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MacOS Server 5.12

The macOS Server app first debuted in 1999 and provided a variety of server and system administration tools and capabilities to macOS users. Apple has phased out some many aspects of the service over the years, incorporating functionality into other apps.

I remember back in the early days of Mac OS X (client) you use to be able to enable Web Sharing where essentially you could turn your Mac into a web hosting server. Any idea how to re-enable this option or is it gone for good

I guess there is no "Server" for the rest of us.When they stripped out features- my small business which depended on it's features was thrown into a mess of problems- much like when our last Airport Extreme bit the dust.Gone was our easy internal messenger-gone was our internal wiki and dns setups.Our file sharing permissions started going wonky.Our centralized Time machine died-and - all of a sudden first we have to try the VPP system of software licenses- then the even more complicated Apple business manager- which wasn't set up for business at all- but for schools.The whole concept of Apple ID- for a shop with multiple computers- owned by a company- and assigned to employees- got super complicated-and it was super frustrating.Now- we have a raspberry pi running our DNS and our Wikiwe're constantly having our apple messages go to personal phones instead of computers-time machine- may or may not work with the remote drives- and stops frequently.File sharing permissions get garbled more and more-And in a day when collaboration is all the rage-we're using fontbase to manage fonts-and a bunch of other programs that are halfassed collaboration tools- that should be where Apple is scoring big time.I wonder if anyone at Apple remembers when Apple was a small businessBecause they sure don't act like they care about mine.Bring back Apple server. Please. Please. With all of it's ease of use capabilities.

After a long run, first beginning with Mac OS X Server 1.0 in 1999, Apple has announced the end of macOS Server as of April 21, 2022. The final version is macOS Server 5.12.2, which runs on macOS Monterey.

Unfortunately, the idea was better in concept than it was in execution. Depending on how much data needed to be synchronized, the copying process between the server and the individual Macs could take a while.

As part of the development of Mac OS X, Apple has also developed Mac OS X Server as a way to provide access to both additional services on OS X and the management tools needed to administrate those services. While Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server used to be separate operating systems, Apple combined them into one release re-branded as OS X and moved the server-specific services and management tools into an OS X Server application available from the Mac App Store.

Share this:PrintEmailMoreFacebookLinkedInRedditTwitterPinterestTumblrPocketLike this:Like Loading...Categories: Mac OS X, Mac OS X ServerStopping unwanted collabd errors in /var/log/system.log on Mavericks ServerSeptember 5, 2014rtrouton4 commentsAs part of standing up a new DeployStudio server on Mavericks Server in my shop, I noticed that I had a lot of errors showing up in /var/log/system.log that looked like this:

macOS Server 5.12.2 will be the last version of the app, and macOS Server services have now been migrated to macOS. Popular macOS Server capabilities that include Caching Server, File Sharing Server, and Time Machine Server have been bundled in macOS since macOS High Sierra, so there is no longer a need for a standalone app.

In April 2022, Apple decided to discontinue its macOS server. Apple had been phasing out its macOS server for several years and finally shut it down for good. The server offered services like the File Server, the Caching Server and Profile Manager.

macOS Server 5.12.2 is the latest version of the app, and alternatives to its services have already been established. Learn more about the current status of each macOS Server service and the available alternatives here.

Ah, Mac OS X Server. I knew you well. Many server-level services were very easy to configure by filling in a few fields and clicking a button/box to turn it on. I got a lot of mileage out of it for web services, file services, and thousands of lecture recordings on Podcast Producer. Many of the services were easy enough to set up on their own, but not "easy button" easy.

At this point, I think it's just easier to run even a basic server on Linux than macOS. I wish I didn't just type that last sentence and mean it, because there was a time some number of years ago where macOS was far easier to use, at least for basic server functionality, than even today's versions of Linux. (Though you'd have been crazy to set up any advanced or enterprise level server in macOS / Mac OS X at any point in its life.)

But now pretty much all its good server software is ports of Linux software, and it's all harder to set up and get working in macOS than Linux. Same with Docker -- it just works better in Linux. Apple has gradually whittled away at one of macOS's greatest accomplishments: being a superb power user OS while still being easy to set up and use for everyone.

Mac OS X Server has long been one of my interests. I cut my server admin/devops teeth on that product, and it taught me a lot about the configuration options available for various services - things that I still carry with me today.

Interesting project Ben, I'd love to have an OS X Server like interface to run a small server at home. I'd also love to see a replacement for the Network Utility app - I miss that more than Server. If I could program Xcode I'd help but alas I can't.

With the aid of open source app 'dnsmasq' (a single app integrated DHCP + DNS server), a few lines of domain entries in the Server's DNS setup pane, name-ip binding (DNS and mDNS) magically works in a black box I never figure out how all of these services work together.

Connection in reverse direction works the same; I can ssh and/or screen sharing my work machine (a MacPro), the said MacMini server, any of my sets of Linux PCs for H/W and S/W testing, even more, running remote X11 session with any of them (Linux native X and MacOS's XQuartz), or running X11 mode Emacs through ssh's X redirect (remember, it's secured in VPN tunnel)

I tried OpenVPN before the above setup. Waste of time. There is no server side of it on Mac, setting up MacProt or other open source port is a science, no easier on a dedicated Linux with all its setup GUI or configuration line editing, it's science no, its voodoo.

1. Check your router. It might already have basic functionality you can use to provide DNS and/or VPN service. My RAX200 has this nice OpenVPN server in it. I'd never go for it, but it's nice that it's there.

2. Skip DNS entirely; use layer-2 VPNs like tinc, nebula, or Zerotier. The latter in particular is very easy to use, on any platform, because it has central servers for connection setup and interface. It might surprise you; you'll have all the power of "Back to my Mac" without any of the failure modes, or artificial restrictions. Name resolution is then managed using local discovery protocols like mDNS, just as they would be on your local LAN. You get all the niceties too, like you can browse for services in the Finder. Add "local" to your search domain, and you can keep your pretty command lines.

I have not tested the RAX200 VPN server yet, but taking another look I might have an honest go of it. It has OpenVPN profiles for both TUN and TAP to support all clients optimally, so layer 2 for Mac and Windows and therefore local name resolution. Indeed, if it were not for the stupidly limited selection of DDNS providers for automatically provisioning the names in server profiles (only Dyn and NoIP) it might actually be all I need! I'll find the time to test the speeds, but it'll be limited by cellular (5G) as that's all I'm using elsewhere, still at least about 300-400 Mbps. One of my internal machines can keep the DNS names up to date with a script to Cloudflare API.

I think a big part is the chicken-and-egg problem: Apple never had that much love for running macOS as a server, so few people used it, and because few people used it, Apple wasn't very invested in it. Compound that by the growing popularity of NASes, and by moving many things to the cloud instead.

macOS Server 5.0 is a server operating system that was designed, developed, and currently sold by Apple since 2015. The system has been released on September 16, 2015, alongside OS X 10.11 El Capitan, and was available for $19.99 from Mac App Store.

macOS Server provides the tools to simplify access to key network services, including a mail transfer agent, AFP and SMB servers, an LDAP server, a domain name server, and others. Also included (particularly in later versions) are numerous additional services and the tools to manage them, such as web server, wiki server, chat server, calendar server, and many others.macOS Server 5 has been officialy discontinued on April 21, 2022.

2) I can confirm that rolling back to 5.12.9 solves the issue: both the native webcam and the external webcam now behave as expected. So might be a conflict between macOS Monterey 12.6.2 (and 12.6.1 since I experienced the issues with this version, before updating in the hope of fixing the issue: the update to 12.6.2 did not solve the issue).

To provide better connectivity for Macintosh users, Novell has outsourced the NetWare client solution for Macintoshes to Prosoft Engineering Inc. Prosoft Engineering has released NetWare Client 5.12 for Mac OS, which uses IPX and supports NetWare 4.11 and above. 59ce067264


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