After 23 long years, Apple has finally ended support for its macOS Server operating system. The Unix-like server operating system was built to manage fleets of Mac computers running in businesses, schools, and other types of organizations.
Apple had been slowly phasing out macOS Server support for years, particularly since 2018 when the company announced that macOS Services would lose features like its Wiki, DHCP, and DNS, as well as calendar and contact support. While Apple Open Directory and Profile Manager managed to hang on to the product offering, which has also been known as Mac OS X Server and OS X Server, the IT giant has been watering down its potential since 2018.
Some macOS Server features will continueand features like Caching Server, File Sharing Server, and Time Machine Server are now built into every installation of macOS High Sierra and later.
One of macOS Server’s most popular features was Profile Manager, Apple’s mobile device management (MDM) service. To help customers migrate, Apple has released a guide to finding alternative MDM solutions available from various third-party vendors, including Microsoft Active Directory and LDAP directory services.
macOS Server was officially discontinued on April 21and the latest OS version will be macOS Server 5.12.2.
This update comes after Apple introduced its Universal Control feature on Mac and iPad, allowing different Apple devices to better integrate together. Available on beta versions of iPadOS 15.4 and macOS 12.3, the feature allows users to control a mouse on a Mac and an iPad at the same time, without having to send files or use a service clouds to do this.
However, anyone who wants to hold on to the allure of macOS Server can still download it as an app, which will continue to run smoothly on the latest version of macOS Monterey.