Mac OS X

  • No extra Server software purchase
  • Limited to 10 simultaneously connected file sharing users
  • No support for separate user logins – everyone signs in with the same username/password. This means we cannot track/report a user’s access to the server and when someone leaves the company we have to change the password for everyone.
  • No support for custom folder permissions. This is an effect of the previous point: if everyone signs in as the same user that means everyone has access to the same files.

Mac OS X Server

  • $500 purchase in addition to hardware (for Leopard version to be released in September)
  • Unlimited file sharing connections
  • Each person has their own username and password: this is more secure
  • Can allow/deny specific users access to specific folders