About macOS Server 5.3

Learn about changes included in the macOS Server 5.3 update.

macOS Server 5.3 updates Server 5.2. It requires macOS Sierra 10.12.4.

On a Mac running 10.12.4, update to macOS Server 5.3 from the Updates pane of the Mac App Store. To prevent the interruption of services, Server updates aren't automatically installed, even if you've chosen to install other updates automatically from the Mac App Store.

During installation you might see the message "Server app replacement detected." This is a normal part of the update process. All Server settings and data are preserved during the update.

After installation is complete, open Server app to finish setting up your previously configured services.

This release includes these changes.

General changes

  • Provides support for macOS Sierra 10.12.4.
  • Supports migrating Server data from a volume with a version of macOS Sierra 10.12 prior to 10.12.4 and macOS Server 5.2.
  • Supports migrating Server data from a volume with OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 and OS X Server 5.1.7 or OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 and OS X Server 5.0.15.

Caching Server

  • Enhanced control over cache size.

Profile Manager

The following updates were made to Profile Manager.

For tvOS

Support for new device management capabilities introduced in tvOS 10.2:

  • Configure Device Enrollment Program settings including auto-advance through Setup Assistant.
  • Install enterprise apps.
  • Create new Conference Room Display and Single App Mode (enterprise apps only) profile payloads.
  • Configure restrictions to disable AirPlay, disable pairing with Remote app, and require a passcode on first AirPlay pairing.
  • Set name, restart, and erase.

For iOS 10.3

Support for new Configuration Profile payload changes and commands introduced in iOS 10.3:

  • Restrict WiFi network connections to managed networks only.
  • Configure restrictions for Dictation and modification of AirPlay and View Screen permission settings.
  • Specify separate S/MIME Sign and Encrypt certificates in the Mail and Exchange payloads.
  • Restart, shut down, and play Lost Mode sound on a device.
  • Location accuracy information provided for devices in Lost Mode.
  • VPN on demand support for IKEv2 in the VPN payload.
  • Set the supported IP versions for the default APN in the Cellular payload.

For macOS

Configure new restrictions introduced in macOS Sierra 10.12.4:

  • Allow Touch ID to unlock a supported Mac.
  • Allow iCloud Drive.
  • Allow iCloud Desktop & Documents.
  • Allow iCloud Keychain, Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, and Bookmarks.

Other changes

  • Ability to set device name at enrollment time.
  • A new Classroom configuration option to allow modifying the AirPlay and View Screen permission on student devices.
  • Ability to configure Class name format with a combination of Course Name and Class Number for classes synced from Apple School Manager.
  • Automatic syncing of passcode type for Managed Apple IDs from Apple School Manager.
  • Ability to assign ownership of a Mac enrolled without authentication.
  • A new option to skip the Home Setup Assistant pane in the Device Enrollment Program settings.
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