I’ve posted several docs already on what I see as big changes from a Server Admin point of view which includes moving the rest of the supported applications from Server Admin to Server.app. With that now complete, Server Admin and Workgroup Manager (among all the other Server Admin Tools) have now been removed. In fact, if you update your Lion OS (Server or client) it will search for /Applications/Server folder and remove everything… just in case you didn’t get the point from all the rumor sites.
So other items that have change?
I did a quick
sudo serveradmin list on both my Lion server install and a new Mt Lion server install to see what services were missing. Here is the final list:
accounts addressbook afp bonjour calendar certs config devicemgr dirserv dns filebrowser info jabber mail netboot network nfs postgres radius sharing signaler smb swupdate vpn web wiki
dhcp ipfilter notification pcast pcastlibrary xgrid xsan
Now I haven’t dug into each service setting to see if there are new variable flags, so just because the first column is huge doesn’t mean there are not updates… I am just looking for the BIG outliers of moving to Mt Lion. The items that hit me hard are the ones that are removed.
Let’s take a look of what has been added to Mt Lion as an admin service to see if this makes us feel any better.
sudo serveradmin settings santo see what options are available, I get “san:numberOfFibreChannelPorts = 0″. Oh yea… I don’t have any Fiber Channel equipment so I never used Xsan. I’m sure someone who deals with Xsan will have more to write about this, but as for me it’s on my “I don’t care” list.
Feel better? No? Me neither. But we move on as any Mac Administrator knows things will constantly change. Maybe the items that were removed will become available in 10.8.3 (similar to better log options that were given on Lion 10.7.3)? The things that Apple did finally port over to Server.app are clean, easy to figure out, and seem to be stable.
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