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So I'm working for this small company that has 4-5 macs and 3-4 iphones they want to connect together (calendards, contacts, mail, etc). They already have a mini with 10.5.5 Server on it, but I'm about to format and reinstall everything (they're not using the server yet so it won't be a problem).

Does any of you have experience with Snow Leopard Server? Is it buggy? Does it have limitations compared to 10.5? Will it blend in a network of Leopard 10.5 macs?

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With 4-5 macs and snow leopard client upgrades $39.99 a pop, it may be the best bet to bring everyone up to date, if possible. – Kyle Smith Oct 21 '09 at 22:17
Had very bad experiences on SL clients. IMO it's still pretty buggy. Thought maybe it was different with SL Server. – Sam V Oct 21 '09 at 22:57
You should try again SL after the release of upgrades. They deliver a bunch of fixes that may solve your problems. – Laurent Etiemble Dec 15 '09 at 12:34
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I'm in the middle of planning and deploying a Snow Leopard environment. After some extensive testing I can tell you that yes your SL server will not play nicely with Leopard clients. From the Address Book Server Admin Guide

The only versions of the Address Book application that support using Address Book Server are those in Mac OS X version 10.6. Earlier versions of Address Book don’t support binding to Address Book Server.

Calendaring and mail should not be a problem to the Leopard clients as well as the iPhones. Unless you plan on upgrading all your clients I would stick with 10.5 Server and install something like Kerio Mail Server for contact/calendar sync.

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Doesn't 10.5 have contact/calendar syncing built in? Why would I need Kerio Mail Server? – Sam V Oct 21 '09 at 22:56
AFAIK, no 10.5 server does not have contact sync. It has OpenLDAP but that's not the same thing. Kerio is a mail server collaboration suite that emulates Microsoft Exchange. Works quite nicely for mail/contact/calendaring. – Jordan Eunson Oct 21 '09 at 23:41
Snow Leopard Server plays great with Leopard clients - only the Address Book Server feature requires the clients to have 10.6 just as Leopard Server required 10.5 clients for iCal Server. – Chealion Nov 17 '09 at 3:30

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