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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:

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

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 program enrollment. Some features are not available in all countries.

Release Notes

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

10/28/2016 | 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.


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

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

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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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