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 for Mac, PC, iPhone and iPad
• Standards-based SMB, AFP, and WebDAV file services
• Flexible file permissions
• Spotlight searching
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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
• Synchronize contacts with Mac, iPad, and iPhone
• Allow multiple users to access and update contacts
• Standards-based CardDAV 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
• 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
• 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.
• Enhanced control over cache size
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
Most Helpful Reviews
Excellent Server update - Unlike the previous version of Server that had a flaw in the VPN service, this version appears to work well. I easily re-established my VPN service, the main reason I use Server, and immediately connected from my iPad over the LTE network. In using Server for a couple of days, I can see the stats pages are more visually friendly. All other functions operate as before though there appears to be some under the hood improvement as VPN was extremely fast in responding, especially from my iPad running iOS 8. While it would be nice to have a free upgrade to Server, $19 isn’t an outrageous price to pay for an add-on app to give the average consumer access to this range of server functionality on an everyday Mac.
Good thing I had a backup... - I too upgraded to 3.2.2. It worked perfect. It also stated it supported iOS8 and Yosemite. It does not. After the upgrade to Yosemite and $20 later for Server 4.0, half of my users were dead in the water. As the admin my account was corrupted and I could not get any of my passwords to work. Therefore none of my computers / iPads / iPhones / calendars etc. would sync. In short the entire server came crashing down… Used Time Capsule backup to restore… 5 hours late all is good Apple please warn us of fees for software that doesn’t work. This has been an ongoing issue since 10.6. I do not have time to play with these issues everytime there is an update. Now I have server software that I can’t use and need to experiment with the entire system before it goes online again. I need to send Apple an invoice for my time wasted.
More Reviews for Current Version
Warning On Upgrading - 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.
Have an Xserve ? - 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 if used to remotely control a El Capitan Server - The new version 5.3 only runs on Siera and won’t connect to Server on El Capitan. El Capitan will only run 5.2. So if you use any El Capitan servers, don’t download this update. Let me say that 5.2 + El Capitan has been running 5 star for me.
Update not backwards compatible - This update does not warn you that it is not compatible with Server 5.2. I did end up copying the Server.app 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.
It Does What We Need it to do - 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.