Currently Being ModeratedAug 19, 2011 2:25 PM (in response to bslindgreen)
This is no small task. I'd say not a viable solution for a 'temporary' server. Your best bet would be to back up all of the data that you need to transfer. Take some time for this. Think about it for a day or so. You really don't want to forget something! Also, take notes. It sounds trivial but it will save you loads of time when you configure things on the permanent server.
As far as your 'temp' server, I wouldn't use a Lion Server setup. Just set up another snow leopard server. MySQL doesn't exist in Lion Server. The Mail system in Lion server is different as well and won't migrate easily. If you're using Wiki's, you'll probably find migration issues there as well. Take my word for it. Until you're ready to set up a permanent lion server, don't bother trying to migrate to something temporary.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 19, 2011 2:47 PM (in response to gracoat)
for the first. you cant buy snow leopard server anymore.
i didnt knew that lion doesnt support MySQL. but thats a whole other problem.
the only problem for me is that i have to move the email. i dont have that many users yet on my server. but they have a lot of emails. i can re create emails from backups. but when i am trying to move emails between accounts it reports "ERROR" when i am trying to sync emails. therefore i can figure out that it defently would not work if i swich server. how can i make that work.
thanks for helping me figure this out
Currently Being ModeratedAug 19, 2011 3:50 PM (in response to bslindgreen)
If you're running 10.6.6 on your xserve, presumably you have a code for 10.6 server.
If you're taking your xserve off line, use the code for 10.6 server on your temp machine that you used on the xserve.
If you're only using one active install at a time with 10.6, then there's not going to be an issue with having two machines and one code. It's when you have both machines on and serving stuff on the same network that you'll run into problems.
If you're going to run multiple production servers, then you'll need to see about getting another 10.6 license code. I'm SURE you could call apple and talk to someone there that will help you out. Explain your situation and be patient.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 22, 2011 4:11 AM (in response to bslindgreen)
I had to do the exact same thing earlier this year as like you everything on the the Xserve was basically screwed up including all the DNS settings, although I was using Leopard 10.5 and I wanted to move the Xserve up to Snow Leopard but to still enabling the company to carry on working without any idea that the Xserve was to be taken off line.
I thought about all this for would you believe, months, and to be honest Apple supports answers were really long winded and complicated... in the end I came up with an idea and spoke to Apple who actually told me the idea wouldn't work.... well, I thought I've not got much to loose with the amount of backups I had planned to do.
And for anyone else out there in the same position ... and providing you have a MacPro that you can use that you can afford to take out of action for however long you need .... THE ANSWER IS SIMPLE!
First, get yourself a spare internal hard drive for a MacPro.
When it's possible, I did all this over a weekend at home (Yes, I took the Xserve home!), take the Xserve OFF Line and Image the Xserve using Disk Utility. Depending on how large your Raid is, it will take a long time. Mine took a good day to image and I left it running over night.
Once you have the Disk Image, (which should have been Imaged on to an external drive). Connect the external drive with the Disk Image of the Xserve to the MacPro, start the MacPro up from a System Disk and RESTORE the Disk Image of the Xserve on to the new hard disk of the MacPro. (Again this took a long time for me, I think I had an Xserve with 800gb of data). Remember you have to 'Scan Image for Restore' first, which again takes almost 'forever'.
Once the Xserve's Image has been restored on to the MacPro's extra drive.... restart the MacPro.... DO NOT START FIRST TIME FROM THE RESTORED XSERVE's IMAGE ... let the MacPro start up normally from its original OS. Once the MacPro is up and running.... here is the test, either restart the MacPro using the ALT key and select a start up drive or go in to Sys Prefs and change the start up drive manually to the restored Xserve's start up OS.
If the restored Xserve's start up OS is showing as a start up drive... it should work ... if it does not show up in the Startup Disk section, then something has gone wrong somewhere! 'Bad Times'.
If it has, then restart the MacPro.... You should have a MacPro with the Xserve's OS working perfectly... the opening Server Admin screen will even show the Server OS as running on a MacPro rather than an Xserve... when mine first started up I could not believe it... it took a weekend to do... but it was unbelievably worth it... everything had transferred perfectly.
You should now be able to plug the MacPro in to you Internet and Network and it will carry on where it left off with everything as it was, eMail and everything, as it's a complete clone of what you had before. You can reload you Xserve taking as long as you like... We ran on a MacPro for 2 weeks before I was happy the Xserve was working perfectly with Snow Leopard Server.
There are a few in's and out's to remember like back up of the MacPro while the Xserve is out of action, we normally use an Autoloader which we couldn't use with the MacPro, so I just reworked the back up software to backup to alternate separate external drives until the Xserve was back in action.
Seriously... all but for the time it takes, as in a whole weekend for me... it really was painless and unbelievable simple.... such a shame Apple couldn't let people know this can be done!
If you'd like any more info of how all this was done, just let me know.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 22, 2011 8:39 AM (in response to bslindgreen)
It is still possible to run Snow Leopard 10.6.8 on the latest Mac's including MacBook Pros. It should equally be possible to run Snow Leopard Server 10.6.8.
Therefore one possibility is to do the following
- Clone your current 10.6.6 Server setup to an external hard disk
- Upgrade that external disk to 10.6.8 Server
- Connect that external disk to another computer e.g. a MacBook Pro
- Boot the new computer from the external disk
- Make any adjustments needed like compensating for the different Ethernet interface(s)
One of the major benefits of Mac OS X Server over Windows Server is the ease in which you can move an installed Mac OS X Server setup from one machine to another (as long as they are compatible hardware). This contrasts with the horrors of Windows Product Activation and (re)licensing, plus the fact Windows does not generally have a model independent set of drivers.
If/When one of my XServes had a hardware failure it was literally a matter of removing the disk(s) and inserting them in to another XServe and rebooting and I was instantly up and running again.