Apple is phasing out its macOS Server application that was first released back in 2011. Indeed, the company has announced in a support document that macOS Server is discontinued as of April 21, 2022 (via MacRumors).
According to Apple, all existing customers can still continue to download and use the app on the latest macOS Monterey. However, the company added that various server features from the app have already made their way into recent macOS versions.
“The most popular server features—Caching Server, File Sharing Server, and Time Machine Server are bundled with every installation of macOS High Sierra and later, so that even more customers have access to these essential services at no extra cost,” Apple explained.
The discontinuation of macOS Server shouldn’t be surprising because Apple has gradually deprecated many functionalities over the past few years. The list includes Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), Domain Name System (DNS), Virtual Private Network (VPN), messages, the Wiki, a mail server, NetInstall, AirPort management, as well as contact and calendar support.
It is important to note that this change was a part of Apple’s efforts to shift its focus towards consumer products such as Macs and iPads. The company also indicated its lack of interest in the server business by killing off the Xserve family of rack servers in 2010.
Apple recommends users to switch from Profile Manager to third-party alternatives such as Microsoft’s Active Directory (AD). The company has also provided support documents to help organizations migrate to other mobile device management (MDM) solutions.
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