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macOS Server

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By Apple (Apple Inc.)

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

• 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
• 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.

Release Notes

05/08/2018 | Version : 5.6.1 | Size : 185.3 MB
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:

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?”

16/11/2017 | Version : 5.4 | Size : 185.0 MB
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

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


Overall :
#61 : Top Grossing Mac Applications
#93 : Top Paid Mac Applications

Categories :
#3 : Top Grossing Mac Applications [Utilities]
#5 : Top Paid Mac Applications [Utilities]

Screenshots Mac OSX :

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Supported Devices : Mac OS

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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