Apple to ship Leopard Server this week

A survey of its features

While the improvements to Mac OS X Leopard desktop are said to be evolutionary rather than revolutionary, the enhancements to Apple's Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Server are impressive and include features ordinarily reserved for large enterprises.

Leopard Server, which is expected to ship Friday, is the networking component of Mac OS X Leopard. It uses a 64-bit Unix kernel and ships with a new version of Open Directory, which supports Lightweight Directory Access Protocol proxy services, authorization across domains and RADIUS authentication, among other features.

Leopard Server uses the same kernel as Mac OS X Leopard desktop. Because it is 64-bit enabled it has access to the same amounts of memory as Intel 64-bit processors.

Leopard can also be integrated with Microsoft's Active Directory and includes clustering, e-mail and calendaring servers.

The calendar server, which is licensed on a per server basis, has been aptly called Darwin -- it lets users share their calendars with other users across the organization. Calendars are stored in a central location and synchronized between user desktops. The Darwin Calendar Server uses the CalDAV protocol, which allows access to calendar events via WebDAV, and thus supports Microsoft Outlook and Leopard's iCal. It also includes a Podcast Producer, which allows the encoding, publishing and distribution of podcasts, and a Wiki server, which allows users to collaborate with other users and build and edit wiki pages.

For developers, Leopard Servers also supports the Web application framework Ruby of Rails and ships with Mongrel, a lightweight HTTP library and Web server.

The Leopard Server is also expected to ship with a new wizard called the Server Assistant, which simplifies configuration and setup. A new Server Preferences program makes it easy to create users and groups, configure firewalls and monitor utilization.

From a storage standpoint, Leopard supports the Unix/Linux Network File System and clustering with the Apple Xsan array.

Mac OS X Server version 10.5 Leopard is US$499 for a 10-client license and US$999 for an unlimited client edition. It is included with Apple's Xserve server at no additional charge.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Deni Connor

Network World
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?