macOS Server

By Apple

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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.


What's new in Version 5.4

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



Customer Reviews

A $20 Mac Server

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.

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.

Cost Goes Way Up (unless your time is worth nothing)

File Sharing management interface no longer part of product. Not only can’t you use Server to manage your file sharing, in moving the file sharing to the system preferences, we lose the ablity to manage standard webdav file sharing and the iOS access mechainsm. Now you have to root around in the mess of BSD unix to trial and error manage things.

The Xserve product failed because Apple believes people want arcane 1970’s style unix command lines for server management. I don’t need a Mac for command line jockeying… a much faster less expensive intel based commodity box can be plug-monkied together for that.

There is no Apple-value-add for command line driven systems. Apple talks about serving the enterprise but becoming like all the other vendors is not the way to do it. Apple differentiates itself from others by polsihed ease of use (or used to), and higher price, but with a total cost of ownership being much less. Ease of use means time and money saved and the ablity to advance objectives instead of being a slave to the (1970’s unix) machine.

This product needs to be moved into the iPad / iPhone and eliminated on the Mac… only an Agent (daemon) should be loaded on the Mac and all Mac servers should run completely headless… and if a commandline is needed… that is an Apple-FAIL.

The most expensive update (not upgrade) to this product to date.


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macOS Server
Download for Free 11 Archived versions available

  • iTunes Price: $19.99
  • Category: Utilities (Mac)
  • Updated: Sep 25, 2017
  • Version: 5.4
  • Size: 194 MB
  • Language: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
  • Seller: Apple
Rated 4+

Requirements: macOS 10.13 or later

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