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So You Want to be a Mac OS X Lion Server Admin?

Despite the numerous poor reviews of OS X Lion Server, I decided to take the plunge and shell out 50 of my hard earned dollars in order to utilize LDAP (Open Directory) services.  Now, it seems I have a slight case of buyer’s remorse…

I’ve used (and been quite happy with) previous versions of OS X server, but this is another one of those cases where the saying “you get what you pay for” comes to mind.  Previous versions of OS X server were $500 and $1,000 depending on the number of licenses needed.  Lion server does not appear to have a license limitation; however I have only added a hand full of items to the directory.  One of the first things I noticed was lack of options for configuring the small number of services offered.

All previous versions of Mac OS X server have come with “Server Tools” by default.  Lion server does not.  I downloaded version 10.7.3 of the server admin tools from Apple’s website, which gave me the applications to actually customize the services I am running, plus added a few other services (DNS, DHCP, RADIUS, etc.) that would not normally be available.

After seeing first hand how botched this version of OS X server is, I do regret buying it.  $50 could have been used towards a new CPU for my VMWare server.