What's new in macOS Server 5.7.1

Learn about the changes included in macOS Server 5.7.1.

Apple no longer bundles open source services such as Calendar Server, Contacts Server, the Mail Server, DNS, DHCP, VPN Server, and Websites with macOS Server. Customers can get these same services directly from open-source providers. For more information, learn more about preparing for changes to macOS Server.

Apple continues to develop and support the other features of macOS Server, including Open Directory, Profile Manager, and Xsan management.

Profile Manager

Profile Manager provides enhanced management capabilities and support for management of new features in macOS, iOS, and tvOS. 

  • Configure an Apple Business Manager account
  • Install App Store apps for tvOS
  • Configure new restrictions, payloads, and commands:

For macOS

New Restrictions payload settings

  • Allow proximity based password sharing requests
  • Allow password sharing
  • Allow password autofill
  • Allow software update installation for non-admin users

New Dock payload settings

  • Show Recents in Dock

New Exchange payload settings

  • Use OAuth for authentication

New Smart Card payload settings

  • Require Smart Card
  • Enable screen saver on Smart Card removal

New Passcode payload settings

  • Force password reset during next user authentication

New Security & Privacy payload settings

  • Show personal recovery key

New Education payload settings

  • Send to teacher-assigned Macs

New Xsan payload settings

  • Ability to configure automatic mounts
  • Ability to specify Distributed LAN Client mount preferences

For iOS

New Restrictions payload settings

  • Allow proximity based password sharing requests (supervised devices only)
  • Allow password sharing (supervised devices only)
  • Allow password autofill(supervised devices only)
  • Force automatic date and time (supervised devices only)
  • Allow USB restricted mode (supervised devices only)
  • Allow managed Contacts accounts to write to unmanaged accounts
  • Allow unmanaged Contacts accounts to read managed accounts
  • Disable eSIM (supervised devices only)

New Mail and Exchange payload settings

  • Allow a user to enable or disable S/MIME signing
  • Allow a user to modify the selection of the S/MIME signing certificate
  • Allow a user to enable or disable S/MIME encryption
  • Allow a user to modify the selection of the S/MIME encryption certificate

New Exchange payload settings

  • Use OAuth for authentication

New Notifications payload settings

  • Specify whether an app is allowed to send critical alerts
  • Allow grouped notifications
  • Show in CarPlay

New VPN payload settings for IKEv2 configurations

  • Ability to specify DNS server addresses
  • Ability to specify primary domain of the tunnel
  • Ability to specify DNS search domains
  • Ability to specify DNS supplemental match domains

New Setup Assistant pane Device Enrollment skip options

  • iMessage & FaceTime and Screen Time
  • Add Cellular Plan

Deprecated payloads

  • macOS Server Accounts

New Commands

  • Show SIM information

For tvOS

New Restrictions payload settings

  • Allow proximity based password sharing requests (supervised devices only)

New Commands

  • Install Updates (only appears in the Action pop-up menu when updates are available on the selected Apple TV or Apple TV devices within a group)
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