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Lion Server: Setting up a remote server

You can set up a Lion Server remotely using either Server app, or Screen Sharing / Apple Remote Desktop.

Before you start

Note: The remote server does not need to have a display, keyboard, mouse, or trackpad connected.

  1. Prepare your DHCP server for the new server. If you have a DNS server, prepare it as well.

    If you have an Internet router, it’s probably your DHCP server. Your DNS server may be administered by your Internet service provider or a DNS hosting service, or it may be another server on your intranet. For more information, see DHCP server configuration for your server and Register the server’s Internet host name.

  2. Make sure the new server has an active connection to the same network as the administrator computer you’re using.
  3. If the server is off, turn it on.

When the server starts up, the Server Setup Assistant opens and waits for setup to begin. At this point you have two options: Server app, or Screen Sharing / Apple Remote Desktop with Lion Server v10.7.2 or later.
 

Using Server app

If you have a copy of Server app on another Lion-based Mac, you can use it to set up the remote server.

  1. On your administrator computer, open the Server app, choose Manage > Connect to Server, select the new server in the “Choose a Mac” dialog, and click Continue. The new server may be listed with a name generated from the computer model and the Ethernet hardware address (the MAC address), or with a name from your DNS server.
  2. If the server you want to set up is listed in the Server app sidebar, you can begin setup by selecting it and clicking Set Up This Mac.
  3. Enter the remote server’s complete hardware serial number. You can find the serial number on the case of the product, on the original product packaging, and on the original product receipt or invoice. For more information about finding the serial number, see How to find the serial number of your Apple hardware product.

    Note
    : Match the capitalization of the serial number when you type it.
  4. Click Continue.
  5. Proceed through the Server Setup Assistant panes.


Using Screen Sharing or Apple Remote Desktop

If the remote server is running Lion Server v10.7.2 or later, you can set it up using Screen Sharing or Apple Remote Desktop.

  1. On your administrator computer, look for the remote server in the Shared computer list of the Finder sidebar, or in the Scanner list in Remote Desktop. The new server may be listed with a name generated from the computer model and the Ethernet hardware address (the MAC address), or with a name from your DNS server.
  2. If the server you want to set up is listed in the Finder sidebar, double click it, then click Share Screen... in the upper-right corner of the Finder window.
  3. If the server you want to set up is listed in the Remote Desktop Scanner, select it, then click the Control icon in the Remote Desktop toolbar.
  4. When prompted for authentication, leave the user name blank and enter the remote server’s complete hardware serial number for the password. You can find the serial number on the case of the product, on the original product packaging, and on the original product receipt or invoice. For more information about finding the serial number, see How to find the serial number of your Apple hardware product.

    Note
    : Match the capitalization of the serial number when you type it.
  5. When you have control of the remote server's screen, proceed through the server setup assistant panes.
Last Modified: Oct 12, 2011
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