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Repurchasing OS X Server app, saving settings and data

374 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Dec 14, 2012 1:47 AM by greenvespa RSS
BobF4321 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Dec 7, 2012 4:19 PM

I need to repurchase the OS X Server app with a different AppleID than it was originally installed with, so that future updates can be applied under the new AppleID.  Normally this is done by dragging the app to the trash, logging in to the Mac App Store with the new AppleID, and purchase/installing it... will trashing the Server app throw away all my settings and data?  Is there a way to preserve them?  I know Time Machine can restore the data (as long as I know the paths to be restored), but I think some settings are stored in the app bundle.  Any suggestions?


There really needs to be a way to repurchase an app with a new AppleID without downloading it!

Mac Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • rmmr Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    I don't recommend updating to 2.2 yet.  So leaving the old version installed for now is the best option.  I just got off the phone with Apple Enterprise Support and was told of a known-issue: I could not replace a self-signed cert with a verified cert at the moment.  It's completely broken for me and the rep wasn't surprised.  Most of Apple's services require a cert to work properly.  So, if you're using certs at all, stay away.  Certs added prior to 2.2 appear to function normally.


    To answer your original question: only core server functions are stored within the package including some helpful reset scripts.  All of your settings should be stored in /Library/Server


    Once you delete, it stops all services.  Your settings will be reloaded once you run the new  I haven't seen any issues with this in 2.1.1 or 2.2 -- both on 10.8.1 or 10.8.2.


    That assumes that everything was setup properly from the beginning.  When in doubt, do nothing.  Updating the server isn't something anyone should really be doing right now.  Unless it's in a test environment.

  • greenvespa Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Dec 14, 2012 1:47 AM (in response to rmmr)

    Hi rmrrm, after 2.2 update i've got some problems on Wiki and Profile Manager and i'd like to reinstall Server App but i don't wnat to lose users (open directory) and mails. You said that settings will be preserverd after Server App reinstallation. Also users and mails?



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