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macOS Server 5.4 Frequently Asked Questions FAQ

Article ID = 181
Article Title = macOS Server 5.4 Frequently Asked Questions FAQ
Article Author(s) = Graham Needham (BH)
Article Created On = 25th September 2017
Article Last Updated = 26th September 2017
Article URL = http://www.macstrategy.com/article.php?181

Article Brief Description:
Frequently Asked Questions about macOS Server 5.4

macOS Server 5.4 Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When will macOS Server 5.4 be available?
A. macOS Server 5.4 was released on the 25th September 2017. Buy it now on the Mac App Store
Q. How much does macOS Server 5.4 cost?
A. £19.99 on the Mac App Store Buy it now on the Mac App Store
Q. Apple's Server software used to cost £100s. Why is it so cheap?
A. macOS Server is not the same beast that older versions of Apple's Server software used to be but it is still very powerful and now amazing value for money. The following services are included with macOS Server:
  • Websites (Apache)
  • Web Proxy
  • Profile Manager
  • Xsan
  • Open Directory
  • RADIUS
  • Collaboration Services
    • Mail
    • Calendar
    • Contacts
    • Messages
    • Wiki
  • Infrastructure Services
    • DHCP
    • DNS
    • VPN
    • NetInstall
    • Software Update
You should note that the following services that may have been in older versions of Apple's server software products are not included in macOS Server:
Q. How can I buy macOS Server 5.4?
A. Consumers can buy it directly from the Mac App Store.
A. Business customers can purchase volume licences for Apple software directly from Apple by calling 0800 058 2222 or through the Apple Store for Business. Volume licence contracts and maintenance agreements are available for all Apple products with a minimum quantity of 20 licences.
A. Education customers can purchase Apple software directly from Apple by contacting their Apple education account representative, or through the Apple Store for Education. Volume licence contracts are available at a 50 per cent discount per licence with a minimum quantity of 20 licences.
Q. How many computers can I install macOS Server 5.4 on?
A. Consumers - you can purchase once and install macOS Server 5.4 on as many supported Macs as you own that are authorised with your Mac App Store ID (Apple ID).
A. Businesses, commercial, education and/or site licence users - You can install macOS Server 5.4 on as many computers as you have purchased the software individually for or have a licensed installation for - there is a minimum purchase of 20 licenses.
Q. What Macs can I install macOS Server 5.4 on?
A. macOS Server 5.4 requires a Mac that can run macOS 10.13 High Sierra
NOTE: You will need an Apple ID to be able to download and install macOS 10.13 High Sierra and then purchase macOS Server 5.4 from the Mac App Store.
Q. How can I check what specifications my computer has?
Q. Which Mac do I have?
A. You can check "Processor", "Memory" and macOS/OS X/Mac OS X "Version" by going to Apple menu > About This Mac > Overview tab if necessary (hint - clicking on the version number will give you the "build" number).
A. To check your Mac's "Model Name" go to Apple menu > About This Mac > Overview tab if necessary > check for the computer name in the top line e.g. "MacBook Pro" (this can only be checked with OS X 10.7 or later)
A. To check your Mac's model date version go to Apple menu > About This Mac > Overview tab if necessary > check the details after the Model Name e.g. "Early 2015" (this can only be checked with OS X 10.7 or later) - to be more specific and exact you can check what "Model Identifier" your Mac has by:
  • If you are running Mac OS X 10.6 or earlier go to Apple menu > About This Mac > click the "More Info…" button > (the System Profiler application will open) select "Hardware" in the top left > check what it says for 'Model Identifier' on the right.
  • If you are running OS X 10.7 or OS X 10.8 go to Apple menu > About This Mac > click the "More Info…" button > (the System Information application will open) select "Hardware" in the top left > check what it says for 'Model Identifier' on the right under 'Hardware Overview'.
  • If you are running OS X 10.9 or later go to Apple menu > About This Mac > click the "Overview" tab in the top left > click the "System Report…" button > (the System Information application will open) select "Hardware" in the top left > check what it says for 'Model Identifier' on the right under 'Hardware Overview'.
A. To check what graphics capability your Mac has:
  • If you are running Mac OS X 10.6 or earlier go to Apple menu > About This Mac > click the "More Info…" button > (the System Profiler application will open) select "Graphics/Displays" under 'Hardware' in the top left (click the triangle down if necessary) > click on the 'Video Card' on the right to see the technical information below.
  • If you are running OS X 10.7 or OS X 10.8 go to Apple menu > About This Mac > click the "More Info…" button > (the System Information application will open) select "Graphics/Displays" under 'Hardware' in the top left (click the triangle down if necessary) > click on the 'Video Card' on the right to see the technical information below.
  • If you are running OS X 10.9 or later go to Apple menu > About This Mac > click the "Overview" tab in the top left > click the "System Report…" button > (the System Information application will open) select "Graphics/Displays" under 'Hardware' in the top left (click the triangle down if necessary) > click on the 'Video Card' on the right to see the technical information below.
A. To check your Mac's "Model Number" it is usually printed/engraved on the outside of the computer somewhere (it usually begins with the letter A or M).
Q. I have a powerful Mac Pro / Xserve or a Mac with an early "Core 2 Duo" which is a good Intel processor. Why can't I run macOS Server 5.4?
A. macOS Server 5.4 requires a Mac with macOS 10.13 High Sierra installed on it so you can only run macOS Server 5.4 on a Mac that supports macOS 10.13 High Sierra.
Q. My Mac has the correct type of processor but I don't have enough RAM. What can I do?
A. All the supported Macs can run at least 2GB of RAM so all you need to do is upgrade your RAM to at least 2GB. In the UK we recommend Kingston Technology lifetime warranty memory for your Mac. Most Macs usually only have two memory slots so it is best to upgrade to as much RAM as you can afford the first time. If your Mac supports 8GB or more then upgrade to the maximum.
Q. I'm using a compatible Mac with an old version of macOS/OS X and/or macOS/OS X Server on it. Can I still buy and install macOS Server 5.4?
A. You need to upgrade to/install macOS 10.13 High Sierra first and then buy macOS Server 5.4 from the Mac App Store: NOTE: Be warned, the High Sierra installer + macOS Server 5.4 is ~5.5GB in size so it may take some time to download on a slow internet connection.
Q. My internet connection is slow. Will this be a problem?
A. No. But the High Sierra installer + macOS Server 5.4 is ~5.5GB in size so it may simply take a while to download depending on the speed of your internet connection.
Q. I don't have a permanent connection to the internet. Will this be a problem?
A. Yes. The Mac App Store purchase of macOS Server 5.4 will require an internet connection. See the options listed in answer to the next question.
Q. I have an internet access data cap in place / I cannot download something that is 6GB+ in size. What can I do?
A. macOS 10.13 High Sierra and macOS Server 5.4 are not available on disc or even a USB thumb drive so your options are:
  1. Use a different internet connection that does not have an internet access data cap in place.
  2. Go to an Apple Retail Store where you can install High Sierra + macOS Server 5.4 from their local server.
Q. I have a compatible Mac and I am already running macOS 10.13 High Sierra so how do I buy macOS Server 5.4?
A. See this article.
Q. If there is no physical macOS or Server discs and I install macOS + macOS Server 5.4 but run into trouble what can I do?
A. You have several options:
Q. What should I do to prepare for macOS Server 5.4?
A. See this article.

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