Apple macOS Server (2018): A guide for IT pros (free PDF)
The latest version of macOS Server offers security and performance improvements—but it also deprecates numerous services, which could have an impact on business continuity. This ebook looks at the key enhancements, the features that are no longer supported, and alternatives to macOS Server and to the non-supported features.
From the ebook:
As with each new release of macOS, Apple included new and updated features and applications, augmenting and complementing the existing ones that users have come to enjoy. With macOS Server 2018, Apple dropped support for many of the server features the company has provided in the past; we’ll dive into those details in the next section. These are the key services that are supported in macOS Server 2018:
- Open Directory: It’s the directory service that allows for centralized management of Mac computers on the network, alongside managing access to resources for user accounts and security groups. Open Directory (OD) is based on the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol standard to create a directory domain and provides the mechanism for authentication services in a client-server model.
- Profile Manager: Profile Manager (PM) has evolved into a full-fledged Mobile Device Management (MDM) server, capable of supporting hundreds of mobile and non-mobile devices while managing systems from setup and configuration to application installation and securing devices using configuration policies. Additionally, it can interface with the low-level OS functions to reset lost passwords, locate lost devices, or enable specific modes not generally configurable through the native macOS environment.
- Xsan: Apple’s storage area network (SAN) software enables networked systems to be clustered over a Fiber Channel network, allowing systems read/write access to shared block storage volumes. Xsan is a complete solution that includes the necessary software for the metadata controller, client software, and integrated management and monitoring tools. It is also interoperable with various client types, including but not limited to Windows and Linux distros.
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