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Apple seeds new OS X Server 3.1 build to developers

Following the release of the latest OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 build to developers earlier this week, Apple has released a new seed (build 13S4101b) of OS X Server 3.1 to developers today.

Apple seeded the previous build earlier this month as it inches closer to public release. 

To install OS X Server Preview, you need one of these computers:
- iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
- MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
- MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
- MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
- Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
- Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
- Xserve (Early 2009)

Your Mac needs:
- OS X Mavericks 10.9.2
- At least 2 GB of RAM
- At least 10 GB of available disk space (50 GB if you wish to use Caching Server)

Installation Instructions

Install OS X Server 3.1 Preview 13S4101b on a computer running OS X Mavericks 10.9.2.

This preview supports upgrade and migrations from OS X Snow Leopard Server 10.6.8 and newer to OS X Server 3.1 Preview 13S4101b.

Noteworthy Change and Areas to Test

- Internet Access pane (accessible via the Server pane of the app) correctly displays services available over the internet.
- General bug fixes

Known Issues

- In Wiki Server, creating new wikis with “All Logged In Users” permissions set to “no access” results in “read only” permissions being set instead.
- In Xsan, changing the Network Settings in Server App while configuring Xsan fails with: “An error occurred while configuring the BMC interface”. The workaround is to apply the settings again.
- In Xcode Server, automated logic tests run in the simulator may fail with an error similar to: “Test target [test name] encountered an error (Test process exited with code -1).”
- In Caching Server following a migration OS X Snow Leopard Server to OS X Server 3.1 Preview 13S4101b, the data directory is not created. The workaround is to turn the Caching Server service on.


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Apple seeds new OS X Server 3.1 developer build following iOS 7.1 beta 5 release

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Apple has released a new beta of OS X Server 3.1 to developers. The update requires OS X 10.9.2 on the target machine and has a build number of 13S4090c. The previous build was released on January 21st.

This developer preview follows the release of iOS 7.1 beta 5, which came out earlier this morning. You can grab both betas on Apple’s Developer Center.

Release Notes
OS X Server Preview
OS X Server 3.1 Preview (Build 13S4090c) is now available for testing on OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 systems.

Minimum System Requirements
To install OS X Server Preview, you need one of these computers:

  • iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
  • Xserve (Early 2009)

Your Mac needs:
• OS X Mavericks 10.9.2
• At least 2GB of RAM
• At least 10 GB of available disk space (50 GB if you wish to use Caching Server)

Installation Instructions
Install OS X Server 3.1 Preview 13S4090c on a computer running OS X Mavericks 10.9.2.

This preview supports migrations from OS X Lion Server 10.7.5 and OS X Server 2.2.2 and updating from OS X Server 3.0.2 or later.

Noteworthy Changes and Areas to Test
OS X Server 3.1 Preview 13S4090c is focused on general Server and Profile Manger bug fixes.

Bug Reporting
When reporting a bug, enter the following command in Terminal, then attach the output to the bug report.
$ sudo /Applications/Server.app/Contents/ServerRoot/usr/sbin/ serverloggather

Known Issues!
Profile Manager
• When using a self-signed certificate, the Invalid Certificate sheet may not appear after saving login credentials using Safari 7.0.2. The workaround is to navigate back, and then forward, in Safari.”
• The “Enable VPP Managed Distribution Service” checkbox gets stuck in a the “Processing VPP information….” state. The workaround is to click the Refresh button in the bottom toolbar to force an update.
Other
• Updating to OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 disables WebDAV for Wiki Server. To restore Wiki share points on WebDAV clients upgrading, run the following command in Terminal: sudo apachectl restart
• In Xcode Server, automated logic tests run in the simulator may fail with an error similar to: “Test target [test name] encountered an error (Test process exited with code -1).
• In Caching Server following a migration OS X Snow Leopard Server to OS X Server 3.1 Preview 13S4090c, the data directory is not created. The workaround is to turn the Caching Server service on.


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Apple seeds new OS X Server 3.1 developer build following iOS 7.1 beta 5 release

Screen Shot 2014-02-04 at 5.19.45 PM

Apple has released a new beta of OS X Server 3.1 to developers. The update requires OS X 10.9.2 on the target machine and has a build number of 13S4090c. The previous build was released on January 21st.

This developer preview follows the release of iOS 7.1 beta 5, which came out earlier this morning. You can grab both betas on Apple’s Developer Center.

Release Notes
OS X Server Preview
OS X Server 3.1 Preview (Build 13S4090c) is now available for testing on OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 systems.

Minimum System Requirements
To install OS X Server Preview, you need one of these computers:

  • iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
  • Xserve (Early 2009)

Your Mac needs:
• OS X Mavericks 10.9.2
• At least 2GB of RAM
• At least 10 GB of available disk space (50 GB if you wish to use Caching Server)

Installation Instructions
Install OS X Server 3.1 Preview 13S4090c on a computer running OS X Mavericks 10.9.2.

This preview supports migrations from OS X Lion Server 10.7.5 and OS X Server 2.2.2 and updating from OS X Server 3.0.2 or later.

Noteworthy Changes and Areas to Test
OS X Server 3.1 Preview 13S4090c is focused on general Server and Profile Manger bug fixes.

Bug Reporting
When reporting a bug, enter the following command in Terminal, then attach the output to the bug report.
$ sudo /Applications/Server.app/Contents/ServerRoot/usr/sbin/ serverloggather

Known Issues!
Profile Manager
• When using a self-signed certificate, the Invalid Certificate sheet may not appear after saving login credentials using Safari 7.0.2. The workaround is to navigate back, and then forward, in Safari.”
• The “Enable VPP Managed Distribution Service” checkbox gets stuck in a the “Processing VPP information….” state. The workaround is to click the Refresh button in the bottom toolbar to force an update.
Other
• Updating to OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 disables WebDAV for Wiki Server. To restore Wiki share points on WebDAV clients upgrading, run the following command in Terminal: sudo apachectl restart
• In Xcode Server, automated logic tests run in the simulator may fail with an error similar to: “Test target [test name] encountered an error (Test process exited with code -1).
• In Caching Server following a migration OS X Snow Leopard Server to OS X Server 3.1 Preview 13S4090c, the data directory is not created. The workaround is to turn the Caching Server service on.


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Apple releases preview of OS X Server 3.1 to developers

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Apple has just pushed out a developer preview of the next OS X Server update, version 3.1. The update has a build number of 12S4076f and is designed to run on the recently-released 10.9.2 beta.

You can grab the update from Apple’s Mac developer center now. The seed notes are below.

OS X Server Preview (Build 13S4076f) is now available for testing on OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 systems.
Minimum System Requirements

To install OS X Server Preview, you need one of these computers:
- iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
- MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
- MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
- MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
- Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
- Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
- Xserve (Early 2009)

Your Mac needs:
- OS X Mavericks 10.9.2
- At least 2 GB of RAM
- At least 10 GB of available disk space (50 GB if you wish to use Caching Server)

Installation Instructions

Please be aware that you will not be able to revert back to your previous system after updating. Please install this update on a system you are prepared to erase if necessary.

Install OS X Server Preview 13S4076f on a computer running OS X Mavericks 10.9.2.
This preview supports migrations from OS X Lion Server 10.7.5 and OS X Server 2.2.2 and updating from OS X Server 3.0.1.
Known Issues

- In Profile Manager, the “+” and “-“ buttons within the payload editor do not add or remove a payload when administering from an iPad.
- In the Xcode Server Web UI, bot creation may skip from Step 2 to Step 4. The workaround is to quit Safari and retry.
Noteworthy Change and Areas to Test

Profile Manager
- Fixed a syntax error issue in migration SQL.


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How Google manages over 40,000 Macs…without much help from Apple

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During a talk at the LISA ’13 conference in Washington D.C earlier this month, a couple members from Google’s Macintosh Operations team explained how the company has been forced to develop its own set of tools to manage its fleet of roughly 43,000 Macs. The reason, according to Google engineers Clay Caviness and Edward Eigerman, is that Apple isn’t doing a great job at supporting its enterprise management tools. As the first slide of the presentation (pictured above) puts it, “While Apple won’t do much for you, there are tools out there you can use to keep your machines secure, up to date and useful.”

“We don’t use any of Apple’s tools to manage the Macs. Apple arguably produces two tools, Mac OS X server… and Apple Remote Desktop. It kinda breaks down when you get it over 50, 100, 200 machines that you’re managing… we’ve sort of lost their attention as far as enterprise management tools.”

During one slide (pictured above, right), Google uses the red line to represent the release of the iPhone while noting Apple’s remote desktop “hasn’t had a major revision to it since 2006.” To avoid using Apple’s management tools, Google has either developed its own tools or is using open source tools for everything from configuration, to package management, monitoring system levels and more. Google announced during the talk that one of the imaging tools it developed, CanHazImage, will soon be hitting open source. 

While Google mentioned during the presentation that it supports four desktop OS platforms (OS X, Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS) internally, it also said these days employees that want to use a platform other than Mac OS X “have to make a business case” to do so. Compare that roughly 40k monthly actives from Macs reported during the presentation to the 42,162 full-time employees at the company (not including Motorola). The Googlers also noted that the company managed to update from 10.7 to 10.8 for 99.5% of its fleet in 8 weeks and it’s currently trying to accomplish the same for 10.9 Mavericks.

You can watch or download the full presentation here.

(via TheRegister)


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OS X Server Updated For Faster Mac App Store Downloads & More

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If you run a Mac server, check your Mac App Store updates: OS X Server 2.2.1 has arrived, bringing a panoply of new features and bug fixes.

Headlining is a new feature called Caching Server, which Apple claims will speed up Mac App Store downloads. Although the exact mechanism isn’t stated, it’s easy to imagine that what will happen is if one Mac connected to the server downloads an update, it’ll be cached locally for other Macs to download instantly.

There’s also a monitoring service for Time Machine, telling admins which Macs have backed themselves up and when. Wiki Server support for Retina MacBook Pros and a new Centralized Certificate Management interface are also new.

You can download OS X Server for any Mac running Mountain Lion at the link below.

Source: iTunes



Apple Issues OS X Server 2.2 Update With App Update Caching, Time Machine Monitoring, And More

Apple has released a big update for all OS X Server users on Mountain Lion. Version 2.2 adds a number of notable features, including the ability to cache app and software updates in the Mac App Store for faster downloads. Administrators can also monitor multiple Time Machines connected to different Macs on the same network and see when they last backed up.

OS X Server is the next generation of Apple’s award winning server software. Designed for OS X and iOS devices, OS X Server makes it easy to share files, schedule meetings, synchronize contacts, host your own website, publish wikis, configure Macs, iPhones and iPads, remotely access your network, and more.

Server is now an application you can add to Mountain Lion right from the Mac App Store. Anyone can quickly and easily turn a Mac running Mountain Lion into a server that’s perfect for home offices, businesses, schools, and hobbyists alike.

Release notes for this latest update:

Caching service

  • Introduces a new feature called the Caching service, which speeds up the download of software distributed by Apple through the Mac App Store. It caches both software updates and purchased apps from the Mac App Store. For more information about the Caching service, choose Server Help in the Help menu.

Server app

  • Addresses an issue in which attempting to change the blacklist server used by the Mail service might not work.
  • Includes general enhancements.

Adaptive Firewall

  • Addresses an issue that caused an exception to be raised when using the hb_summary tool.

Calendar service

  • Addresses an issue in which Calendar invitations were always sent in English.
  • Includes general enhancements.

Mail service

  • Addresses an issue in which freshclam and clamav do not provide logs about upgraded systems.
  • Resolves an issue in which the quota hard limit was not being respected.
  • Addresses an issue in which certain settings weren’t maintained when upgrading from a previous version of OS X Server.

Contacts service

  • Corrects an issue in which under certain circumstances, the service would not start when using a non-default location for the data store.
  • Adds the ability to search for records containing non-English characters.

Messages service

  • Resolves an issue where under certain circumstances, the service would not start when using a non-default location for the data store.

Profile Manager

  • Adds the ability to use Active Directory groups with Profile Manager.
  • Adds the ability to delete apps uploaded to Profile Manager.
  • Includes performance and other general enhancements.

Additional Information:
The DHCP service may not automatically start when updating from a previous version of OS X Server configured to use the DHCP service. If this occurs, open Server app and start the service manually.

OS X Server v2.2 now stores Postgres data needed by services in its own database (“/Library/Server/PostgreSQL For Server Services” by default). If you migrate from a previous version of OS X Server, system Postgres data will be migrated from /Library/Server/PostgreSQL to “/Library/Server/PostgreSQL For Server Services”. Any custom content you may have created in /Library/Server/PostgreSQL will remain there after upgrading to OS X Server v2.2. If you wish to access this data, or if you’re installing OS X Server v2.2 for the first time and wish to create new Postgres data, you may need to start the service with this command:

sudo serveradmin start postgres

This will start a Postgres process separate from the one used by services, which can be used to serve your own content.

You can download OS X Server in the Mac App Store for $20.

Source: Apple