What versions of OS X are actually supported? RRS feed

  • Question

  • When browsing to http://myserver/connect/
    It says: "The Connector software connects Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, or Mac OS X 10.6 - 10.8, to the server."

    System Requirements for Windows Server 2012 Essentials
    Supported Client operating systems: Windows 8, Windows 7, Macintosh OS X version 10.5 to 10.8.
    Before You Install Windows Server 2012 Essentials
    Upgrade operating system on your client computers Windows Server 2012 Essentials supports the following operating systems: Windows 8, Windows 7, and Macintosh OS X Lion or greater. These operating systems provide the necessary security features, reliability, performance, and functionality for the local network.
    Which suggests you need OS X 10.7 or later?

    I'm currently running OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) and I'm getting the following error when I try to install the connector:
    cannot connect to the server using the name that was entered.

    Also will OS X 10.9 be supported once it's released later this year?

    Monday, July 22, 2013 12:20 PM

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  • Okay I was able to test on a OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.4. And initally I got the same error message "cannot connect to the server using the name that was entered". I then created a new user with admin rights through the Essentials Dashboard and then tried the installer again on the Mac and with that account I was able to install the connector. Then when logging in into the launchpad it was possible to use a standard user account.

    I haven't tested if the same works on OS X 10.6.8. But there's clearly something wrong here, it can't be required to install the connector with a user with admin rights on Essentials or is it? If so it should be clearly stated somewhere because this is just bad.

    Tuesday, July 23, 2013 9:36 AM
  • Hi,

    Thanks for posting your question in the forum.

    As the article “System Requirements for Windows Server 2012 Essentials” mentioned, its supported client OS version is Windows 8, Windows 7, Macintosh OS X version 10.5 to 10.8. Please understand that we should install the Connector Software for Mac OS client while connecting MAC to Windows Server 2012 Essentials. At this time, I suggest we could try to refer to the following similar thread for details.

    Mac 10.6.8 laptop does not connect to Server Essentials 2012


    Hope this helps.


    Andy Qi

    Andy Qi
    TechNet Community Support

    • Marked as answer by Andy QiModerator Sunday, July 28, 2013 9:51 AM
    • Unmarked as answer by johnzered Tuesday, July 30, 2013 6:20 PM
    Wednesday, July 24, 2013 8:31 AM
  • Hi Andy,

    I absolutely do not think the "hack" that solves the connector installation in the thread you're refering to is a solution. And as I said I was also able to connect using a Windows Server 2012 Essentials R2 admin account and then login to the dashboard using a standard user account. So I really do feel there's something wrong here.

    Also if 10.5 is supported then it should say so on the page where you download the connector!

    And last, why isn't Mac's joined to the domain when installing the connector as Windows computers are? OS X has the domain join capability.

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013 7:04 PM
  • Anyone got an answer to my last questions?
    • Edited by johnzered Monday, September 9, 2013 4:53 PM
    Monday, September 9, 2013 4:52 PM