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Description

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

Xsan
• 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
• DHCP
• DNS
• 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: 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.

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

1.7 out of 5

147 Ratings

147 Ratings

Not Recommended For Live Business Use

IT Pro Dude

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

G-Mo

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.

Horrible. Worst Apple product ever.

dan619

Don’t do it. It breaks file sharing. It won’t work properly and there is no fix because it will break itself again. ACLs don’t work. File locking doesn’t work. Permissions don’t inherit properly and are randomly and incorrectly followed. You either get locked out when you shouldn’t get locked out, or if you’re “lucky” enough to get to your files, they get corrupted if there are other users on the network. Databases? Damaged the moment you have more than one user. Almost forgot to mention - home directories and network logins don’t work either. I never thought I’d say it, but at least Windows works. My office is a 100% Apple shop, and so is my home. If Apple doesn’t fix this soon, we’ll be turning the corner on that, and that will translate to what we use at home, what we make our phone calls on, and all the rest of our products. I’m tired of paying top dollar for what is increasingly substandard products. This one renders my new and very expensive hardware useless.

Information

Seller
Apple Inc.
Size
194.3 MB
Category
Utilities
Compatibility
Languages
English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
Age Rating
Rated 4+
Copyright
© 2017 Apple Inc.
Price
$19.99

Supports

  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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