Mac OS X 10.6 Server Admin: Installing Remotely with Server Assistant

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Installing Remotely with Server Assistant

To install Mac OS X Server on a remote server from the server Install DVD, installation partition, or NetInstall disk, you need an administrator computer from which to use Server Assistant to manage the installation:

After the computer starts up from the Install Disk, you can control and manage the server from an administration computer.

Important:  If you have administrative applications and tools from Mac OS X Server v10.5 or earlier, do not use them with Mac OS X Server v10.6.

To use the Installer user interface, use VNC to view and interact with the remote installer. For more information, see Installing Remotely with Screen Sharing and VNC.

You don’t need to be an administrator on the local computer to use Server Assistant.

  1. Start up the target computer using the Install DVD, installer partition, or NetInstall disk.

    If you need more information on your startup options, see About Starting Up for Installation.

  2. After the target computer starts, launch Server Admin in the /Applications/Server/ folder on the administrator computer.

  3. Select the target server from the list of servers waiting for installation.

    If neither the target server nor the list appear, make sure the target server is on the same local subnet as the administrator computer.

  4. If the target computer is not on the same local subnet as the administrator computer, add the server manually.

    1. Choose Install Remote Server from the Server menu of Server Admin.

    2. Enter the IP address or DNS name of the target server.

      If you do not know the IP address or DNS name of the target server, you must identify it first. For more information about this process, see Identifying Remote Servers When Installing Mac OS X Server.

  5. For the password, enter the default password for installation.

    This is usually the first eight characters of the server’s built-in hardware serial number.

    For more information about this password, see About Server Serial Numbers for Default Installation Passwords.

  6. Proceed by following the onscreen instructions.

  7. When the Volumes pane appears, select a target disk or volume (partition), make sure it’s in the expected state and click Continue.

  8. Proceed by following the onscreen instructions.

    While installation proceeds, you can open another Server Assistant window to install server software on other computers. Choose Server > Install Remote Server to do so.

After installation is complete, the target server restarts and you can perform initial server setup.For more information, see Mac OS X Server Setup Help Topics.

Published Date: Aug 6, 2013
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