Better Servers for Better Communication
While it’s easy to think about the server as a central storage and distribution point for data, this view can often take away from some of the practical aspects of what a server can actually do. With the latest release of its admin operating system, OSX Server 10.6 Snow Leopard, Apple Computer has made it clear that it sees the server as a communications platform. Several new components are included with 10.6 Server that make this point clear.
Podcast Producer 2
With Podcast Producer 2, users have a new way of recording video and audio presentations and sharing them among a small user group or with the entire web. Whether producing a simple training video for employees or creating a broadcast-style recording that takes advantage of multiple remote cameras and microphones, this new edition of Podcast Producer offers a versatile array of production options.
Because it’s an integrated part of the server OS, as soon as a recording is finished, it can be automatically published in a wide variety of formats, accessible from other computers, set-top boxes and hand-held devices. The fact that this program comes as part of Apple’s server configuration rather than with its workstation line is noteworthy; the distribution of content is just as important as how it is created.
Wiki Server 2
Another communication technology included with Apple’s server software is the wiki, the ability to create completely customizable websites designed specifically with multi-user input and collaboration in mind. Whether maintaining an up-to-date resource on the internet or keeping an in-house records system that is accessible only to relevant personnel, setting up a wiki is a smart communications platform made even simpler by this WYSIWYG software solution.
As part of the latest release, Apple has included Quicklook for wiki elements, better RSS integration, and business collaboration support for the iPhone.
Mobile Access Server
Because the iPhone has quickly evolved into a viable business tool, giving users the ability to interact with the information stored on central servers was undoubtedly a smart move. Forgoing the need to use a VPN, 10.6 Server’s mobile access functionality allows completely secure access to services and data, including email, online applications, calendars and contact lists.
Whether you’re looking to incorporate OS X Server into a corporate, small business, or even home computing environment, the Server 10.6 Snow Leopard Training from Infinite Skills is an excellent place for you to start. Walking you through basic installation and configuration and covering a wide scope of utilities and services the operating system puts at your command, these interactive lessons can ease the transition into unfamiliar software by showing you exactly how to do tasks and techniques with onscreen examples.
Whether you’re wanting to establish a seamless connection between multiple Mac workstations or leverage the operating system’s many communication tools to encourage new methods of collaboration, the detailed walkthroughs this tutorial series will provide can help you at every step of effective administration.