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.
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.
Would really appreciate the return of the VPN feature. Yall really killed this app Thank you!
When iDisk became iCloud, we were hopeful this would mean a growth of OS X Server to be like intranet/local version of iCloud for businesses. This would have been perfect for us. Rather, Apple has brutally killed the services offered by their Server over the past few years, leaving long-term users stuck ( we haven’t upgraded from 10.13.6 as we look for solutions )
this app used to be an entire amazing operating system, but now it is the worst app on the app store.
I purchased server to be file server for all of my computers. This is something that I had with Windows server. MacOS Server stripped all the functionality in lew of iCloud services. I have non profit financial files, media server files and others. These files cannot be on iCloud as when we do events, we have limited to no access to the internet. So we oped for a closed, wired network for the main stage files. We need to have instant access to these files for a live event. THe older version of server was awesome. Now, I wouldn't touch it with a 7 foot poll. Do not buy this program. it will not work for what the majority of the people looking for a server will need.
It looks like Server is finished, My 2012 Mini Server was gettig a little old anyway so I’ve moved onto a Synology box. Sad to have to leave the OSX platform for file sharing and VPN services along with some of the other cool features, but that’s just the way it goes some times. Bummer.