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Preparing For macOS 10.12 Sierra or macOS Server 5.2

Article ID = 162
Article Title = Preparing For macOS 10.12 Sierra or macOS Server 5.2
Article Author(s) = Graham Needham (BH)
Article Created On = 20th September 2016
Article Last Updated = 21st September 2016
Article URL = http://www.macstrategy.com/article.php?162

Article Brief Description:
A handy check list to do in preparing to install macOS 10.12 Sierra or 10.12 Sierra Server (macOS Server 5.2)

Preparing for macOS 10.12 Sierra / macOS Server 5

Here is a check list to do before installing macOS 10.12 Sierra / macOS Server 5:
  1. Check whether you have a compatible Mac from this list:
    • MacBook (Late 2009 or newer)
    • MacBook Pro 13" (Mid 2010 or newer)
    • MacBook Pro 15" (Mid 2010 or newer)
    • MacBook Pro 17" (Mid 2010 or newer)
    • MacBook Air (Late 2010 or newer)
    • Mac mini (Mid 2010 or newer)
    • iMac (Late 2009 or newer)
    • Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or newer)
    NOTE: All Xserve models are now unsupported.
    NOTE: If you are not sure whether you have a compatible Mac check our Sierra FAQ before proceeding.
  2. Check you do not need any of the following as Sierra does not directly include them:
  3. If you have a third party SSD installed in your computer check to see if it needs a firmware update before installing Sierra.
  4. Make sure you are connected to the internet (preferably with a fast connection and with a large or no data cap in place).
  5. Make sure you have an Apple ID (use the iTunes or App Store application to create one if necessary e.g. go to Macintosh HD > Applications > App Store > Store menu > "Create Account…" to get started if you don't have an Apple ID).
  6. Consider whether you want the Mac App Store Apple ID to be the same for services such as iCloud, iTunes, etc if you are going to use them.
  7. Make sure your that Apple ID "account" has enough credit on it or has a credit card on file (with enough credit on it).
    • macOS 10.12 Sierra = FREE
    • macOS Server 5 = £14.99
  8. Check you have enough disk space:
    • macOS 10.12 Sierra installer = ~5GB
    • macOS Server 5 installer = ~200MB
    • macOS 10.12 Sierra installation = ~20GB
    • macOS Server 5 installer = ~500MB
  9. Go to Macintosh HD > Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility:
    • Select the volume under the disk you are going to use for Sierra on the left, then on the right of the window click "Verify Disk" - if problems are found you will need to repair your disk.
    • Select the volume under the disk you are going to use for Sierra on the left, check at the bottom that it states "Format: Mac OS Extended (Journaled)". If it doesn't state "(Journaled)" you will need to turn journaling on by going to File menu > Enable Journaling.
    • Repair your boot disk's permissions.
  10. Backup or clone your computer.
  11. Check that your favourite software is Sierra compatible.
  12. Temporarily disable any third party disk encryption software.
  13. Temporarily disable any anti-virus/malware software.

Article Keywords: Mac OS X OSX macOS 1012 Sierra

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