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The Server Application in Lion Server

For simpler networks served by OS X Lion Server, you can spend most of your server management time in the Server app. The Server app offers you quick access to configuration windows for users and the services [more…]

Server Admin in OS X Lion Server

Server Admin in OS X Lion Server handles more complex tasks than does the Server app. Server Admin provides more options and much more fine-grained control over the services it supports. [more…]

How to Decide between Lion Server New Install, Upgrade, or Migration

Whether you’re creating your first Lion Server or upgrading or migrating an older server, you need to understand the differences. There are also some things that aren’t moved during an upgrade or a migration [more…]

What Apple Removed from Mac OS X Server 10.7

With Mac OS X Server 10.7, Apple made a decision to simplify administration and setup. Although it added some new features, Apple removed some features as well as some configuration options. Some of the [more…]

Hardware Requirements for Running Lion Server

When writing the specifications for your Lion Server hardware, start with minimum requirements and then add on based on the number of users, type of use, and other specifications specific to your implementation [more…]

Number of Users as a Requirement for Your Lion Server Hardware

The effect of an increasing number of connected clients on OS X Lion Server performance isn’t linear. You may not notice slower service as the number of connected clients increases until you get to a tipping [more…]

Type of Use as a Requirement for Your Lion Server Hardware

Before you think about processor speeds for your Mac OS X Lion Server, do some planning to determine what you’ll be doing with the server. This describes some typical uses listed in [more…]

Selecting Processors for Your Lion Server Hardware

When determining specifications for Apple hardware to run your OS X Lion Server, you can’t choose just any processor the way you can with PCs. To get a particular type of processor, you have to select [more…]

How to Spec Enough RAM in Your Lion Server Hardware

RAM is important for speed in the Mac OS X operating system, and this is particularly true for servers. Server applications can often run faster when you add RAM. More RAM also increases the number of [more…]

How to Select Hard Drive Storage for Lion Server Hardware

Apple gives you some hard drive choices when you buy a Mac server to run OS X Lion. The drives vary in capacity, and with some models, you have a choice of rotational speed. You can also replace the hard [more…]

RAID Storage for Lion Server Hardware

The Mac Pro and Xserve support OS X Lion Server and contain multiple drive bays that give you the option to set up multiple drives to work together as a RAID [more…]

NAS and SAN instead of Internal Lion Server Storage

You may want to look at two options for expanded capacity outside the Mac you choose to run OS X Lion: NAS (network attached storage) and SAN (storage area network), which, despite the acronyms, aren’t [more…]

Mac Mini Can Be Used as a Lion Server

Lots of people have been using Mac minis as OS X servers for years and you can use one for your Lion Server. It’s inexpensive, fits in small spaces, and is very quiet. You can use a single Mac mini for [more…]

Pros and Cons of Using a Mac Mini as a Lion Server

A Mac mini might be all the server (or servers) you need to run Lion. For a network or workgroup of about 5 to 15 client computers, a single Mac mini can handle file sharing, e-mail, web services, iCal [more…]

How to Upgrade Pre-2010 Mac Mini to Run Lion Server

If you are going to put your pre-2010 Mac mini into service as a Lion Server, you may need to upgrade RAM and hard drive capacity. Contrary to popular opinion, the Mac mini is upgradeable. [more…]

How to Replace a Mac Mini DVD with a Hard Drive

A DVD drive doesn’t get a lot of use in an OS X Lion Server, but a second internal hard drive would come in handy and would be much faster than an external FireWire drive. Apple does this for you in the [more…]

Pros and Cons of Using iMac as a Lion Server

Running OS X Lion Server on iMac isn’t as common as on Mac mini. Sleek and beautiful, the all-in-one iMac sits in between the Mac mini and Mac Pro in terms of power and price. But the iMac’s bright, clear [more…]

Pros and Cons of Using Mac Pro as a Lion Server

Mac Pro is well suited for running Lion Server because it has up to 12 processing cores, expansion slots, multiple internal drives, and two built-in Ethernet connections. Even older models make great servers [more…]

Pros and Cons of Using Xserve as a Lion Server

Although Apple discontinued the Xserve, a lot of fans still use it to run OS X Lion. A survey showed that 65 percent of respondents planned to continue using Xserves for two or more years. [more…]

Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) for Lion Server

All networks should have an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) for the server and the OS X Lion Server is no exception. A UPS is an external box that keeps the server running in the event of a power failure [more…]

A Roadmap to Installation and Setup for Lion Server

A little planning and knowledge of the options and pitfalls go a long way to a smooth installation of OS X Lion Server. Here are the main decision points and tasks for installing and setting up Lion Server [more…]

How to Collect Hardware ID Numbers before Lion Server Installation

The first step in doing a Lion Server installation is gathering the information you will need about your Lion Server hardware and about your network equipment. This tells you where to look for the information [more…]

Network Information You Need before Lion Server Installation

During the installation and setup process, you may be asked for variety of numbers that identify your network and the server’s role in it. You may need this information for each network port you’ll use [more…]

Rules for IP Addressing when Upgrading to Lion Server

If you’re upgrading Snow Leopard or Lion client to Lion Server, you will need to set the IP address before starting the installation. When you set an IP address manually [more…]

Rethink Clean Installs, Updates, and Reformatting Options for Lion Server

Because the OS X Lion Server installation process is so different, you may have to rethink preconceived notions about clean installs. Conventional wisdom has been that a clean install gets rid of the flotsam [more…]

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