Apple uncovers Leopard Server features

Apple has revealed new features of Mac OS X 10.5 Server to attendees at its Worldwide Developers Conference. The product will be launched in October and in the US will cost $499 (£253) for a 10 user licence or $999 (£506) for an unlimited licence.

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Apple has revealed new features of Mac OS X 10.5 Server to attendees at its Worldwide Developers Conference. in San Fransisco.

Leopard Server will now include a wiki server, Podcast Producer, Spotlight Server and iCal Server. The system can also configure clients with settings for file sharing, Mail, iChat, Address Book and virtual private networking (VPN). The set-up features a built in network “Health Check", a preferences application and server status dashboard.

The wiki server enables administrators to create and edit collaborative web pages, known as "wikis". It also maintains a complete history in case there is a need to restore, merge or compare different versions of entries.

Podcast Producer helps to simplify the creation of podcasts, and can be configured to accept uploads automatically then distribute it to a blog, iTunes or other media using QuickTime Streaming Server (QTSS).

iCal Server uses the CalDAV standard, and supports integration with iCal 3 in Leopard, Mozilla's Sunbird and OSAF's Chandler. Apple Directory lets users search for each other, view contact information, see pictures, find colleagues and groups, and even see a location map.

Spotlight Server is designed for workgroups with shared documents, projects and files. Indexing is done automatically so users can search for content on mounted network volumes. And core services, including Apache 2, MySQL 5, Postfix, Cyrus, Podcast Producer and QTSS are all 64 bit, to take advantage of larger memory arrays.

Other features include Server Admin 4 which has new file sharing and permission controls, iChat Server 2 which offers secure instant messaging with services outside the corporate firewall, a new System Imaging Utility, Xgrid 2, developed for grid computing, and QuickTime Streaming Server 6 with support for 3GPP Release 6 bit rate adaptation.

Meanwhile the user version of Mac OS X 10.5, also known as Leopard, took centre stage at the conference during Apple chief executive Steve Jobs' keynote address to developers.

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