Apple Details Lion Purchase Process for Business and Education

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today released a PDF documenting (PDF link) how large business and educational customers with many Macs will upgrade to Lion via the Mac App Store. It appears that even for those customers, Apple will not be offering Lion via physical media. Like the consumer release, OS X Lion will be available via online delivery only.


    Apple will offer business customers volume license contracts for $29.99 per license, with a minimum of 20 licenses. Education customers can purchase the Apple Software Collection (Mac OS, iLife and iWork) starting at $39 per license, starting at 25 licenses.

    For customers wanting OS X Lion Server, it will be available as an add-on for $49.99, in addition to the $29 upgrade for standard Lion. Snow Leopard Server is not required to purchase Lion Server, however existing Snow Leopard Server installations can only be upgraded to Lion Server. Both Lion and Lion Server need to be purchased for Snow Leopard Server-equipped machines.

    To actually download Lion, volume license customers will receive one redemption code for each contract. The redemption code can be used to download Lion from the Mac App Store. When the redemption code is entered, the Lion installer will download to the Applications folder, but will not install immediately. This Lion installer is used to install Lion on other systems. Download once, install many times.

    IT departments will be able to use the same mass installation techniques they use today. To install Lion on multiple systems, they'll copy the Install Mac OS X Lion application from the Mac App Store to each target system. Once copied, the installer will be launched and Lion will install in place. There is no need to boot from an external disk. Administrators will also be able to use System Image Utility in OS X Lion Server to create NetInstall or NetRestore Images.

    Apple has announced that they will be releasing OS X Lion in July.

    Article Link: Apple Details Lion Purchase Process for Business and Education
  2. GFLPraxis macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    That price drop on Lion Server is enormous. I can't get over it.
  3. Fraaaa macrumors 65816


    Mar 22, 2010
    London, UK
    Finally MANY people will be happy to have some of this issues clarified.
  4. longofest Editor emeritus


    Jul 10, 2003
    Falls Church, VA
    The price is now more in-line with the quality of Apple's server products. :rolleyes: Mac OS X Server has always been crap, and I really don't expect Lion Server to be any better.
  5. DerfBWH macrumors regular

    Aug 11, 2008
    This entire App Store only situation is a mess.
  6. parapup macrumors 65816


    Oct 31, 2006
    What would be the support option for the $50 server "app" ? If my server app blows up middle of the night do I still get to call Apple about it? (Not dealt with prior server versions so not sure if that was possible even before.)
  7. iMikeT macrumors 68020

    Jul 8, 2006
  8. Bonch macrumors 6502


    May 28, 2005
    How does this help someone like me with a medical clinic and ten macs? It still sounds like a PITA.
  9. osx11 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2011
    Most users who didn't upgrade to snow leopard probably won't upgrade to lion either, so this is probably not really an issue for apple. For those still running leopard, you're already one release behind, so upgrading to snow leopard now will be exciting for those people.
  10. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    Why is it a PITA?

    Download once, copy to flash drive, install on other Macs. Easy.
  11. humblecoder macrumors newbie

    Apr 9, 2010
    ...and what about those that simply like to archive/clean-install when a new OS arrives? o_O
  12. silusesMac macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2010
    i hate the whole mac app store download thing, why cant we have it on flash drives or something, thats what they did with the macbook air reinstall.
  13. nesl247 macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2008
    Should be pretty easy I think. Create an apple id for the business. Purchase Lion. Download it on one Mac. Restore the InstallESD.dmg to a usb drive. Upgrade on all the macs.
  14. ten-oak-druid macrumors 68000


    Jan 11, 2010
    I wonder if Apple will offer fee SL via the web to Tiger and Lion users?

    I'm not in need myself. But there seems to be a few people affected by this. It is a small minority though because the statistics show SL has been adopted by a large majority of Mac users which is impressive. In the Windows world it is 25% W7, 25% XP and the rest use other versions. I only used it occasionally so I can compare but I guess XP was pretty popular for many Windows users.

    Anyway Apple can't expect to make sales of SL now with Lion out for $29. So why not let people download it if necessary or release an App Store for Tiger and Leopard that can download one thing: Lion.
  15. benthewraith macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2006
    Miami, FL
    Lion creates a restore partition on your hard drive. Also, as it works now, at least with the developer previews, it can be burned to DVD.
  16. longofest Editor emeritus


    Jul 10, 2003
    Falls Church, VA
    Some people don't upgrade EVERY release. They upgrade every other release, or when they feel the features apply enough to them to warrant an upgrade.

    I'm set, as I run 10.6. But I know a number of folks who are going to be left behind by Apple's plan.
  17. Nightarchaon macrumors 65816


    Sep 1, 2010
    well im waiting to see what the re-install options are for lion equipped new macs when its released..

    i wont be upgrading to lion unless i have physical media and can do a clean install.

    is this a hint that all future macs will be dropping built in superdrives ?
  18. GFLPraxis macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Crap how? (seriously asking, never used it)

    Like, worse than a free LAMP setup?
  19. SteveLV702 macrumors 6502


    Oct 15, 2007
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    problem with that is when I burned InstallESD.dmg of DP4 to a DVD and went to boot from disc it took over 3 1/2 hours to actually load up to the first screen and then another 8 hours to install...
  20. polaris20 macrumors 68020

    Jul 13, 2008
    This works for me! I'm glad they responded with this, it'll make my life easier with upgrading all of our Macs (once the requisite testing period is over, of course).

    It will be interesting to see how the new SMB stack works in conjunction with AD.
  21. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    You can do a clean install now, but don't get your hopes up with getting physical media. It's pretty clear now that the Restore partition is its replacement.

    Restore it to an partition or USB key instead. Install takes 20 minutes.
  22. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    buy a $10 USB Drive
  23. Mattie Num Nums macrumors 68030

    Mattie Num Nums

    Mar 5, 2009
    This is a freaking disaster. How are enterprises suppose to develop images without the media. This is not good.
  24. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    From the article:


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