You want Mac OS X Get more, pay less. Wait, is this Apple? Apple has added quite a few brand new features that move this from an OK upgrade to an excellent one. Address Book Server is a new way of dealing with the problem that networked contacts can create. But LDAP is really not suited for the kinds of things a lot of companies want to do nowadays. First, LDAP is read-optimized. But it was not designed to have hundreds or thousands of users modifying it throughout the day.
Even years later, CalDAV support is still missing from Outlook--the biggest groupware client on the planet--and the state of many other CalDAV clients, like Sunbird is not good for non-technical users. Mobile Access Server is a way to provide secure access to common internal services like Web, e-mail, calendaring and contacts, without having to set up full VPN access or create multiple VPN profiles. Users can then connect, securely, to those servers without having to start up a separate VPN client first.
True, you can set up all those services with SSL, and connect securely, but this provides you with a layer between critical servers, like your e-mail server and the public Internet, always a good idea. For anyone trying to provide simple secure access and dreading having to deal with VPN clients, Mobile Access Server could be a good answer.
Of particular interest to me and anyone using Portable Home Directories are the extensive improvements in home directory syncing. This can take several forms, including textbased instant messages, file transfers, audio chat sessions, and video conferences. The iChat service gives users powerful and innovative ways to communicate and interact, opening up new possibilities for collaboration and productivity.
Setting Up Mail Services Abstract Today, e-mail is an essential part of any business, and being able to enable accounts for the existing users on your Snow Leopard Server can be as simple as selecting a box in their account settings once the mail services have been configured and once you have your server configured. In Snow Leopard Server, Apple has introduced the options to allow better integration with the iPhone and more robust mail storage than what was available in Leopard Server.
This includes two services. The first is Mobile Access, which allows a Mac OS X Server acting as a proxy to be placed into a demilitarized zone in your network environment. This device would then be exposed to potential threats from the outside world while also acting as a single point of contact for clients to access your collaborative servers when they are outside your network environment. The demilitarized zone is then the only point of contact with the outside world, and you can granularly configure controls between the hosts in your demilitarized zone and those on your internal network.
Web Servers Abstract The web server in Mac OS X is as versatile, stable, and scalable as you are likely to find in any operating system. Apple built the web server using the highly modular Apache server that kick started the Web as we know it, now with more than million web sites and serving up more than half the web sites in the world. The maturity of the product is unparalleled, and the care Apple takes to integrate it is painstaking to say the least. Managing MySQL Abstract MySQL has more than 6 million installations worldwide, is one of the most mature relational database management systems in the world, and best of all is open source.
Whether you are running a dedicated database server or a database server and a web server in one computer, Mac OS X Server makes it easy to set up both. The web server is covered further in Chapter 14, but the logical extension of the web server is the server or service that stores the back-end data that feeds that web server—or perhaps the back-end server that stores data accessible from a fat client used for a variety of purposes.
Either way, MySQL can be a good, scalable, and clusterable fit for many organizations. Using Podcast Producer Abstract Podcast Producer gives users the tools to create and publish professional-quality podcasts with simplicity and ease. This is accomplished by leveraging half a dozen builtin services and technologies within Mac OS X Server and making them all interact and work together to produce the kind of polished results that once required hours of manual effort and a myriad of high-end and expensive tools.
Practically every vendor with a server product has a solution that enables server administrators to stream video files to clients in one way or another. Edge, Chris Barker, Ehren Schwiebert Sharing Files Abstract We covered file sharing a bit in Chapter 2, but that was just walking you through the steps to create a single share to be accessed solely by Macs in your own office.
Mac OS X Server allows you to create multiple share points, with varying levels of access and the ability to communicate with just about every client computer in a network or Internet environment. Setting Up Printing Services Abstract Smaller networks typically have a printer connected to each computer.
Over time, as more computers are purchased, users will often start sharing larger printers that have more features than the simplistic printers that most organizations start with.
A print server is a computer that shares printers for other computers and systems on the network to use. These printers each have queues that are usually centrally visible and controllable from a single location, the print server.
Mac OS X added regular malware definition updates. Computer security researcher Charlie Miller claims that OS X Snow Leopard is more vulnerable to attack than Microsoft Windows for lacking full address space layout randomization (ASLR) since Mac OS X Leopard, a technology that Microsoft started implementing in Windows nkwnuz.meper: Apple Inc. Mac OS X Server v Update (Combo) The update is recommended for all servers currently running Snow Leopard Server version and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility and security of your server, as well as specific fixes for. Find answers with millions of other Mac OS X Server v Snow Leopard users in our vibrant community. Search discussions or ask a question about Mac OS X Server v Snow Leopard.
License[ edit ] Snow Leopard is available as an upgrade for Intel-based Macintosh computers. Single-user licenses and "family pack" licenses for up to five computers are available. For qualifying Mac computers bought after June 8, , Apple offered a discounted price through their "up-to-date" program provided that customers' orders were faxed or postmarked by December 26, There are three licenses available.
Leopard Upgrade: If you have purchased an Upgrade for Mac OS X Leopard license, then subject to the terms and conditions of this License, you are granted a limited non-exclusive license to install, use and run one 1 copy of the Apple Software on a single Apple-branded computer as long as that computer has a properly licensed copy of Mac OS X Leopard already installed on it.
Single Use: Subject to the terms and conditions of this License It is not entirely clear which license is offered with the retail version of Snow Leopard. On the other hand, some Apple press materials appear to indicate that this version is, in fact, the "Single Use" license: New or changed features[ edit ] Mac OS X Snow Leopard is intended to be a release aimed to refine the existing feature set, expand the technological capabilities of the operating system, and improve application efficiency.
Many of the changes involve how the system works in the background and are not intended to be seen by the user. For example, the Finder application was completely rewritten in the Cocoa application programming interface.
Despite significant changes in the software, users will experience almost no changes in the user interface. Snow Leopard includes the following changes: Released on version The new version also adds support for advanced features on Cinema Displays and a new command-line version of the Startup Disk Control Panel.
The Finder has been completely rewritten in Cocoa to take advantage of the new technologies introduced in Snow Leopard. The default install only contains those drivers needed for existing printers and a small subset of popular printers.
However, only Microsoft Exchange is supported and customers using prior versions of Exchange must either upgrade or use Microsoft Entourage. Full multi-touch trackpad support has been added to notebooks prior to those introduced in October This limitation has now been removed in Snow Leopard. Preview can infer the structure of a paragraph in a PDF document.
QuickTime X , the next version of QuickTime player and multimedia framework, has been completely rewritten into a full bit Cocoa application and builds on the media technologies in Mac OS X, such as Core Audio , Core Video , and Core Animation , to deliver playback. Apple has redesigned the QuickTime user interface to resemble the full-screen QuickTime view in prior versions, where the entire window displays the video.
The titlebar and playback controls fade in and out as needed. Safari 4 features Top Sites, Cover Flow, VoiceOver, expanded standards support, and built-in crash resistance, which prevents browser crashes caused by plug-ins by running them in separate processes. Time Machine connection establishment and backups are now much faster. VoiceOver has also been greatly enhanced in Snow Leopard. On newer Apple portables, trackpad gestures can be used to control VoiceOver functions, including the "rotor" gesture first seen in VoiceOver for the iPhone 3GS , allowing for the changing of certain VoiceOver navigation options by rotating fingers on the trackpad.
Braille Display support is also improved, with Bluetooth displays supported for the first time. Instead, the interface has been modified in several areas to promote ease of use.
These changes include: The "traffic light" titlebar controls are now slightly lighter in appearance and have less depth than they did in Mac OS X Windows are arranged in a new grid pattern.
Contextual menus which come out of Dock icons now have more options and have a new look, with a semi-transparent charcoal background and white text. An option has been added to the Finder preferences that allows the user to modify search behavior. The default setting can be selected to 1 search the entire computer, 2 search only the current folder from which the search was initiated, or 3 perform the search based on the previously used scope.
Dock Stacks , when viewed as a grid, allow viewing of a subfolder as a new stack, rather than launching a Finder window, in a manner similar to "tunnelling". When viewed as grids or lists, scroll-bars are provided to navigate folders with more items than the current screen resolution will accommodate, as the program does not scale the icons to show as many as possible the way it did in OS X There are new wallpapers in the Nature two of which are of snow leopards , Plants and Black and White sub-folders under the Apple folder.
Furthermore, there are new Apple wallpaper sub-folders with multiple wallpapers: Pinstripe and Saree. New solid colors can be used as wallpapers as well. There is a new blue and gray, as well as a solid kelp which serves as the "green wallpaper. AppleTalk is no longer supported. While there are workarounds for some applications, others such as Adobe After Effects CS4 will not be able to be run in a different language than the one installed  without using Terminal commands or third-party software.
Creator codes , which are per-file metadata attributes that define, for a file that has a creator code, what application should open that file, regardless of its extension, have had their priority in the application selection process reduced.
In addition, the Mac OS X kernel has been rebuilt to run in bit mode on some machines. Newer Xserve and Mac Pro machines will run a bit kernel by default; newer iMac and MacBook Pro machines can run a bit kernel, but will not do so by default. Stuart Harris, software product marketing manager at Apple Australia, said, "For the most part, everything that they experience on the Mac, from the bit point of view, the applications, the operating system, is all going to be bit, but that at this stage there were very few things, such as device drivers, that required bit mode at the kernel level".