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Using VNC to connect to an Xserver that is booted from the OS X server DVD

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I'm remotely managing an Xserve located at a colo facility. I have to run Raid Utility to reconfigure the Raid setup on this system. The reconfiguration involves the boot disk and as such, I have to boot from the OS X Server DVD and run Raid Utility from there. Therein lies the problem: is there any way for me to see the Xserve's screen and run Raid Utility remotely while it is booted from the DVD?

On page 26 of the Xserve user guide they advertise the fact that you can connect to the Xserve while it is booted from the OS X Server DVD via screen sharing/ VNC. I have configured the firewall on the server to allow VNC and can connect to it via screen sharing/ VNC while it is booted from the HD. However, as soon as I tell it to restart using the DVD as the boot device, I can no longer connect to it (then I have to access it via LOM and tell it to restart again using the boot HD in order to get it back up...).

Thanks for any help!
Xserve 2.8 Quad Intel Xeon, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    Firewall config you set while booted from HD, is irrelevant while you are booting of DVD. It is a different system that is not aware if you will off any settings that live on your hard drive.

    Lets see if I understand your situation:

    You remotely control a Mac running Server Monitro and VNC or ARD, from which you control your Xserve.

    To my understanding, while Xserve is booted of DVD, you have no knowledge of its IP address. The Xserve IP address should be asigned by a DHCP server on the remote site, or by Bonjour/Zero config method.

    If you are using ARD, you should be able to locate your Xserve from the Scanner view. If you use VNC client, you should make sure both remote Mac, and Xserve live on the same IP subnet by means of DHCP server. DHCP may be running on your router, but may be not.

    Please describe your remote site network configuration, and whether you have ARD on the remote site.
    PowerBook G4, Mac OS X (10.5.5), But don't let this fool you...
  • Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    This procedure works if you configure Xserve from the next room, but don't want to catch a cold in the server room. Meaning, you have physical access to the Xserve.

    Hope this helps
    PowerBook G4, Mac OS X (10.5.5), But don't let this fool you...
  • Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    You cannot fool us. We know you love it.

    what is the role of this Xserve?
    Can you put it behind NAT?

    A cheap router and an old G4 on remote facility, can give you more control over the Xserve.
    PowerBook G4, Mac OS X (10.5.5), But don't let this fool you...
  • Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    Port 80 should be forwarded to Xserve, and maybe other ports too, depends on type of websites and services. Port 5900 will be forwarded to G4.

    But, if you use a router with VPN, you will have access to whatever is on the remote LAN, regardless of protocol. You'll be able to VNC to both machines and will not need to forward port 5900.

    Another option if you have another public IP address, is to put G4 on the clowd, and add a NIC for remote LAN with Xserve. Still need DHCP but configure it to asign a static IP to Xserve on the LAN side.

    Depends on budget, there are better solutions like remote KVM, which is probably the best.
    PowerBook G4, Mac OS X (10.5.5), But don't let this fool you...


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