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OS X Server is the next generation of Apple's award winning server software. Designed for OS X and iOS devices, OS X Server makes it easy to share files, schedule meetings, synchronize contacts, host your own website, publish wikis, configure Macs, iPhones and iPads, remotely access your network, and more.

Server is now an application you can add to Mavericks right from the Mac App Store. Anyone can quickly and easily turn a Mac running Mavericks into a server that's perfect for home offices, businesses, schools, and hobbyists alike.

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  • File sharing for Mac, PC, and iPad more...

What's New

Version 3.1.2:
  • Calendar Server improvements for imports, invites and group scheduling
  • Improvements to Messages Server stability when using Chat Rooms
  • Fixes for Profile Manager deploying profiles containing variables when code signing is enabled
  • Improved Profile Manager reliability for sending Volume Purchase Program invitations
  • Fixes to enable Profile Manager to more...

Requirements

OS X 10.9.3 or later

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Do not Install Mavericks if you need VPN! There are substantial problems with VPN running on on this. Installing base Mavericks will (not surprisingly) disable previous Server product.

I'm also having problems with mobile account more...

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Version 3.0
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Teksestro Member IconReview+76
Teksestro
+3

PROS:
- easy to instal and get going, even for newbie administrators without much knowledge of networking protocols
- good range of BASIC services available (basic web server, basic basic contacts/calendar/file server)
- integrates well with Apple ecosystem - iPhone, iPad, Macs

CONS:
- FTP server is ridiculously underdeveloped (capable of serving only one single directory). Yes, ftp is an outdated protocol, but still widely used and supported by most web development programs and workflows.
- Mail server is plagued with bugs, caveats and functionality issues - ie., you are unable to easily setup redirects to outside domains (trying to do this using Server.app will mess up your Open Directory domain and cause network address issues). The Mail server gets 'too busy' very often, failing to respond to client requests, which cause Apple Mail to constantly present error dialogues to clients (and cause endless support requests).
- Wiki has a lovely interface, but is only appropriate for use in a LAN server: it has MAJOR security flaws that can put your company at risk if visible to the outside world (i.e., extremely difficult to disable 'People' pages, 'All Activity', and others). Also: impossible to truly customise the look or functionality of the Wiki, if needed.
- Message server requires iCloud, which negates the need for a server in the first place. Also: Message server not supported by Apple's own Messages client app.
- SSL Certificate creation and management is difficult rudimentary - extremely awkward to create wildcard or multi-domain certificates, and using different certificates for different services may cause incompatibilities and bugs
- Several services are of extremely limited value to the vast majority of small-to-medium sized businesses (Xsan, Xcode, NetInstal) and it may have been better for Apple to have focused its R&D on fine-tuning and polishing the other services (i.e., making custom web apps easier to configure and instal or improving FTP and Mail Server).

CONCLUSION: Apple's Server seems not to have found a useable balance between usability and functionality: it is too complex a Server for small business users to set up on their own, and does not have the required flexibility and reliability for usage by savvy System Admins. Some of its parts are barely usable (FTP, Mail, Message), others have gaping holes that prevent their use outside the most restricted contexts (Wiki), and others still have very limited appeal (Xcode, Xsan).

While this is a slight improvement over Mountain Lion Server, it is simply does not provide a usable solution yet to neither small business owners operating on their own, nor larger companies that need more reliability and configurability in its server parts.

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Version 3.1.1
Deemery
+0

All told, I think this is a fair assessment. Server shows a lot of promise but has a long way to go to deliver on the quality one would expect from an Apple product. Mobile account synching has gotten to the point where it's (merely) usable, it's still clumsy and inefficient. And setting this up for anything other than one or two default DNS-related configurations is still harder than it should be.

Ali Kaylan Member IconReview-17
Ali Kaylan
+0

Updated to 3.0.3 this morning

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Version 3.0.2
Monkeyjunkey
+9

Aha and the update didn't go well or why are you rating this with one star?

Ali Kaylan
+0

This is one of the worst pieces of software that Apple has ever produced. Check out the App Store ratings. They are not a whole better than my 1 star. Still as buggy as can be.

lamontDakota
+2

Panpagan says: "I'm ... willing to pay 400 to 500 bucks or even more for decent server software."

Maybe, at only a double-sawbuck for this, you're just getting what you've paid for. You never know.

Deemery Member IconReview+49
Deemery
+5

Do not Install Mavericks if you need VPN! There are substantial problems with VPN running on on this. Installing base Mavericks will (not surprisingly) disable previous Server product.

I'm also having problems with mobile account synching.

This was NOT ready for release. Someone wrote on an Apple support forum, "I paid $19.95 to Apple to beta test Server 3." I have a lot of sympathy with that perspective.

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Version 3.0
Maltz2
+4

Just an update - the VPN issues were resolved for me with the update released in December. I did have to uninstall and reinstall the OS X Server app, but it retained my VPN settings.

Deemery Member IconComment+49
Deemery
+0

I'm getting an error from "Profile Service", but that's not something I depend on.

Anyone else seen that? Anyone got a fix/workaround?

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Version 2.2.2
Macbookpro Member IconComment+54
Macbookpro
+1

Seems to be working fine with 10.8.5 on mac mini server.

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Version 2.2.2
KarlH9898 Member IconReview+2
KarlH9898
+1

No Problems.

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Version 2.2.2
Winet Member IconReview+10
Winet
+0

We had to change the Hardware. So I Setup the RAID first and then TimeMachine rollback. In fact that was running smooth and easy. But then the Server App starts to crash many times a day. I removed the BackUp Disk and it is getting better (the same disk is working on My mac without a problem) but still the server App is crashing on regular base. It is very frustrating.

As somebody said earlier I would pay more money for a clean Server Software but this one is crab. We have to run a company and we not playing around just for fun. So apple move and get this fixed.

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Version 2.2.1
Donmontalvo Member IconComment+1283
Donmontalvo
+3

Anyone know if this means we can push Apple App Store updates to users with the same "softwareupdate -i -a" command we've used before for normal OS X updates?

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Version 2.2.1
Panpagan Member IconComment+12
Panpagan
+5

Ok, that's it. I'm back on 10.6 Server. I experimented with 10.7 Server and 10.8 Server. In comparison to older versions they suck. I have a small company network with servers and lots of fibre channel datastorage to run.

Maybe it's good for SOHO, but not for company use. I'm still willing to pay 400 to 500 bucks or even more for decent server software.

Seems like I have to look for alternatives in future.

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Version 2.2
Gary
+2

FreeBSD is your friend.

Cerniuk Member IconReview+183
Cerniuk
+0

Still continues in the right direction with a very polished Apple-esk interface. Unfortunately still hindered by the malfunctioning hobbyware open source server software products below the hood.

Today's challenge: to get RADIUS server working against a Time Capsule. Epic Fail.

Using the Server app, logged into the Time Capsule via the Airport management interface "Enter your Airport password to manage Airport settings with Server". Checked the box on using username and password for logging into wifi network. That disabled access to the wifi network completely.

Reset the Time Capsule via hardware reset using pin. Tried to login to Time Capsule from Server app using default "public" password for a reset Airport / Time Capsule. No go. Had to use Airport Utility to set the Time Capsule back up from scratch. Tried to login to the newly setup Time Capsule via Server app, all I get is "Incorrect Password".

managing Airport settings with Server is SNAFU in Mac OS X Server 10.8 using Server app.

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Version 2.2
Cerniuk
+0

"Incorrect Password" when trying to login to the Time Capsule (and Airport if that is used) can be solved by opening the KeyChain Access app and deleting the entries for the Time Capsule or Airport. Then the Mac OS X Server interface can login again.

When looking at software the total cost of ownership (TCO) must be considered. There is plenty of software out there that is inexpensive if your time is worth nothing. Being subjected to, and working around this Apple defect put the TCO for *my* copy of Mt. Lion Server to $360 + $19.99 thus far.

Really like the direction the software is going. It just needs TLC.

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Spectral7
Version 2.2.1
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Hyerstay
Version 2.2
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Milan Pantelic
Version 2.2
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Hyerstay
Version 2.1.1
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Roes
Version 2.0
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Downloads 7,836
Version Downloads 415
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Date 21 May 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price $19.99