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Apple released OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Any 2009 model or newer Mac mini is eligible to upgrade to Yosemite at no cost. Server.app is a paid upgrade and works just the same as the 10.7 to 10.8 upgrade path.

While the basic Server.app functions (web & email) have had smooth upgrade results, we’d recommend holding off if you rely on the server software for production uses. Server.app now features more advanced e-mail server controls and firewall controls.

Some of the important things to remember are:
  • The upgrade can be done remotely
  • If you rely on the machine for work/business, hold off for a bit for 10.10.1, etc
  • Backup any important data
  • The upgrade can take 45 to 60 minutes
  • Do not issue a remote reboot during the process
  • Schedule the upgrade between 7am and 5pm Central US time weekdays for prompt and free hands on support
  • Re-run the Bonjour disabling script
  • Re-run the SSH port change script if you were running an alternate SSH port
  • Check your power settings!!! Especially ‘power on after power failure’ and to schedule a nightly ‘power on’ event
  • Server.app (paid upgrade) is done after upgrading to Yosemite – if you are running Server.app
  • We recommend disabling the Mission Control preference for ‘Displays have separate Spaces’ – especially if you are using a video dongle

New Mac minis!
Apple announced new Mac mini models yesterday. We should have our hands on them mid to late next week. We have a limited stock of NEW Late-2012 model machines. If you need one of these – please reply ASAP or place an order online. We’ve discounted the purchase price on the Late-2012 machines. If you need to run any OS older than OS X 10.10 you will want to pick up one of these outgoing models.

The new models have some slight changes. We’re waiting on getting them in before we can make recommendations. Benchmarks will help show the differences and options. The biggest change is the processors and the lack of (2) internal hard drive bays. The new machines seem to have a hard drive bay and the ability to run a PCIe flash storage stick, AS WELL AS SOLDERED ON MEMORY. Click here for Apple’s specs. We are currently listing a Core i5 and a Core i7 option on our website, these will be available for deployment starting late next week.

If you are looking to add an additional Mac mini to one of our data centers, you can receive 50% off for the first 5 months of colocation. Promo code: 50off5 (only good on new colocation plans).