A future release of macOS Server is depreciating key server services, so that it can focus on management. Along with releasing macOS Server 5.5, Apple published this support document yesterday, Prepare for changes to macOS Server. Apple suggests replacements for these key depreciated services: Calendar, Contacts, DHCP, DNS, Mail, Messages, NetInstall, VPN, Websites, and Wiki.
What is the purpose of server software that depreciates most key server functions? Will integrating suggested replacements be easy or practical? By focusing on management, is macOS Server becoming a new version of Apple Configurator or Remote Desktop? From the document:
“macOS Server is changing to focus more on management of computers, devices, and storage on your network. As a result, some changes are coming in how Server works. A number of services will be deprecated, and will be hidden on new installations of an update to macOS Server coming in spring 2018. If you’ve already configured one of these services, you’ll still be able to use it in the spring 2018 macOS Server update.
These deprecated services will be removed in a future release of macOS Server, so those depending on them should consider alternatives, including hosted services.”