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macOS Server

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By Apple (Apple Inc.)

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:

File Sharing
• File sharing for Mac, PC, iPhone and iPad
• Standards-based SMB, AFP, and WebDAV file services
• Flexible file permissions
• Spotlight searching

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

Caching Server
• Speed up the download of software distributed by Apple
• Locally cache apps, books, iTunes U, software updates, and macOS Recovery images
• Accelerate the download of iCloud data, including documents in iCloud Drive and photos.
• Fault-tolerant design with multiserver cache replication and load balancing
• No client configuration required

Xcode Server
• Use Xcode to create continuous integration bots that build, analyze, and test on any Mac running macOS Server
• Configure bots to integrate at a specific time, or continually as code is committed to the repository
• Automate testing of macOS and iOS apps, executing on multiple connected iOS devices
• Host your own Git repositories on macOS Server or connect to remote Git or Subversion hosts
• Remotely access detailed integration summaries and nightly builds using the Web interface

Time Machine
• Provide a backup destination for Mac computers on your network
• Monitor which computers have backed up, when they last backed up, and size of backup
• Set limits on the amount of Time Machine storage a user can use

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 macOS 10.12. Some features require program enrollment. Some features are not available in all countries.

Release Notes

12/06/2017 | Version : 5.3.1 | Size : 188.4 MB
• Fixes issues with VPP app assignment in Profile Manager

30/03/2017 | Version : 5.3 | Size : 188.4 MB
Caching Server

• Enhanced control over cache size

Profile Manager

Support for new device management capabilities introduced in tvOS 10.2:
• Configure Device Enrollment Program settings including auto-advance through Setup Assistant
• Install enterprise apps
• Create new Conference Room Display and Single App Mode (enterprise apps only) profile payloads
• Configure restrictions to disable AirPlay, disable pairing with Remote app, and require a passcode on first AirPlay pairing
• Set name, restart, and erase

Support for new Configuration Profile payload changes and commands introduced in iOS 10.3:
• Restrict WiFi network connections to managed networks only
• Configure restrictions for Dictation and modification of AirPlay and View Screen permission settings
• Specify separate S/MIME Sign and Encrypt certificates in the Mail and Exchange payloads
• Restart, shut down, and play Lost Mode sound on a device
• Location accuracy information provided for devices in Lost Mode
• VPN on demand support for IKEv2 in the VPN payload
• Set the supported IP versions for the default APN in the Cellular payload

Configure new restrictions introduced in macOS Sierra 10.12.4:
• Allow Touch ID to unlock a supported Mac
• Allow iCloud Drive
• Allow iCloud Desktop & Documents
• Allow iCloud Keychain, Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, and Bookmarks

Other new features include:
• Ability to set device name at enrollment time
• A new Classroom configuration option to allow modifying the AirPlay and View Screen permission on student devices
• Ability to configure Class name format with a combination of Course Name and Class Number for classes synced from Apple School Manager
• Automatic syncing of passcode type for Managed Apple IDs from Apple School Manager
• Ability to assign ownership of a Mac enrolled without authentication
• A new option to skip the Home Setup Assistant pane in the Device Enrollment Program settings

27/09/2016 | Version : 5.2 | Size : 189.5 MB
Profile Manager
• Integration with Apple School Manager to get Managed Apple ID and class information
• Skip the iMessage & FaceTime Setup Assistant pane in iOS 10
• Skip the Siri Setup Assistant pane in macOS Sierra version 10.12
• Choose default app for audio calls for Contacts, Exchange, and Google accounts
• Set Bluetooth Modification restriction on supervised devices
• Set Apple Music; iCloud Keychain Sync; and Sharing to Notes, Reminders, or LinkedIn restrictions for macOS Sierra version 10.12
• Set new IKEv2 authentication method option or specify IPSec disconnect on idle timeout for VPN
• Restrict Cisco fast lane Quality of Service marking or disable captive network detection for Wi-Fi networks
• Restrict unlocking a Mac using Apple Watch
• Configure IP firewall

Caching Server
• Enhanced control over peer replication

• To improve security, SMB connections now require signing by default.

• AES is now a supported encryption type for Kerberized NFS

Xsan 5
• macOS Sierra and Server 5.2 include support for the Xsan 5 file system. Xsan 5 is compatible with the Quantum StorNext 5.3 file system.
• See Xsan Compatibility information before upgrading to Xsan 5.


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Comments and Ratings for macOS Server

I should have been told this before buying… Refund please! (5.2)
26/02/2017 09:02:23 1/5 By eloiseandluke
Most displeased! I just bought macOS Server after upgrading to Sierra and I got the following message on opening. "This version of Server does not support upgrading the Server data on the volume. To upgrade your server data, you will need to install an older version of Server and OS X” Unless this is an error, I would like to know how I’m expected to follow these instructions and why this wasn’t made clear on the App Store before purchase. Refund please!

Completely ruined a successful system (5.2)
09/01/2017 05:17:00 2/5 By KCMSS
I have been trying since late September 2016 to fix a problem in server app where profile manager now refuses to allow device management. I have tried a whole host of different techniques suggested by apple and discussions including renewing certificates, using sudo commands in terminal etc. It will not work. Until September I had a network of macs attached to a PC network and I was able to deploy management profiles and do a range of other things on the macs. Then it stopped and though it goes through the process on the server app up to the finish button it remains disabled. Then today after four months of trying I noticed the newest version of the server app (5.2) was dated 20th Sept 2016 and introduced School manager. Well what a coincidence. I wish Apple would test these things in the field and not in their own labs where everything will always work perfectly. After my experience I would advise against upgrade to 5.2 if you haven’t already

Upgrading breaks everything!! Good app when it works though. (5.2)
14/12/2016 08:51:00 2/5 By JuniperB
I’ve used OS X Server (and now macOS Server) for around 5 years, but the last 2 updates have basically broken all services (Email, Web, SLL, FTP) and required a clean install (diffcult/pain) and then fiddling around to cut-and-paste the required data from backups (very difficult/even more of a pain) to ensure everythig is back as it was. It’s almost as it Apple test upgrade compatibility with the previous version, but not for folks who have had many years of upgrades. When it’s setup it’s actually great, fast and easy-use — just the time taken to fix upgrade issues makes it very, very expensive in overall cost.

Doesn’t work, and the built in feedback options is broken (5.2)
06/11/2016 19:53:00 1/5 By Mazz0
Most parts of the application don’t even load, those that do often fail and give you no indication what’s wrong. This is bad enough - server grade software should give you access to all information, not hide it like Apple’s consumer products do (which is still annoying). To make matters worse though, there’s a built in Feedback menu item that starts a new email and gives you a command to generate logs, but the email address back a response advising it doesn’t take external emails. One gets the impression that this product has been somewhat abandoned by Apple.

flaky (5.1)
28/04/2016 22:56:00 1/5 By Pravus69
As with most of the previouse reviews this is rubbish, really flaky to the point that from the moment of instalation the logs just show loads of error, it would be good value for money if it actually worked.

Still has issues (5.0.15)
21/03/2016 14:58:00 3/5 By Pedro Cabreado
I was hoping this version might have finally sorted out the SMB issues but it seems sadly not. OD is also still fragile and keeps breaking.

Patience may be the key (5.0.15)
01/03/2016 21:25:00 4/5 By
Using El Capitan 10.11.3 here ... I had a specific need to use VPN when away from home. I must admit that DarrenG76’s remarks made me nervous! But I also watched Todd Olthoff config VPN for Mavericks Server on YouTube - which is so straight forward and gave me some courage. (He’s actually done one for El Captitan too, but I was unaware of it at the time). Initially L2TP did not show any signs of life. Going back through Todd’s vid, I’d forgotten to change the domain name to a root in private type. This was really important! After that L2TP sprang into life but now did not authenticate. This was soon resolved …. On the Users pane, from the Server App-> View, right click on target User, and enable VPN at bottom. I did change the password at the same time, for good measure in the same dialog, but I doubt the value of that - I was just panicking! Now it is working fine! The Server’s Apache config is much more thorough than the Ad hoc stuff I had before. Previously I’d confgured apache by hand with a Hacker’s mentality. But they didn’t destroy my version of http.conf; so I’ve still got work to do.

Great if you enjoy reinstalling (5.0.15)
03/02/2016 01:08:00 1/5 By Ivan My
Apple Server has travelled steadily downhill. The implementation of Open Directory simply does not work. VPN is also a failure. I can only asume they want people to abandon it.

So Far So good... (5.0.15)
25/01/2016 13:08:00 4/5 By Martin-1959
Currently only using it to serve Web Sites/Services (for testing) on a 2010 Mac Mini, very easy to install and configure, once setup only requires network connection (in this case WiFi) and power, setting-up remote administration access was easy (with a bit of reading, to make sure it was secure); I know I’m (currently) only scratching the surface of what it can do, but for what I need it works well.

It’s improving but wish it had more solid backup and restore options (5.0.15)
05/01/2016 14:06:00 4/5 By Dan_K 2016
I have setup couple of offices with Mac OSX Server and they are working well. I just wish there was a bit more secure and sure way to completely backup the configuration. I had experience when Wiki never restored permissions properly and it was not working afterwards. Otherwise this is a very handy and awesomely priced piece of software that is perfect for home or small office. I have not implemented it in larger organisations so can’t say how well it scales. Apple keep hacking at it!

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