Apple thinks of everything… Clearly the biggest headache in getting a new system especially within a production environment, is the transfer and setup of data from old machine to new, which usually costs some solid downtime and lost money… Consider this problem solved.
MacFixIt has learned that the just-announced updated Power Mac G5 models are the first to include Apple’s new “System Migration” feature. Apple’s website states:
“Apple simplicity lets you add a Power Mac G5 to your creative studio without days of downtime configuring a new system. The new Mac OS X setup assistant helps you effortlessly move user accounts, system preferences, documents and applications from an old Mac to a new Power Mac G5 — and the transfer is FireWire fast.”
This feature evidently works in the following manner:
* On first boot, you’re given the opportunity to connect a FireWire cable between your new G5 and your old Mac.
* The Setup Assistant walks you through various types of files on your old Mac — user folders (and accounts), applications, system add-ons, etc. — and lets you choose whether or not to transfer them to your new G5.
* The Setup Assistant then proceeds to transfer the appropriate files and completes the setup process. [MacFixIt]