macOS Server 5.6.1 – Quickly and easily turn a Mac into a server (was OS X Server).

macOS Server 5.6.1

macOS Server, designed for macOS and iOS devices, makes it easy to share files, schedule meetings, synchronize contacts, develop software, host your own website, publish wikis, configure Mac, iPhone, and iPad devices, remotely access your network, and more.

macOS Server is an application you can add to macOS right from the Mac App Store. Anyone can quickly and easily turn a Mac into a server that’s perfect for home offices, businesses, schools, developers, and hobbyists alike.

What’s New

Version 5.6.1:
Note: Now requires OS X 10.13.4 or later.

Server App
  • This Fall, Apple plans to cease bundling the open source services (Calendar Server, Contacts Server, Messages Server, Mail Server, DNS, DHCP, VPN Server, and Websites) in macOS Server, and will guide customers to acquire these same services directly from the open source providers. For more information, please refer to:
  • To help prepare for this transition, these services- which are still included in macOS Server 5.6-will no longer be visible in the Server App sidebar for new installations. Existing installations that update to macOS Server 5.6 will be unaffected and will continue to work as usual.
  • We continue to actively develop and support the other features of macOS Server, including Open Directory, Profile Manager and Xsan management.
Profile Manager
  • Support for new restrictions, payloads, and commands:
macOS 10.13.4
  • Configure Software Update delay from 1-90 days (default 30 days)Configure access to Accessibility APIs for testing apps
  • Enable and disable Bluetooth
  • Configure kernel extension permissions
  • Configure Content Caching
  • Device Enrollment Program Skip option for iCloud Storage
iOS 11.3
  • Delay when a user will see a new Software Update in the UI (supervised only)
  • Configure Software Update delay from 1-90 days (default 30 days - supervised only)
  • ScheduleOSUpdate now supports an optional version number to install a specific eligible iOS version (supervised only)
  • Enable and disable Bluetooth (supervised only)
  • Require FaceID authentication before AutoFill (supervised only)
  • Require teacher consent to leave a teacher-created Classroom class (supervised only)
  • Restrict Remote connections from whitelisted devices (supervised only)
  • AlwaysOn VPN now supports a CellularServices service exception
  • Device Enrollment Program Skip option for Privacy pane
  • Erase Device command now supports preventing proximity setup in Setup Assistant
tvOS 11.3
  • Configure Movie ratings, TV ratings, app ratings, explicit content
  • Device Enrollment Program skip option for "Where is this Apple TV?"


macOS 10.13.4 or later


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