Use Server app to administer a remote server

Learn how to install Server app on an administrator computer that uses macOS. Then, use it to administer a remote server that uses macOS Server.

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Before you install Server app, you must turn on remote administration on your server.

Turn on remote administration

  1. On your server, open Server app.
  2. In the sidebar, select the server.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Select the "Allow remote administration using Server" checkbox. 

Install Server app

  1. On your administrator computer, sign in to the Mac App Store. Use the same ID that you used to buy the app. 
  2. On the Purchases tab, find Server app.
  3. Click Install.

Set up Server app

  1. On your administrator computer, open Server app.
  2. When you see the "Welcome to Server" window, don’t click Continue. Instead, click Manage, then choose Connect to Server.
  3. If your server appears in the list, choose it and type the administrator name and password.
  4. If your server doesn’t appear in the list, click Other Mac, then click Continue. Type the server’s host name or IP address.


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