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Mac OS X Lion integrates Server release into client OS

updated 10:40 am EST, Thu February 24, 2011

Includes Profile Manager, local and remote admins

In a switch from a previous approach with Mac OS X, the Server edition of the Lion developer preview is integrated into the client software, Apple has revealed. When carried over to the final version of Lion, the switch should make Server setup easier and potentially cheaper. Selecting Server mode guides users through a configuration process for local and/or remote administration options such as groups, e-mail, calendars and Time Machine.

Also incorporated is a Profile Manager, used to manage iOS devices and other Macs running Lion. The tool is said to integrate with existing directory services, and distribute profile updates by way of Apple's push notification service. If WebDAV is enabled in Server, iPad users can access documents from programs like the iWork suite.

The new Server software further incorporates Wiki Server 3, used to share information within a group. Some content options include pages for podcasts and personal profiles. Improvements include simpler filesharing, along with a new Page Editor tool.

by MacNN Staff



  1. DiabloConQueso

    Joined: Dec 1969


    So THAT'S what they meant...

    ...when they said, "Apple is killing Mac OS X Server."

    Not killing it, just integrating it into a single piece of software where you choose which version you want to install, able to be distributed on a single disc for both versions.

    Ack, it kind of reminds me of the Windows 7 Installer, where you can choose "Home," "Professional," or "Ultimate" installs all from a single disc.

  1. bazaarsoft

    Joined: Dec 1969


    At install time?

    The article doesn't say it's done at install time - I wonder if you can turn on/off server mode at will?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Does this mean that the OS is not tuned as a server OS? Or that installing it as a server OS vs a client OS will tune it more toward server performance?

  1. makesense

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Server Setup?

    Installed Lion Server (via customize button), can't find any Server configuration apps, looks like client Lion

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