Do old Macs work well with Mountain Lion Server?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by bavbavis, Oct 11, 2013.

  1. bavbavis macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2010
    I have a couple of Powerbook G4's running 10.5.8 and Mac Mini running 10.8 server. I was wondering if anyone had tried using older Mac's with a much newer server and how much success they had with this? What works, what doesn't? Do things like Calendar sharing work...
  2. hansolo669 macrumors regular

    Oct 5, 2009
    Since you have them I would give it a go, see what happens!

    10.8 and 10.5 really aren't that far apart (especially considering that 10.6 was really just 10.5 stripped of PPC code), and I think most things should work.

    Obviously File sharing and the like will work, and I would imagine the OS X calendar protocol didn't really change much so thats probably good as well. IMAP and POP email has been around forever so that's a go as well.

    The only thing I could really think of as being in-compatible would be netboot. But even then, a 10.4 server can host 10.5 (maybe even 10.6 images) so even that might work (come to think of it when i was at the apple store they net-booted my iBook with a 10.5 image ... probably off a 10.7 machine[at the time]).
  3. sarthak macrumors 6502

    Nov 19, 2012
    I'm running Tiger on a Quicksilver G4 Dual 1GHz with 892mb RAM and it works great with another mac (as HTPC) running Mountain Lion Server.

    Like others have mentioned, File Sharing, VPN/DNS, Websites etc. will work but I wouldn't expect much more than that.

    I personally don't use Profile Manager, Update Caching and other features.
  4. gavinstubbs09 macrumors 65816


    Feb 17, 2013
    NorCal boonies ~~~by Reno sorta
    I'd like to do the opposite of you. Use my G5 as a server for open directory and stuff with newer macs since mine are Intel with Mavericks.

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