Apple Mac OS X Server 10.4.9 Update

Apple finally released their 10.4.9 update today after about 4 or 5 developer releases. I’m currently downloading these updates onto my local software update server to deploy to my Apple servers and workstations. I’ll be looking forward to testing the previous authentication problems that I have had in the past, but I can already see a number of other outstanding issues in the list below have finally been addressed by Apple.

This is Apple’s list of fixes for Server:

About Mac OS X Server 10.4.9 Combo Update (Universal)
The 10.4.9 Server Update is recommended for all servers and includes fixes for the operating system and various applications, services and technologies. It includes fixes for:

- using AFP, SMB/CIFS, NFS and FTP file sharing protocols
- login and authentication in Open Directory and Active Directory environments
- ensuring server’s host name is set to valid name in DNS at startup
- synchronizing Open Directory servers and ensuring reliable replica promotion
- membership and permissions issues when users are in more than 16 groups
- clearing old password entries when changing password types
- copying read-only files to AFP shares on Xsan and UFS volumes
- copying files with extended attributes from an AFP share of an Xsan volume
- serving files larger than 64k with Apache 2, and running JBoss
- hosting MySQL databases and authenticating with PHP programs
- reliably hosting mail services when handling thousands of user accounts
- directory service usage affecting Mail server performance
- virus filtering and quarantine; update to ClamAV version 0.88.2
- publishing iTunes music and video formats using the Weblog server and RSS2
- creating and hosting NetBoot and Network Install images for Intel-based Macs
- Software Update server notifications and package synchronization
- creating and editing reverse DNS zones in Server Admin
- configuring up to 64 NFS server daemons in Server Admin
- streaming movies to localized versions of the QuickTime Player
- using VPN and DHCP services after running Gateway Setup Assistant
- creating and rebuilding software RAID sets with Disk Utility
- updating Kerberos keytab files when using changeip
- pre-allocating files when using tar, cp and mv with Xsan volumes
- rebooting SAN clients without causing other clients to hang
- time zone and daylight saving time changes for 2006 and 2007
- reliably running periodic scripts following server restart
- importing users with multiple short names into LDAP domain
- creating and managing VLANs from the command-line
- using rsync to copy files with extended attributes
- handling TCP Selective Acknowledgments in congested networks
- better TCP performance with Windows clients and servers
- compatibility with third party applications and devices
- previous standalone security updates

And then here is Apple’s list of fixes for the client:

What’s New in this Version
The 10.4.9 Update is recommended for PowerPC and Intel-based Mac computers currently running Mac OS X Tiger versions 10.4.0 through 10.4.7 and includes general operating system fixes, as well as specific fixes or compatibility updates for the following applications and technologies:

- Application launch times
- RAW camera support
- Updated ATI and NVIDIA graphics drivers
- Handling of large or malformed images that could cause crashes
- Image capture performance
- Mouse scrolling and keyboard shortcuts
- Font handling
- Dashboard stability
- Playback quality, and bookmarks in DVD Player
- USB video conferencing cameras for use with iChat
- Bluetooth devices
- Browsing AFP servers
- Apple USB Modem
- Windows-created digital certificates
- Open and Print dialogs in applications that use Rosetta on Intel-based Macs
- Sharing using AFP, SMB/CIFS, NFS and FTP file sharing protocols
- Login and authentication in a variety of network environments
- Connecting to Cisco VPN servers using IP/Sec and NAT
- AirPort including connectivity to EAP-FAST networks
- Searching iWork ‘06 and Microsoft Office documents using Spotlight
- Viewing of QuickTime streaming media behind a firewall
- Audio playback in QuickTime, iTunes, Final Cut Pro, and Soundtrack applications
- Determining the space required to burn folders
- Synchronizing contacts, bookmarks, and calendars to .Mac and mobile phones
- Mounting and unmounting iDisk volumes
- Time zone and daylight saving for 2006 and 2007
- Security updates

I have always had the feeling with Mac OS X that until we get to 10.x.9 releases, we are really just beta testing for Apple. Meanwhile it has seemed that the beta/developer releases are more like alphas (feature incomplete). Hopefully 10.4.9 will start behaving like a final product now.

Another interesting side note is that 14 days after 10.3.9 was released, Apple released 10.4. My testing has shown though that the current Leopard developer builds are not ready for prime-time (they seem more like alphas than betas, not allowed to say any more than that though).

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3 thoughts on “Apple Mac OS X Server 10.4.9 Update”

  1. You have to love Apple’s descriptiveness of the bug fixes.

    using AFP, SMB/CIFS, NFS and FTP file sharing protocols

    …really helps the end user know what the problem was previously.


  2. The 10.4.9 update in my testing has a show stopping bug that causes the server to crash if SSL and LDAP are enabled when trying to create a new OD Master. I haven’t figured out how to fix this problem yet, it killed three of my test servers and they all had to have OS X Server 10.4.9 UB reinstalled.

    Hope this helps someone before they fall down the same road I did.

  3. Just to follow-up on my last comment; I have since had the chance to use the new Intel Xserve’s and the 10.4.9 problems don’t show up on the new Intel platform. My guess as to what this means is that Apple isn’t testing their enterprise products on the PPC G4/G5 products anymore.

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