Installing Mac OS X Lion

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How to Decide between Lion Server New Install, Upgrade, or Migration

Whether you’re creating your first Lion Server or upgrading or migrating an older server, you need to understand the differences. There are also some things that aren’t moved during an upgrade or a migration [more…]

A Roadmap to Installation and Setup for Lion Server

A little planning and knowledge of the options and pitfalls go a long way to a smooth installation of OS X Lion Server. Here are the main decision points and tasks for installing and setting up Lion Server [more…]

How to Collect Hardware ID Numbers before Lion Server Installation

The first step in doing a Lion Server installation is gathering the information you will need about your Lion Server hardware and about your network equipment. This tells you where to look for the information [more…]

Network Information You Need before Lion Server Installation

During the installation and setup process, you may be asked for variety of numbers that identify your network and the server’s role in it. You may need this information for each network port you’ll use [more…]

Rules for IP Addressing when Upgrading to Lion Server

If you’re upgrading Snow Leopard or Lion client to Lion Server, you will need to set the IP address before starting the installation. When you set an IP address manually [more…]

Rethink Clean Installs, Updates, and Reformatting Options for Lion Server

Because the OS X Lion Server installation process is so different, you may have to rethink preconceived notions about clean installs. Conventional wisdom has been that a clean install gets rid of the flotsam [more…]

How to Do a Clean Install of Lion Server

In most cases, the Lion installer doesn’t give you the option to erase the drive or partition on which you’re installing, which means you should do any erasing before you start the installation process [more…]

How to Partition the Hard Drive before or during Lion Server Installation

Partitioning divides a hard drive into multiple volumes, each appearing as a separate drive. You can use one as the Mac OS X Lion Server startup disk containing the operating system and services. Use another [more…]

How to Create a Software RAID on a Lion Server

For Macs with multiple hard drives running OS X Lion Server, Disk Utility can set up multiple drives to work together as a software RAID to increase performance, protect data, or both. [more…]

Installation Changes in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Server

With Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Apple created a very different installation process than they had in previous versions of OS X. Here are the most important new aspects: [more…]

How to Install Lion Server

Whether you’re creating your first Lion Server or upgrading or migrating an older Mac OS X server, the basic installation procedure for Lion Server for most installations is as follows: [more…]

Services that Won’t Move when Upgrading or Migrating to 10.7 Lion Server

Lion Server doesn’t include several services and features that were part of previous versions of Mac OS X Server. When you migrate or upgrade, the settings and data for these items will not be moved to [more…]

How to Install Lion Client: First Step in Lion Server Install

The first part of the Lion Server new installation process is to actually install the Lion client first. If you’re upgrading the Lion client to Lion Server, this step is not necessary. This beginning part [more…]

How to Upgrade from Snow Leopard Server to Snow Lion Server

Upgrading your Mac hardware from the Snow Leopard Server to Snow Lion Server is a straight forward process. [more…]

How to Download and Install Lion Server Components from the App Store

If you have installed the Lion client on your hardware and are ready to upgrade to Lion server, you need to download and install some Mac OS X Server software from the Mac App Store. Follow these steps [more…]

How to Configure Lion Server

If you upgraded a Snow Leopard client or a Lion client to Lion Server, then you never saw the server setup assistant and the installation process left you with a server installation that is not configured [more…]

How to Add Users to Open Directory in Lion Server

You can use one of the Lion Server setup assistants to create a shared network directory of users (an Open Directory master) or import users from another directory server. Follow these steps: [more…]

How to Create User and Group Accounts in Lion Server

If you’re hosting a network directory on your Mac OS X Lion server and want to get a quick start at setting up user and group accounts, you can do so with the Server app. Here are the quick-and-dirty steps [more…]

DNS Concepts for Lion Server

When you configured Lion Server, the server assistant may have created a master zone with reverse lookup and a machine record for your primary DNS name [more…]

How to Configure DNS Zones and Records in Lion Server

To get to the DNS settings in Lion Server, open the Server Admin application. Then, select your server in the column at the left, click the triangle next to it, and then click DNS in the list of services [more…]

How to Research Lion Server Updates

You should not install any update on your Lion Server without doing some homework. Apple creates updates to fix problems or make improvements, but despite Apple’s best intentions, system updates can also [more…]

How to Configure Software Update on Lion Server

As one of the final touches on your Lion Server installation, open System Preferences by clicking the Software Update icon and edit the Software Update settings. The default settings aren’t exactly dangerous [more…]

How to Download and Test Lion Server Updates

Apple creates Lion Server updates to fix problems or make improvements, but despite Apple’s best intentions, system updates can also break functionality or cause conflicts with third-party software. So [more…]

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