Upgraded yesterday - no major issues so far
I upgraded yesterday.
This is mainly because my design clients will often click on ANY link from Apple for an update/upgrade!
Personally I would like to wait at least a fortnight but it's not an option.
Using VirtualBox to run OS X 10.11 and 10.12 support of older software and works very well - much better than parallels with Windows 7.
For a filesytem cleanup, opted to create a USB boot disk using the built-in createinstallmedia.
Time Machine backup, boot of USB disk and format disk as AFPS, install 10.13, use Migration Assistant built into installer to restore home folders and Applications.
Then test, test, test…
There are a few things on Apple that there is no functional equivalent on Windows.
1. Target Disk Mode - been using this since OS 9 with SCSI devices.
Allowed you to mount another Mac as a local disk - great for running disk/volume repairs etc…
Fun fact is once another mac is mounted locally as a disk, you can actually reboot your Mac off the other Mac's disk!
2. Migration Assistant - been around for quite a few years.
Great for doing a clean install and then bringing back home folder and Applications without alot of the cruft that accumulates with multiple OS upgrades over the years.
It is especially good at bringing back installed software and keeping all the licensing intact.
3. ASR (Apple Software Restore) - perfect for imaging and deploying OS X using monolithic images which has been around for at least a decade.
Since OS X does not need licensing - (only needs a valid Mac to install onto) it makes creating deployment images a cake walk .
No sysprep to deal with - build a new image and it will boot and deploy on ALL apple hardware that supports the new system which is invariably the last 7 years' models.
There are a lot of gripes - especially on the higher end for video production, 40Gb networking, zero server hardware, crappy RAID, dealing with resource forks of old Mac PS fonts (still!!!)
Overall - I can't, in good conscience charge for weekly/monthly maintenance like all my Windows tech contacts - the machines are simply too reliable and don't break down enough!
I do bulk billing instead so clients can per pay for their support and use as issues actually crop up.