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Current Version: 9.0.5 (September 1, 2009)

Tenon Intersystems produces iTools for Mac OS X, which provides many of the graphical services offered by NetTen for use with Mac OS X's implementation of the Apache Web server (version 7 supports Apache 2). In addition to extensions and enhancements to the Mac OS X Apache web server, iTools provides a WEBmail server, a domain name server, a multihoming FTP server, an SSL encryption engine to support eCommerce, a caching engine with proxy support, and a Sherlock-savvy search engine.

Version 9.0.5 adds/changes the following:

  • Snow Leopard support.
  • In addition to including the newest Apache 2.2.13, Tenon's iTools 9.0.5 now includes many improvements and bug fixes to iTools Administration of Apache, DNS and FTP.
  • iTools enhancements include refinements and security improvements, as well as an updated BIND and new and updated open source add on packages. iTools dual management strategy is designed to insulate web administrator from the UNIX (Mac OS X) command line, but, depending upon the user's expertise or inclination, is careful not to inhibit changes made directly to the various configuration files.

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Finally, take a look at ALEMIA if you think you know that name of an application, but aren't quite sure.

Built Into Mac OS X

Mac OS X has a huge amount of TCP/IP-based server software built into it that I don't specifically cover here. Your "Sharing" Preference Pane allows you to enable and disable these services with a click of the mouse. The software running behind the scenes to provide many of these services is generally of the open source variety. The standard release of Mac OS X includes, among many others:

  • Apache httpd (web server; enabled via the Sharing Preference Pane).
  • Postfix (mail server; see Mac OS X Hints for more information).
  • tnftpd (FTP server; enabled via the Sharing Preference Pane).
  • OpenSSH (Secure Shell server; enabled via the Sharing Preference Pane via "Remote Login" but additionally configurable via selected applications listed on this page).
  • BIND (Domain Name System server; see Mac OS X Hints for more information).
  • Samba (Windows file sharing; enabled via the Sharing Preference Pane).
  • XFree86 (X Window server; enabled via the "X11" application in your "Utilities" folder, if you elected to install it with Mac OS X).

Of course, Mac OS X Server includes many more, in addition to offering more recent versions of many of the above servers.

Related Links

Graham Orndorff has written a superb collection of articles on setting up email servers and secure email clients on Mac OS X.

Also Consider . . .

These are applications that are newer and of potential interest, but which I haven't yet selected for permanent inclusion. Have a look, and let me know if you think they deserve to be part of the permanent collection!