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5.0 out of 5 stars You could run a small nation with Mac OS X 10.6 Server, February 7, 2010
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Mac OS X 10.6 Server comes pre-configured with file, print, mail, chat, Web, wiki, blog and many other services. Install it on an Intel-based Macintosh, check a few preference panels, and you are up and running. An astonishing amount of power is bundled into that one small cardboard box.

The included documentation is adequate to get you up and running, but nothing more. If you don't know what a wiki is or why you'd want one, you won't find out here. Apple's assumption is that you probably won't read what little documentation is provided (probably true) and will look for books on Apache if you are interested in the Web, books on digital video if you are interested in Podcast Producer, books on SMTP and Internet mail services if you want to use the mail server, etc.

Note that this is not some cut-down "home" edition: Mac OS X 10.6 Server offers unlimited clients. "Unlimited" clients on a comparable Windows server would cost tens of thousands of dollars, not to mention hundreds of hours to configure and fairly constant maintenance. Linux distributions come closest to matching Snow Leopard Server, but in the case of Linux, you tend to get bits and pieces, "some assembly required," and batteries are not included. Just collecting the various services to install on top of Linux and resolving conflicts could take several weeks; installing Mac OS X 10.6 Server takes about an hour, with an additional couple of hours tinkering with configuration settings and tweaking.

While I didn't try it, you can also get Snow Leopard Server pre-installed on a Mac mini. The cost is very low ($999 list), and obviously the installation time is even less.

Installation is easy, tracking down incompatibilities is unnecessary, configuration is simplicity itself. Highly recommended.
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