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I just installed Snow Leopard on my Mac Pro and it's running great! I upgraded it from 10.5 and it worked just fine for me. I was looking at the Snow Leopard Server and all the features it offers for the other Macs on my home network. My question is this: Can I install Snow Leopard Server on my Mac Pro without having to do a clean install? I have everything set up perfectly and I really don't want to have to reconfigure everything.

My other question is, besides the server software, is there any difference between the server and desktop versions? More specifically, am I still going to be able to use my audio creation/editing software and play the few games I have? Does the server strip out any functionality or is it exactly the same thing as the desktop version, but with added server tools?

Thanks in advance for your input!

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I've installed Snow Leopard Server in place of Snow Leopard on my Mac mini because I had no experience with Mac Os X Server OS !

After 5 months of daily use, I can say it's very close to Snow Leopard except for server dedicated functions (users management, server applications, ...).

There is no restriction for you about playing games or running creation/editing software !

About the clean installation :

I'm not sure you can install Snow Leopard Server over Snow Leopard while keeping your configuration because some stuff are stored differently.

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No you can't do an upgrade installation of Snow Leopard Server(SLS) - unsurprisingly it's not something Apple ever planned for...

If you were to install SLS over the top of your existing SL install it would cause quite a few issues - file permissions/ownership etc etc. You would probably not retain any settings and you would have to reinstall most of your programs so there is really no point.

Grab a copy of Parallels or VMWare Fusion and virtualise SLS if you really can't lose your current install.

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Depending on the services you want to offer you might want to look into: http://cutedgesystems.com/

The client version pretty much has all the services build-in with a few exceptions, no GUIs and no preconfiguration. The tools from Cutedgesystems are a great help and sometimes do the job even better than OSX Server and it's GUI

Together with the sharing options in System Preferences you should be able to set up a Server without any reinstallation.

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