I tried various combinations to get to the cause of this problem. The solution is to install server be it a GM or from the App-Store on Lion 10.7.0 with out the iCloud beta's or the OS X 10.7.2 beta update. Both of which I am running on a MacMini. What I did was partition a new 1 TB HD and did a clean install of OS X Lion and then installed Server. After launching server it went and downloaded all the updates and did the rest of the install.
So the Solution no iCloud beta's and no 10.7.2 beta updates. Hope this works for all of you too !
Actually Craig, can you confirm you're talking about getting the Server components from a local Software Updates Server or were you in fact referring to downloading direct from Apple?
If it's the latter, then the 'Software Update server' part confused me. However, given that the updates delivered to local Software Update Servers follow on from what's live on the direct Apple servers then it's most likely the case of my original post here... Apple only just released a computer-specific Server Essentials for the new generation Mac mini on the same day as your post. You were just too fast for Apple. I suspect that the problem has been resolved since later that day.
I was finally able to install Server on my SSD drive. I have a dual boot system using the factory installed hard disk (17' Mac Book Pro, i7, mid 2010). Server refuses to install on the factory hard disk, yet GM Lion installed flawlessly. Therefore, my problem is only half fixed. I can boot into the SSD and use Server buy I'm out of luck when I wish to use my normal, larger, hard disk.
This just occured to me today. I have 10.7 installed on a 2010 27" iMac, just pulled the latest ARD update from Software Update.
Went to run the server tools installer and I'm getting the same error. Restarting didn't help. =[
Purchased Server from the App store yesterday, tried to intstall and I get a "Can't install Server Essentials because it is not currently available from the Software Update server." message.
Rebooted. Still the same problem.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 2, 2011 5:00 AM (in response to thatgrumguy)
Lion Server needs to be installed onto OS X 10.7.0 before any of the iCloud beta's and definatley before the OS X 10.7.2 Combo Updater beta. If you install Server before any of these on a fresh OS X 10.7 system you should not have a problem. BTW after you instal Lion, it helps if you do a reboot then fix permissions and then do a reboot again. Only after all that install Lion Server. Then you should not have any problems.
Hope this helps.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 2, 2011 5:10 AM (in response to Peter Norton)
I need to go from snow leopard server -> Lion -> Lion server, requiring me to pay for two operating systems?
Makes no sense.
Why did it allow me to purchase the server in the first place?
Currently Being ModeratedAug 3, 2011 6:17 PM (in response to Nicki Rasmussen)
The short answer is you can't install server on OS X 10.7.2
• Reinstall OS X 10.7.0 from your Lion installer you will wipe the iCloud and OS X 10.7.2 componants from your
computer and be left with OS X 10.7.0 running on your computer.
• Run Disk Utilities and fix your permissions and restart your machine
• Install Lion Server ( makes sure you don't have 'Auto Proxy Discovery' checked in System Preferences /
Network / Advanced / Proxies )
• Don't forget that you need to be on an avtive internet network so Server can download and install it's resources.
If you need to install the iCloud beta's and the OS X 10.7.2 combo beta do it after you install Lion Server.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 3, 2011 8:20 PM (in response to Peter Norton)
Thanks for the answer Peter.
Just a few questions:
- Where do I find my Lion Installer? And do I need to back-up my computer?
- What permissions do I need to fix?
And again, thanks for the answer.