Currently Being ModeratedOct 23, 2013 7:59 AM (in response to sbessel)
First of all make sure you have a full backup at hand in case that something goes wrong.
Then simply install Mavericks over your 10.8.5 machine.
Then, once booted and running Mavericks, purchase Server.app from the Mac App Store.
Once the download is finished, your Mac will tell you that Server.app was replaced.
Start the new Server.app, it will do the migration on the fly, and once it is finished, your Mavericks Server should be up and running, with all data and settings in place, just as you would expect it.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 23, 2013 8:17 AM (in response to Semmelrocc)
Just adding a little extra info, hopefully useful to someone.
Server 3 for Mavericks in the App Store for $20:
Currently Being ModeratedOct 23, 2013 8:48 AM (in response to Semmelrocc)
That is what I thought, but I didn't see that anyone has done this. It also scared me to do what appeared to be a downgrade to the normal desktop version of Mavericks, then upgrade to server after - I wasn't sure if it would keep all my server settings, and seeing a blank server window with all new settings would probably stop my heart
I think I may try and hold off a few weeks and see if others are successful.
thanks for the answers
Currently Being ModeratedOct 23, 2013 8:54 AM (in response to sbessel)
That's the way that you do it. I described this way because I have already done that successfully.
Here is the related official Apple support document (not yet updated): http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5381
Currently Being ModeratedOct 23, 2013 11:18 AM (in response to sbessel)
If you think "upgrading" to Mavericks is a "downgrade" from your server, you are fundamentally failing to understand the UNIX that runs underneath it all. ALL of the features of Server exist in EVERY iteration of Mac OS; the Server app makes them accessible at the GUI layer and tweaks some permissions. That's it.
Upgrading to Mavericks shouldn't change your server settings (I say shouldn't because you never know who stuck their fingers in the pie when they shouldn't have). It is far more likely to mess up your server settings when you install the Server upgrade because of assumptions the engineers make about how to configure stuff. Thus, the backups.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 23, 2013 11:44 AM (in response to kristin119)
ALL of the features of Server exist in EVERY iteration of Mac OS; the Server app makes them accessible at the GUI layer and tweaks some permissions.
That's not quite right any more. Since Mountain Lion, Apple chose to internalize the services logic into Server.app itself thus removing it from stock OS X. What you see in /Library/Server is created the first time you install Server.app, and it remains there, when you install a newer OS version, but it only contains service configuration files and services data. So Server.app is not only the server GUI anymore, but it actually IS the server nowadays.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 23, 2013 3:00 PM (in response to Semmelrocc)
For those that have done it, do you know if it can be done headless?
I just don't have the spare equipment close by. I know I was able to do the last few upgrades as well as the bump to server that way.
thanks for all the input, I think I am getting ready to attempt this.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 24, 2013 11:30 AM (in response to sbessel)
... and yes it can be done headless, there was another thread stating this could be done. I can tell you it just takes a LONG time, especially if you are waiting staring at a blank screen
thanks for all the help and answers.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 25, 2013 4:13 PM (in response to MichelG1970)
I recommend migrating to a separate disk volume, that way your Mountain Lion Server is untouched while you try out Mavericks Server.
Better yet, if you have a second computer you can test with...
Take Time Machine backups on Mountain Lion Server to a removable external drive.
Remove that external drive from the Moutain Lion Server and plug it in to a different computer where you will install Mavericks.
During the Mavericks install process, it will ask you if you want to migrate from a Time Machine backup; choose that option and select the external drive.
Once Mavericks is installed and migrated, get OS X Server (Mavericks) from the store and run it.
Verify your data migrated successfully -- if not, at least your Mountain Lion Server is untouched, and there hasn't been any downtime.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 25, 2013 5:24 PM (in response to coffeebreath)
I agree. I have had two attempts so far and have had to roll back twice.
During the upgrade, I get a spinning sunflower for hours. A force reboot makes the server unbootable.
Good backups are essential before upgrading.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 28, 2013 12:05 AM (in response to sbessel)
I have 2 hard drives for my server. An SSD which holds System, Applications etc and a Data HD for users. I had also put Server Data on that drive. When I attempted to upgrade to Mavericks and Server 3, Server 3 did not recognize that Server Data was not in the default location resulting in a disastrous upgrade and loss of users. I have now reverted to ML and Server 2.2 until Apple sorts this out.