What's New in Mac OS X 10.3 Panther

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Miscellaneous application improvements

[Console application] The Console application is a centralized log viewer. It now sports a browseable pane of common log files and directories.

[Console preferences window] If you are watching a particular log file, you can have Console notify you when it changes, either by bouncing its dock icon or bringing the entire application to the front.

[Directory Access] Directory Access enables, disables, and configures directory services. New in Mac OS X 10.3 is native support for Microsoft's Active Directory.

[Directory Access Active Directory configuration] You can specify the default Active Directory server to connect to by selecting Active Directory and choosing "Configure", which brings up a window for binding to an Active Directory server.

[Directory Access BSD/NIS configuration] You can also bind to a NIS server by enabling "BSD Flat File and NIS" and choosing "Configure". Learn more about NIS.

[Terminal Connect To Server window] The Terminal application now has a Connect to Server window, which allows you to browse your network for SSH, FTP, SFTP, and telnet servers, and then opens a new terminal window with the connection.

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