After Upgrading to Mac OS Lion (workstation and server)

I upgraded 2 machines to Mac OS Lion yesterday. The download is not fast and the file is almost 4GB. So it‘s a good idea to save a copy of the installer app after it finishes downloading. That file will be auto-deleted after the Lion upgrade. Then you‘ll be able to create usb installer disks and upgrade other machines while saving bandwidth.

First up was the MacBook Pro 17 (my primary workstation). The upgrade was seamless and I have no complaints. I disabled Spotlight indexing since it was lagging the system, now it’s super snappy.

Next I upgraded a Mac Mini (my primary server). The Mac Mini was at a different physical location, so I performed the upgrade via Apple Remote Desktop. Since the box was already running Mac OS 10.6 Server, the App Store forced me to purchase both Mac OS Lion and the new Server app… which I expected.


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The server upgrade did take a bit more effort. Here are the issues that I had to deal with:

– I was charged for Mac OS Lion upgrade twice. I emailed the App Store and received a refund less than 1 hour later.


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– WebDAV is broken. The settings are there (they have been moved from the Web Server config screen to the File Sharing config), but it just doesn’t function… I tested with cadaver and it would not work. Instead of spending the whole night banging my head on this issue, I setup WebDAV with Apache in a Linux VM.

– FTP server is gone. Yeah FTP isn’t ideal, but I do have some devices which only support offloading files via FTP. This bugs me, but I’ll use vsFTPd in a Linux VM instead.

– The config options are lacking. In 10.6 there were way more settings and configurable options available in the Server Manager app. Here is an example of the Web Server settings gui:


Mac OS Lion Web Server Settings