The Mac mini server was already a great machine. The latest version, the Mac mini with Lion Server, is even better.
The ninth major release of Apple’s server operating system is as big a change as the change from OS X Server 1.0 to OS X Server 10.0. In many ways, Mac OS X Lion Server (version 10.7) succeeds, but it is hampered by UI annoyances and inconsistencies that will probably be fixed in future updates. But right now, using Lion Server is a tad more maddening than it should be.
While much of the discussion about Lion has focused on its Mac-App-Store-only distribution model, there are other features that business users and IT departments should care about.
With OS X Lion Server, Apple is blurring the distinction between client and server operating systems. To John Welch, that's not a bad thing.
It's easy to protect your iPad and its data by using your office's virtual private network, or VPN. Here's how to get connected.
The best way to share one printer among multiple Macs and Windows PCs. Also: How to choose a POP e-mail provider.
What happens when you disconnect a printer from the network, but one of your Macs still thinks it's there? Also: Connecting Macs to DFS.
If you have two routers on the same network, they may be confusing all the Macs that connect to them; here's how to straight it out. Plus: Best tape backup system for Macs?
Now that Apple has discontinued the Xserve product line, what's the best upgrade path. Plus: What to do if you forgot to mirror your server's drives.
One reader wants to know how to prevent drop-outs when he's streaming iTunes around the house, another asks about troubleshooting an OS X Server installation.
This week, readers have questions about fully integrating Macs into an Active Directory environment and troubleshooting Exchange e-mail connections from home.
Connecting Macs to Active Directory on Windows-based servers can be a huge help--and, occasionally, a huge hassle.
What to do when OS X doesn't recognize a network printer. Also: Microsoft's Distributed File System is really cool; unfortunately, it's also inaccessible from a Mac unless you have some special software.
A reader wants to know: How do I remind Mac users on my network to update their Active Directory passwords? John Welch explains what's required.
A reader asks: How do you find the best hosted e-mail service for Macs? John C. Welch has some suggestions.
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