Apple today updated its macOS Server Mac app with a collection of new features in Version 5.2 that bring integration with Apple School Manager, various streamlining updates to the Setup Assistant of some apps, and security restrictions for new macOS features like auto-unlock with Apple Watch.

Specifically, macOS Server users can now choose to skip the new Siri Setup Assistant in Sierra, as well as the setup panes in iOS 10 for iMessage and FaceTime.

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Previously dubbed "OS X Server," the app introduces "even more power to your business, home office, or school," by turning any Mac into a powerful server. macOS Server can make it easier to share files, synchronize contacts, host a website, configure iOS devices, remotely access your home network, and more.

What's New in Version 5.2
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

SMB
• To improve security, SMB connections now require signing by default.

NFS
• 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.

Anyone interested can download macOS Server from the Mac App Store for $19.99. [Direct Link]

Related Forum: macOS Sierra

Top Rated Comments

oneMadRssn Avatar
74 months ago
I still wish one of the servers they offered was a host-your-own iCloud server.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
stukdog Avatar
74 months ago
Would this be useful to use if I am just using my Mac Mini as a Plex and iTunes Server? I am always looking for ways to minimize the OS footprint and optimize the performance.
If nothing else, you should look at installing as a caching server. It's very simple to setup and can really help on big update days like today.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Zirel Avatar
74 months ago
I still wish one of the servers they offered was a host-your-own iCloud server.
That would be perfect
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kometen Avatar
74 months ago
If nothing else, you should look at installing as a caching server. It's very simple to setup and can really help on big update days like today.
True. With some macs, iphones and ipads it does save some bandwidth. Apple recommend to use the ethernet port. http://help.apple.com/serverapp/mac/5.1.5/#/apd74DDE89F-08D2-4E0A-A5CD-155E345EFB83
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
oneMadRssn Avatar
74 months ago
I like this idea, but it would probably such a small fraction of people who would actually make use of it that they probably don't want to put any energy into developing it. Probably so many apps and services that hook into iCloud that just testing all the different use cases would be a nightmare.
I think the appeal is broader than you say. Sure, for individuals, paying the monthly icloud fee is the best way to go for a number of reasons. However, think about all the professionals that like to use iOS devices, but are obligated by various laws or regulations to protect data extra carefully.

Lawyers owe a duty to their clients to keep client data confidential. Doctors and other health-care professionals have to comply with various HIPAA data storage regulations. Anyone doing business with Europeans have to take extra care of personal data per various treaties.

In some of these cases, not knowing exactly where your data is physically stored could be seen as a per se violation. I think it would be quite a good solution to some small businesses, which are too small for a huge IBM or Cisco enterprise software, to just be able to host their own icloud server, and let all their docs, spreadsheets, pictures, and app data live there. They can choose to implement a security policy as strict or as relaxed as they deem appropriate, with some policies that Apple doesn't support in their own icloud (e.g., I would configure my icloud server to only respond to known whitelist of MAC addresses).

I would pay $500+ for a version of OS X Server that had this. Surely many other small businesses that are required to take their data seriously but also like using iOS devices would too.

Notably, there is a good market for this. Netgear's ReadyNAS, Western Digital's MyCloud, Synology, etc. They all offer pretty good hardware/software that does what I described. But none of their solutions integrate with iOS as well as iCloud does. If a business that loves iOS is willing to spend $5000 on a good Synology setup, surely they would spend $1000 to buy OS X Server that includes iCloud server.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
stukdog Avatar
74 months ago
See something on twitter today about a patent for an iServer they may come out with.
Sounds like the infamous iHome ('https://macminicolo.net/10/').
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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