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Apple Releases macOS Server 5.2 Beta with Apple School Manager Support

macOS Server 5.2

Apple has released macOS Server 5.2 Beta to developers, with a full released expected this Fall along side macOS sierra.

Server 5.2 beta (build 16S1083q, app version 5.1.50) is now available for testing. This version is designed for use with OS X version 10.11.6 beta and macOS Sierra version 10.12 beta.

Developers can download it from the Apple Developer Downloads.

What’s New in macOS Server 5.2

Profile Manager

  • Integration with Apple School Manager to get Managed Apple ID and class information
  • Skip the iMessage & FaceTime Setup Assistant pane in iOS 10
  • Skip the iCloud Desktop and Siri Setup Assistant panes in macOS Sierra version 10.12
  • Choose default app for audio calls for Contacts, Exchange, Google, and LDAP 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
  • 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.