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Apple to Deprecate Raft of Essential Services in macOS Server This Spring

Apple is deprecating a significant portion of essential network services included in macOS Server this year, as outlined in a published support statement titled "Prepare for changes to macOS Server". Apple's note reads: macOS Server is changing to focus more on management of computers, devices, and storage on your network. As a result, some changes are coming in how Server works. A number of services will be deprecated, and will be hidden on new installations of an update to macOS Server coming in spring 2018.The note goes on to list a series of deprecated services that will be removed in a future release of macOS Server, including calendar and contact support, Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), Domain Name Services (DNS), mail, instant messages, virtual private networking (VPN), NetInstall, Web server, and the Wiki. Apple assures users who have already configured any of the listed services that they will be able to use them in the spring 2018 macOS Server update, but the statement signs off by linking to a number of alternative services, including hosted services, that macOS Server users should consider as viable replacements to the features it is killing off. Apple halted its presence in the server hardware space back in 2010, when Steve Jobs announced the company was ending its line of Xserve rackmount servers, which were first introduced in May, 2002. At the time, the two alternative server solutions to Xserve that Apple offered included the Mac Pro with Snow Leopard Server and the Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server. Today, macOS Server version 5.5

macOS Server Updated for Sierra With New Setup Assistant Options and More

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. 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