Installing Tiger Server Software Over Leopard Server Software

Two of our workgroup servers are running Leopard Server Software 10.5. One of the servers consists of the hard drive with all the apps plus 3 partitions and the other server consists of the main hard drive with all the apps and 2 other partitions. We are having tons of permissions issues with both servers and after some research it seems that there is a bug in the Leopard Server software that Apple hasn't fixed yet.

Several times a week I have to erase the hard drives and re-install the server software and set up all the users, etc. again. It's beginning to be a royal pain to say the least. However, when I do an erase and install of the Leopard server software it keeps my partitions and all the files on them completely intact. (Yay!)

My question is:
I have decided to go back to the Tiger server software on both servers so we won't have anymore permissions issues. When Apple fixes the Leopard bug I will return to the Leopard software. Since the partitions on both servers contain an ENORMOUS amount of files I want to make sure that when I do an erase and install of the Tiger software that my partitions will remain intact like they did whenever I did an erase install of the Leopard software. I am concerned that since I won't be actually re-installing the same operating system that it might actually erase the hard drive and all the partitions. That would be the biggest nightmare of my life!!!

Can someone tell me WITH ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY if erasing a hard drive that is running OS 10.5 Leopard server software and then installing 10.4 Tiger server software will erase my partitions or if all of the files on all the partitions will remain completely intact as they are now?

I don't want to make a huge mistake that could possibly take me weeks to correct. Not to mention get lynched by all of the employees here! lolol

Thanks soooooooooo much!
KenniebeeAsked:
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nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.Commented:
You can as long as the server did not come with Leopard. If the server came with Leopard, you may have a VERY difficult time getting an enabler to start up the box.
So if your data is on separate partition than your production data, go for it and erase the os partition and reinstall.

B4 you start BACKUP, BACKUP, BACKUP!
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KenniebeeAuthor Commented:
The servers did actually come with Leopard installed, but just the Leopard Operating System. I purchased the Leopard Server software separately. So am I understanding you correctly in thinking that I should probably just not try to install the Tiger? I really wish Apple would come out with a fix for this issue!!!
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nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.Commented:
You can try it and see if it boots.  

Try this even. Get an external drive and try to install Tiger.

This would keep your current environment entact and still allow you to test.
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KenniebeeAuthor Commented:
I don't have a spare external drive here so if I erase Leopard server software and install Tiger server software are you SURE that it won't erase the files on my partitions too? If it won't erase them, then I'll definitely try the Tiger b/c it's not that big of a headache to go back and re-install the Leopard. But if there's EVEN A SLIGHT CHANCE that I might lose the files on the partitions, then I am not going to risk it. Everything is backed up, but it would take me forever to get all that re-installed and back to normal. Not to mention that an entire newspaper (us) would be basically shut down for a long time while I do it. Yikes!

So what do you think? Should I or shouldn't I?

lolol
Thanks!
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nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.Commented:
You can select which partitions are to be erase and installed on.  You must know where your data is stored and how you have it configured.  

Like I mentioned.  Make sure you have a good backup prior to doing any of this...
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hobowankenobiCommented:
I'm curious, what exactly is the problem you are trying to solve by rolling back to 10.4 Server?  Are you sure it is not solvable?
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KenniebeeAuthor Commented:
The problems we're having relate to permissions. We have approximately 50 people connected to these two servers at all times and there are constant issues with the permissions. There is no rhyme or reason to any of it really. One person might try to pull in a photo that the photo lab has toned (we're a newspaper) and will get the dreaded error saying he doesn't have permissions to move the photo. And on and on and on. Then I have to go to the server and change the permissions on that particular photo so the user can use it on a page. And it's the same with ads, pages, copy, everything. It affects different people on different days. I did some research on it and it seems there are tons and tons of permissions problems with the Leopard Server software, which is what we're running. And Apple has not fixed this bug yet (according to my last readings on the subject). When our permissions issues get to the point that I can't keep up with running to the server and changing the permissions in individual files I just erase the drive (keeping the partitions intact) and reinstall the Leopard Server software. Whew! And that's why I have ordered 2 new hard drives. When they come in next week I am going to install Tiger Server software on them and use those as the startup disks in the 2 servers that I'm having trouble with. That way I won't lose my files on the partitions.

Do you know of a different remedy that would allow me to keep the Leopard Server software?

Thanks!
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KenniebeeAuthor Commented:
Well, I installed another hard drive so I wouldn't be installing Tiger server software on top of my Leopard server software, just in case there were issues. As I found out, you can not install Tiger server software on a G5 that came pre-installed with Leopard - well, at least I couldn't. So.... I guess we're just stuck with the bugs until Apple comes out with a fix. Thanks tons!
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