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Preparing For macOS 10.15 Catalina Or macOS Server 5.9

Article ID = 222
Article Title = Preparing For macOS 10.15 Catalina Or macOS Server 5.9
Article Author(s) = Graham Needham (BH)
Article Created On = 9th October 2019
Article Last Updated = 29th October 2019
Article URL = https://www.macstrategy.com/article.php?222

Article Brief Description:
A handy check list to do in preparing to install macOS 10.15 Catalina or macOS Server (macOS Server 5.9)

Preparing for macOS 10.15 Catalina and/or macOS Server 5.9

Here is a check list to do before installing macOS 10.15 Catalina / macOS Server 5.9:
  1. Check whether you have a compatible Mac from this list:
    • MacBook (Early 2015 or newer)
    • MacBook Air (Mid 2012 or newer)
    • MacBook Pro 13"/15" (Mid 2012 or newer)
    • Mac mini (Late 2012 or newer)
    • iMac (Late 2012 or newer)
    • iMac Pro (2017 or newer)
    • Mac Pro (Late 2013 or newer)

    NOTE: If you are not sure whether you have a compatible Mac check our Catalina FAQ before proceeding.
  2. Check you do not need any of the following as Catalina does not directly include/support them:
    • Installing on and booting from FireWire storage
    • 32-Bit Applications
    • Legacy media formats
    • TLS certificates signed with the SHA-1 hash algorithm
    • Apple's hardware RAID and Apple's RAID Utility has been removed
    • Playlist XML files - many popular DJ applications no longer work in Catalina and will need to be upgraded
    • Safari 13 in Catalina does not support .safariextz packaged Safari Extensions - see our Catalina Third Party Product Compatibility Information article
    • Safari 13 in Catalina does not support legacy NPAPI browser plug-ins except for Adobe Flash
    • The Dashboard feature - it is no longer available in the Mission Control System Preferences
    • Catalina has a dedicated system volume - backup/cloning/disk repair software will almost definitely need to be updated/upgraded to work with this new version of macOS
    • Legacy smart card support that uses TokenD
    • Python 2.7 is no longer included
    • If you use earlier versions of Quicken e.g. v2007 you can use a new version but the upgrade process is 32-bit so you must upgrade and convert your old data before you upgrade to Catalina
    • The ability to run AppleScripts/use Scripting Additions - see this in-depth article
    • The ability to run most server features in macOS Server
    • The ability to fully run applications that utilise OpenGL
    • Back To My Mac
    • Proxy Automatic Configuration (PAC) via FTP or File URL schemes
    • Messages support for AIM, Yahoo, Googla Talk and Jabber accounts
    • PPTP VPN support
    • Rosetta for running PowerPC software
    • Web Sharing
    • Xgrid Sharing
    • X11
  3. If you have a third party SSD installed in your computer check to see if it needs a firmware update before installing Catalina.
  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 that your Apple ID "account" has enough credit on it or has a credit card on file (with enough credit on it).
    • macOS 10.15 Catalina = FREE
    • macOS Server 5.9 = £19.99
  8. Check you have enough disk space:
    • macOS 10.15 Catalina installer = ~8GB
    • macOS Server 5.9 installer = ~200MB
    • macOS 10.15 Catalina installation = ~15GB
    • macOS Server 5.9 installation = ~500MB
  9. Go to Macintosh HD > Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility:
    • Select the volume under the disk you are going to use for Catalina 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 Catalina 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 and/or clone your computer.
  11. Check that your favourite software is Catalina compatible.
  12. Temporarily disable any third party disk encryption software.
  13. Temporarily disable any anti-virus/malware software.

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