When Apple released the initial developer preview for Mac OS X Lion back in late February, some observers were surprised to hear that Apple had moved to bundle the Mac OS X Server components in with the standard release, potentially lowering the price of deploying server capabilities on the Mac by a significant margin. Apple details the inclusion on its Lion features page:

Lion Server is now part of Mac OS X Lion. It's easy to set up your Mac as a server and take advantage of the many services Lion Server has to offer.

But with the second developer preview of Lion released a month later, Apple split the server components out into a separate download, leading to questions about whether the company still intended to bundle client and server content together for the public release.

lion server help file
Now, as noted by Hardmac, a discovery in a help file for a Mac OS X Lion developer build suggests that users will be required to download a paid app from the Mac App Store in order to activate the server components of Lion.

Snow Leopard Server currently ships at a price point of $499 for an unlimited client license, but it is unclear how much Apple intends to charge for the "Server" app associated with Lion. Apple has in the past charged nominal fees for certain software downloads due to accounting requirements relating to unlocking new capabilities, so it is possible that the fee for activating Mac OS X Lion features could simply be a very minor one.

Top Rated Comments

jayhawk11 Avatar
129 months ago
I'm reserving judgement for Monday. Still excited to see all the functionality Lion brings to the server arena.
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Abacab Avatar
129 months ago
Lion Server

Now if they bring a Mac Pro tower 2 U refresh, THW WORLD WILL BE RIGHT !
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justinfreid Avatar
129 months ago
Waiting for Judgment NOT Allowed

I'm reserving judgement for Monday. Still excited to see all the functionality Lion brings to the server arena.

These forums are intended for snap judgments only, I'm afraid. ;)

This move makes sense if only to lower the deployment size of the client version. Allowing any 10.7 install to at some point to add server functionality would be enough to satisfy the spirit of Lion Server being part of Mac OS X Lion. It'll be the pride of the jungle.
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Hellhammer Avatar
129 months ago
I expected this right from the beginning.

Wasn't Snow Leopard server sold for around $500?

Yes, 499$.
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