Original Mac OS X included
(see Tips 1 and 3)
Later Mac OS X included
(see Tip 1)
Mac OS X Build(s)
(see Tip 2)
Mac Pro (Mid 2012) Jun 2012 10.7.3 10.8 11D2001, 12A269 Mac Pro (Mid 2010) Aug 2010 10.6.4 10.7, 10.7.2, 10.7.3 10F2521, 10F2554, 11A511a, 11C74, 11D2001 Mac Pro with Mac OS X Server (Mid 2010) Aug 2010 10.6.4 10.7, 10.7.2, 10.7.3 (Server) 10F2522, 11A511a, 11C74, 11D2001 (Server) Mac Pro (Early 2009) Mar 2009 10.5.6 10.6 9G3553, 10A432 Mac Pro (Early 2008)
9B2117, 9C2031, 9E25 Mac Pro
10.4.8, 10.4.9, 10.4.10, 10.5
8K1079, 8N1430, 8N1250, 8K1124, 8P4037, 8R3032, 8R3041, 9A581, 9A3129
Since the 2010 and 2012 are both Mac Pro 5,1, they are both running the same firmware, and the differences between them will be minimal. The Server version just comes bundled with the Server software pre-installed, and maybe an extra drive -- it is not a fundamentally different machine.
If the 2010 can run 10.6.4, so can the later ones -- but getting it installed when the "full retail" discs contain 10.6.3 at the latest will be a trial. It can be done if you have another Mac that can run 10.6.8, and there is a very detailed procedure in a posting on this forum.
Server consists of EXACTLY the same underlying Mac OS X, with additional Server features installed on top of that. There used to be a simple add-on Installer for that, but it does not appear to be working in 10.6.8. You may have to extract and Install the Server add-on package with Pacifist.
Read through this thread where we did what you are contemplating:
(my link is to the middle, you will want to start at the beginning.)
The fifth post in shows a link to an field-developed procedure for installing using another Mac.
Remember the rules:
• shipped in the box "model specific" sources only have drivers for that model.
• Purchased "Full Retail" versions, by Upgrade DVD _OR_ Download, contain Drivers for every appropriate Mac.
Oh so you can't use a 10.6.5 installer disc from a 2010 Mac Pro on a 2012 Mac Pro? If not, then the question really is, is there any other distinguishing method of finding the model # by year? Also is there any software you can't run on 10.6.5 Server, that you can on Client?
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Oh so you can't use a 10.6.5 installer disc from a 2010 Mac Pro on a 2012 Mac Pro?
I think you CAN, if you could find one, because same-family Macs running the same firmware (Mac Pro 5,1 in this case) are the same model for this purpose.
Server differs mostly in the priority given the logged-in User versus the Server tasks. There is nothing you can't run on a Server. Certain Sharing things must be configured through the Server software instead of by System Preferences, that all.