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How To Obtain/Download OS X Server for OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Article ID = 145
Article Title = How To Obtain/Download OS X Server for OS X 10.11 El Capitan
Article Author(s) = Graham Needham (BH)
Article Created On = 17th September 2015
Article Last Updated = 4th May 2022
Article URL = https://www.macstrategy.com/article.php?145

Article Brief Description:
Details of how to obtain/download OS X Server 5

How To Obtain/Purchase/Download OS X Server for OS X 10.11 El Capitan

WARNING: As of September 2018 Apple has gutted macOS Server and removed most/all of the useful Server features!
WARNING: As of 21st April 2022 OS X Server/macOS Server is no longer available as Apple has discontinued it.

OS X Server 5 was replaced with macOS Server 5.2 on the 20th September 2016. It is no longer available to purchase but if you have previously purchased OS X Server/macOS Server you can still download it:

From The Mac App Store - If You Have NOT Purchased macOS Server Or OS X Server Previously

It is no longer available to purchase.

From The Mac App Store - If You Have Purchased macOS / OS X Server Previously

These instructions will only work if you have already purchased macOS / OS X Server. If you haven't already purchased macOS / OS X Server, please go to the instructions above first.
  1. To be safe:
    • Restart your computer.
    • Quit all running applications.
    • Disconnect all external devices except for monitor, keyboard, mouse and required storage volumes.
    • Eject all optical discs.
    • Unmount all servers.
  2. Make sure you are connected to the internet by using a web browser to go to Apple.
  3. Go to macOS Server on the Mac App Store Buy it now on the Mac App Store.
  4. This should open the Mac App Store application (if it doesn't click the "View in Mac App Store" button).
  5. In the Mac App Store application click the "Buy", "Get", "Download" or "Install" button.
  6. NOTE: "Buy" usually means you never purchased this item on the Mac App Store before and there will be a charge. "Get" usually means you never purchased this item on the Mac App Store before and there will be no charge. "Download" usually means you have purchased this item on the Mac App Store before and you can now download it. "Install" usually means you have purchased this item on the Mac App Store before and already downloaded - the Mac App Store has found it on one of your currently connected storage volumes - be careful here as Install may actually install a different/incorrect version.
  7. Enter your Apple ID and password if you are not already signed in to the Mac App Store.
  8. The Mac App Store will warn you that the current version requires a later version of macOS but you can download an older version that is compatible with OS X 10.11 (OS X Server 5) - click "Download".
  9. The OS X Server 5 software should start to download (an icon will appear in your Dock with a progress bar).
  10. When the OS X Server 5 application has downloaded it will automatically launch and ask you to continue.
  11. Do not click Continue yet.
  12. Quit the OS X Server 5 installer application (yes, quit it).
  13. Go to Macintosh HD > Applications and make a copy of/backup the "Server" item e.g. zip it and/or copy it to another disk or a DVD-R
  14. Go to Macintosh HD > Applications and open "Server".
  15. Click Continue, agree to the EULA and then click Continue to download and install the rest of the Server software and finish the configuration.
  16. Follow the on screen instructions.
  17. Once OS X Server 5 has installed you should go to Apple menu > App Store… > Updates > and update all other Apple software (An Apple ID may be required for some updates).


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