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Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Server review

£319 inc VAT (10 user)

Manufacturer: Apple

Our Rating: We rate this 3 out of 5

Here's our review of Apple's latest Mac OS X Server operating system.

Here's our review of Apple's latest Mac OS X Server operating system.

In Active Directory and Novell's eDirectory, moving users or machines between groups and containers is a simple drag-and-drop operation; Mac OS X 10.5 Server requires a more complicated multi-step process in the GUI or use of the command line.

Finally, you can't use Mac OS X 10.5 Server's administrator tools to manage Mac OS X 10.4 Server or older without upgrading those servers to Mac OS X Server 10.4.11; that limits its usefulness as the backbone of a larger network.

Mac OS X 10.5 Server has been improved in some ways when it comes to working in heterogeneous environments. Active Directory integration now allows both server and client versions of Mac OS X 10.5 to work correctly with Windows SMB packet signing. In addition, Apple has introduced the concept of "augmented" users, or users imported from other directory services.

This makes managing Mac users in non-Apple environments easier. In my testing, I found I could manage Active Directory users within my Mac environment almost as easily as Mac-only users.

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Apple Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Server Expert Verdict »

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  • Overall: We give this item 6 of 10 overall

Is Mac OS X 10.5 Server worth the £319 retail price (for the 10 file-sharing user version; an unlimited client version, no CALs required, sells for £629)? (If you buy a new Xserve, you get it for free.) It depends. If you don't already have a directory service or dedicated servers, and are just now thinking about implementing such things for the first time, Mac OS X 10.5 Server is a compelling product; just keep in mind that some of its services don't work as well as they should in a heterogeneous environment. On the other hand, if you're an experienced administrator, you'll likely be frustrated by the limitations in Apple's GUI server tools; fortunately, OS X Server is based on Unix, so you can have all the control you want via the command line.

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