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macOS Server

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Designed for macOS and iOS devices, macOS Server makes it easy to share files, schedule meetings, synchronize contacts, develop software, host your own website, publish wikis, configure Mac, iPhone, and iPad devices, remotely access your network, and more.

macOS Server is an application you can add to macOS right from the Mac App Store. Anyone can quickly and easily turn a Mac into a server that’s perfect for home offices, businesses, schools, developers, and hobbyists alike.

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

Profile Manager
• Mobile device management for Mac and iOS devices
• Simplified management and deployment of iOS and macOS.
• 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

Calendar Server
• Share calendars, schedule meetings and events, and book conference rooms
• Standards-based CalDAV server for access from Mac, iPad, iPhone, and PC
• View availability with free/busy lookups
• Email invitations and push notifications

Contacts Server
• Synchronize contacts with Mac, iPad, and iPhone
• Allow multiple users to access and update contacts
• Standards-based CardDAV server

Wiki Server
• Point-and-click page edit to change formatting and insert images, movies, and attachments
• Access controls
• Tags and comments
• Revision history
• Document sharing
• Quick Look previews

Mail Server
• Standards-based SMTP, IMAP, and POP server
• Push notifications
• SSL encryption
• Adaptive junk mail filtering
• Virus detection and quarantine

Virtual Private Network
• Remote access for your network services
• Encrypted VPN connections for Mac, iPad, iPhone, and PC

• Block-level SAN file sharing with concurrent read/write access
• Xsan volume hosting and configuration
• Volume management, storage pooling, stripping, 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

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 in Version 5.4

What’s New in macOS Server 5.4

Server App
• Caching Server, Time Machine Server, and File Sharing advanced options are now built directly into macOS 

• Caching Server now supports a tiered architecture
• Xcode Server has been integrated into Xcode
• Support for APFS volumes

Profile Manager
Support for new restrictions, payloads, and management commands:

iOS 11

• New supervised-only restriction: Allow VPN creation
• New supervised-only Classroom restrictions to allow managed class behavior for 
unmanaged classes on supervised devices: Force unprompted joining of classes, Force 
unprompted App and Device Lock, Force unprompted Screen Observation and AirPlay
• New supervised-only AirPrint restrictions: Allow AirPrint, require trusted TLS certificates 
for AirPrint, Allow iBeacon discovery of AirPrint printers, Allow AirPrint credentials to be 
stored in keychain
• AirPrint payload now supports specifying a port and whether connection must be TLS
• VPN IKEv2 and Wi-Fi payloads now support specifying TLS min/max version
• New supervised-only payload: DNS Proxy
• Option to preserve data plan when erasing device
• Option to install apps and books on iOS devices only when they are USB tethered with Ethernet
• Software updates can now be installed on all supervised devices even while passcode 
• Skip new Setup Assistant panes: Keyboard chooser and Watch migration 

macOS 10.13 

• New macOS payload: Extensions
• New macOS payload: Smart Card
• New macOS payload: System Migration
• VPN IKEv2 and Wi-Fi payloads now support specifying TLS min/max version
• New macOS MDM commands: User List, Unlock User, Delete User, Shutdown, and 
• New macOS MDM commands and status query for EFI password management
• Option to apply 802.1X configuration to any Ethernet interface
• Option to hide Siri setup screen on first login
• New macOS FileVault key escrow mechanism 

tvOS 11
• New supervised-only restriction: Allow modifying device name
• Wi-Fi payload now supports specifying TLS min/max version
• Now supports Home Screen Layout payload
• New tvOS payload: AirPlay Incoming Security


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Customer Reviews

macOS High Sierra and Server 5.4

This update has been horrible so far!
It was way more convinient to have the Time Machine server, the Caching server, and especially the File Sharing server right in the macOS Server app.
Lets not forget the FTP server, Where has that gone to?
Why can’t you add the file sharing services to macOS High Sierra, but for those who have the macOS Server app, have it “be controlled by the remote management service” by the server application. Kind of how the screen sharing service is.
This would have been a much better feature/update, especially since the moment I updated both my Mac mini to macOS High Sierra and the server app to Server 5.4; my iPhone 8 Plus running iOS 11.0.1 CANNOT connect to my file server! it was working before I updated my Mac mini and the server app. It keeps telling me thet there is an SSL Error and a secure connection to the server cannot be made. EXTREMELY FRUSTRATING!

A much better version of server was the one before this one!
Can we bring these things back to server!?
And where is the FTP service!
Also, why can't I log in to the file sharing server from a Windows PC and from my iPhone?

So far this has been a horrible update!
If you haven’t updated to this version, I suggest you stay away from it!

macOS Server VPN breaks Back to my Mac

Everything the other reviewers have said about the reduced functionality of the current update is true. Apple moved several services into High Sierra that were previously only available through the Server. They did not, however, reduce the price of Server. Since the caching server was half of why I paid $20 for this software, this is a bit annoying.

My biggest complaint, though, is about Server’s VPN implementation. It uses L2TP which is vulnerable to attack if you use a short preshared key. It also uses hard-coded ports that conflict with Back to My Mac, so if, for example, you want to have a headless server that hosts your VPN, you can’t do it. This is completely unacceptable, and seems to indicate that Apple doesn’t understand the market for their $20 product.

Apple delivers more pain yet again

As with every upgrade to MacOS/Server, this one removes more functionality while completely breaking everything that remains. Be especially careful if you use Open Directory and/or if you have more than one server. This completely destroyed my Open Directory master. It’s also not compatible with the previous version of Server which is especially annoying since only one of my Mac OS servers will successfully update to High Sierra. I can’t believe Apple still considers this a product. It has lost almost all functionality and every upgrade does nothing but cause huge pain while subtracting features. Apple must truly despise users of Server.

macOS Server
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  • $19.99
  • Category: Utilities
  • Updated:
  • Version: 5.4
  • Size: 194 MB
  • Languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
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Compatibility: macOS 10.13 or later

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