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How To Obtain/Download macOS Server 5.9

Article ID = 225
Article Title = How To Obtain/Download macOS Server 5.9
Article Author(s) = Graham Needham (BH)
Article Created On = 9th October 2019
Article Last Updated = 9th October 2019
Article URL = https://www.macstrategy.com/article.php?225

Article Brief Description:
Details of how to obtain/download macOS 10.15 Catalina Server aka macOS Server 5.9

How To Obtain/Purchase macOS Server 5.9

WARNING: Apple has gutted macOS Server and removed most/all of the useful Server features!

macOS Server 5.9 is available to buy as an additional purchase on top of macOS 10.15 Catalina.

From The Mac App Store - If You Already Have macOS 10.15

  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 5.9 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.
  7. The macOS Server 5.9 software should start to download (an icon will appear in your Dock with a progress bar).
  8. When the macOS Server 5.9 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 5.9 installer application (yes, quit it).
  11. 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
  12. Go to Macintosh HD > Applications and open "Server".
  13. Click Continue, agree to the EULA and then click Continue to download and install the rest of the Server software and finish the configuration.
  14. Follow the on screen instructions.
  15. Once macOS Server 5.9 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).

From The Mac App Store - If You Have An Earlier Version Of macOS / OS X and/or macOS / OS X Server)

  1. Prepare for macOS 10.15 Catalina.
  2. Go to Apple's macOS Server Support web site and read through the information.
  3. Then when you are sure you are ready (you did read the macOS Server Support articles didn't you?) 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.
  4. Make sure you are connected to the internet by using a web browser to go to Apple.
  5. Go to macOS 10.15 Catalina on the Mac App Store Buy it now on the Mac App Store.
  6. This should open the Mac App Store application (if it doesn't click the "View in Mac App Store" button).
  7. In the Mac App Store application click the "Buy", "Get", "Download" or "Install" button.
  8. 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.
  9. Enter your Apple ID and password.
  10. The initial macOS Catalina installer should start to download (an icon will appear in your Dock with a progress bar).
  11. NOTE: The initial macOS Catalina installer is ~20MB in size so will download very quickly - this is not the full installer though.
  12. When the macOS Catalina installer has downloaded it will automatically launch and ask you to continue.
  13. Follow the on screen instructions choosing where you want to install macOS Catalina.
  14. NOTE: The full macOS Catalina installer will now download and install - it is ~5GB in size. Without a fast internet connection the progress bar will take some time to actually show any progress - be patient while it downloads (go watch a film or two, do the shopping, get some sleep, etc).
  15. Once the full macOS 10.15 Catalina installer has downloaded it will pause and wait for you to click "Restart" which will restart your computer and install the new operating system
  16. Once macOS 10.15 Catalina has installed you should install the latest macOS 10.15 Catalina Combo Update (if there are any available).
  17. Once the latest combo update has been installed go to macOS Server 5.9 on the Mac App Store Buy it now on the Mac App Store.
  18. This should open the Mac App Store application (if it doesn't click the "View in Mac App Store" button).
  19. In the Mac App Store application click the "Buy" button.
  20. Enter your Apple ID and password.
  21. The macOS Server 5.9 software should start to download (an icon will appear in your Dock with a progress bar).
  22. When the macOS Server 5.9 application has downloaded it may automatically launch and ask you to continue.
  23. If it does, do not click Continue yet.
  24. Quit the macOS Server 5.9 installer application (yes, quit it).
  25. 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
  26. Go to Macintosh HD > Applications and open "Server".
  27. Click Continue, agree to the EULA and then click Continue to download and install the rest of the Server software and finish the configuration.
  28. Follow the on screen instructions.
  29. Once macOS Server 5.9 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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