OS X Server

Ap­ple’s tra­di­tion of mak­ing things sim­ple makes its server tech­nol­ogy help­ful at home, not just in busi­nesses

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or a decade or so, Ap­ple’s Xserve, run­ning OS X Server, was the plat­form of choice among many sys­tem ad­min­is­tra­tors. Now the Xserve is gone, but OS X Server re­mains a pow­er­ful and flex­i­ble tool for run­ning a large net­work. You can run it on any Mac, even the Mac mini, which makes sense be­cause it doesn't need the raw power of the Mac Pro, nor the dis­plays which come with the iMac, Mac­Book Pro and Mac­Book Air.

Set­ting it up is straight­for­ward, thanks to walk­through in­struc­tions. And once it’s up and run­ning, you can cre­ate users and groups and man­age the way they share files us­ing SMB 3, OS X Server's file shar­ing pro­to­col.

FOne server, many ser­vices

Ad­min­is­tra­tors can set up Mail, Con­tacts and Cal­en­dars ac­counts for clients, con­fig­ure sys­tem set­tings and pass­words, and re­strict who has ac­cess to each re­source. Those clients can be Macs, PCs or iOS de­vices. There’s also the op­tion of en­abling VPN (Vir­tual Pri­vate Net­work) con­nec­tions back to your net­work.

Also use­ful at home, the Caching ser­vice caches down­loads from the App Store, iTunes and Ap­ple's other down­load ser­vices, so

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