Guía avanzada de macOS Server, versión Mavericks
We shouldn’t see news about macOS until WWDC, where we should attend the official presentation of version 10.14… but it seems that this year some things are ahead of us. Apple has released a statement warning of a change in focus of macOS Server .
Starting sometime this spring, macOS Server will change to focus more on “computer, device and storage management” in local networks. Some of the unrelated services will be hidden in an update that will come soon, and will disappear completely from the next major version of macOS Server.
Some services that are hidden are Calendar, Contacts, DHCP, VPN and DNS, Mail, Messages, NetInstall, Websites (Apache, Nginx) and Wiki. After the update that will appear this spring we will be able to continue configuring and using them, but we will have until the release of the next version of macOS Server to look for alternatives as they will disappear.
If you look at it, these are services that are now outdated by the latest technologies. Things like the calendar and the agenda are already managed very efficiently from the cloud, both individually and by sharing them among groups of people. So macOS Server no longer needs these administration tools.
macOS Server has been shrinking towards the minimum expression over the last few years. It has gone from being a full version of the formerly called OS X with tools for many professional use cases to being now simply an additional set of tools for standard macOS installations. And after the update we will have this spring, we will see it even more simplified.
Why is this happening? Apart from the fact that Apple has abandoned its efforts for the server market, many cloud services are already able to more than replace everything that macOS Server was able to do in the past. We may even see it disappear in the long run, directly integrating the few tools needed to manage networks into the standard version of macOS.