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macOS Server 5.6.3-5.7.x Frequently Asked Questions FAQ

Article ID = 201
Article Title = macOS Server 5.6.3-5.7.x Frequently Asked Questions FAQ
Article Author(s) = Graham Needham (BH)
Article Created On = 24th September 2018
Article Last Updated = 9th October 2019
Article URL = https://www.macstrategy.com/article.php?201

Article Brief Description:
Frequently Asked Questions about macOS Server 5.6.3-5.7.x

macOS Server 5.6.3-5.7.x Frequently Asked Questions

WARNING: Apple has gutted macOS Server and removed most/all of the useful Server features!
Q. When will macOS Server 5.6.3 be available?
A. macOS Server 5.6.3 was released on the 24th September 2018. macOS Server 5.7.1 was released on the 28th September 2018. They were both replaced with macOS Server 5.9 on the 8th October 2019. However, you can still purchase/download it from the Mac App Store
Q. What's the difference between Server 5.6.3 and 5.7.x?
A. macOS Server 5.6.3 includes multiple services and runs on macOS 10.13 High Sierra. It can be installed on 10.14.0 but you only get the very limited feature set which is the same as 5.7.x. It will not run on macOS 10.14.1-10.14.6 - if you install it on these versions macOS will require you to upgrade to 5.7.x.
A. macOS Server 5.7.x includes only a few services, see below, and requires macOS 10.14.1-10.14-6.
Q. How much does macOS Server 5.7.x cost?
A. £19.99.
Q. What does macOS Server 5.7.x do if Apple has gutted it?
A. Not a lot! macOS Server 5.7.x's features are:
  • Profile Manager
  • Open Directory
  • Xsan
  • DHCP - service is still included but there is no Graphical User Interface (GUI)
  • Firewall - pf firewall service is still included but there is no Graphical User Interface (GUI)
  • Websites (Apache) - service is still included but there is no Graphical User Interface (GUI)
  • Net Boot / Net Install - services are still included but there is no Graphical User Interface (GUI)
You should note that the following services that may have been in older versions of Apple's server software products are no longer included in macOS Server:
  • File Sharing - replaced with service in macOS client
  • Time Machine server - replaced with service in macOS client - network Time Machine backups supported over SMB only
  • Caching - replaced with Content Caching service in macOS client
  • FTP
  • Server Docs
  • DNS
  • VPN
  • Mail Server
  • Calendar
  • Wiki
  • Contacts
  • Messages
  • RADIUS
  • Airport Management
  • Software Update
  • Xcode (replaced with Xcode for macOS client)
  • NAT
  • MySQL
  • WebMail
  • MailMan (can be built and installed manually)
  • Auto Vacation Replies
  • Podcast Producer
  • Podcast Publisher
  • Server Status Dashboard widget
  • Management of Non-macOS Server 5.7.x Servers
  • Mobile Access
  • Print
  • Tomcat
  • Axis
  • QuickTime Streaming Server (QTSS)
Q. If Apple has removed services is there any way to still run them?
A. Yes. See this Apple support article for links to third party/open source alternatives.
Q. What alternatives/GUI applications do you recommend?
A. We're testing various solutions and will update this article over time. Not all alternatives are free. We recommend:
Q. How can I buy/obtain macOS Server 5.7.x?
A. See our article on how to purchase/download it from the Mac App Store.
Q. What Macs can I install macOS Server 5.7.x on?
A. macOS Server 5.7.x requires a Mac that can run macOS 10.14 Mojave
NOTE: You will need an Apple ID to be able to download and install macOS 10.14 Mojave and then purchase macOS Server 5.7.x 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. With OS X 10.11 or later here you will also find whether your GPU supports "Metal".
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 5.7.x?
A. macOS Server 5.7.x requires a Mac with macOS 10.14 Mojave installed on it so you can only run macOS Server 5.7.x on a Mac that supports macOS 10.14 Mojave.
Q. If there is no physical macOS or Server discs and I install macOS + macOS Server 5.7.x but run into trouble what can I do?
A. You have several options:
Q. What should I do to prepare for macOS Server 5.7.x?
A. See this article.

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