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OS X 10.9 Mavericks Server FAQ

Article ID = 101
Article Title = OS X 10.9 Mavericks Server FAQ
Article Author(s) = Graham Needham (BH)
Article Created On = 11th June 2013
Article Last Updated = 31st March 2015
Article URL = http://www.macstrategy.com/article.php?101

Article Brief Description:
Frequently Asked Questions about OS X 10.9 Mavericks Server aka OS X Server 3

OS X 10.9 Mavericks Server Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When will Mavericks Server be available?
A. Mavericks Server was released on the 22nd October 2013. It is called "OS X Server 3".
Q. How much does OS X Server 3 cost?
A. Mavericks Server is no longer available to buy.
Q. Apple's Server software used to cost £100s. Why is it so cheap?
A. OS X Server is not the same beast that older versions of Apple's Server software used to be. Although it is still very powerful and now amazing value for money you should note that the following services are no longer included in OS X Server:
  • WebMail
  • MailMan (can be built and installed manually)
  • Auto Vacation Replies
  • Podcast Producer
  • Podcast Publisher
  • Server Status Dashboard widget
  • Management of Non-OS X 10.9 Mavericks Servers
  • Firewall (replaced with service in OS X client)
  • DHCP (reinstated with OS X Server 2.1 and later)
  • NAT (replaced with service in OS X client)
The following specific services in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Server were removed in OS X Server:
  • MySQL (replaced with PostgreSQL)
  • Mobile Access
  • Print
  • Tomcat
  • Axis
  • QuickTime Streaming Server (QTSS)
  • Wiki-based mailing lists and archives
However, the following services are now included with OS X Server:
  • Calendar
  • Contacts
  • Messages
  • Profile Manager
  • Xcode
  • Xsan
Q. How many computers can I install OS X Server 3 on?
A. Consumers - you can purchase once and install OS X Server 3 on as many supported Macs as you own that are authorised with your Mac App Store ID (Apple ID).
A. Businesses, commercial, education and/or site licence users - You can install OS X Server 3 on as many computers as you have purchased the software individually for or have a licensed installation for - there is a minimum purchase of 20 licenses.
Q. What Macs can I install OS X Server 3 on?
A. OS X Server 3 requires a Mac that can run OS X 10.9 Mavericks
NOTE: You will need an Apple ID to be able to purchase OS X 10.9 Mavericks on the Mac App Store.
Q. How can I check what specifications my computer has or what model it is?
A. You can check "Processor", "Memory" and Mac OS X "Version" by going to Apple menu > About This Mac.
A. To check what "model" you have the model number is usually printed on the outside of the computer somewhere.
A. To be more specific and exact you can check what "Identifier" your Mac has by:
  • If you are running Mac OS X 10.4.x/10.5.x/10.6.x go to Apple menu > About This Mac > click the "More Info…" button > (the System Profiler application will open) select "Hardware" on the left and check what it says for 'Model Identifier' on the right.
  • If you are running OS X 10.7.x/10.8.x go to Apple menu > About This Mac > click the "More Info…" button > (the System Information application will open) click "Overview" in the top left (this will now show the 'Graphics' capability) then click the "System Report" button > select "Hardware" on the left and check what it says for 'Model Identifier' on the right.
  • If you are running OS X 10.9.x you're ready to buy OS X Server 3.
Q. I have a powerful Mac Pro / Xserve or a Mac with an early "Core 2 Duo" which is a more modern Intel processor. Why can't I run OS X Server 3?
A. OS X Server 3 requires a Mac with OS X 10.9 Mavericks installed.
Q. My Mac has the correct type of processor but I don't have enough RAM. What can I do?
A. All the supported Macs can run at least 2GB of RAM so all you need to do is upgrade your RAM to at least 2GB. In the UK we recommend Kingston Technology lifetime warranty memory for your Mac. Most Macs usually only have two memory slots so it is best to upgrade to as much RAM as you can afford the first time. If your Mac supports 8GB or more then upgrade to the maximum.
Q. I'm using an Intel Mac with Mac OS X 10.4/10.5/10.6/10.7 or OS X Server 1/2 on it. Can I still buy and install OS X Server 3?
A. Mavericks Server is no longer available to buy.
Q. If there is no physical Mavericks + OS X Server 3 disc and I install Mavericks + OS X Server 3 but run into trouble what can I do?
A. If you purchased OS X Server 3 from the Mac App Store: A. If your Mac came with OS X 10.9 Mavericks + OS X Server 3:

Article Keywords: OS X OSX 109 Mavericks OS X Server 3 Frequently Asked Questions FAQ OSXserver3

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