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I sub­scribe to MacFor­mat printed monthly mag­a­zine which I en­joy very much and find it very help­ful and in­ter­est­ing. How­ever, on page 52 ( MF289) there is an ar­ti­cle headed “Back up all your Macs”. The ar­ti­cle gives de­tailed in­for­ma­tion on us­ing OS X Server to use for back­ing up sev­eral hard drives via Time Ma­chine to the server. You give the url to lo­cate the soft­ware in the Ap­ple Store and you state that you need OS X 10.6 or higher and OS X Server 4.1 or higher.

When I went to pur­chase this the Ap­ple Store stated that it is only avail­able to run on OS X 10.10.4 or higher. I have an old Mac Pro run­ning 10.7.5 and I would love to use it to run Server so I can back up all the Macs in my of­fice but I can’t find the cor­rect soft­ware any­where. I’ve gone on fo­rums and ap­par­ently one has to con­tact Ap­ple and ask them for the ex­act url to lo­cate a copy of this ver­sion. I’m pre­pared to do this but I think you have made a bad er­ror in the afore­men­tioned ar­ti­cle and I think you need to put it right. Any fur­ther in­for­ma­tion you can give me to lo­cate the cor­rect ver­sion would be grate­fully re­ceived. Stephen James Alan Stone­bridge says… You’re right Stephen we should have made it clearer in those sys­tem re­quire­ments that the tu­to­rial was writ­ten with OS X Server 4 (the ver­sion for Yosemite) in mind, though much of it is rel­e­vant to re­cent ver­sions. The sep­a­rate re­quire­ment we listed, which should have been listed sec­ond and with a caveat, was to in­di­cate that client Macs can back up to the server even if they’re run­ning an older ver­sion of OS X. In fact, even client Macs run­ning Leop­ard should work with OS X Server’s Time Ma­chine ser­vice.

Although Lion Server has been delisted on the Mac App Store, tele­phone sales staff for the Ap­ple On­line Store told us that you can still pur­chase Lion Server by call­ing them. In the UK, the num­ber to call is 0800 048 0408, and the line is manned be­tween 8am and 9pm on week­days, and 9am and 6pm on week­ends. Ex­plain that you specif­i­cally want the older ver­sion of the soft­ware for your Mac Pro. We were told that Lion Server will cost you £14.99, which is the same price as the lat­est ver­sion.

We can im­me­di­ately re­call that one dif­fer­ence in older ver­sions is that you can’t cap the space that each Mac’s back­ups can take up. Our tu­to­rial should be enough to get the ser­vice work­ing on your Mac Pro, though it’s worth check­ing un­der Other ser­vices > Time Ma­chine ser­vice in the Ad­vanced Ad­min­is­tra­tion guide for Lion Server (http://ap­ple.co/1SJJvR2) to see if there’s any­thing about that ver­sion’s be­hav­iour that might be rel­e­vant to you.

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