About the Mac OS X Server 10.5.7 Update

This software updates Mac OS X Server version 10.5, 10.5.1, 10.5.2, 10.5.3, 10.5.4, 10.5.5, or 10.5.6 to 10.5.7.

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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.
  • You must have an administrator account password that does not contain spaces or Option-keyed characters to install this update. The password may not be left blank. If you need to change your password, see this article.
  • You may experience unexpected results if you have third-party system software modifications installed, or if you've modified the operating system through other means. (This does not apply to normal application software installation.)
  • This update can be installed on non-startup volumes, but you should only do this if the current startup volume has already been updated to Mac OS X Server version 10.5.7. The simplest way to avoid issues from an improper installation is to start up from the volume that you wish to update.


There are three ways to update to Mac OS X Server version 10.5.7:

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

Software Update installation

Software Update may have referred you to this article. Because some updates are prerequisites for others, you may need to use Software Update more than once to obtain all available updates.

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 necessary update once.

Note: There are two separate standalone installers. The Mac OS X Server v10.5.7 Update is for installation on Mac OS X Server version 10.5.6 only. The Mac OS X Server v10.5.7 Combo Update can be installed on Mac OS X Server versions 10.5, 10.5.1, 10.5.2, 10.5.3, 10.5.4, 10.5.5, or 10.5.6.

Remote installation

If you need to install the update on a remote server, you can do so using the Server Admin application or the softwareupdate command-line tool.

What's included?

This update includes improvements listed below, as well as ones delivered with the Mac OS X Server version 10.5.1, 10.5.2, 10.5.3, 10.5.4, 10.5.5 and 10.5.6 updates.

Note: The improvements listed for AFP Client, Directory Services (Client) and Client Management are delivered in the Mac OS X v10.5.7 Update (client update), but are described in this article for ease of reference. The AFP Client and Directory Services (Client) improvements also apply to Mac OS X Server v10.5.7 when the server is used as a client of another AFP or directory server.

AFP Server

  • Addresses a delay in seeing Finder label changes made by another user to a file located on an AFP volume. Such changes will now be immediately visible to other users.
  • Fixes visibility of nested sharepoints. If you mount an AFP volume that contains another sharepoint, the nested sharepoint will now be visible.

AFP Client

  • Improves Finder search results for network volumes that may not support Spotlight searching, such as Mac OS X Server v10.4, Time Capsule, and third-party AFP servers.
  • Correctly disconnects from the server if you unmount multiple volumes at once.
  • Improves reliability of displaying messages sent from server.

Client Management

  • Non-admin user accounts can now be allowed to add and remove printers by enabling Parental Controls and selecting "Can administer printers". For more information, see this article.
  • Fixes an issue in which users in one group could access printers assigned to another group. For more information, see this article.
  • Resolves an issue in which the user list might not show all available managed users after one logs out.
  • Improves enforcement of the "Local administrators may refresh or disable management" option when disabled for Active Directory users.
  • A sharepoint that is mounted as a managed login item will no longer prompt for authentication if it is configured to be hidden.
  • Improves handling of custom Portable Home Directory sync settings.
  • FileVault can now be enabled for a user with a Portable Home Directory while the user is offline (that is, when their computer is not connected to the management server).

Directory Services (Client)

  • Resolves an issue that could cause Directory Service configuration files to become unreadable, causing directory binding to not work. For more information, see this article.
  • Improves handling of a record mapped to a non-existent search base, improving compatibility with Mac OS X Server v10.4 Open Directory servers and third-party directory servers.
  • Improves stability of Directory Service on NIS clients.
  • Open Directory users can now authenticate against a Kerberos Domain Controller other than the Open Directory master.

Directory Services (Server)

  • Improves reliability when promoting an Open Directory replica to Open Directory master.

Mail Service

  • Improved logging and log rotation by Mail service processes.
  • /var/amavis/amavisd.pid file is now cleaned up on relaunch if the Mail service unexpectedly quits.

RADIUS Service

  • Provides compatibility with AirPort Extreme (Early 2009) and Time Capsule (Early 2009).

Wiki Service

  • Improves wiki editing.

Server Admin

  • Addresses an issue that could cause the Netboot service to be shown as unavailable ("grayed out") in Server Admin.
  • Added NetBoot/NetInstall model filters for Macs introduced in early 2009.

Server Preferences

  • Administrators can now remove sharepoints in Server Preferences.

Workgroup Manager

  • When importing preferences, "Import as ByHost preferences" is now available when selecting a ByHost preference file whose name contains a UUID identifier instead of a MAC address identifier.
  • Improves ability to pick Login and Logout scripts when setting Login preferences in Workgroup Manager.

System Image Utility

  • Improves stability when adding a metapackage to a workflow.
  • If you set up a workflow with the "Change ByHost preferences to match client after install" option enabled, the preferences will now be correctly applied on computers whose ByHost preference file names contain a UUID identifier instead of a MAC address identifier.
  • Added NetBoot/NetInstall model filters for Macs introduced in early 2009.

 Addtional improvements

  • Improves kernel stability.
  • Improves Mac OS X Server Security. For more information about the security content of Mac OS X Server 10.5.7 see this article.
  • Mac OS X Server 10.5.7 also includes all other improvements delivered in the Mac OS X 10.5.7 Update (client update).
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