I recently set up a new Mac Mini as a stand-alone server for the Apple Service Toolkit Diagnostic Gateway. Here are the specs of the Mini, if needed by anyone:
Mac OS X 10.6 Server (patched to 10.6.8)
2.66GHz Core 2 Duo
8 GB DDR3 RAM
I have followed Apple's instructions on how to install/configure AST Diagnostic Gateway from the Service Source page to the T. Installation was no problem and everything went smoothly.
In Server Admin, I turned on only NFS and NetBoot services (as per the instructions) and configured NetBoot to work via Ethernet with the AST image as the default. Both services are running. I DO NOT have DHCP turned on on this machine, namely because:
a.) We have a district DHCP server supplying IPs to all our machines, and
b.) The instructions from Apple actually say to avoid running any services on the AST Gateway machine besides NFS and NetBoot.
I gave the server a static IP and reserved it in our DHCP server. I also registered my Gateway Manager with my Apple ID and ASP location, etc. so it can connect to the repositories.
However, when I plug in a remote host on the same network segment (same subnet), it will not netboot. I get the flashing globe for about 20 - 30 seconds and then the system boots normally into the OS. When going into System Preferences > Startup Disk, it does not see the AST server.
If I turn AFP on, I can connect to it that way and view the image files, etc. The permissions are set so that everyone can read the image files.
What am I missing? The only thing I have been able to find so far are these entires in the NetBoot log within Server Admin:
Jul 6 13:06:48 localhost servermgrd: servermgr_dhcp:bootp config:Error:Failed to create default subnet records
Jul 6 11:47:43 localhost configd: bootp_session_transmit: bpf_write(en1) failed: Network is down (50)
It appears that the remote host is not getting a proper DHCP address and therefore cannot see the netboot server..?
Any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated!