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With macOS High Sierra came updates to the Server app, now called macOS Server and available on the App Store for USD 19.99. We covered Server extensively in the past, but that was back on OS X Mavericks (10.9). We thought it was time for an update.

This version of Server is different from the previous ones in that Apple has chosen to move three server components to High Sierra itself and make them available to all users. For some, those components might have been the reason they wanted Server in the first place, so there is no longer a need for the macOS Server app when running High Sierra. We will cover each of these services in detail and take a look at a new way to access file shares on iOS devices, due to the removal of the iOS File Sharing service and webDAV sharing from macOS Server. To achieve this, we'll set up the VPN service and use Readdle's Documents app for iOS to access those file shares both locally and remotely.

The full tutorial covers:

  • Content Caching
  • Over-the-air Time Machine Backups
  • File Sharing
  • macOS Server Installation & Setup
  • Advanced File Sharing Options
  • Accessing Your Shares on iOS Devices
  • Assigning a Static Local IP Address
  • Changing Host Name
  • Setting Up VPN to Access File Shares
  • Port Forwarding for Remote VPN Access
  • Configuring VPN on iOS Device
  • iOS File Sharing with Documents by Readdle
  • Remote Access to File Shares

App Store Links: macOS Server - Mac App Store

Documents - iOS App Store

Video Tutorial Comments

(2 comments posted)

Jack DeWolf

I wonder how I would set the Permanant IP address with a Time Capsule. I suspect Airport utility/ My Time Capsule/Network tab/DHCP Reservations?


Todd Olthoff

Thanks for the comment. Yes you would set that reservation there and use the Mac Address of your device to set it. Hope that helps!

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