macOS Server makes it easy to configure and monitor Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV devices and network storage volumes.

Here’s what you’ll get with macOS Server:

Profile Manager
• Mobile device management for iOS, macOS, and tvOS devices
• Distribution of institution licensed apps and books purchased from the Volume Purchase Program to users or devices
• Install Software Updates on devices running iOS 10 and mac OS 10.12
• Device Enrollment Program integration
• Web-based administration console
• Self-service user portal for clearing passcodes, remote lock, and remote wipe

• Block-level SAN file sharing with concurrent read/write access
• Xsan volume hosting and configuration
• Volume management, storage pooling, striping, and volume mapping
• Real-time monitoring, graphs, and event notifications
• Metadata controller failover and file system journaling

Server App
• Local and remote management
• Users and group settings
• View real-time graphs of server usage
• Receive alerts on network changes, certificate expiration, storage usage, and more

The following services are hidden for new installations of Server, but work normally for customers upgrading from the previous version of Server:

• Calendar Server
• Contacts Server
• Mail Server
• Messages Server
• NetInstall
• Virtual Private Network
• Websites
• Wiki Server

These features will be removed in the next major release of Server.

Some features require an Apple ID and/or compatible Internet access; additional fees and terms apply. Some features require program enrollment. Some features are not available in all countries.

What's New

Version 5.6.1

Server App

This Fall, Apple plans to cease bundling the open source services (Calendar Server, Contacts Server, Messages Server, Mail Server, DNS, DHCP, VPN Server, and Websites) in macOS Server, and will guide customers to acquire these same services directly from the open source providers. For more information, please refer to:

To help prepare for this transition, these services— which are still included in macOS Server 5.6—will no longer be visible in the Server App sidebar for new installations. Existing installations that update to macOS Server 5.6 will be unaffected and will continue to work as usual.

We continue to actively develop and support the other features of macOS Server, including Open Directory, Profile Manager and Xsan management.

Profile Manager

Support for new restrictions, payloads, and commands:

macOS 10.13.4
• Configure Software Update delay from 1-90 days (default 30 days)
• Configure access to Accessibility APIs for testing apps
• Enable and disable Bluetooth
• Configure kernel extension permissions
• Configure Content Caching
• Device Enrollment Program Skip option for iCloud Storage

iOS 11.3
• Delay when a user will see a new Software Update in the UI (supervised only)
• Configure Software Update delay from 1-90 days (default 30 days - supervised only)
• ScheduleOSUpdate now supports an optional version number to install a specific eligible iOS version (supervised only)
• Enable and disable Bluetooth (supervised only)
• Require FaceID authentication before AutoFill (supervised only)
• Require teacher consent to leave a teacher-created Classroom class (supervised only)
• Restrict Remote connections from whitelisted devices (supervised only)
• AlwaysOn VPN now supports a CellularServices service exception
• Device Enrollment Program Skip option for Privacy pane
• Erase Device command now supports preventing proximity setup in Setup Assistant

tvOS 11.3
• Configure Movie ratings, TV ratings, app ratings, explicit content
• Device Enrollment Program skip option for "Where is this Apple TV?”

Ratings and Reviews

2.3 out of 5

18 Ratings

18 Ratings

In order For Me to Use Mac MiniServer to I Have to PAY?!


So, basically, in order for me to use my computer, I have to pay $30 everytime I update my iOS, which I have no choice but to do so long as I have an iPhone?! REALLY?! This is COMPLETELY unfair. This is a program which came with my computer. I bought the server, it isn’t like I am running an iMac or regular Mac Mini computer. This is a server! I am very angry with Apple right now!



I read all these peoples reviews about having to pay again when they update their OS but the new update just came out so I figure wth I’ll try it. What a mistake. I’m not here complaning about the price. The problem is the system itself. We can’t print anymore. The printer is on the network but not visible to the computers. My iCloud…gone. Have to enter the conputer and icloud password 8 times before it will run now. Now none of the computers in our office can access the network. I’ve wasted 6 hours on this. Time is money and if you take anything away from this review make it this….save your time. Life is too short to dick around with this stupid app.

Pretty much worthless now except for Network user accounts


Server app has for me at least, become increasingly useless.

It still is the easiest way to manage network user accounts.

However, in High Sierra both Caching Control and File Sharing have been moved out of the Server App. It was just easier to manage everything in one place. Even if there’s no need.

Why not leave well enough alone?

OS X, despite the light node with the iMac Pro continues it’s trend away from an Operating System towards a giant iPad.


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