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I have a Mac Mini Sever and Mackbook Pro (MBP upgraded from HDD to SSD) both running (pre-loaded) OS X 10.7.5, which I'm preparing to upgrade to Yosemite.

I never created an Apple ID and I didn't need an one, recently when I re-downloaded and installed a clean version of OS X 10.7.5 for my MBP thru Internet recovery but apparently, I need an Apple ID to upgrade to Yosemite.

That said, if you have more than one device and have already created an Apple ID(s) with associated email addresses but you had the chance to create them all over again, what would you do differently as far as selecting your Apple ID and associated emails?

For example, would you use one Apple ID and one email for all your devices or some other strategy and why?
 

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One Apple ID for all your devices and accounts is what you want. Anything else results in confusion. As an example: I use the same Apple ID and password for my iPhone and for my wife's iPhone. Also for all my other Apple devices and accounts including iCloud.
 

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Does an Apple ID have to be an email address?

Yes. Your Apple ID consists of an email address as username and a *strong* password.

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With "Future Proofing" for family or small business in mind, I found this article entitled "Best Practices for Creating Apple IDs" (https://forgetcomputers.zendesk.com...1010580-Best-Practices-for-Creating-Apple-IDs), which states "...Managing your own Apple ID across a few devices is not very complicated, but how does an organization with several — maybe several thousand — iOS devices handle Apple IDs? Specifically, what is the best way to create and manage these Apple IDs?

In an organization (or family) with several devices, it's tempting to create a single Apple ID and share it across many devices. Although this seems like the easiest and most controlled way to deploy, it will not work to try to associate more than 10 devices with a single Apple ID (unless you are using Apple Configurator). The absolute best way is to assign each device a unique Apple ID ([email protected], [email protected], or [email protected], [email protected])...

... You'll need to manually verify each new account through an email link sent from Apple so create one real email address (ios-master@yourdomain) and alias all the other accounts ([email protected], [email protected]) to this address so all communication from Apple arrives at one account. (Remember to setup these aliases before creating the Apple IDs.)"

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With "Future Proofing" for family or small business in mind, I found this article entitled "Best Practices for Creating Apple IDs" (https://forgetcomputers.zendesk.com...1010580-Best-Practices-for-Creating-Apple-IDs), which states "...Managing your own Apple ID across a few devices is not very complicated, but how does an organization with several — maybe several thousand — iOS devices handle Apple IDs? Specifically, what is the best way to create and manage these Apple IDs?

In an organization (or family) with several devices, it's tempting to create a single Apple ID and share it across many devices. Although this seems like the easiest and most controlled way to deploy, it will not work to try to associate more than 10 devices with a single Apple ID (unless you are using Apple Configurator). The absolute best way is to assign each device a unique Apple ID ([email protected], [email protected], or [email protected], [email protected])...

... You'll need to manually verify each new account through an email link sent from Apple so create one real email address (ios-master@yourdomain) and alias all the other accounts ([email protected], [email protected]) to this address so all communication from Apple arrives at one account. (Remember to setup these aliases before creating the Apple IDs.)"

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Wow! Big job. I've never been in business as you define it and therefore never had to consider anything other than my own devices. My wife uses the same Apple ID so that contacts, diary and all the rest can be shared.

What you describe is clearly feasible as you got the details from Apple. I don't envy you one bit sorting your lot out!

Ian
 

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