Apple Issues kill -9 on macOS Server

Originally published at: Apple Issues kill -9 on macOS Server - TidBITS

Apple has officially discontinued macOS Server, the software product that originally brought together a wide variety of Internet servers and has been losing capabilities for years.

Another useful point is that macOS still includes the Apache web server (at least Big Sur does). You need to manually configure it by editing configuration files, but it’s there and works.

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Well, I used Server starting with Tiger, when it cost $1k and was really hard to configure. It finally got to the point where it worked really well, and then Apple dumped it by removing most of the functionality I needed (DNS, VPN, Web Server, etc.) Coupled with Apple later abandoning their networking hardware, this was a big Middle Finger to small office/home office.

Count me as one who is saddened - but not surprised - by this.

At its best, Server offered a perfectly reasonably non-technical option for small businesses to run their own servers. We bought one of the first ever XServes in Australia and used it for more than 10 years. I think we ended up with 4 or 5 at one stage to run a publishing company with about 50 users.

Our primary need was file sharing which we found very reliable - far more reliable than the current file sharing options on recent Mac OSes. We used many of the other services but for several years - since Apple started stripping services - have been installing our own versions of Apache, MySql etc.

It’s clear Apple sees the cloud as the future but it’s still a shame for people who may want to run a small family server at home or a micro business who wants to keep their data and services in-house.

Apple has also discontinued Fleetsmith:

Fleetsmith’s demise isn’t such a surprise as it’s the heart of the new Apple Business Essentials service they offer.

My big question is OpenDirectory: what’s the replacement for that?

I’m less technical than many here (…Tidbits great value, learning from all you smart guys…;-)…but would someone please parse the headline…

What does “-9 on MacOS Server” mean?

The command “kill -9” in *nix-based systems means roughly “terminate with extreme prejudice” (no chance of recovery).


Deploying Jason Bourne or some such – many thanks, @markwmsn

My older iMac ran Server in the iteration that was a $34 add on to the free MacOS X of that moment (I’m thinking Lion or Mountain Lion but now don’t recall). It was always a tantalizing gateway to running calendar and address directory servers, but I ended up capitulating to a couple of Google services. The machine’s network name is the remaining artifact of that time. I would have loved if they’d gone forward instead of stripping out services.