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10.4: A detailed look at 10.4 Server OS X Server
Tiger only hintAFP 548 has written a detailed analysis of Apple's 10.4 Server.

While Ars has detailed the changes in 10.4 Client, AFP 548 goes into elaborate detail on the behind the scenes changes in 10.4 Server. Some of the subjects discussed include Open Directory (LDAP), new Client management, Apple's implementation of ACLs, implementation of the Jabber IM protocol and chat logging, as well as other details from someone who works with and implements OS X Server solutions professionally.

[robg adds: This is the most detailed look at Server that I've seen yet -- reviews of Server have been somewhat hard to find, which is why I chose to run this as a story instead of just a link. If you know of other Server reviews, please list them in the comments.]
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10.4: A detailed look at 10.4 Server
Authored by: cwachs on May 12, '05 05:16:27PM

For those that use OS X Server, I am confused on the "number of clients" issue. I am looking at OS X Tiger server for 3 or 4 things: Apache, WebLog Server, Jabber and DNS Server - that is all it will do for the world to see. I don't use mail, I don't use file server (other than FTP access to Apache directories). Do I need to care about the number of "client" licenses I purchase for it? Apple reps are a bit divided over this (with me). I think i can get the 25 user license and be OK with servering those 4 items to many more people - or am I wrong?



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10.4: A detailed look at 10.4 Server
Authored by: ferret-slayer on May 12, '05 06:40:13PM

The client limit relates to the number of authenticated users you can have. As long as the services you want to run are available anonymously (eg, DNS, Apache), there is no restriction on the number of users.

I think the weblog-server and likely Jabber would require authentication. Of course you could probably set them up with a single account and shared the password among all your users, thereby bypassing the limit (poor security choice).

If an unrestricted Server license is too expensive, you could always just buy a copy of Ray & Ray's "Mac OSX Unleashed (Tiger edition)," and do it yourself using the Tiger-client. It's $33 from Amazon, available August 1st. The earlier books in the Unleashed series gave very detailed instructions on setting up Server-type services on OSX-client.



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10.4: A detailed look at 10.4 Server
Authored by: RichB on May 12, '05 10:30:53PM

According to this document it is ony AFP connections that count against the AFP license limit so perhaps a 10 user license will do in your case.

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=107554



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10.4: A detailed look at 10.4 Server
Authored by: RichB on May 12, '05 10:22:41PM

Not a review but public info from the source:

http://developer.apple.com/server/tigerserver.html



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10.4: A detailed look at 10.4 Server
Authored by: RichB on May 13, '05 02:21:41PM