Lion Server: Software Update Server may not provide Mac OS X v10.7 software updates after upgrade

After upgrading a Software Update Server from Mac OS X from version 10.6.x to 10.7 or 10.7.1, it may not be able to serve software updates for earlier versions of OS X Lion.

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This issue may occur only after upgrading to from Mac OS X Server 10.6.x to Lion Server versions 10.7 or 10.7.1. If possible, upgrade to Lion Server v10.7.2 or later. If you've already upgraded to Lion Server v10.7 or 10.7.1, follow the steps below.

  1. Quit Server Admin if it is currently running.
  2. Issue the following Terminal commands to stop the Software Update service and move aside existing configuration files:

    sudo mv /etc/swupd/swupd.conf /etc/swupd/swupd.conf.orig

    sudo mv /etc/swupd/swupd.plist /etc/swupd/swupd.plist.orig

  3. Restart the server.
  4. Open Server Admin and select the Software Update service.
  5. Click Settings, reconfigure the service, and then click Save.
  6. Start the Software Update service.


If you need to reinstall Server Admin Tools, you can download them from Apple Support Downloads.

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