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.