Feasibility of SR/Non-SR mix

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  1. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    I'll be transitioning to some new Santa Rosa MBP's along with my colleagues during the course of this month, but I'm wondering what to do about the pre-SR machines we've got.

    I've already budgeted for and have received spares which we'll be using in rotation. The idea is that when we have hardware issues, we walk into the storeroom and pick up a spare, onto which we restore our individual Superduper backups. Then (hopefully), individually take the responsibility of getting it turned around by Apple. I have a feeling that bit will fail, so I'm wondering if it might be a good idea to have the repaired pre-Rosa MBP's hanging around as a further failure buffer.

    Is there an issue at all in mixing pre-SR MBP's into this scenario? (i.e. Superduper restores might be restoring an active SR install onto a non-SR machine, and non-SR to SR) I can't see it but I haven't tried it yet.
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    No it shouldn't be a problem. At worst you could then performa and Archive & Install on the older machines with their original discs to ensure all the appropriate drivers are included. I really don't think that'll be necessary though.
     
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    The problem I've seen with cloning and imaging of late on the SR MacBook Pros have been the drivers.

    I've talk to my colleagues and they have to maintain a separate image just for the SR laptops due to how Apple is pushing their driver updates. Hopefully 10.4.11 will resolve that.

    Every other Mac I have (no SR hardware) runs just fine off of my current department image.
     
  4. Sesshi thread starter macrumors G3

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    Could you explain this further? Would an SR OS install be somewhat different from a non-SR machine in terms of the installed (and updated) drivers, even if System Update is kept up to date?

    I know that obviously there are different subsystems in use for which there may be different drivers, but would these not 'kick in' automatically when the system is rebooted after a restore?
     
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    The original Santa Rosa installer disks would have the proper drivers for the video subsystems while any or image or clone that wasn't based on those would not. The driver updates would also be specific to that system as well.
     
  6. Sesshi thread starter macrumors G3

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    Ah... right. Oh well, it was a good idea in theory. Looks like our respective family members will be sporting some new-ish computers. Or who knows - we'll line them all up, run Handbrake and have an end-of-summer barbecue.
     
  7. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Weird. I thought 10.4.10 did resolve it. I've only done it once for a friend and haven't heard anything back as to how their system is now going. I assume it's all fine. I wonder if Software Update would then ensure the correct drivers were installed...
     
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    That's entirely possible. I've been talking with the other departments and they've encountered the same problems with Santa Rosa machines and images.
     
  9. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Irrespective, a quick Archive & Install should get everything up and running with the correct drivers. :)
     
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    That would do it.
     

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