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 12 and mac OS 10.14
• 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
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.
• Export a pre-defined set of device information values for specified devices using a new command line tool, exportDeviceInfo
• Skip TrueTone pane in Setup Assistant
• Configure new restrictions: screen shot and remote screen observation
• Configure Exchange Web Services authentication certificate
• Configure Apple Remote Desktop access
• Configure managed classes on student Macs
• Enable or disable Voice and Data Roaming and Personal Hotspot
• Configure new restrictions: Personal Hotspot modification (supervised only), disable server-side Siri logging
• Display phone number, ICCID and IMEI details of enrolled Dual SIM devices
macOS and iOS
• Configure Certificate Transparency payload
• Configure Managed Software Updates
Ratings and Reviews
My Dream turned into a nightmare...
In the beginning, April 2017, I bought my MacBook Pro to standardize around the Apple platform. This was my dream. It became the center of the management of my iOS devices . I bought MacOS Server and began my plan structure to manage my email, VPN System and local website access to my personal media on my network using the Apple ecosystem for my family.
Earlier this year, Apple announced MacOS Server’s End Of Life (in all the ways of value that I need). This turned my dream into a nightmare. There is no real value in this product now and Apple has crushed Power Users and real Small Business structures for an easy social colobratives software platform solution. My Household has 23 Apple devices (20 in regular use) and I had planned for more but for what reason now?! I'm extremely disappointed.
Apple, are you going to provide a new solution to the people who have really had your back or are you just in it for profit and polished show? Don't misunderstand my question, I want to know if the original MacOS Server features will be back and implemented somewhere else? I’d gladly pay for the features to be included or as options in the ecosystem. For all its worth, MacOS Server isn’t perfect but it was what we have or had. I hope your answer is not crickets.
Not Recommended For Live Business Use
On the surface this seems to be a great buy. It provides a GUI front-end to many of the open source underpinnings already found on your Mac OS.
However, the problems I have experienced over the last 4 years is that the updates sometimes break functionality, take away features, or make previous implementations unfeasible. This has led to catastrophies for our organization. Examples in the past, that have required Apple enterprise support have been: disruption of email for days, email logs no longer available (intentionally by Development), firewall troubleshooting because an update broke connectivity, anti-virus & junkmail filters failing to update, etc.
If you base your services offered by this product, beware, because it seems as if Apple may not do much vetting in business environments - or they have a hard time ensuring all the open source components are compatible with their OS. Because the features change so much, documentation is often sketchy & outdated. These are big problems that can sometimes requires hours, or even days of troubleshooting & re-configuration, to get this app working after a patch. Please put that troubleshooting time into your cost analysis when you buy a $20 server.
A $20 Mac Server
Let me counterpoint some of the other reviews:
- Some core features were moved from being maintained in this $20 additional app into the core OS; so you can set up a Time Machine server and iCloud Caching server without buying this app. Sweet. Do I wish I didn't need to Google to find out my wife's backups weren't working because I needed to turn SMB on? Yes, but that's a documentation issue, not really an app issue.
- VPN service is still included in this app. Yes, it conflicts with Back To My Mac - you can use the VPN *instead of* Back to My Mac. I VPN into my home network from any of my devices. Then I can access computers/servers at home, or pop out using ssh/etc from there as though I'm home. For $20, once.
Upgrading to the latest version wasn't seamless, but changes usually require some learning, and I do think moving the services to the main OS instead of requiring this interface app is a step in the right direction. Having some clearer migration documenatation would have been nice so we could easily learn where the features were and how to use them.
- Apple Inc.
- 87.8 MB
macOS 10.14.4 or later
English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2019 Apple Inc.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.