Linked by Drumhellar on Tue 18th Nov 2014 09:53 UTC
Mac OS X

OS X Server's rate of improvement has slowed in recent years, though Apple is hardly ignoring it. It did get a full Yosemite-style visual overhaul, after all, which suggests that Apple cares about it enough to keep developing it in lockstep with the consumer version of OS X. The continuous addition of features and fixes over the course of the Mountain Lion and Mavericks releases of Server suggests that Yosemite Server will continue on in slow and gradual but still active development.

If we were going to worry about the state of the Mac server in 2014, our primary concern would actually be hardware. First they came for the Xserve, and I did not speak out, because Apple was clearly not going anywhere in Windows- and Linux-dominated enterprise-level server rooms. Then they came for the Mac Pro Server, and I did not speak out, for the cheese-grater Mac Pros were far too expensive to be practical for the new home-and-small-business focus of latter-day OS X Server. Then they came for the Mac Mini Server, and there was no one left to speak for it.

OS X Yosemite Server reviewed in-depth by Ars Technica's Andrew Cunningham.

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multi port?
by netpython on Tue 18th Nov 2014 15:53 UTC
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Unfortunately there isn't an multi port option (dual,quad or more nic) when choosing your Apple system.

Easy configuring a radius server for wpa2-enterprise enhanced wifi security in Apple home networks would be the hammer.

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RE: multi port?
by glitch on Tue 18th Nov 2014 20:42 in reply to "multi port?"
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2012-06-12

> Unfortunately there isn't an multi port option (dual,quad or more nic) when choosing your Apple system.

There is a dual NIC option for the Mac Pro — rather, that's what it is... period; cf. <http://www.apple.com/mac-pro/specs/>.

As mentioned already, hardware options aren't the best for server contexts (to put it lightly), but I've deployed a few Mac servers with link aggregation/bonding on dual network interfaces.

Using a Mac mini as a server you can add on a Thunderbolt<->Gigabit Ethernet adapter. Heck, on the Mac Pro you can add those adapters too.

In a perverted way, you could easily have three network interfaces on the Mac mini — one built-in, two by means of those Thunderbolt dongles. All of that can be purchased in one checkout from store.apple.com.

Now, if we're to go beyond the constraint of what you can configure/purchase from the Apple Store, even more perverted, you can get a Thunderbolt 2<->PCIe card unit for each Thunderbolt 2 interface and throw in a multi-port NIC on that — easily nine network interfaces (four interface card + four interface card + built-in). Similar absurd setups can be used for the Mac Pro, but that's being a little unrealistic.

But coming back to reality a bit, practically speaking, if you're deploying a Mac server with some seriousness in it, you're deploying a Mac Pro anyway, and that already has two built in Ethernet ports.

Edited 2014-11-18 21:02 UTC

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