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Need help moving Server files to new computer

493 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Nov 26, 2012 2:12 PM by John H RSS
Troy Pickett Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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Nov 25, 2012 12:06 PM

I have a MBP that was repurposed as a server after upgrading my laptop. But, I didn't wipe the laptop before turning it into a server. That has caused some other problems (mostly with other server software - unrelated to OSX Server). So, now I want to do a clean install on the laptop.


My only issue is moving the OSX server files. I can't find a guide/manual/discussion that tells me what files to move in order to move my server setup.


My biggest need is to save the wiki I've created. I could probably reset everything else.


Any help is appreciated.



MacBook Pro (15-inch 2.4/2.2 GHz), OS X Server
  • Antonio Rocco Level 6 Level 6 (10,095 points)
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    Nov 26, 2012 3:31 AM (in response to Troy Pickett)



    Although this support article is for 10.6:



    The statement in the Summary appears to suggest the instructions work for 10.8 to 10.8? However the article may not help you as there are further network implications that may not apply to your situation?


    Ultimately the only way you're ever going to really find out is to try it yourself. Etiher the way you think it may be work (doubtful but you never know) or the method suggested in the article or a combination of the two. Or googling for another answer elsewhere.


    As ever I would try and make sure you have a full working backup of any critical data important to you before trying anything.





  • John H Level 3 Level 3 (845 points)
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    Nov 26, 2012 1:28 PM (in response to Troy Pickett)

    see this


    Or use the migration assistant. You will need to clone the server first as a clean install will wipe your data.


    If you need to save network users create an OD archive first. I am not sure how to do this in ML. but in lion use the server admin app. This was a stumbling block. After the migration delete the OD directory, create a new OD master in the server app then restored the Database. Sorry, I dont have the commends at hand but a search should locate them.

  • John H Level 3 Level 3 (845 points)
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    Nov 26, 2012 2:05 PM (in response to Troy Pickett)

    Use the migration assistant (found in utilities folder) and timemachine. Do you have any space to temporarily clone the disk to the TM drive?


    I dont know why but am nervous using timemachine.

  • John H Level 3 Level 3 (845 points)
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    Nov 26, 2012 2:12 PM (in response to John H)


    as per

    Clean install ML client

    update ML client

    migrate data

    update to server

    open server app to complete the conversion


    I think there are some knowledge base articles on how to copy a wiki in ML - I suggest you at least look at backing up the wiki files.


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