Apple has announced that Mac OS X Lion will have a server version and for the very first time, it’s actually integrated into the normal operating system. This just goes to show how Apple’s really wants to deploy the entire package, and not ship several versions of their operating system. Oh, and best part? Free.

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. Here are just a few of the new features that make server deployment faster, easier, and more powerful than ever.

Profile Manager:

Lion Server guides you through configuring your Mac as a server. And it provides local and remote administration — for users and groups, push notifications, file sharing, calendaring, mail, contacts, chat, Time Machine, VPN, web, and wiki services — all in one place.

Easy Setup