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Create a bootable XServe Remote Diagnostics CD OS X Server
Have you ever wanted to run the Xserve Remote Diagnostics without setting up a NetBoot server? Well now you can. Full instructions can be found here, and they are reproduced below as well...

Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.3 or Mac OS X Server 10.3.3 or later
  • Apple Developer Tools
Note that this hint was tested on version 1.0.4 of the Xserve Remote Diagnostics

Method One:
  1. Download and mount the XserveRemoteDiag104.dmg disc image

  2. Install the Xserve Remote Diagnostics

  3. Use Disk Utility to create a "Disk Image from Folder" of the folder '/private/tftpboot/xrdiags' using the Image Format of "read/write"

  4. Mount the disk image

  5. Run the following Terminal commands, replacing with the absolute path with the path to the mounted disk image:
    $ /Developer/Tools/SetFile -t "tbxi" //diags
    $ sudo bless --folder /
    $ unmount and burn the disk image


Method Two:
  1. Download and mount the XserveRemoteDiag104.dmg disc image

  2. Run the following terminal commands (replacing with the absolute path with the path to the mounted disk image):
    $ gzip -cd /Volumes/Xserve\ Remote\ Diagnostics/\
    XserveRemoteDiagnostics.pkg/Contents/Archive.pax.gz | \
    pax -r -s ',./private/tftpboot/,./,' './private/tftpboot/*'
    $ hdiutil create -srcfolder ./xrdiags -format UDRW xrdiagscd.dmg
    $ hdiutil mount xrdiagscd.dmg
    $ /Developer/Tools/SetFile -t "tbxi" //diags
    $ sudo bless --folder /
    
  3. Unmount and burn the disk image
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Create a bootable XServe Remote Diagnostics CD
Authored by: ScienceMan on Aug 26, '05 11:06:52PM

The easiest way to supply the xrdiags folder path to DIskUtility in the first method is to first use the pull-down "Go... Go TO Folder" menubar item in the Finder, and type /private/tftpboot into the dialog window that results. Then in DiskUtility choose the "New... Image from Folder" menu option and drag and drop the icon from the previously opened Finder window onto the navigation box from DiskUtility.

Similarly, you can supply the path to the volume containing the diags file from the mounted image onto the Terminal window later on in the process, when you are supposed to supply the volume path.



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any luck with Intel Xserve?
Authored by: willdaddy on Dec 27, '06 12:13:22PM

I just tried this with the new quad core Xserve and the process is going to be a bit different. I didn't have time to try a bunch but the xrdiags folder is moved and named differently on an Intel box. I tried to burn the i386 folder that replaces the xrdiags folder and modified the instructions to fit the appropriate files but no luck.

anyone else tried this yet?



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