Many of these things are not guaranteed to work (and some people actually say will do more harm than good).I, for one, don’t see an issue with the basics that some recommend: Start by repairing permissions: either run Disk Utility from your hard disk while in OS X, or do so from the Tiger DVD.I use a Power Mac G4 (Quick Silver 2002) Dual, OS X 10.4.11 Tiger. I'v been using Tiger full time for almost a year now.Make sure you are currently at Tiger 10.4.10 (as of this writing, 10.4.10 is the latest public version, with .11 on the way).Like with any other OS upgrade, you’ll want to back up all of your data (duh).So it’s really up to the end users, either save money and upgrade directly, or go the other route and you’ll be out 0.
There are some things you can do prior to installing that I sometimes recommend.Walking around the building with an installer DVD or a Fire Wire drive in hand doesn’t exactly rank as timely, nor does it rank as anything close to what I want to be doing with my time.Net Booting from a copy of the installer DVD is a slightly better option, but that would require applying a handful of OS and security updates after the initial install in order to bring each computer up-to-date.After much despair, head scratching, and a little behind-the-scenes investigation, I discovered that Leopard’s System Image Utility could be wrangled to accomplish my goal. It didn’t allow me to save my workflows after I had carefully set them up, the resulting Net Install sets would often simply not boot computers, and sometimes when they did boot computers they did not work as expected. Before we can understand why this package is our savior, we need to know what it does.As Greg Neagle mentions in response to a comment I made on his blog, this is a payloadless package that runs a script called it’s doing, and that’s the vitally important Net Info to dslocal account migration.