Thanks to the legendary simplicity and unrivalled power of Mac, a server isn’t just for big companies with large IT departments and huge budgets. Small studios, retail shops and even home-based businesses can all benefit. In OS X Yosemite, it’s simpler than ever for people without much networking experience to set up and host OS X Server. And once it’s set up, your employees can collaborate on projects and share files. You can also automatically back up important data, host your own website and mail servers, and much more.
OS X Server is just a US$19.99 add-on to OS X Yosemite — for an unlimited number of clients. That’s a fraction of what other server operating systems cost. Best of all, you don’t need expensive hardware to run it — you can use a Mac Pro, an iMac or even a Mac mini. With OS X Server, you can deploy the server that’s right for you.
Like everything else about the Mac, setting up your server is incredibly simple. After you install the OS X Server software, the Server app walks you through the configuration process, whether you’re setting up a small business network or connecting to your company’s existing network. The Server app uses easy-to-understand language, so it makes sense to both technical and nontechnical users. It’s streamlined, so it asks only the questions that apply to your situation, such as whether you want to set up mail, calendars and other services. And you can get context-sensitive help online at any time with a single click.
Once setup is complete, you’re ready for the next stage: managing your server. With simple, innovative tools, OS X Server makes that easy too. The Server app lets you quickly manage users and groups on the server and, if you haven’t already done so, set up all your key services.
With key services on your server set up, your organisation’s users are ready to take advantage of everything OS X Server has to offer. Before you know it, they’ll be collaborating on projects and working more closely than ever. Users can exchange files; synchronise and share their contact information and calendars; schedule events; send secure instant messages; conduct live videoconferences; send and receive email; contribute to and comment in wikis; and set up websites. And whether they’re working onsite or remotely, they can do it all without jeopardising the confidentiality of the information they share.
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