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6033 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Jul 7, 2010 10:28 AM by trezero
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 21, 2010 5:33 PM (in response to cb cb)Did you reboot after you plugged in the display?
Currently Being ModeratedMar 9, 2010 11:09 AM (in response to Matt McM)We're having the same problems. Seems FCSvr isn't made for a headless Xserve. Hope Apple fixes this soon!FCS'09, FCSvr 1.5, Aperture 3, Snow Leopard, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 10, 2010 5:12 AM (in response to BenB)Isn't it an Intel Xserve? What model is it? you can look it up by checking its serial at
I am not 100% sure but I have not seen Xserves without video ports. So, plug a video monitor, restart the Xserve, and install Final Cut Server.
There is a hack out there that allows you to install Final Cut Server without being prompted for a video display, but why bother?
Again, it is not a bug that Apple needs to fix soon, it is the software requirement.
Server: Minimum Requirements
Mac computer with an Intel processor
2GB of RAM (4GB of RAM recommended)
ATI or NVIDIA graphics processor (integrated Intel graphics processors not supported)
Mac OS X v10.5.6 or later
QuickTime 7.6 or later
DVD drive for installation
1.5GB of disk space required to install all applications
Message was edited by: VitaliMac SE30 was the start, Mac OS 8.6 or Earlier, & all the latest stuff
Currently Being ModeratedMay 5, 2010 1:47 PM (in response to Vitali)Do you know anything about the hack to install FC7 onto an XServe, early 2008 model? It won't even run the entire installer because it errors out dude to a lack of VRAM...I have heard there is a hack for it - just haven't had any luck finding it.
ThanksMacPro,MBPro,XServe..., Mac OS X (10.6.3)
Currently Being ModeratedMay 5, 2010 2:50 PM (in response to EMS4HIM)The easiest way is to just connect a display, or install via ARD.
These solutions are explained here:
Final Cut Server: Installing on a remote system requires a display connection
http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1455MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
Currently Being ModeratedMay 6, 2010 5:20 AM (in response to cb cb)It is worth noting here for those who might not know, that the GPU for the Xserve is not active unless it is powering a display at startup. Final Cut Server needs to be able to see that GPU during installation, and Compressor needs to be able to see it at first launch. Once those two conditions have been satisfied, the Xserve can run headless with FCSvr and Compressor perfectly happy even after headless reboot.
So hook up a monitor, install FCSvr, then launch Compressor, and then feel free to carry on headless.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 7, 2010 10:28 AM (in response to cb cb)Here is how to install FCSvr on a headless server:
1. Copy installer files to the local system (dont forget the hidden directory, find it by right clicking and hitting show original on the install metapackage)
2. Go to (InstallerFolder) > Installer >FinalCutServer.mpkg > Contents > Resources > Requirements Checker > Contents > Resources > minsys.plist
3. Open the minsys.plist file with property list editor
4. click the arrows on the left of each line and change all "block" items to say "warn" (if you want to know whats missing but still let the install proceed)
(The ones we really care about are:
5. Close and save the minsys.plist file
6. Run the installer (remember to use the local one you just modified not the one on the disc)
7. Ignore the warnings and proceed with the install.
Hope this helps.
Sr. Systems Engineer
Apple Final Cut Server Trainer
MacHarmonyXserve, Mac OS X (10.6.3), Final Cut Server 1.5.1