NO THEY'RE NOT
"Apple whispers farewell to macOS Server
All the bits that make it a server are being deprecated"
Rubbish! I recently wrote about Apple's deprecation of several services inside macOS Server. Here's my post again:
As of OS X (macOS) 10.5 Leopard, there were complaints coming out of Apple, albeit unofficially, that Mac OS X Server had begun to decline in quality. Those of us working in the field agreed. As of 10.7 Lion, it was clear that Apple was debating its future, with Server being both vastly simplified into a mere add-on and its price drastically dropped.
I personally gave up on Server as of 10.9 Mavericks. Apple’s attempts to keep it ‘professional’ software were faltering. Apple’s concurrent attempt to make a dent into the Enterprise niche were again failing, its server hardware was on the chopping block. Awful Microsoft continued, detrimentally, to rule the Enterprise. Woe on us all.
Now Server continues to shrink (NOT ‘killed’) into fewer, more bare bones services.
At the moment there is an extremely active debate about this situation going on at the MacEnterprise list (@lists.psu.edu) with the number of posts headed past 100. Those who work with Mac servers are either:
A) In a panic
B) Resigned to Server eventually being ‘killed’
C) Recognizing why Apple is killing off the specific service published in their list.
If you’d like to read Apple’s announcement regarding services to be ‘hidden’ and eventually ‘removed’, check this out:
Note that this list does NOT NOT NOT equate to Server being ‘killed’. But it certainly points toward Apple again lowering its support for Server. Some of the services have been moved into standard macOS, such as Caching Server. XCode Server has been moved into XCode. Some of the deprecated services are rarely used. Some are easily available elsewhere for Mac. Some others have lost Apple’s interest, apparently.
Meanwhile, Server still provides a lot of core services useful to at least most small businesses. They include:
– PHP, Perl, Ruby, Rails, PostgreSQL
– Profile Server
– Aspects of NetInstall
– VPP (Volume Purchase Plan)
– DEP (Device Enrollment Program)
– macOS Setup Assistant
… And a several server management odds and ends.
For further detail, compare the technical specifications list for Server at Wikipedia and compare it to the Apple list of deprecating services. You’ll find that macOS Server lives on albeit with several fewer services.