macOS Sierra Server Part 3: Server Install & Initial Set Up

  • Published on Oct 30, 2016
  • In this screencast tutorial I cover how to install Server 5.2 and walk through the initial set up. I cover the entire server tab including how to determine what kind of server you want to set up, either local, VPN remote access, or registered domain name access. I then cover the rest of the server tabs and get you ready to set up the other services on your server.

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Comments • 39

  • Jack Yang Music
    Jack Yang Music 4 years ago +1

    Your videos have been really helpful. I did the uninstall because I just wanted to start from scratch. I reinstalled the app and it tells me that it won't run on my OS 10.12.5. How do I get it working again?

  • Wim Minnaard
    Wim Minnaard 5 years ago +1

    Hi Todd,
    Thanks so much for this one, great as usual :-)
    Am I correct to understand that Apple stopped external connection over AFP and SMB to only leave VPN as an option?
    I have moved the last users to VPN for file sharing to resolve the external connection issue but still rely on external connection AFP/SMB for back up purpose.
    Do you have a work around for external access without VPN or perhaps know an option to schedule VPN connection for back up purposes?
    I am quite sure VPN will not be stable enough for scheduled back up.
    Would be great if you could help out.

    Many thanks for the great series

    • Wim Minnaard
      Wim Minnaard 5 years ago

      Hi Todd
      External IP access used to work fine, had the links covered in forklift for all machines. Than users started complaining they could no longer access from outside the network.
      When I tested acces using external IP it worked fine as long as i was on the internal network, took me a while to discover the external IP stopped working from outside networks. I resolved this installing VPN on all user machines.

      Google search learnt me that this is an issue for some users since server 5.1. Reachability also stopped showing file sharing as being accessible.

      This is not my biggest problem, VPN solved most user issues. It is just that the back-up for one server stopped working and it would be nice to have this resolved.

    • Todd Olthoff
      Todd Olthoff  5 years ago

      Lover D Thanks for the comment. Apple didn't stop that access but usually a .private can't be used for external access due to it not being registered anywhere. You can always use your public ip any place you are asked to use your host name for remote access. Hope that makes sense.

  • Hajji Daoud
    Hajji Daoud 4 years ago +9

    Underrated youtube channel. Goldmine of Mac OS server videos!

    • Todd Olthoff
      Todd Olthoff  4 years ago

      Thanks so much for the comment! I really appreciate it and I'm so glad you have found it helpful! Have a great week!

  • jerometv
    jerometv 5 years ago +1

    Thanks a lot for this very clear tutorial... got it running on my macmini now :)

    • Todd Olthoff
      Todd Olthoff  5 years ago

      jerometv Awesome! Glad it helped you get everything up and running!

  • A. Newman
    A. Newman 4 years ago +1

    Many thanks for your tutorials; as always they are among the best. If one is using a Mac mini Server for file sharing, what would be the wisest configuration to access the server: 1- Local Network and VPN or 2- Internet?? - Thank you for your answer in advance.

    • A. Newman
      A. Newman 4 years ago

      That was my choice and I am glad you validated it. Thanks again

    • Todd Olthoff
      Todd Olthoff  4 years ago

      Thank you so much for the kind remarks! I’m so glad the videos are that helpful! As far as your question goes, if you are looking at highest security it would be local and VPN for remote access. Hope that helps!

  • Koen Keevel
    Koen Keevel 2 years ago

    Hi Todd,
    Thanks for all the info you have given about the server. I bet I didn't see all of the posts but have a little question.
    I would like to make a clean install of my server. (totally wipe clean) and want to reinstall the server app.That I can do with the help of your nice videos.
    But do you know if there is a way to bring back the old users with all their settings? (including their calendar/addresses etc)
    So where can I find the user data to backup and bring them back to my refreshed server.

  • Bedirhan Özcan
    Bedirhan Özcan Year ago

    Finally I'm gonna run my website with my hosting.... Steve job is the king man. I tried to host my website with ubuntu but it made a bugs too much and I decidet to run my website with mac os x. It will be perfect :-)

  • Rob Powell
    Rob Powell 3 years ago

    I can setup a DHCP, FTP and VPN along with other server services. But do you have a tutorial on setting up OS X Server 5.2 as a Gateway server?

  • Matthew Hegge
    Matthew Hegge 2 years ago

    Have you ever received "'Initializing setup' Error Domain:XSActionErrorDomain Code:1 - kNetworkError" across the board during setup, then failure?

  • Sam Jansen
    Sam Jansen 5 years ago +1

    Can I use a ip-adress instead of a domain name for the host name?

    • Todd Olthoff
      Todd Olthoff  5 years ago

      Thanks for the comment. You still need a host name for the server itself but could use your public IP to reach your server remotely. Hope that makes sense. Have a great week!

  • Jorge Pinal
    Jorge Pinal 4 years ago +1

    good work Todd ! I have the same problem, not being able to log into my network, from the Middle East to USA. via VPN ! so the internet is no longer the way we thought the internet was... huu?

    • Jorge Pinal
      Jorge Pinal 4 years ago

      what would it be an acceptable bandwidth to run a VPN? After several attempts can't make it happen!
      At least I tried... Im looking for some one to help me to set it up, Houston, TX

    • Todd Olthoff
      Todd Olthoff  4 years ago

      Thanks for the comment. VPN should work now and hopefully you could get it to connect. I've had solid performance with the latest update. I guess it all depends on quality of the connection as well.

  • Manuel Saina
    Manuel Saina 3 years ago

    Hi Todd, this version only works with Sierra or i can use with High Sierra, can i deploy another versions of Os for old macs, thanks.

  • Ricardo Dijo
    Ricardo Dijo 4 years ago +1

    Hi Todd, I have a question about mac mini server. I used to use my mac mini with os server. For that matter I made 2 partition on my 1TB internal HD, one for the server and the other for othr stuff. Now I remove OS server again after a while and want to remove one partition and have only one partititon of 1TB. But earse one partition doesnt doe anyhthing. Any idea?

    • Ricardo Dijo
      Ricardo Dijo 4 years ago

      Thanks for your reply, but I was wrong. I bought my mac mini with 1 TB HD, didnt know there were two HD of 500GB inside. I discovered this when I openen my mac mini. I taught I had only one physical HD of 1 TB. I used to use my mac mini als a server, so one hd for server purposes and the other for other things.

    • Todd Olthoff
      Todd Olthoff  4 years ago

      Thanks for the comment. So are you trying to delete the boot partition to start over? Or are you looking at getting rid of the other partition?

  • Gustavo Domínguez
    Gustavo Domínguez 4 years ago +1

    Do you still recommend macOS Server? Do you think High Sierra's gonna be good?

    I've tried it dozens of times and it always fails for no reason. I disable automatic update so it lasts me the life of the OS but there's always another Mac on the network that gets updates and now macOS won't connect to Apple Remote Desktop because of version mismatch forcing me to update and breaking either Open Directory, Profile Manager or both. Quite honestly I don't trust Apple anymore, even my Synology NAS server was better directory server than a clustered-, Time Machined-, Mac Servers.

    Now I'm on Active Directory and even thought it was a hard way up from the beautiful simplicity of macOS Server, and it's not without its million issues too, there hasn't been one I couldn't solve. With Apple on the other hand, there's only one option: start over from scratch because back ups somehow get messed up too.

    • Todd Olthoff
      Todd Olthoff  4 years ago +1

      Thanks for the comment. I think macOS server is still good and works in most cases. Depending on the needs or what is happening in the system there are bugs that can creep up. I know with Apple Remote Desktop there was an issue with the last update breaking the connection which is frustrating and I think they have that fixed now but I"m not sure. Active directory works as well but you are right the cost and interface are not too user friendly!

  • Bhavya Jain
    Bhavya Jain 4 years ago +1

    thanks good tutorials

  • Mac XPS
    Mac XPS 5 years ago +1

    Thank you so much

    • Todd Olthoff
      Todd Olthoff  5 years ago

      Mac XPS Your're welcome! Thanks for taking the time to comment:).

  • 4TruthBeTrue
    4TruthBeTrue 4 years ago +1

    is it possible to connect it up using a thunderbolt cable, would this make it operate faster? thanks

    • Todd Olthoff
      Todd Olthoff  4 years ago

      Got it. I think this article should help though I haven't done this myself:

    • 4TruthBeTrue
      4TruthBeTrue 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for your reply. Im trying to figure out how to configure the Mac mini server so that 2 Mac work stations can be connected by thunderbolt cables. Can you assist?

    • Todd Olthoff
      Todd Olthoff  4 years ago

      Thanks for the comment. Are you asking if hooking up your external drive to boot from by thunderbolt would be faster? If so, then yes it would be faster than USB. Hope that helps!

  • Wim Minnaard
    Wim Minnaard 5 years ago +1

    Sorry, forgot to mention that my server is a .private

  • Hugh Jorgan
    Hugh Jorgan 4 years ago +1

    I just set up my macbook to my mac mini with the server app. I selected 'Local Network and VPN'. It worked on the home network, but couldn't connect when I was on the network at work. Can you tell me what has happened?

    • Philip RALDA
      Philip RALDA 4 years ago

      Hugh Jorgan i

    • Todd Olthoff
      Todd Olthoff  4 years ago +1

      Thanks for the comment. If you are trying to use VPN and it is not connecting iit may be either that the ports are not open on your router, you have a firewall blocking access, or you work blocks VPN services because they want to monitor your network usage. Hopefully that helps point you in the right direction.

  • Arshad Ali
    Arshad Ali 2 months ago

    HI Todd, Pls make a Video for xsan setup on Mac OS Monterey / big sur