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How To Obtain/Download macOS Server for Big Sur

Article ID = 245
Article Title = How To Obtain/Download macOS Server for Big Sur
Article Author(s) = Graham Needham (BH)
Article Created On = 15th December 2020
Article Last Updated = 15th December 2020
Article URL = https://www.macstrategy.com/article.php?245

Article Brief Description:
Details of how to obtain/download macOS 11 Server for Big Sur aka macOS Server 5.11

How To Obtain/Purchase macOS Server for Big Sur

WARNING: Apple has gutted macOS Server and removed most/all of the useful Server features!

macOS Server 5.11 is available to buy as an additional purchase on top of macOS 11 Big Sur.

From The Mac App Store - If You Have NOT Purchased macOS Server Or OS X Server Previously

  1. To be safe:
    • Restart your computer.
    • Quit all running applications.
    • Disconnect all external devices except for monitor, keyboard, mouse and required storage volumes.
    • Eject all optical discs.
    • Unmount all servers.
  2. Make sure you are connected to the internet by using a web browser to go to Apple.
  3. Go to macOS Server 5.11 on the Mac App Store Buy it now on the Mac App Store.
  4. This should open the Mac App Store application (if it doesn't click the "View in Mac App Store" button).
  5. In the Mac App Store application click the "Buy" button.
  6. Enter your Apple ID and password.
  7. The macOS Server 5.11 software should start to download (an icon will appear in your Dock with a progress bar).
  8. When the macOS Server 5.11 application has downloaded it may automatically launch and ask you to continue.
  9. If it does, do not click Continue yet.
  10. Quit the macOS Server 5.11 installer application (yes, quit it).
  11. Go to Macintosh HD > Applications and make a copy of/backup the "Server" item e.g. zip it and/or copy it to another disk or a DVD-R
  12. Go to Macintosh HD > Applications and open "Server".
  13. Click Continue, agree to the EULA and then click Continue to download and install the rest of the Server software and finish the configuration.
  14. Follow the on screen instructions.
  15. Once macOS Server 5.11 has installed you should go to Apple menu > App Store… > Updates > and update all other Apple software (An Apple ID may be required for some updates).

From The Mac App Store - If You Have Purchased macOS / OS X Server Previously

These instructions will only work if you have already purchased macOS / OS X Server. If you haven't already purchased macOS / OS X Server, please go to the instructions above first.
  1. To be safe:
    • Restart your computer.
    • Quit all running applications.
    • Disconnect all external devices except for monitor, keyboard, mouse and required storage volumes.
    • Eject all optical discs.
    • Unmount all servers.
  2. Make sure you are connected to the internet by using a web browser to go to Apple.
  3. Go to macOS Server on the Mac App Store Buy it now on the Mac App Store.
  4. This should open the Mac App Store application (if it doesn't click the "View in Mac App Store" button).
  5. In the Mac App Store application click the "Get", "Download" or "Install" button.
  6. NOTE: "Get" usually means you never purchased this item on the Mac App Store before and there will be no charge. "Download" usually means you have purchased this item on the Mac App Store before and you can now download it. "Install" usually means you have purchased this item on the Mac App Store before and already downloaded - the Mac App Store has found it on one of your currently connected storage volumes - be careful here as Install may actually install a different/incorrect version.
  7. Enter your Apple ID and password if you are not already signed in to the Mac App Store.
  8. The macOS Server software should start to download (an icon will appear in your Dock with a progress bar).
  9. When the macOS Server application has downloaded it may automatically launch and ask you to continue.
  10. If it does, do not click Continue yet.
  11. Quit the macOS Server installer application (yes, quit it).
  12. Go to Macintosh HD > Applications and make a copy of/backup the "Server" item e.g. zip it and/or copy it to another disk or a DVD-R
  13. Go to Macintosh HD > Applications and open "Server".
  14. Click Continue, agree to the EULA and then click Continue to download and install the rest of the Server software and finish the configuration.
  15. Follow the on screen instructions.
  16. Once macOS Server has installed you should go to Apple menu > App Store… > Updates > and update all other Apple software (An Apple ID may be required for some updates).


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