2 Replies Latest reply: Feb 26, 2013 12:24 PM by UptimeJeff
BrianMBM Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I'm looking to migrate a MacPro 3,1 (2x quad core Intel Xeon & 2g ram) that's running 10.5.8 Server to 10.8.2 Server while retaining users,groups, share points, permissions, etc.. Since I see that I have to install 10.6.8 first to get to 10.8.2, this poses some interesting issues:


First, Is it necessary to install 10.6.8 server or can I just install the client version of the OS and then purchase the 10.8.2 server from the app store?


I use this machine for a small office, running AFP only. No OD, and no websites. This box lives behind a firewall which manages the VPN.


Is there a way to export users/groups, share points, propagated permissions from the 10.5.8 server in a way that I can import to 10.8.2 (I know, asking a lot)?


If not, what are the best practices for this procedure?


Appreciate the help.

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8), Server 10.5.8, 2g Ram
  • 1. Re: Migrate 10.5.8 Server to 10.8.2...
    oogan66 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm in the same situation here.


    My 10.5.8 Server is running on the exact same MacPro 3,1 as Brian's, with the only difference being I'm running 6Gb of RAM, and I have a Hardware RAID setup...


    I too need to keep all current users, groups, share points, permissions etc as I migrate to 10.8.2.


    Is there anyone out there with some knowledge on the best way to perform this migration?


    I'm almost tempted to come in one weekend and take the MacPro offline (after a TimeMachine backup), erase the disk and start new with a clean install of 10.8.2, then reset everything from scratch. It seems to me that this might be easier than progressing through a number of difficult (and expensive) upgrades.

  • 2. Re: Migrate 10.5.8 Server to 10.8.2...
    UptimeJeff Level 4 Level 4 (3,390 points)

    Clone your old server.

    Do a CLEAN install of 10.8, upgrade it to the latest.

    Set it up like a new server.


    If you want to keep your users/groups/permissions, you can exports users/groups and if you have to copy your sharepoints make sure you retain their permissions. You'll need to re-enter user passwords (an export/import of users doesn't retain passwords).


    Resetup your sharepoint and vpn config from scratch. (nothing to it)


    Its just not that much to setup the server from scratch. Why go through an upgrade/migration process when you have the opportunity to leave any gremlins behind.