Profile Manager simplifies deploying, configuring and managing the Mac computers and iOS devices in your organization. It’s one place where you control everything: you can create profiles to set up user accounts for mail, calendar, contacts and messages; configure system settings; enforce restrictions; set PIN and password policies; and more. Profile Manager simplifies the distribution of institution-licensed apps and books purchased through the App Store Volume Purchase Program. It also gives users access to a self-service web portal where they can download and install new configuration profiles, as well as clear passcodes and remotely lock or wipe their Mac, iPhone or iPad if it’s lost or stolen. In addition, Profile Manager supports new features in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, such as Handoff. And it allows you to perform push installs of OS X enterprise apps and iOS media assets including PDF, ePub and iBooks Author files.
Caching Server speeds up the download and delivery of software through the App Store, Mac App Store, iTunes Store, iTunes U and iBooks Store. And now it can be used in even more network environments because it supports caching content in non-NAT networks. When a user on your network downloads new software from Apple, a copy is automatically stored on your server. So the next time other users on your network update or download that same software, they actually access it from inside the network.
Xcode Server makes it easier than ever for Mac or iOS development teams to create robust, reliable software. Software developers can use OS X Server directly within Xcode to automatically integrate and archive their projects, automatically run tests on multiple iOS devices, host Git repositories, and view a history of build and test results.
OS X Server can act as a designated Time Machine backup location for all the Mac computers on your network. Centralizing your backup storage helps protect valuable data and free up disk space on individual drives. And it eliminates the need for separate backup drives altogether. OS X Server also takes advantage of Time Machine to back up your server data — including shared files, calendars, mail, wikis and more — to another hard drive, so you can easily restore to an earlier configuration. And you can view the backup status for each Mac on your network, as well as which computers and users are backing up to your server, when they last backed up and the total size of each backup.
OS X Server makes it easy for groups to collaborate and communicate through their own wiki-powered website. With simple yet powerful tools, users can create and edit wikis and individual pages, tag and cross-reference material, upload files and images, and create tables and add comments. The wiki is accessible from a browser, so anyone can access it anytime. Users can easily search for new pages and content, show recent activity and view attachments with Quick Look. Whenever a page has been updated or new comments have been added, everyone receives an automatic email notification. Wiki Server is also optimized for iPad. And with WebDAV support, iPad users can open and save attachments from the wiki in Pages, Numbers and Keynote.
Calendar Server makes sure everyone on the network knows where to be and when to be there. Users can share calendars, schedule meetings, book conference rooms and coordinate events. Contacts Server makes it easy to share contacts and keep them in sync on Mac, iPad and iPhone. And Mail Server in OS X Server works with email clients on Mac, iPad, iPhone and PC. It supports push notifications for immediately notifying users when new mail messages arrive. With built-in virus detection and junk mail filtering, unwanted mail doesn’t come close.
Xsan is a powerful and scalable solution for storage consolidation. Everyone in your organization can have fast, concurrent access to terabytes of centralized data. Built into OS X, Xsan allows any Mac with a Thunderbolt to Fibre Channel adapter to access an Xsan volume. Now in OS X Yosemite, Xsan features simplified setup of Xsan volumes and clients using the Server application and Configuration Profiles.
Virtual private network (VPN) access enables your offsite users to securely connect to your network and its services, while preventing access by unauthorized individuals. OS X Server includes VPN on demand, which allows every Mac to establish a secure connection automatically. VPN Server supports L2TP/IPSec and PPTP tunnelling protocols to provide encryption and remote network access for your Mac computers, iPad and iPhone devices, and Windows PCs.
Messages Server brings the collaborative power of instant messaging to your organization. Workgroups can transfer files securely, share group messages, conduct audio conferences, even broadcast a presentation, movie or photo slideshow to other Messages users running OS X.
NetInstall is designed for administrators who manage operating system installations and software updates for their organizations. It’s the perfect IT assistant. It performs automated software installations — whether a new version of OS X, a specific suite of applications for a workgroup, or both. It eliminates the expense of distributing software on disk. And it saves administrators from having to configure each system in person.