Last October I reported that Apple Server app 5.4 removes the option to setup network file shares (yes, you read right, a server app that can’t provide basic file sharing).  They also removed FTP sharing, Caching server, Time Machine backup server, and Xcode Server from the Server app.

Apple recently announced that even more services will be retired from the forthcoming Server app update, due in Spring 2018.  They have posted a support article titled “Prepare for changes to macOS Server”, listing the following services that will be depreciated:

  • Calendar
  • Contacts
  • DHCP
  • DNS
  • Mail
  • Messages
  • NetInstall
  • VPN
  • Websites
  • Wiki

Unlike file sharing, Apple claims that if you already have an existing Server app setup with these services already enabled, the service will continue to work after the Spring 2018 update.  For new installs the services will be hidden, an Apple warns that these depreciated services will be completely removed in a future release.

So you may ask yourself, what good is a Server app that can’t provide any server features?  Apple’s answer is “macOS Server is changing to focus more on management of computers, devices, and storage on your network”.  My answer is they are fully committed to removing themselves from this segment of the Enterprise market.  Instead of retiring the Server app and improving their Configurator app, they’ve decided to rip out all the “server” bits but leave the name confusing the same.