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Apple OS X Lion ServerOverview

Apple OS X Lion Server is the next generation of Apple's award-winning server software. Designed for OS X and iOS devices, Lion Server makes it easy to share files, schedule meetings, synchronize contacts, host your own website, publish wikis, distribute podcasts, remotely access your network, and more.

Mac OS X Server is now a set of applications you can purchase right from the Mac App Store. Anyone can quickly and easily turn a Mac running Lion into a server that's perfect for home offices, businesses, schools, and hobbyists alike.

File Sharing
  • File sharing for Mac, PC, and iPad
  • Standards-based AFP, SMB, and WebDAV file services
  • Flexible file permissions
  • Spotlight searching
Mail Services
  • Standards-based SMTP, IMAP, and POP server
  • Push notifications
  • SSL encryption
  • Adaptive junk mail filtering
  • Virus detection and quarantine
  • Webmail with email rules and vacation messages
iCal Server
  • Share calendars, schedule meetings and events, and book conference rooms
  • Standards-based CalDAV server for access from Mac, iPad, iPhone, and PC
  • View availability with free/busy lookups
  • Email invitations and notifications
  • Push notifications
Address Book Server
  • Synchronize contacts with Mac, iPad, and iPhone
  • Allow multiple users to access and update contacts
  • Standards-based CardDAV server
  • Push notifications
Profile Manager
  • Configuration and management for OS X Lion and iOS
  • Over-the-air enrollment
  • Mobile device management
  • Web-based administration console
  • Self-service user portal for clearing passcodes, remote lock and wipe
iChat Server
  • Secure encrypted instant messaging for your organization
  • Persistent chat rooms
  • Store-and-forward for sending messages to buddies who are offline
  • Server-to-server federation
  • Works with iChat audio and video conferencing
Wiki Server
  • Point-and-click page editor to change formatting and insert images, movies, and attachments
  • Access controls
  • Tags and comments
  • Revision history
  • Document sharing
  • Quick Look previews
  • Email notifications
  • Capture audio and video, record onscreen actions, and publish content
  • Publish QuickTime audio and video formats, PDFs, and ePub documents
  • Automatic RSS feed generation
  • Media library and file management using Podcast Publisher
Virtual Private Network
  • Highly secure remote access for your network services
  • Encrypted VPN connections for Mac, iPad, iPhone, and PC
Time Machine
  • Provide a backup destination for Mac computers on your network
  • Deliver backup support for OS X Lion and Snow Leopard systems
  • Block-level SAN file sharing with concurrent read/write access
  • Xsan volume hosting and configuration
  • Volume management, storage pools, striping, and volume mapping
  • Real-time monitoring, graphs, and event notifications
  • Metadata controller failover and file system journaling
Server App
  • Local or remote setup
  • User and groups settings
  • Real-time graphs of server usage and activity


The 10.7.5 update is recommended for all servers currently running Lion Server. This update includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, migration and security of your server and specific fixes for:
  • maintaining Spotlight index when changing share point settings
  • creating and connecting to Open Directory master
  • improved reliability of password authentication
  • using Software Update Server to automatically download and enable software updates
  • reliably booting NetRestore images created with System Image Utility
  • using Profile Manager to set the Mobility sync frequency settings for mobile accounts
  • improved reliability when changing an Xsan metadata controller into a client

Apple OS X Lion ServerTech Specs

File Size
1.31 GB
Operating Systems
Mac OS X
System Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.7.4 (see Related Links below for Combo Updater for 10.7.x).

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