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Apple updates OS X Server for Mavericks, Apple Remote Desktop

updated 12:15 am EDT, Tue March 18, 2014

Server offers Profile Manager improvements, ARD adds Mavericks support

Apple on Monday updated OS X Server, bringing version 3.1 out of beta after a number of developer previews, and updated Apple Remote Desktop (ARD) to version 3.7.2 as well. The Mavericks OS X Server 3.1, which now requires 10.9.2 to run, is available from the Mac Developer Portal or Software Update, and includes new support for a Device Enrollment Program within Profile Manager. The ARD brings support for Mavericks and bug fixes.

The final Server 3.1 offers new management of fonts, AirPrint and Wi-Fi Hotspot 2.0 settings -- the latter technology a new addition that supports advanced routers that can auto-join public networks seamlessly, and is also supported by devices running iOS 7 or later. The Profile Manager now scales better when syncing with large directories, and offers enhanced permissions for accessing the My Device portal and for device enrollment. In addition, administrators can now manage the Activation Lock feature on supervised iOS 7.1 devices. For new users, OS X Server costs $20 from the Mac App Store.

Apple Remote Desktop, now at v3.7.2, brings OS X Mavericks (10.9 support), implements changes to the view order of screens in multi-observe mode, improves support for Mac systems with multiple displays and multiple IP addresses, enhances the multi-observe mode with gesture support for swiping between screens, and improves overall reliability of the Remote Desktop application and screen sharing sessions.

In addition, the update fixes a scanner issue causing incorrect IP addresses to be displayed, and adds automatic copy and paste between the local and remote computers. The usual overall reliability, usability and compatibility fixes are also implemented, and thus Apple recommends all Apple Remote Desktop 3.x users running OS X 10.7 or later upgrade to the new version. For new users, Apple Remote Desktop is available from the Mac App Store for $80.

by MacNN Staff



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