Mac OS X Server has long been able to manage preferences and settings for multiple Macs, but new to Lion Server is the ability to manage settings for iOS devices - this is part of Apple's overarching strategy to slowly merge the two operating systems over time.

To manage iOS, Lion Server administrators can use the new Profile Manager to create XML files called Profiles - these profiles can then be downloaded by users, or pushed out to users devices by administrators to manage email settings, password requirements, network settings, and even remotely lock and wipe devices in the event of theft.

To find out more about Profile Manager and Lion Server, check out our in-depth piece on Lion Server.

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