“With more than 150 new features, Panther Server is the biggest release of Mac OS X Server ever,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Panther Server combines the most popular solutions from the open source world with breakthrough management tools to create the most powerful and easy-to- use server for Mac, Windows and UNIX users.”
Apple is the first major vendor to ship a server operating system with Samba 3, the latest version of the popular open source project that delivers high-performance, reliable file and print services to Windows clients. Now Windows users can authenticate against Panther Server directly from a PC login window. Panther Server can also host their Windows home directories and support Windows “roaming profiles.” By tightly integrating Samba 3 with Apple’s Open Directory, Panther Server makes it easy for users to access their accounts from either a Mac or a Windows-based PC.
In addition, Apple’s revolutionary new Server Admin tool makes it easy for system administrators to set up, manage and monitor the complete set of services built into Panther Server. For example, with a couple of mouse clicks, customers can deploy OpenLDAP and Kerberos for directory and authentication, Samba for Windows support, Postfix for email and Apache for hosting web sites.
Other open standards–based network services in Panther Server designed for mixed-client environments include Open Directory 2, a robust LDAP directory and Kerberos authentication server based on OpenLDAP, Berkeley DB and MIT’s Kerberos KDC that delivers industrial-strength scalability and security. An all new mail server rebuilt from the ground up using the open source Postfix SMTP and Cyrus IMAP and POP servers provides an open architecture for integrating with spam and virus filtering solutions, and SSL for secure email. In addition, a new VPN server built into Panther Server supports Mac OS X, Windows or UNIX clients using PPTP and L2TP tunneling protocols. Panther Server also includes an updated release of Apache, the world’s most popular web server along with Apache Tomcat and Apache Axis for creating powerful web services.
Mac OS X Server version 10.3 “Panther” will be available beginning Friday, October 24th at Apple’s retail stores and through Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for a 10-client edition and $999 (US) for an unlimited-client edition. Visitors to The Apple Store® (www.apple.com) can pre-order copies beginning today. Volume and maintenance pricing is available from Apple. The standard Mac OS Up-To-Date upgrade package is available to all customers who purchase a new Xserve® on or after October 8 that did not have Panther Server included and to customers who purchase the Mac OS X Server version 10.2 “Jaguar” retail product on or after October 8 for a shipping and handling fee of $19.95 (US).
Panther Server works together with Apple’s powerful Xserve rack-mount server hardware and is designed to run on Power Mac® G5, G4 and G3 computers with a minimum of 128MB RAM, 4GB of available disk space and built-in USB.
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