About macOS Server 5.2

Learn about changes included in the macOS Server 5.2 update.

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macOS Server 5.2 updates Server 5.1.7. It requires OS X 10.11.6 or macOS Sierra 10.12.

On a Mac running OS X 10.11.6 or macOS v10.12, update to macOS Server 5.2 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 the following changes:

General changes

  • Provides support for macOS Sierra 10.12.
  • 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.

Profile Manager

  • Integration with Apple School Manager to get Managed Apple ID and class information
  • Skip the Siri Setup Assistant pane in macOS Sierra version 10.12
  • Choose default app for audio calls for Contacts, Exchange, and Google accounts
  • Set Bluetooth Modification restriction on supervised devices
  • Set Apple Music; iCloud Keychain Sync; and Sharing to Notes, Reminders, or LinkedIn restrictions for macOS Sierra version 10.12
  • Set new IKEv2 authentication method option or specify IPSec disconnect on idle timeout for VPN
  • Restrict Cisco fast lane Quality of Service marking or disable captive network detection for Wi-Fi networks
  • Restrict unlocking a Mac using Apple Watch
  • Configure IP firewall

Caching Server

  • Enhanced control over peer replication


  • To improve security, SMB connections now require signing by default.


  • AES is now a supported encryption type for Kerberized NFS

Xsan 5

  • macOS Sierra and Server 5.2 include support for the Xsan 5 file system. Xsan 5 is compatible with the Quantum StorNext 5.3 file system.
  • See Xsan Compatibility information before upgrading to Xsan 5.

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