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conundrum - upgrade client to server

346 Views 12 Replies Latest reply: Feb 16, 2014 7:51 AM by Grant Lenahan RSS
Grant Lenahan Level 4 Level 4 (1,190 points)
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Feb 14, 2014 4:43 PM



I have a server ( mac mini) that is running regular, old 10.6.8 client.  I bought (full package) 10.6 server.  I want to experiment with and likely use many of the server capabilities.


Here's the prpoblem. Since i have 10.6.8 on the machine, and this is 10.6.somethinglessthaneight, it wont install.


I could clean install, but then i would lose all the settings, etc that i want and need.


Any clever ideas?



  • Antonio Rocco Level 6 Level 6 (10,100 points)
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    Feb 15, 2014 5:33 AM (in response to Grant Lenahan)

    IIRC you could install 10.6 server over the top of the client OS without losing anything or changing the OS version it's currently on. You don't need to re-boot from the DVD as it should allow you to do an in-place installation. It may reboot normally once installed? Run Software Update immediately afterwards.


    If my memory is not what it used to be or the above does not work why not try virtualizion? Virtual Box (free), Parallels or VMFusionWare all work well in my experience. Makes sense especially if you don't want to lose the client settings you currently have?


    Beyond that you could attach an externally connected drive to hardware that does support booting from the server installer disk. You may have to purchase additional hardware? MacTracker is a useful resource for determining the hardware that would support booting from that version of the Server. For MacMinis anything from mid-2010 to early-2006 models would do.


    Not sure if any of the above is clever enough for you though?

  • Antonio Rocco Level 6 Level 6 (10,100 points)
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    Feb 15, 2014 6:09 AM (in response to Grant Lenahan)




    I remember using this on a MacPro where the minimum OS was 10.6.4 and the Server Installer was 10.6.3. It worked for me then. I offered it as a long-shot suggestion. Maybe the hardware you're using is simply too new?

  • Antonio Rocco Level 6 Level 6 (10,100 points)
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    Feb 15, 2014 6:24 AM (in response to Grant Lenahan)

    I feel your frustration and weariness as I've been there before many, many times. Good luck mate and let us know if you get any further with it. You never know someone else might find it useful?

  • MrHoffman Level 6 Level 6 (11,710 points)
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    Feb 15, 2014 10:17 AM (in response to Grant Lenahan)

    Are you starting from OS X already booted, or are you trying to boot from and install from the DVD? 


    The latter won't work — you cannot boot the DVD in this case, you must insert the server DVD and start the install with OS X (client) already booted and running. 


    This all assuming this is a retail (black) DVD and not a (grey) DVD for some specificsort of Mac.

  • MrHoffman Level 6 Level 6 (11,710 points)
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    Feb 16, 2014 7:15 AM (in response to Grant Lenahan)

    The path I've used: boot OS X client, insert the retail, black OS X Server 10.6 DVD disk, poke whichever button the installer offers, then boot whichever disk it tells me to reboot from — either from the DVD disk, or from the existing and now "tweaked" boot disk — and then allow the installer to continue with the installation.


    Given your description of the versions involved, I'd expect the installer to tell me to boot from the (tweaked) boot disk and not from the DVD disk.


    Microsoft calls this scheme sideloading, but I don't immediately recall what Apple called this 10.6 sequence.


    FWIW, some related documentation:  Archived - Mac OS X Server 10.6: Installing Mac OS X Server on a Mac OS X computer and the rest of the Snow Leopard Server manuals


    If that's not it, what particular Mac is involved here?  Which version of OS X Server 10.6?   (If it helps, here is a list of minimum versions of Intel Mac systems


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