IMAP and SMTP.

Snow Leopard Server is scheduled to ship in September 2009 for $500. A developer preview is currently available.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    64 bit?

    Aren't Tiger and Leopard both already 64 bit??

  1. dagamer34

    Joined: Dec 1969



    64-bit support is not the same as 64-bit OS because as far as I know, the kernel is still 32-bit in nature. Previous versions of OS X touted some 64-bit support in frameworks.

  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969


    and for real analysis...

    Good Stuff.

  1. Zaren

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'm just hoping...

    that Podcast Producer 2 will be easier to configure than PP1. I've been trying to set it up on a test server where I work, and can't manage to figure out how to configure the workflow portions, or how to set up the server for multiple users to post files to different sites.

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969


    and thank god...

    for server side Out of Offices!!! HIP HIP HORRAY!! (translation - its about freaking time)

  1. bjojade

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Seive scripts exist

    Server side out of office is available now. You can install Sieve scripts on the server and easily configure it to send server side out of office messages. The only thing is that you have to go through webmail to access and change it.

  1. lostinspace2011

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Already done

    Take a look at Address Book Server from, well This allows you to sync contacts with your own Address Book Server hosted on your own mac.

  1. benhur

    Joined: Dec 1969


    just make 10.5 work

    I guess if they are focusing on performance and reliability that's all a Mac Server admin really wishes for. The clients OS seems to be far more stable than the server version.

  1. simdude

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: dagamer34

    When you say:

    " because as far as I know, the kernel is still 32-bit in nature. "

    what exactly are you referring to? The Mach 3.0 kernel? The BSD layer?

  1. Deal

    Joined: Dec 1969


    How about...

    Hay Apple, how about providing us with a server quality backup software?! They ask, we respond; they ask, we respond... am I the only one responding with this?

    Time Machine has issues, especially for server side backup. Actually, even for a client it is lacking. I mean really, if you can't backup your computer without it being logged in, how is it safe and secure?

    I swear that sometimes Apple's foot must be on the target. That's the only way they can get so close to a bullseye and still shoot themselves in the foot.

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