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Install 10.3 Server on Mac mini OS X Server
The OS X Server (Panther) CDs will not boot the MacMini. To work around this, attach a FireWire drive to a Mac capable of installing Panther Server. Install to the FireWire drive, and run all updates. Now connect the FireWire drive to the mini, and boot off of the mini's Boot DVD. Click on the Apple logo menu item, and choose Disk Utility.

Once Disk Utility is opened, select the Mac mini internal disk and choose Restore. Drag the FireWire volume to the source box, and drag the mini's hard drive to the destination box, and choose Restore. Once complete, shutdown and disconnect the FireWire drive and reboot the mini into Panther Server.

Everything should now work.
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Install 10.3 Server on Mac mini
Authored by: Baggins on Feb 02, '05 09:41:22AM

Alternatively, boot the iMac Mini into firewire target disk mode, and use it as the external hard drive onto which you install Server.



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Install 10.3 Server on Mac mini
Authored by: Anonymous on Sep 04, '05 02:57:27AM

I have installed Panther Server on a mac mini without any problem!
The Panther server CD was a purchased CD (10.3.5) and not a cd that come with some other mac model. The Mac mini was the model: 1.25GHz Mac mini (M9686LL/B). Obiouvsly, a licence key is needed!



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Install 10.3 Server on Mac mini
Authored by: jcbeckman on Feb 02, '05 10:08:45AM

You aren't supposed to install that way on a machine that already has 10.3 installed on it. You start with Disc 2 and do the install procedure in the manual that ADDS the OS X Server pieces.



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Install 10.3 Server on Mac mini
Authored by: jmdevaney on Feb 02, '05 11:05:53AM

Nice call on the Mini as target disk, never thought of that.

As for running disk 2 that does not work. Because the Mini comes pre installed with 10.3.7 once running the server setup on disk 2 the server portion is only at 10.3 and you cannot install the 10.3.7 server updates or Jboss. The installs through softwareupdate fail. Although I did not try downloading the updates and installing that way.

I tried this first before going the long route.

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Install 10.3 Server on Mac mini
Authored by: jcbeckman on Feb 02, '05 11:26:25AM

That's very odd - I did the same thing with my 10.3.0 disc 2 and my iMac, preinstalled with 10.3.4 or 5 at the time. Worked fine. I had already downloaded the 10.3.x Combo updater for Server ahead of time, and it installed fine too.



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Install 10.3 Server on Mac mini
Authored by: Hes Nikke on Feb 02, '05 11:29:13AM

The copy of OS X Server i got on December 24th (yes, i'm that much of a geek :D) had the 10.3.5 update rolled in. yes i know that this *is* out of date, but perhaps apple'll have a 10.3.7 OS X server one day...

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Install 10.3 Server on Mac mini
Authored by: nzer on Feb 02, '05 12:05:13PM

On the Mac Mini, used the 10.3.7 that came with it, installed Disk 2 of a 10.3.2 Server. Then applied 10.3.5 Server Combo Update, then 10.3.6 Server Combo Update, then 10.3.7 Server Combo Update. Works fine.

I don't have a reason why I used Combo Updates but it was just what was downloaded earlier.



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Install 10.3 Server on Mac mini
Authored by: paulsomm on May 03, '05 11:18:27PM

Actually it works just fine. You just need to go to the JBoss folder and, as admin, change yourself to the owner before running Software Update. After the update runs, it automatically resets the owner to "appserver" for you.



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Install 10.3 Server on Mac mini
Authored by: benjamieson on Feb 02, '05 11:40:59AM

Could you not simply

1) Install Server on the firewire disk
2) Boot the Mac Mini from the firewire disk
3) Clone the firewire back onto the Mini using Carbon Copy Cloner

Would seem to be the easiest way to me....

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Classic free at home and work for 6 months now



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Install 10.3 Server on Mac mini
Authored by: dufis on Feb 02, '05 12:07:48PM

I had quite a different experience: I was able to install 10.3 server on my mac mini without a hitch--the video does go to grayscale but you can manage. The PROBLEM I DO HAVE is...after any reboot; I mean ANY REBOOT, when I get back into OS X Server the home directoy will be placed in the Root Level of Macintosh HD, changing icons, permissions, etc. The system becomes completly wasted...I figured this is a glitch b/c even the latest 10.3.7 Server build does not include the latest software designed to run the Mac Mini; the Mac Mini has an ubur-special build of 10.3.7 that is currently not available via software download, i.e. drivers (SOUND DRIVERS!), and other goodies. I'm just waiting for 10.3.8...



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Install 10.3 Server on Mac mini
Authored by: cleanhead on Feb 02, '05 01:59:05PM

All of which makes me wonder: Why the hell buy a mini?



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Install 10.3 Server on Mac mini
Authored by: BrunoUsesBBEdit on Feb 02, '05 02:51:15PM

To use as a headless home server, Mr. Cynical.

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running Mac Mini headless?
Authored by: LouieNet on Feb 06, '05 01:52:20AM

I'm seriously considering getting a Mac Mini to run headless as a server at a remote colo site. How are people's experiences with running it headless? Do I need to do anything special? Do I have to have Server s/w for it to behave well? Do I need a VGA adapter or something to trick it into thinking a monitor is attached?

Thanks!

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G4 cube, 1152M RAM, OS X Server 10.2.8
17" Powerbook G4, 1G RAM, OS X 10.2.8



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Install 10.3 Server on Mac mini
Authored by: halesgarcia on Feb 03, '05 08:49:11AM

"All of which makes me wonder: Why the hell buy a mini?"

To enjoy as a desktop system. Just because you can't reliably run Server on it doesn't make it useless.

Apple clearly doesn't support the Mini with Server.



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Install 10.3 Server on Mac mini
Authored by: ryandesign on May 09, '05 09:33:32AM

But Apple most clearly does support Mac OS X Server on the Mac mini. From the technical specifications:

Requirements: Xserve G5, Xserve, Power Mac G5, Power Mac G4, Macintosh Server G4, Power Macintosh G3 (Blue & White), Macintosh Server G3 (Blue & White), iMac, eMac or Mac mini computer


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Much easier: Just use OS X Server disc 2
Authored by: ClassicUser on Feb 02, '05 08:02:18PM

As indicated elsewhere here:

The OS X Client version has nothing to do with the OS X Server version. So, just take the (client) software which is already on your Mac, and add the Server components from the separate metapackage on the OS X Server disc 2 (named "MacOSXServerInstall.mpkg", I believe) - and update from there, of course. The base OS will include all the custom pieces needed to ensure compatibility with your hardware, and then the Server components operate on top of that, providing specific functions for server needs.

Oh, and a "combo" update takes any major release and updates it to the current version. So, the 10.3.7 Server Update could be used to update from 10.3.2 (or any version of 10.3.x) directly to 10.3.7; no need for any intermediate steps.



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Much easier: Just use OS X Server disc 2
Authored by: Detrius on Feb 02, '05 08:56:44PM

Seriously people--the second disc is all you need. This hint was a waste of all our time. Yes, it will claim that you are running 10.3.0, but you really aren't. You are running OS X 10.3.7 with OS X Server 10.3.0. Yes, it's weird, but it's fine.

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Much easier: Just use OS X Server disc 2
Authored by: leamanc on Feb 03, '05 07:27:17PM

Yes everyone, believe it! You can verify it in the OS X Server documentation--if you already have a 10.3 client version installed, just install the server meta package from Disc 2, then run Software Update.



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Install 10.3 Server on Mac mini
Authored by: Gigacorpse on Feb 03, '05 07:10:52AM

Does this restore procedure work in Mac OS X client? It seems that it could be really useful, and faster than installing from DVD.



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Install 10.3 Server on Mac mini
Authored by: ckin2xl on Apr 15, '05 01:49:35PM

There must be a difference with the newer OS X Server installation b/c I was able to install 10.3 Server from the DVD to a mini without any issues. The sys reqs still don't list the mini, but it didn't complain and everything is running perfectly.



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Install 10.3 Server on Mac mini
Authored by: sailbrain on Oct 11, '07 07:21:33AM

Hi
I have a Mac mini which I bought with Tiger installed. I want to run safari 1.3 for testing purposes so I bought panther and tried to install it as, apparently it will only run with panther. It locks up after the apple logo appears. I got replacement disks but they are the same.

I see from your posting that the mac mini won't read panther server cds. Does the same apply to panther? Am I wasting my time? I would be grateful for any advice.

thanks



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