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Admin tools on Lion to Snow Leopard Server on Mini

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on2java Calculating status...
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Sep 17, 2011 2:02 PM

I recently purchased a MacMini Server with Snow Leopard Server and have everything working fine - except when I went to install the Server Admin tools on my Lion laptop - it would not let me!  How do I manage my server?  Currently, I have been using screen sharing to do everything - not the most efficient way - but I have my server up and running.

 

If I got the Remote Desktop on my Lion laptop, would that help me manage my server - just want to know, before I go and buy it.

 

Thanks,

 

  -- Nash

Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.6.8), Snow Leopard Server
  • dmare Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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    Sep 18, 2011 3:59 AM (in response to on2java)

    I believe you can only use 10.6 Server Admin tools with 10.6 OS.

     

    With Lion OS, you can only install Lion Server Admin tools: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1419 - however, this may perhaps worth with 10.6 Server, although I haven't tested, but it may be worth a shot.

     

    Apple Remote Desktop is not going to help you much in what you're trying to achieve - it is not designed to replace Server Admin tools, it has a completely different function.  It simply allows you a convient way to do screen sharing, copying files, executing unix commands - all of which can really be done through the built in screen sharing applications or via ssh in Terminal.

     

    Apple Remote Desktop will not allow you to directly change DNS, Mail, etc. settings.  It will only allow you to get onto your server's screen where you can open Server Admin tools and change the settings directly on the server - no different from screen sharing.

  • John.Kitzmiller Level 3 Level 3 (870 points)
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    Sep 20, 2011 10:21 AM (in response to dmare)

    I've tested the 10.7 (Lion) Server Admin tools to manage a 10.6 (Snow Leo) server, and have had great results.

  • wollevomsee Calculating status...

    But you have to have Lion Server installed to get the Server Admin tools, right? I want to administer a few server (both Lion and Snow Leopard) from my laptop, where I have Lion installed, without server extensions.

  • John Lockwood Level 5 Level 5 (5,075 points)

    wollevomsee wrote:

     

    But you have to have Lion Server installed to get the Server Admin tools, right? I want to administer a few server (both Lion and Snow Leopard) from my laptop, where I have Lion installed, without server extensions.


    Server Admin for Lion is a separate download. I think your getting confused with Server.app which is part of Lion server.

     

    The download link you need is here http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1419

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