About the Mac OS X 10.5.2 Server update

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This software updates Mac OS X Server version 10.5 or version 10.5.1 to 10.5.2.

Important: Read before installing

  • The installation process should not be interrupted, even if the progress bar remains unchanged for several minutes. 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've installed third-party system software modifications, or if you have modified the operating system through other means. (This doesn't apply to normal 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 10.5.2. 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 10.5.2: Use Software Update, install from a standalone installer, or install on a remote computer via the softwareupdate command-line utility.

Software Update installation

Software Update may have referred you to this document. For more information on this feature, see 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

Download and manually install the update. The installer is available from Apple Support Downloads. This a useful option when you need to update multiple computers but only want to download the necessary update once.

Remote installation

If you need to install the update on a remote computer, you can do so using the softwareupdate command-line tool.

What's included?

This update delivers several improvements, including:

Software Update Server
        Addresses an issue which could prevent Software Update Server from working properly on a system that had been upgraded from Mac OS X Server 10.4.x.

Mail Server
        Addresses an issue in which Virtual Mail users were required to have short names configured in order to become active.

Password Server
        Addresses an issue that could block object changes from being propagated to Open Directory replica servers.

The Mac OS X Server 10.5.2 update also includes improvements provided in the Mac OS X Server 10.5.1 update.

Important: Information about products not manufactured by Apple is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute Apple's recommendation or endorsement. Please contact the vendor for additional information.

Published Date: Oct 11, 2016