Lion or Lion Server

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by SisterRay, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. SisterRay macrumors regular

    May 25, 2006
    Just a query about Lion and the server version

    My question is - Is the server version Lion plus extra server bits and pieces or is it a different beast entirely.

    I have a 2010 mac mini and an old (but still great) core duo macbook. I also plan to get a macbook pro next year (hopefully remodelled)

    I was hoping to put lion on my mini to serve my other macs. Would I need to have the Snow Leopard server installed on my mini beforehand?

    Would you recommend the server version? Any help appreciated.
  2. nutmac macrumors 68040

    Mar 30, 2004
    According to Apple, Lion Server will be an add-on to Lion, downloadable from the App Store for $49.99.

    From the press release:
  3. SisterRay thread starter macrumors regular

    May 25, 2006
    Oh ok, so I'd have to buy Lion, then buy Lion server.

    Thanks for the info!
  4. ashman70 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 20, 2010
    According to what Nutmac posted it seems so yes, you'd have to buy Lion Server and then Lion, although I can't understand why they would make you do that, you could run Lion server without Lion at all or at least you should be able to.
  5. nutmac macrumors 68040

    Mar 30, 2004
    Frankly, I think add-on is a better route. Sometime in July, every Macs will come with Lion (and every Macs purchased from June 6th are eligible to free upgrade). Instead of shelling $80 for Lion Server, all we have to do is pay $50.

    And it's not like Mac OS X Server was a different OS from Mac OS X. It was just Mac OS X with additional server applications and services.
  6. funkahdafi macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2009
    Planet Earth, Old World
    you probably don't need lion server. most server tasks like filesharing can easily be done wirthout the server version. uless you need things like your own ical or wiki server, vpn concentrator or dns server, the normal version will be fine.
  7. hopejr macrumors 6502

    Nov 10, 2005
    New South Wales, Australia
    Making Server an addon to Lion has me wondering how virtualisation will work. Client OS X installs don't work under VMWare, so how can server even be installed?
  8. superericla macrumors 6502

    Sep 27, 2010
    From what I've heard you will need Snow Leopard server installed before you can install Lion server.
  9. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    No, you should only need the latest version of Snow Leopard (Client or Server). The instructions on Apple's website are for those who are upgrading an existing server, and merely state that you must be running the latest version of the Snow Leopard Server software that would already be installed on that server in order to download Lion and then Lion Server.


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