Think Apple is Killing OS X Server? Think Again

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Apple devoted two hours on Monday to run through features in OS X Lion, iOS 5 and iCloud, but didn’t mention a word about OS X Server. If you think that means Apple is getting out of the server operating system business, think again.

Os X Lion Server

OS X Lion Server will be available along side OS X Lion in July as a download at the Mac App Store. Apple’s server OS will undercut competing server products at US$49.99, and the company isn’t skimping on features.

The server version of OS X Lion includes an updated version of the Xsan file system (previously a $999 purchase), a new Profile Manager that makes it easier for server administrators to manage users and groups, Web-based remote management tools, support for sending push notifications to client devices, WebDAV file sharing for iPad users, improved Mail and iCal servers, and more.

OS X Lion without server features costs $29.99, which is about $100 less than the company charged for Mac OS X 10.5 and earlier. Like OS X Lion, Mac OS X 10.6 cost $29.

Apple currently offers Mac Pro and Mac mini configurations with Mac OS X 10.6 Server pre-installed. Presumably the company will offer similar configurations with OS X Lion Server, too.

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11 Comments Leave Your Own

Tiger

Am I reading this right? $49.99 for OS X Lion Server?

geoduck

It’s my understanding (please correct me if I’m mistaken) that Server is a $50 addition to Lion so you’d have to pay $30 for Lion and then $50 for Server. But that’s still a heckofa deal.

Gary

Before you get too excited, my reading of the [How to Buy] page is that this is an upgrade price *if* you are already running Mac OS X Server 10.6.  It does not look like $49.99 to add Lion Server onto Lion Desktop.

http://www.apple.com/macosx/server/how-to-buy/

“You?ll need Snow Leopard Server v10.6.6 or later to purchase Lion and Lion Server from the Mac App Store.  If you have Snow Leopard Server, click the Apple icon and choose Software Update to install the latest version.”

There appears to be no information - so far - about buying Lion server as a separate product to upgrade Lion Desktop.  No doubt this will appear later on, at a price somewhat more than $49.99…

Or am I missing something?

BWilcox

Does Apple use it’s own server software?

Patrick

Doesn’t anyone remember the Lion features page saying the server OS was now included with Lion? That it would be a choice when installing? I remember thinking this was a pretty bold move. They’ve apparently changed their mind along the way…

A good deal if you were running the previous server version. Not sure ??as gary mentioned ? how this is supposed to work for new users though.

MonkeyT

Before you get too excited, my reading of the [How to Buy] page is that this is an upgrade price *if* you are already running Mac OS X Server 10.6.  It does not look like $49.99 to add Lion Server onto Lion Desktop.

I think it’s sloppy copy writing.  (That seems to have happened a lot this week.)  On the OS X Lion page it still specifically says “So now anyone can turn just about any Mac into a server.”  But then, they originally announced that Server would be included in the Base OS. (Evidence of that on Apple.com is long gone.)

Jake

Gary,  there was a significant sentence or two by Steve in the keynote indicating that the big change was that now almost *any* Mac could become a server with the add-on option. 

It’s certainly early days but it sounds like the intent is to make Lion Server available to any Mac running Lion.  I believe that was the whole point of re-architecting the Server to be an add-on rather than an entirely separate product.

ppartekim

Not sure if the server part is really needed but definitely Snow Leopard. All Macs need to be upgraded to Snow Leopard just to have access to the Mac App store since Lion (all versions) will only be available from the App store for purchase.

I am just hoping they come out with a new more powerful Mac mini server when Lion debuts (mine is a dual core but not a Core 2 Duo). :(

WaltFrench

Apple’s recent bundle of Leopard Server on a mini already made Leopard Server an inexpensive upgrade (even if you bought the mini to get the s/w, as I did) and I don’t imagine there are many people who really want Lion Server who don’t already have SL Server.

Anyway, IIRC, Apple’s $29 Snow Leopard upgrade was officially only from Leopard but no enforcement efforts were included. Sit tight folks and use your Kremlinology skills on something more pressing.

Lee Dronick

Not sure if the server part is really needed but definitely Snow Leopard. All Macs need to be upgraded to Snow Leopard just to have access to the Mac App store since Lion (all versions) will only be available from the App store for purchase.

According to Apple we can make a disk image of the Lion download. Maybe that can be used to instal on Macs not running Snow Leopard. However, I want readers to note the “maybe” in my statement. Time will tell.

ewoh24

Ive downloaded the pre-release version of Lion Server and they’ve dumbed it down ridiculously to the point where any respectable sys admin will avoid it at any cost. Theyve definitely traded functionality for simplicity. This is a server for the masses and I cant see upgrading to it at any point in the future.

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