It has finally been done. I've switched off the old Windows 2003 server at home and officially replaced it with an Apple Mac mini server. For now... And with 'for now' I really mean for now. It turns out that Apple OS X Server doesn't resemble its client counterpart at all. Where the client is stable and intuitive, the server edition lacks both.
I'll try to explain why I think there's lots of room for improvement. Mainly stuff I ran into while configuring the server/services.
Since the Windows fulfilled several functions, I needed these functions to be available on the OS X server as well. These were;
- Networking services like DNS and DHCP
- MySQL Database
- SSH Server
- File sharing on the internal network
- Public Key Infrastructure for issuing certificates
- Download station
Evaluating these functions, one would think that this shouldn't be a problem. Well it actually is.... At least some of those features.