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Getting Started with Mac OS X Lion

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Using Scroll Bars in Mac OS X Lion

One way to see more of what’s in a window or pane on a Mac is to scroll through it. Scroll bars appear at the bottom and right sides of any window or pane in OS X Lion that contains more stuff — icons, [more…]

Lion Server Management Tools beyond Server and Server Admin

Lion Server provides a number of management tools in addition to the most used Server and Server Admin applications. These tools do everything from managing client disk images and security policies to [more…]

Top Ten Signs You Know It’s Time to Buy a Server

Server refers to software, hardware, or both. Server software can be the whole package, such as Mac OS X Server, or one of its features, such as the e-mail server. The Mac that Mac OS X Server runs on [more…]

The Servers in Lion Server that Enable User Collaboration

Lion Server isn’t one server, but more than two dozen servers. You turn many of them on and off with a few mouse clicks. Here’s a quick look at the services on a Lion server that will help your users collaborate [more…]

The Servers in Lion Server that Help You Manage Your Network and Devices

Lion Server is made up of more than two dozen servers. Here’s a quick look at services available to help you manage the network and the devices on it. [more…]

The Web Server inside Lion Server

Lion Server’s web server is really a package of technology, starting with the Apache web server, the most popular web server on the Internet. The web server also includes the PostgreSQL database [more…]

Why You Need a Lion Server

For a small network, Lion Server will serve your PCs and your Macs, too. On a large network, Mac OS X will peacefully coexist with Windows servers, serving your Macs like no Windows server can. [more…]

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…]

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