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 Xsan • 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.
It's barely an upgrade from some system preferences – and that's been true for a long time. But it used to at least make files more available with slightly more reliability than just running a mac on a network with sharing on. Now, it won't launch – it just asks to be redownloaded again and again from the App Store. It doesn't work, of course NoNow.
This was a good product until Apple gutted it so they could instead concentrate on pushing bling.
I ran High Sierra for a long time, and since upgrading to Catalina, the highest I can go on my MacBook Pro 8,1, I can't install the new version just to get a nag screen that pops up at boot to let me know my Server is too old and has been disabled to go away. On iOS, if you download an app that is too new for your OS version, it will download the newest still compatible version. If Apple is trying to make macOS like iOS, they should add this feature.
This app is not really a server. Server functions have been deprecated from this app. No web hosting, calendar or email service, etc which is a typical use of a server.
I used to have this working on a late 2012 mac mini. That was until Apple stopped supporting it and removed all the features. Now they brought it back only for osx running Big Sur which isnt available on late 2012 mac mini. Im not buying a new mac to use this so they can take away the features again and bring back later.
What's crazy is Apple has to use all Apple computers at their head quaters in Silicon Valley. Right? Probably like a whole fleet. So they have Macs in a office/work environment, but laugh at everyone else that wants server funcitonality? Do they hoenstly use the integrated services to run all their Macs?
You will still find many "how to setup an VPN server" on a mac, but it does not work anymore.
there isnt any advantage to this unless you want to manage mobile devices
Went to launch the app, it says I need to update. I go to the app store to update and it says I need to install an older version of Server and OS X. I honestly don't need to save any data on this test server, but it won't let me download a catelina version until I downgrade my OS, then update server, then update my OS.... which seems counter intuitive. When I just try to strait download the app, it says I need Big Sur..... which I can't do to recommendations from other applications as they are behind Apple. Apple was once cutting edge, but now they are just cutting. I hope they come around. I've used Mac Server since the Mac 10.4 days and for the most (not every) part it did the job and did it well. It could have grown to out perform larger alternatives if they kept putting development resources in it. I understand it's not a money maker but it's a valuable asset and helps Apple's own engineers understand the corporate environment of their client machines, data management, and traffic flow. I'll keep my fingers crossed in the meantime.
Apple continues to make this Server software broken. They fix nothing. This software is only useful for setting up iPad for networks. None of the Network Account functionality works. We don't want Apple managed IDs just for employees and students to use one app.