Re­plac­ing macOS Server

We’ve been run­ning our of­fice from macOS Server, which serves files and our in­ter­nal web server. What should we do when Ap­ple dis­con­tin­ues this prod­uct?

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Ap­ple has warned that it in­tends on re­plac­ing the cur­rent broad range of ser­vices in macOS Server with a ver­sion de­voted to “man­age­ment of com­put­ers, de­vices, and stor­age”. As you’re run­ning Server al­ready, you won’t suf­fer loss of fea­tures un­til later this year. Ap­ple hasn’t been more spe­cific yet, but as of a spring up­date, many fea­tures will be “dep­re­cated” and be­come hid­den in new in­stal­la­tions. Ap­ple’s an­nounce­ment is at

bit.ly/srvchanges, and lists a range of al­ter­na­tive server prod­ucts (most are free and open source), which you can use as sub­sti­tutes for each of the ser­vices that will even­tu­ally be re­moved.

One es­tab­lished web server man­age­ment sys­tem to con­sider is Web­min (free, web­min.com). This is based on the Apache web server, and also cov­ers Post­fix Mail Server admin. If you in­stall ad­di­tional sup­port for BIND DNS, Jab­ber mes­sag­ing, or data­bases such as MySQL or Post­greSQL, it can con­fig­ure and man­age those too.

Ap­ple rec­om­mends us­ing High Sierra’s ex­ist­ing File Shar­ing ser­vice (in Sys­tem Pref­er­ences’ Shar­ing pane), which should suf­fice for even quite large work­groups, par­tic­u­larly cou­pled with its new stor­age man­age­ment. Stan­dard shared up­date and back-up ser­vices should also cope with your de­mand, and are also pleas­ingly sim­ple to con­fig­ure.

Ap­ple is to dis­con­tinue key macOS Server fea­tures, so start in­ves­ti­gat­ing third-party al­ter­na­tives now.

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