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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 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

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.

Release Notes

12/31/2018 | Version : 5.7.1 | Size : 101.5 MB
Profile Manager

Profile Manager provides enhanced management capabilities and support for management of new features in macOS, iOS, and tvOS.

• Configure an Apple Business Manager account
• Install App Store apps for tvOS
• Configure new restrictions, payloads, and commands:

macOS 10.13.4

New Restrictions payload settings
• Allow proximity based password sharing requests
• Allow password sharing
• Allow password autofill
Allow software update installation for non-admin users

New Dock payload settings
• Show Recents in Dock

New Exchange payload settings
• Use OAuth for authentication

New Smart Card payload settings
• Require Smart Card
• Enable screen saver on Smart Card removal

New Passcode payload settings
• Force password reset during next user authentication

New Security & Privacy payload settings
• Show personal recovery key

New Education payload settings
• Send to teacher-assigned Macs

New Xsan payload settings
• Ability to configure automatic mounts
• Ability to specify Distributed LAN Client mount preferences

iOS 11.3

New Restrictions payload settings
• Allow proximity based password sharing requests (Supervised only)
• Allow password sharing (Supervised only)
• Allow password autofill (Supervised only)
• Force automatic date and time (Supervised only)
• Allow USB restricted mode (Supervised only)
Allow managed Contacts accounts to write to unmanaged accounts
Allow unmanaged Contacts accounts to read managed accounts
Disable eSIM (Supervised only)

New Mail and Exchange payload settings
• Allow a user to enable or disable S/MIME signing
• Allow a user to modify the selection of the S/MIME signing certificate
• Allow a user to enable or disable S/MIME encryption
• Allow a user to modify the selection of the S/MIME encryption certificate

New Exchange payload settings
• Use OAuth for authentication

New Notifications payload settings
• Specify whether an app is allowed to send critical alerts
• Allow grouped notifications
• Show in CarPlay

New VPN payload settings for IKEv2 configurations
• Ability to specify DNS server addresses
• Ability to specify primary domain of the tunnel
• Ability to specify DNS search domains
• Ability to specify DNS supplemental match domains

New Setup Assistant pane Device Enrollment skip options
• iMessage, FaceTime & Screen Time
• Add Cellular Plan

Deprecated payloads
• macOS Server Accounts

New Commands
• Show SIM information

tvOS 11.3
New restrictions payload settings
• Allow proximity based password sharing requests (supervised only)

New Commands
• Install Updates (only appears in the Action pop-up menu when updates are available on the selected Apple TV or Apple TV devices within a group)

10/10/2017 | 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

6/1/2017 | Version : 5.3.1 | Size : 188.4 MB
• Fixes issues with VPP app assignment in Profile Manager


Overall :
#42 : Top Paid Mac Applications
#64 : Top Grossing Mac Applications

Categories :
#8 : Top Paid Mac Applications [Utilities]
#9 : Top Grossing Mac Applications [Utilities]

Screenshots Mac OSX :

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Supported Devices : Mac OS

Comments and Ratings for macOS Server

Server app WORKS GREAT after update (5.3.1)
5/20/2017 3:43:42 PM 5/5 By ItsAndyAyala
I had a Server update and a macOS update at the same time. I keep on reading reviews saying that the server gets stuck after update, and I don't understand why… What I did was shut off all the services that I was running, and then completely quit the server application once all the services stopped. Then I updated my mac first; once it completed and booted back up, I updated the server app while all the services were STILL turned off. Once it finished installing all the new server updates, I opened the updated server app and BAM! 100% updated! Then I just turned back on the services that I was using and had already configured, and they were all 100% up and running properly. I’ve NEVER had a server crash after any type of macOS or Server update. Maybe people arent updating their server/machine properly?

I have to use El Capitan and no complatible version of Server. (5.3.1)
5/18/2017 10:34:54 PM 1/5 By zav
Server 5.2 runs on El Capitan. Because of release issues with iOS, I HAVE TO build under Mac OS 10.11.6. Server 5.3.1 will not install on this. I need Server 5.2 that will. YOU CAN NOT DOWNLOAD IT. Apple has screwed us by forcing this server update and not allowing an install of 5.2. This prevents use of Server for us. Madly infuriating.

Version 5.3.1 stuck in “updating services" (5.3.1)
5/15/2017 4:10:18 PM 2/5 By aixrocks
Upgraded to 5.3.1 when the new app update came out. Now server is stuck on “updating services” and never completes even after upgrading to MacOS 10.12.5. Very unhappy with the latest update.

Please fix profile manager!! (5.3)
5/15/2017 12:16:18 PM 3/5 By MICDS-STL
Apple, please, please, please fix Profile Manager. Server itself is a pretty great app, when it works. Profile Manager is the buggiest software piece I’ve ever used anywhere. It also offers more configuration features than ANY other MDM on the market. We’ve stuck with it for that reason, not because it’s cheap. But when it doesn’t work… it feels cheap! The best thing you could do is put Profile Manager into iCloud. You already host our DEP profiles… why not just run Profile Manager out of our iCloud accounts? That would be ideal!

Problems, problems and… problems (5.3)
5/9/2017 6:36:09 AM 1/5 By LearningCenters
Hi! If your Server App is working make yourself a favor and DO NOT UPGRADE!! Multiples strange errors, ZERO support in forums, calling is a nightmare because seems like no one ever used the Server App and they just dont understand. Like other reviews indicates push services are not working anymore, you can’t enroll new devices and multiple certificates errors.

Excellent Management App for the price (5.3)
5/4/2017 11:45:38 PM 4/5 By Stevo92064
If you are running El Capitan, App Store should not even offer you 5.3 - That version is only offered as an update once you have upgraded to Sierra. - This little app is only $20 and it provides superb caching in our network. We had a few older 2011 Mac Minis and setup macOS Server to provide caching, and it is serving up content to our 5,000 iPads and 2,000 Macs. Every time I upgrade a Mac from El Cap to Sierra, the cached download is ready for install in under 2 minutes. Major iOS Updates are smoking fast. The Profile Manager is awesome for creating small profile config installers that we can use during post-configuration of iMacs and Mac Minis. Thinking about starting to enroll the Macs on our network into Profile Manager so we can push our settings out.

It Does What We Need it to do (5.3)
4/14/2017 10:50:41 PM 4/5 By rowenrye
This server does what I ask it to do. We have a small LAN. We share data privately that we don’t want in the cloud. It is straightforward to sync calendars and contacts among all our devices. It is straightforward manage several devices from the server. The various collaborative tools (e.g. file sharing, wikis) function well. There is nothing fancy here, but for our small operation it is more than adequate. There are times when I wish this was more of a full-service server, but the fact is I don’t actually need that.

Update not backwards compatible (5.3)
4/12/2017 8:22:27 PM 3/5 By Bartkb
This update does not warn you that it is not compatible with Server 5.2. I did end up copying the from my server back to my MacBook (they are on the same account). It still wants me to upgrade which is annoying, but oh well.

Have an Xserve ? (5.3)
4/7/2017 8:46:02 PM 1/5 By Silverstreak Folf
For some reason apple appears to want to kill the last of their real servers, this update disables the abblity to connect and manage the server remotely (on the latest supported version of mac os)

Warning On Upgrading (5.3)
4/5/2017 9:01:48 AM 1/5 By mdstorm01
I upgraded my server from 5.2 to 5.3 and now I am unable to enroll any new devices. Seems like there are a few bugs in this update, as others have been very smooth to upgrade.

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