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Two really good articles on preparing and upgrading:

http://www.macworld.com/article/2052602/get-your-mac-ready-for-mavericks-os-x-10-9.html

http://www.macworld.com/article/2055518/installing-mavericks-what-you-need-to-know.html

Bob



On Wed, Oct 23, 2013 at 7:29 AM, Jason Hyerstay <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I have been running the developer preview for months and it has been very
> solid and an excellent improvement, especially in battery life management.
> Any machines that are compatible with 10.8 Mountain Lion will be compatible.
>
> If you are upgrading via the App Store, you need to be running 10.6.8 or
> higher. However, you could extract the InstallESD image from the installer
> and use that to install without the store on other machines. Personally, I
> just configure one reference workstation and then create a DeployStudio
> image from it, which I can deploy to any Mac on the network.
>
> I hope to upgrade our compatible machines before the end of the year, but
> not immediately.
>
> One of the other big benefits is the SMB2 file sharing support, both for
> connecting to Windows servers, and as the default protocol between 10.9
> Macs.
>
> I recommend testing on some machines to see how nice it is and reading the
> entire John Siracusa review at Ars Technica: OS X 10.9 Mavericks: The Ars
> Technica Review No longer an apex predator, OS X takes some time for
> introspection. <http://arstechnica.com/apple/2013/10/os-x-10-9/>
>
> Cheers,
>
> Jason
>
> Jason Hyerstay
> Network Manager, ACTC
> Waterbury-Duxbury School District
>
> On Oct 23, 2013, at 10:17 AM, Keith Puffer <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> Anyone seen yet (I realize not a lot of time has passed) why upgrading for
> FREE? to Apple's latest OS Mavericks would NOT be a good option?
>
> http://www.apple.com/osx/how-to-upgrade/
>
> Would mean we could even out our licenses and OS versions.  However, as we
> all know about recent rollouts (Health Care) things don't always work the
> first time on a major release.
>
> Just thought I would start the conversation that I know many of you are
> having...
>
> Thoughts and opinions?  (Mac centered - not a "move to OpenSource" thread)
>
> Keith
>
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