Apple Launches OS X Server 2.2

Speedier downloads from the Mac App Store, Time Machine enhancements

Apple has posted a new version of its server software with improvements that should meet the requirements of small businesses and large organizations alike. The update is free for existing users of OS X Server.

The Mac App Store says OS X Server 2.2 uses caches to speed up the download of software released by Apple through the digital distribution venue.

It enhances service monitoring through Time Machine by looking at which computers have backed up, when they last backed up, as well as the size of the backup.

The Wiki Server now supports MacBook Pro models equipped with a Retina display, and users can now employ Active Directory groups within Profile Manager. Also, the Certificate management interface has been centralized.

Lastly, Apple includes a fix for deleting apps uploaded to Profile Manager.

“Designed for OS X and iOS devices, OS X Server makes it easy to share files, schedule meetings, synchronise contacts, host your own website, publish wikis, configure Macs, iPhones and iPads, remotely access your network and more,” Apple says.

Beginning with OS X 10.7 Lion released last year, Apple has been distributing OS X Server as a standalone application that users can add to their existing OS X (Client) installations.

“Anyone can quickly and easily turn a Mac running Mountain Lion into a server that’s perfect for home offices, businesses, schools and hobbyists alike,” says the Mac maker.

The software adds another $19.99 / €17,99 to the price tag associated with running a server from a Mac and offers the usual bag of services typically required by a firm’s IT department.

This includes file sharing, Wiki Server (point-and-click page editor, control access, tags and comments, revision history, document sharing etc.), a profile manager, Time Machine (Apple’s backup utility), mail services, VPN, Xsan, and more.

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