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Snow Leopard server, Lion clients

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Apr 26, 2012 9:51 AM

Good day I am running a 10.6.8 server (Mac Pro 2010) with 300 user account on it. At this time because out client computers needing compatibility with multiple applications upgrades we need to upgrade all out clients to 10.7.3. The decision has been made and I need to go with it. The server only runs user accounts, shared folders, Wiki and DNS. I am hesitant to upgrade the server to 10.7. I have attempted some quick searches for any issue with running 10.6.8 Server and 10.7 clients but it has not resulted in much.

  • What is the biggest issue I am going to be running into?
  • Will AFP still work with 10.7 clients?
  • Should I upgrade the server to 10.7 also?
  • What will I loose at this point upgrading everything?

 

Looking forward to what I can learn.

Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • Camelot Level 8 Level 8 (45,680 points)
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    Apr 26, 2012 6:36 PM (in response to trekkingedu)
    • What is the biggest issue I am going to be running into?

     

    What issues will you run into if you upgrade your clients to Lion, but leave your server on Snow Leopard? none. That's entirely valid.

     

    • Will AFP still work with 10.7 clients?

     

    Yes

     

    • Should I upgrade the server to 10.7 also?

     

    Not unless you specifically need some of the features in Mac OS X Lion Server, and absolutely not if you only have one server.

     

    • What will I loose at this point upgrading everything?

     

    Probably several nights' sleep. Upgrading a server, and maintaining all the services without any downtime is a significant process. Snow Leopard Server doesn't stop running just because Lion is available, and it won't stop when Mountain Lion comes along, either.

     

    If your mandate is to upgrade the clients, then do that, and take your time planning your server upgrade/migration.

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