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Apple seeds new version of Yosemite OS X Server with SMB3 file sharing

10/08, 8:24pm

Update includes iOS 8 support for new management options, more

Following recent releases of developer betas for iOS 8.1, OS X Yosemite 10.10 and Xcode 6.1, on Wednesday the company also released an updated version of OS X Server 4.0 for testing. The new build, 14S323, mostly offers updates and improvements to keep up with the latter betas, but adds SMB3 file sharing to the mix for easier network transfers, as well as refinements to existing components like the server app itself and Profile manager, allowing administrators to work with devices on the latest releases.

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Apple seeds OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 7 [u]

09/02, 1:54pm

Changes so far undiscovered

[Updated with some early changes] Apple is now distributing a seventh developer preview of OS X 10.10 Yosemite, as well as matching betas of Xcode 6, OS X Server 4.0, and Configurator 1.6. Any changes to Yosemite are unmentioned in release notes, but will probably be uncovered within the next few days. The last preview build of Yosemite was released roughly two weeks ago.

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Apple seeds fifth betas of iOS 8, Xcode, OS X Yosemite to developers

08/04, 1:45pm

Apple TV, OS X Server, Configurator get matching updates

Apple is now seeding its fifth betas of iOS 8, OS X Yosemite, and Xcode to developers, as well as a preview of OS X Server 4.0, and fourth betas of new Apple TV firmware and Configurator 1.7. Relatively little is known about their content so far, although notes for the iOS 8 beta add that "spirometry data types are now available in HealthKit;" spirometry is the measurement of lung capacity. Xcode has received Swift-related improvements involving ranges and easier scripting.

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Apple issues second OS X 10.9.4 beta, Safari 6.1.5 beta

06/11, 7:54pm

New betas expand areas for developers to test; OS X Server also updated

Two weeks after its initial OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks beta, Apple has sent out a second one for both the client and OS X Server versions. The latest Mavericks developer build, 13E16, expands areas of interest for developer testing beyond the usual graphics drivers and Safari to include Bluetooth, audio drivers, the App Store and Finder. A Safari 6.1.5 beta for older systems was also issued, with requests for testers to focus on general website and extension compatibility.

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Apple updates OS X Server for Mavericks, Apple Remote Desktop

03/18, 12:15am

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.

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Apple updates OS X Server 3.1 developer preview

03/03, 7:09pm

Adds support for OS X 10.9.2, tweaks Profile Manager

Apple on Monday released an updated "developer preview" of OS X Server 3.1, which updates support for OS X 10.9.2 (and requires it in order to run) and makes some minor changes in the recent Profile Manager overhaul. The new build is identified as 13S4122, up 21 builds from the previous beta, which was released in mid-February. As 10.9.2 is now officially out, Apple is likely pushing to release the final 3.1 server update soon.

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Apple seeds new build of OS X Server 3.1 to developers

02/19, 3:20pm

Follows shortly after latest OS X 10.9.2 beta

Apple is seeding a new build of the OS X Server 3.1 beta to developers, reports say. The code is identified as build 13S4101b. So far, any further improvements have gone undiscovered.

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OS X Server developer-only beta updated to build 13S4090C

02/04, 10:03pm

More profile manager fixes, general server updates in patch

Apple has deployed another beta release for OS X Server. The new build, 13S4090C, has cleaned up more Profile Manager problems as well as general Server fixes and patches. The new version can only run on the current beta of 10.9.2, which is also only available for developers. The new version focuses on general improvements with the server.

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Apple updates OS X Server to 3.1 beta for developer testing

01/21, 5:58pm

Requires Mavericks 10.9.2 beta, fixes Profile Manager issue

Just days after its latest update to the forthcoming Mavericks 10.9.2 beta, Apple has also released an updated OS X Server v3.1 for developer testing. The new build, 13S4076F, is said to address a problem with the Profile Manager in which syntax errors appear in migration SQL. The new version can only run on the current beta of 10.9.2, which is also developer-only.

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Apple offers free OS X Mavericks Server to iOS developers

10/25, 1:00am

Promotional offer meant to encourage use of app-building 'bots'

Apple is offering free copies of OS X Server for 10.9 Mavericks to iOS developers in the hopes of encouraging the use of Xcode bots, which take advantage of the new "continuous integration" in the latest version of Xcode to automate some of the app-building process, specifically testing apps on a remote machine. The use of bots allows developers to see the test reports on their development machines running Xcode rather than split their time between testing and correcting issues.

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Apple upgrades Xcode, OS X Server, Apple Remote Desktop for Mavericks

10/22, 9:52pm

New version bring full compatibility to OS X 10.9

Adding to the plethora of Apple software updates today, Cupertino has upgraded Xcode, OS X Server, and Apple Remote Desktop as well. Xcode has been incremented to v5.0.1, with Apple Remote Desktop being boosted to version 3.7. OS X Server with the Mavericks core is now at v3.0.

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Apple updates Xcode 5, OS X Server, Remote Desktop

07/29, 11:57pm

Continuing updates reinforce commitment to fall deadlines

In addition to the iOS 7, Apple TV and iTunes 11.1 betas issued earlier today, Apple has also updated the forthcoming Xcode 5, OS X Server and Remote Desktop betas for developers. The Xcode update (Developer Preview 4) fixes a number of crashing bugs and polishes up the interface, with OS X Server update (also at Developer Preview 4) offering much the same in the way of changes. Apple Remote Desktop 3.7 was also updated, but with no reported changes apart from a lack of any known major issues.

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Apple issues security update for Snow Leopard, Lion, Server versions

06/04, 7:52pm

Rolls in security changes present in just-released 10.8.4 update

As expected, Apple has issued Security Update 2013-002 for older versions of OS X that are limited to the security-oriented changes present in the latest Mountain Lion update, v10.8.4, which was issued earlier today. Updates for Snow Leopard (10.6), the OS X Server version of Snow Leopard, the OS X Server version of Lion (10.7) and the client version of Lion are all now available through Software Update or Apple's own Support Downloads page. Issues were found and patched for OpenSSL, QuickTime, Ruby and SMB among other areas.

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Mountain Lion OS X Server app updated to version 2.21

02/04, 8:15pm

Corrects bugs, enhances features, adds speed, Retina support

Apple has issued a minor update to its OS X Server app for Mountain Lion, now at version 2.21. The $20 program allows anyone with a Mountain Lion install to turn the OS into a server OS utilizing a suite of utilities included in the application. The update improves the speed of downloading Mac App Store software through improved caching, adds Time Machine service monitoring, brings Retina display support for the Wiki Server, adds the ability to use Active Directory groups in Profile Manager and more.

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Black Hat experts: Mac resistance good, could be better

08/04, 10:50pm

OS X Server weak on authentication, say experts

Security experts who have gathered in Las Vegas this week for the Black Hat conference admit that Macs can often be more resistant to the initial stages of wide-scale, sophisticated enterprise-level hacking attacks -- such as those seen with Operation Shady RAT -- than Windows machines. But the same experts point out that once a network has been compromised, Apple's server version of OS X offers little to stop further intrusion, according to a report from IT World.

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Apple removes MySQL support from Lion Server

08/03, 2:20am

Using BSD-licensed PostgreSQL instead

Apple has removed access to a built-in MySQL installation in the new Lion Server, released last week, and replaced it with PostgreSQL -- along with dropping a handful of other tools previously supported under Snow Leopard Server, which has caused some server admins much consternation, according to posts on Apple's support forums. Users do still have multiple options to use MySQL, however.

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Jobs debunked OS X Server rumors last month

01/18, 6:15pm

Responded to customer query on server's future

Yesterday, rumors began floating around the Mac community, initially published by HardMac, that Apple was in the process of deciding whether to phase out all of its "enterprise" offerings, eliminating the XSan and Final Cut Server products as it had done the XServe hardware (which will be discontinued as of this month). The report went on to speculate that OS X Server itself may be cut. By coincidence, a customer had asked Jobs in an e-mail in December if OS X Server was on the chopping block, and received a single-word answer: "No."

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