About the Lion Server v10.7.2 Update

This software updates Lion Server v10.7 and v10.7.1 to v10.7.2. It is recommended for all Lion Server users.

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Important: Read before installing.

  • Do not interrupt the installation process. If a power outage or other interruption occurs during installation, use the standalone installer (see below) from Apple Support Downloads to update.


There are three ways to update to Lion Server v10.7.2:

  • Use Software Update
  • Install from a standalone installer
  • Install on a remote server via Server Admin or the
    command-line utility

Software Update installation

Choose Software Update from the Apple () menu. Because some updates are prerequisites for others, you may need to use Software Update more than once to obtain all available updates. When Software Updates states "Your software is up to date," you can be sure that all available updates have been installed.

Standalone installer

If you want to download and manually install the update, an installer is available from Apple Support Downloads. This a useful option if you need to update multiple computers but only want to download the update once.

Remote installation

If you need to install the update on a remote server, you can do so using the Server Admin application or the

command-line tool.

What's included?

This update includes improvements listed below, as well as ones delivered with the Lion Server v10.7.1 update.

Directory Services

  • Fixes an issue that could prevent Lion clients from binding to Lion Server Open Directory using SSL.
  • Fixes an issue with restoring an Open Directory archive created on Mac OS X Server v10.6 or 10.5.

File Sharing

  • Allows users to access WebDAV sharepoints even if they don't have a home directory on the server.

iChat Service

  • Fixes IPv6 support.

Mail Service

  • Allows IPv6 users to access webmail.


  • Improves Podcast Library reliability.


  • Improves reliability of Time Machine backups of PostgreSQL database.

Profile Manager

  • Supports new Mobile Device Management and configuration profile features in iOS 5.
  • Fixes an issue that prevented the Import Placeholders button from working in Safari.
  • Fixes an issue uploading certain preference files as Custom Settings.

Important: To avoid an issue when using Profile Manager to remotely lock a computer that already has an EFI firmware password set, all managed clients should apply the OS X Lion Recovery update.

Server App

  • Adds the ability to store some service data on a different volume.
  • Adds the ability to view certain service logs in Server app.
  • Adds the ability to set up multiple websites with different host names on the same IP address.
  • Allows the creation of home directories on SMB sharepoints.
  • Improves stability of Server app.
  • Improves reliability of graphs in the Stats pane.
  • Makes Server app respond correctly to directory configuration changes made by other tools, such as Server Admin or the slapconfig command.
  • Fixes an issue with selecting more than one group to edit.
  • Fixes an issue with saving a configuration profile in the VPN pane.

Installation, Setup, Upgrade and Migration

Improvements in installation, setup, upgrade and migration are available when you install or upgrade to Lion Server v10.7.2. Installation of Lion Server v10.7.2 will be available from the Mac App Store and Lion Recovery after the update is available from Apple Software Update.

  • You can now set up a new Lion server using a Bluetooth keyboard.
  • You can now set up a new Lion server using Screen Sharing or Apple Remote Desktop. For instructions, see the article Lion Server: Setting up a remote server.
  • When installing Lion Server on a blank volume, the Server Software package is now selected by default.
  • Improves upgrade or migration of servers hosting multiple websites.
  • Software Update Service configuration files are correctly transferred when upgrading or migrating from Mac OS X Server v10.6 or v10.5.
  • Wiki calendar will start correctly after upgrading or migrating from Mac OS X Server v10.6 or v10.5.
  • You can migrate a Mail Server database stored on an Xsan volume from Mac OS X Server v10.6 to Lion Server. For detailed migration instructions, see this article.
  • Custom Mail Server configurations are correctly transferred during upgrade or migration from Mac OS X Server v10.6.
  • Custom php.ini configurations are correctly transferred during upgrade or migration from Mac OS X Server v10.6.
  • Attached files are properly transferred when migrating a wiki from one Lion Server to another.

Additional improvements

  • Improves Mac OS X Server security. For more information about the security content of Lion Server v10.7.2, see this article.
  • Lion Server v10.7.2 also includes all other improvements delivered in the OS X Lion v10.7.2 Update (client).
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