Mac OS X Server 10.4: Installing on a computer that won‘t start up from the Installation disc

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Some computers that are compatible with Mac OS X Server 10.4 can't start up (boot) from the Server Installation CD or DVD. When you try it, the computer may display a blank, gray screen or kernel panic. For this reason, Apple allows you to use a metapackage (.mpkg) file from the Installation disc to install Mac OS X Server over a running Mac OS X 10.4 (client) installation.

Note: If you are running Mac OS X 10.4.10 you cannot use the metapackage file from the Installation disc. Instead, follow the instructions in article 305537.

Note: You must not use this capability to install software that is older than what shipped with your computer (learn more). This document is only intended for Mac OS X Server 10.4 or later on PowerPC-based computers (more).

To install Mac OS X Server 10.4 from the .mpkg file, follow these steps:

  1. Be sure that all software on the target computer is up to date.
    Note: If you decide to start with a fresh system by doing an erase install (this is not required), be sure to complete the Mac OS X Setup Assistant while the computer is connected to your network.
  2. Be sure that your computer is connected to your network.
  3. Make sure Windows Sharing is disabled in Sharing preferences.
  4. Restart the computer.
  5. Insert the DVD or the Disc 2 CD from the retail version of Mac OS X Server 10.4.
  6. Open the MacOSXServerInstall.mpkg Installer, which is located in the "Other Installers" folder on the DVD and at the root level of the Disc 2 CD.
  7. Follow the onscreen steps.
  8. When finished, restart the computer.
  9. The Server Assistant appears. Use it to complete the setup, making sure that you configure the computer as a standalone server.
  10. Use Software Update to install all available updates.
  11. Restart the computer.
  12. Go back to Software Update and install all the remaining updates, restarting your computer as necessary.
  13. If desired, you can now use Server Admin to set up the server as an Open Directory Master.

Note: This procedure also appears on page 106 of the Getting Started manual, available here.

Published Date: Oct 10, 2016