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Upgrade to 10.5 Server without reboot on newest Macs OS X Server
This is more observational than hint-like, but it's interesting. This morning we had a customer order a new 2009 Mac mini, and they asked to have it upgraded to Leopard Server.

When we put the DVD into the Mac mini slot, we were getting ready to boot from DVD to do the upgrade. However, with this new mini, it no longer requires a reboot. You can install the Leopard Server Install Package without booting from the DVD.
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Upgrade to 10.5 Server without reboot on newest Macs
Authored by: stukdog on Mar 11, '09 07:54:54AM

I was surprised at this change.

It turns out that when you run Software Update after the install, it will download the Leopard Server updates and then reboot. After the reboot, you'll get the regular config on type of install, hostname, services, etc.



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Upgrade to 10.5 Server without reboot on newest Macs
Authored by: waffffffle on Mar 11, '09 03:45:36PM

I'm not sure I understand this process. You've got a new Mac mini running 10.5.6, in the Finder. You insert a Leopard Server DVD (10.5.4?) and do what? It usually prompts you to restart. In the past, to upgrade to OS X Server you would need to find the right .pkg and install it to the boot drive. Is this any different?



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Upgrade to 10.5 Server without reboot on newest Macs
Authored by: jaydisc on Mar 11, '09 04:43:52PM

This is not new. This has been available for ages because the standard, shipping OS X Server installer DVD's System Folder does not support new hardware as it's released. Otherwise, Apple would have to re-release OS X Server disks every time they announced new supported hardware



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