It’s never been so easy to keep everyone on the same page.
The advanced features in OS X Server bring more power, control and collaboration to your organisation. So everyone on your team can work together more effectively.
Caching Server reduces the amount of data that needs to be uploaded or downloaded to devices on your network. It speeds up the delivery of data from the App Store, Mac App Store, iTunes Store, iTunes U and iBooks Store. It also accelerates the download of personal data stored in iCloud, including photos and iCloud Drive. When a user on your network downloads new software or data from Apple, a copy is automatically stored on your server. So the next time other users on your network update or download that same software, they actually access it from inside the network.
Profile Manager simplifies the process of deploying, configuring and managing the Mac computers and iOS devices in your organisation. It’s one place where you control everything. You can create profiles to set up user accounts for mail, calendars, contacts and messages; configure system settings; enforce restrictions; set PIN and password policies; and more. Profile Manager simplifies the distribution of institution-licensed apps and books purchased through the App Store Volume Purchase Program. It also gives users access to a self-service web portal where they can download and install new configuration profiles, as well as clear passcodes and remotely lock or wipe their Mac, iPhone or iPad if it’s lost or stolen. In addition, Profile Manager supports management of new settings and features introduced in iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan. And it allows you to perform push installs of OS X enterprise apps and iOS media assets including PDF, EPUB and iBooks Author files.
OS X Server lets you assign Volume Purchase Program (VPP) apps to devices — instead of a user’s Apple ID. This allows for the installation of VPP apps on iOS devices and Mac computers without configuring an Apple ID or sending an invitation. You can also migrate apps already installed on a device to a user’s Apple ID without deleting the app or user data.
App Store apps — including newly assigned apps and app updates — can be installed even if the App Store is disabled. And apps configured to use Kerberos will automatically launch per-app VPN when a user logs in to that app. You can enrol iPad and iPhone in the Device Enrolment Program (DEP) and remove the new “Move from Android” option. New network usage rules allow each group or company to specify how managed apps use networks — like restricting the app’s ability to connect over cellular or when roaming on other networks. And you can also update DEP-enrolled supervised devices to the latest iOS version.
OS X Server features restrictions for devices to prevent the use of Mail Drop or AirDrop. You can enable restrictions for supervised devices too, like preventing wallpaper changes, device name changes, modification of enterprise app trust settings, access to iCloud Photo Library or keyboard shortcuts, Apple Watch pairing or setting a passcode.
You can automatically create an administrator account during initial system setup that can be hidden from standard users. Or create a standard account or skip account setup during DEP enrolment; configure the OS X Setup Assistant to create a new standard (non-administrator) account; or skip account creation entirely during DEP enrolment.
OS X Server can act as a designated Time Machine backup location for all the Mac computers on your network. Centralising your backup storage helps protect valuable data and free up disk space on individual drives. And it eliminates the need for separate backup drives altogether. You can view the backup status for each Mac on your network, as well as which computers and users are backing up to your server, when they last backed up and the total size of each backup. OS X Server also takes advantage of Time Machine to back up your server data — including shared files, calendars, mail, wikis and more — to another hard drive, so you can easily restore.
Xcode Server makes it easier than ever for development teams to create high-quality software. Software developers can create bots that work on any Mac running OS X Server to automatically build and archive their projects, run tests on multiple iOS devices, host Git repositories and view a history of integration results — all from within Xcode on any Mac in the network.
OS X Server makes it easy for groups to collaborate and communicate through their own wiki-powered website. With simple yet powerful tools, users can create and edit wikis and individual pages, tag and cross-reference material, upload files and images, and create tables and add comments. The wiki is accessible from a browser, so anyone can access it at any time. Users can easily search for new pages and content, show recent activity and view attachments with Quick Look. Whenever a page has been updated or new comments have been added, everyone receives an automatic email notification. Wiki Server is also optimised for iPad. And with WebDAV support, iPad users can open and save attachments from the wiki in Pages, Numbers and Keynote.
Calendar Server makes sure everyone on the network knows where to be and when to be there. Users can share calendars, schedule meetings, book conference rooms and coordinate events. Contacts Server makes it easy to share contacts and keep them in sync on Mac, iPad and iPhone. And Mail Server in OS X Server works with email clients on Mac, iPad, iPhone and PC. It supports push notifications for immediately notifying users when new mail messages arrive. With built-in virus detection and junk mail filtering, unwanted mail doesn’t come close.
Xsan is a powerful and scalable solution for storage consolidation. Everyone in your organisation can have fast, concurrent access to terabytes of centralised data. Built into OS X, Xsan allows any Mac to access Xsan or StorNext volumes over Fibre Channel or Ethernet.
Virtual private network (VPN) access enables your offsite users to securely connect to your network and its services, while preventing access by unauthorised individuals. OS X Server includes VPN on demand, which allows every Mac to establish a secure connection automatically. VPN Server supports L2TP/IPSec and PPTP tunnelling protocols to provide encryption and remote network access for your Mac computers, iPad and iPhone devices, and Windows PCs.
Messages Server brings the collaborative power of instant messaging to your organisation. Workgroups can transfer files securely, share group messages, conduct audio conferences — even broadcast a presentation, movie or photo slideshow to other Messages users running OS X.
NetInstall is designed for administrators who manage operating system installations and software updates for their organisations. It’s the perfect IT assistant. It performs automated software installations — whether a new version of OS X, a specific suite of applications for a workgroup or both. It eliminates the expense of distributing software on discs. And it saves administrators from having to configure each system in person.