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!