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10.7: Updating Lion Server if using CalDAV and CardDAV
Authored by: agentx on Feb 06, '12 11:21:27AM

I have 10 Lion Servers in Production and 2 test servers ATM with another 8 more being deployed soon.

Server updates can always be a bit touch and go and one should always be prepared for the worst. ( been there done that got the T-Shirt !). I also always use System Combo updates and never trust deltas via software update system.

My procedures are to stop services, backup TM/SysClone , backup OD & SQL/PSQL/FMS Databases separately as well as /etc. If all goes well your downtime is no more than 1hour from start to finish.

On another note, I am pleased about the move to a more robust backend DB for these services and certainly do not trust TimeMachine on servers (not a big fan/user of TM anyway). Profile Manager is part of PSQL DB schema which currently has a mind of its own and seems to require a lot of nurturing to keep running ;-)

I feel compelled to point you all to krypted.com for some more very useful under the hood info on all this "new" Lion server stuff. Personally cannot wait for his book.
http://krypted.com/mac-os-x-server/using-serverbackup-to-backup-lion-servers/
http://krypted.com/iphone/backing-up-and-reindexing-the-profile-manager-database-in-lion-server/



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