OS X Server Admin Tools Updated for Mac OS X 10.5.3

Apple rolled out updates for its Server Admin Tools along with Mac OS X 10.5.3 on Wednesday. OS X Server Admin Tools 10.5.3 includes fixes for all of the apps in the suite, and also bundles in enhancements that were previously not available as standalone downloads for non-server admin stations.

Issues addressed with the update include:

Server Admin

  • Software Update pane now shows the correct description for the selected update in all cases (included in Mac OS X Server version 10.5.2).
  • Nameservers of a primary zone are now listed in order in the DNS pane.
  • Allows entries of DNS names with only one character, which allows setting up secondary reverse zones.
  • Administrators can now allow transferring on Reverse Zones in DNS.
  • General interface improvements for creating and editing DNS records.
  • Server Admin no longer display the "Inherit permissions from parent" option for AFP sharepoints (because ACLs are now enabled by default).

Server Assistant

  • Auto Server Setup records now work with servers that have mixed-case DNS host names.
  • Server Assistant now correctly reports any problems encountered when erasing a volume during installation on a remote server (included in Mac OS X Server version 10.5.2).

Server Monitor

  • Server Monitor and the ipmitool command updated for compatibility with Mac OS X Server 10.5.3.

Server Preferences

  • Addresses an issue that could prevent external users from being added to a newly-created group (included in Mac OS X Server version 10.5.1).
  • Administrators can now send "Invitation" email messages to users on demand.
  • Improved user interface for importing users and working with nested groups.

System Image Utility

  • Setting a customized machine name for NetBoot/NetInstall clients now works correctly in System Image Utility.
  • Workgroup Manager
  • Introduces menu item for creating augmented user records. For more information,? search for "augmented" in Workgroup Manager Help.

OS X Server Admin Tools 10.5.3 requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher and is available for download at the Apple Support Web site.