What exactly is the purpose of the Mac server?

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  1. applefan289 macrumors 68000

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    ...and how does it work? If I were to buy a Mac Mini or Mac Pro server right now, what could I do with it that I couldn't do with a normal Mac LAN?
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Here's what Wikipedia's Simple English page says.

    There is probably nothing a server would do for you, since you have no idea how to use one.
     
  3. applefan289 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Well, I'm not buying one, I'm just asking how a server is set up and what features it has over a regular Mac network. And how would one computer serve many people (isn't serving many people what a server does?)?
     
  4. jdechko macrumors 68040

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    Mac OSX Server allows you to do some of the following:

    iCal Server
    Account Server (like MS Active Directory)
    Address Server (LDAP Server)
    Mail Server
    (more in depth) Web Server
    VPN Server
    Wiki Server
    DNS Server
    Private iChat Server (encrypted and more secure)
    Mobile Server (connect iPhones to local network)

    If you were a business or really tech savvy person, some of this stuff would make sense. But for file sharing, printer sharing and general remote access (SSH & VNC), the non-server version is usually plenty.
     
  5. calderone macrumors 68040

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    Correction:
    Address Book Server is CardDav piggy backing on OD (LDAP).
     
  6. jdechko macrumors 68040

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    True, I meant to go back and put that it was similar to. But unless you even know what LDAP is and much less why you'd use it, the address book server is of little use for individual users. :)
     

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