In addition to its preview of Panther — the next major version of Mac OS X due out before the end of the year —
Apple on Monday also offered details of the forthcoming Panther build of Mac OS X Server. The new version includes an Automatic Setup feature, Open Directory 2, Samba 3 and the JBoss Application Server.
Automatic Setup simplifies the creation of multiple servers. System administrators can setup any number of servers from configuration settings on a directory server, external FireWire device, USB storage device, or an iPod. Apple hopes the new technology will drive adoption of its rack-mounted Xserve.
Samba 3 is the latest major release of the popular open source technology that provides file and print services to Windows clients. The new version enables Windows users to authenticate against Panther Server directly from a PC login window. Panther Server can also host Windows home directories and supports “roaming profiles.”
Open Directory 2 is an LDAP director and Kerberos authentication server based on OpenLDAP. Also new in Panther Server is a mail server developed using Postfix SMTP and Cyrus IMAP and POP servers, providing an open architecture for spam and virus filtering solutions, and SSL for secure e-mail. What’s more, a new VPN server has been added that supports Mac OS X, Windows and Unix clients with PPTP and L2TP tunneling protocols.
An updated version of the popular open source Web server Apache is included, along with Apache Tomcat and Apache Axis. The JBoss application server and new application deployment tools help speed the deployment of J2EE applications, as well.
Apple anticipates Mac OS X Panther Server to be available by the end of the year for US$499 for a 10-client edition and $999 for an unlimited-client edition.