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How To Obtain/Download macOS Server 5.2-5.3.1

Article ID = 165
Article Title = How To Obtain/Download macOS Server 5.2-5.3.1
Article Author(s) = Graham Needham (BH)
Article Created On = 13th June 2016
Article Last Updated = 20th October 2017
Article URL = http://www.macstrategy.com/article.php?165

Article Brief Description:
Details of how to obtain/download macOS Server 5.2

How To Obtain/Purchase macOS Server 5.2-5.3.1

macOS Server 5.2-5.3.1 was replaced with macOS Server 5.4 on the 25th September 2017. However, you can still purchase/download macOS Server 5.3.1 from the Mac App Store:

From The Mac App Store - If You Have NOT Purchased macOS / OS X Server 5.x Previously

You need to install macOS 10.13 and purchase macOS Server 5.4 or later first.
  1. Download and install macOS 10.13 on a compatible computer:
    • Use a different computer to the one that you currently have an earlier macOS / OS X installation on (if you have one).
    • Install macOS 10.13 to a spare internal storage volume (if you have one).
    • Install macOS 10.13 to a spare partition/volume on your boot drive (if you have one).
    • Install macOS 10.13 to an external storage device e.g. hard disk, SSD, or even a USB stick.
  2. Once macOS 10.13 is installed and you are booted from macOS 10.13, make sure you are connected to the internet by using a web browser to go to Apple.
  3. Go to macOS Server 5.x 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" button.
  6. Enter your Apple ID and password if you are not already signed in to the Mac App Store.
  7. The macOS Server 5.x software should start to download (an icon will appear in your Dock with a progress bar).
  8. When the macOS Server application has downloaded it may automatically launch and ask you to continue.
  9. If it does, do not click Continue yet.
  10. Quit the macOS Server 5.x installer application (yes, quit it).
  11. Now you can go to your current macOS / OS X installation and download/install the earlier version of macOS / OS X Server - see the instructions below. If you used a computer/storage device that you do not own, you should securely erase it/sign out of the Mac App Store + delete macOS Server, after successfully installing the older macOS Server version on your own computer using the instructions below.

From The Mac App Store - If You Have Purchased macOS / OS X Server 5.x 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 5.x 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 macOS 10.12 (macOS Server 5.3.1) - click "Download".
  9. The macOS Server 5.3.1 software should start to download (an icon will appear in your Dock with a progress bar).
  10. When the macOS Server 5.3.1 application has downloaded it may automatically launch and ask you to continue.
  11. If it does, do not click Continue yet.
  12. Quit the macOS Server 5.3.1 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 macOS Server 5.3.1 has installed you should go to Apple menu > App Store… > click the "Updates" icon in the top right and update all other Apple software (An Apple ID may be required for some updates).

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