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:
• 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
• 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
• Virtual Private Network
• 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.
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: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208312
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.
Support for new restrictions, payloads, and commands:
• 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
• 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
• Configure Movie ratings, TV ratings, app ratings, explicit content
• Device Enrollment Program skip option for "Where is this Apple TV?”
Ratings and Reviews
I am so disapointed with this latest version of this app. I have been using Server app for several years and have been very happy with it. I first bought it as I was looking for a good File Sharing server app and that was my main motivation as the OS bilt in sharing app is very clumsy to use and hard to read. In the discription of this latest update, it implies that the sharing functionality has bee incorporated into the High Seria OS, This is not true, the sharing functionality has always been in the OS and is no different now as it was several years ago and was the reason I bought Server in the first place. After buying it I made use of the Cashing and Time Machine functionality, all of which have now been removed forcing you to usethe OS versions, NOT WHAT I PAID FOR. I understand that we are being coerced into using cloud based equivalents but I am not comfortable doing this until all of their security issues are resolved so they are 100% secure, Thats never going to happen. If Apple do not restore the File Sharing functionality I will be seeking my money back as the current version is not what I paid for.
Missing an opportunity
I’ve been using OSX/macOS server for many years and it has served me very, very well for home and small business use, allowing me to host mail, Web etc with minimal effort. Making the complex is what Apple should be about, I would thoroughly recommend this product to anyone in a similar position.
The world has changed and users have finally started caring about privacy and ownership of their data: Apple are publicly taking a lead in this but haven’t spotted the role this product plays in allowing their customers to own and control their information. It could also allow them to ship more hardware in the form of a headless Mac Mini/Apple TV-like device to provide a fixed base for the huge numbers of people who use only portable devices for their work and leisure.
This is totally the wrong time to kill a great product — enjoy it while it lasts
Removal of open source services in 5.6.1 renders server useless
Previous versions of MacOS Server allowed a dedicated machine to act as the core services provider for home and small office networks. The removal of the open source services (DNS, DHCP, VPN amongst others) in 5.6.1 means that MacOS Server now has no practical use. Despite suggestions that existing installations would retain these services in this release, this proved not to be the case as all of these key services disappeared following the update. My own server was rendered useless (and the loss of all network services) meaning these ‘lost’ services had to be urgently transferred to a Synology NAS.
Yes it is true these services can be replaced by their open source versions, but this is not a trivial exercise - the point about including them in MacOS Server was these services were already integrated and presented using a simple to use graphical interface.
I’m very disappointed by Apple's decision to remove these services. If you use DNS, DHCP and VPN make sure you have a replacement before installing this update.
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- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
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Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.