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OS X Server 4/5 for OS X 10.10 Yosemite Frequently Asked Questions

Article ID = 121
Article Title = OS X Server 4/5 for OS X 10.10 Yosemite Frequently Asked Questions
Article Author(s) = Graham Needham (BH)
Article Created On = 5th September 2014
Article Last Updated = 25th September 2015
Article URL = http://www.macstrategy.com/article.php?121

Article Brief Description:
Frequently Asked Questions about OS X 10.10 Yosemite Server aka OS X Server 4

OS X 10.10 Yosemite Server Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When will Yosemite Server be available?
A. Yosemite Server was released on the 16th October 2014. It was called "OS X Server 4" - it was replaced with OS X Server 5 on the 17th September 2015. However, you can still purchase/download it from the Mac App Store.
Q. How much does OS X Server 4/5 cost?
A. £19.99.
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 10.10 Yosemite 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 4/5:
  • File sharing via SMB3, SMB2, AFP or WebDAV
  • Calendar
  • Contacts
  • Messages
  • Profile Manager
  • Xcode
  • Xsan 4
Q. How can I buy/obtain OS X Server 4/5?
A. See our article on how to purchase/download it from the Mac App Store.
Q. What Macs can I install OS X Server 4/5 on?
A. OS X Server 4/5 requires a Mac that can run OS X 10.10 Yosemite.
Q. How can I check what specifications my computer has?
Q. Which Mac do I have?
A. You can check "Processor", "Memory" and macOS/OS X/Mac OS X "Version" by going to Apple menu > About This Mac > Overview tab if necessary (hint - clicking on the version number will give you the "build" number).
A. To check your Mac's "Model Name" go to Apple menu > About This Mac > Overview tab if necessary > check for the computer name in the top line e.g. "MacBook Pro" (this can only be checked with OS X 10.7 or later)
A. To check your Mac's model date version go to Apple menu > About This Mac > Overview tab if necessary > check the details after the Model Name e.g. "Early 2015" (this can only be checked with OS X 10.7 or later) - to be more specific and exact you can check what "Model Identifier" your Mac has by:
  • If you are running Mac OS X 10.6 or earlier go to Apple menu > About This Mac > click the "More Info…" button > (the System Profiler application will open) select "Hardware" in the top left > check what it says for 'Model Identifier' on the right.
  • If you are running OS X 10.7 or OS X 10.8 go to Apple menu > About This Mac > click the "More Info…" button > (the System Information application will open) select "Hardware" in the top left > check what it says for 'Model Identifier' on the right under 'Hardware Overview'.
  • If you are running OS X 10.9 or later go to Apple menu > About This Mac > click the "Overview" tab in the top left > click the "System Report…" button > (the System Information application will open) select "Hardware" in the top left > check what it says for 'Model Identifier' on the right under 'Hardware Overview'.
A. To check what graphics capability your Mac has:
  • If you are running Mac OS X 10.6 or earlier go to Apple menu > About This Mac > click the "More Info…" button > (the System Profiler application will open) select "Graphics/Displays" under 'Hardware' in the top left (click the triangle down if necessary) > click on the 'Video Card' on the right to see the technical information below.
  • If you are running OS X 10.7 or OS X 10.8 go to Apple menu > About This Mac > click the "More Info…" button > (the System Information application will open) select "Graphics/Displays" under 'Hardware' in the top left (click the triangle down if necessary) > click on the 'Video Card' on the right to see the technical information below.
  • If you are running OS X 10.9 or later go to Apple menu > About This Mac > click the "Overview" tab in the top left > click the "System Report…" button > (the System Information application will open) select "Graphics/Displays" under 'Hardware' in the top left (click the triangle down if necessary) > click on the 'Video Card' on the right to see the technical information below.
A. To check your Mac's "Model Number" it is usually printed/engraved on the outside of the computer somewhere (it usually begins with the letter A or M).
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 4/5?
A. OS X Server 4/5 requires a Mac with OS X 10.10 Yosemite 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. If there is no physical Yosemite + OS X Server 4/5 disc and I install Yosemite + OS X Server 4/5 but run into trouble what can I do?
A. If you purchased OS X Server 4/5 from the Mac App Store: A. If your Mac came with OS X 10.10 Yosemite:
Q. What should I do to prepare for Yosemite + OS X Server 4/5?
A. See this article.

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