Upgrading Mac OS X v10.4.10 clients to Mac OS X Server v10.4.x

Learn how to upgrade Mac OS X v10.4.10 clients to Mac OS X Server v10.4.x.

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Retail copies of Mac OS X Server v10.4 (for PowerPC-based Macs) and Mac OS X Server v10.4.7 Universal (for PowerPC-based and Intel-based Macs) can be used to upgrade Mac OS X v10.4.x client installations to server installations. The process is a "Meta-package" upgrade and is described in this article.

Performing a Meta-package upgrade on Mac OS X v10.4.10 or 10.4.11 clients

Mac OS X Server 10.4.x (PowerPC or Universal) install discs cannot perform a Meta-package client upgrade on clients that have already been updated to Mac OS X v10.4.10 or 10.4.11.

As a workaround, download MacOSXServerInstall.dmg from here.

The requirements and installation process to use MacOSXServerInstall.dmg are detailed below:


  • A Mac with Mac OS X 10.4.10 or later (client) installed that you wish to upgrade to Mac OS X Server 10.4.x.
  • Mac OS X Server 10.4 installation DVD (to upgrade PowerPC-based Macs).
  • Mac OS X Server 10.4.7 Universal installation DVD (to upgrade Intel-based Macs).
  • A valid Mac OS X Server serial number.


  1. On the client computer you will be upgrading, download MacOSXServerInstall.dmg from here.
  2. Double-click the downloaded MacOSXServerInstall.dmg file to mount the disk image in the Finder.
  3. Insert the appropriate Mac OS X Server installer disc.
  4. Double-click MacOSXServerInstall.mpkg in the Mac OS X Server Install window.
  5. The installer will confirm that you have the appropriate Mac OS X Server installer disc mounted.
  6. Follow the instructions presented in the installation window.
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