Thank you, Kappy, as I mentioned, I've already discovered this article and tried it, but it didn't help me (look through the original post). I've done further reading through the forums, but it seems that there is no solution to simply have OS X Lion client version installed on mac mini server 2011.
Something you might try is boot into the Recovery HD,
reformat your the OSX partition and reinstall from the Recovery.
Then when you initially restart, make sure to answer no to anything
related to server.
I am currently using a 2011 server as a workstation and simply
did not enable a server options the first time I booted and made
sure the server app was disabled once booted. I have had no
issues such as you have mentioned doing this. The important
thing is not to enable anyting related to "server" on that very first
The only other alternative, if you have another Mac running Lion
that was a Mac App Store download, is to redownload the installer
package and create a bootable USB installer stick and try that.
Thank you, woodmeister50, I think it worth a try!
BTW, as I understand, it is impossible to reinstall OS on mac mini 2011 from usb — well, I tried it in the first place and it didn't work.
If you mean from the Apple Lion USB stick supplied by Apple
that is true, it won't work. The Apple supplied USB stick will
only work on systems with Snow Leopard or earlier, if the
computer is compatible of course.
But the App Store download should. At least it did for me when
I created a minimal "emergency" SD card for use on my Macs
(base OSX install plus Disk Warrior, Tech Tool Pro, etc.). Was from
the download for my MBP. But it may have been able to because
I was installing to the SD card and not the internal.
The key thing though is that the App Store download must be
from your account to a Mac that you own, as the license permits
you to install Lion on any Mac that you own and directly control.
You cannot legally use a copy of an installer made from a download
someone else has done. So, if you don't own a Mac other than
the Mini Server, you are basically stuck.
You might not be able to just simply answer 'no' to anything server related after re-installing Lion Server on a Mini Server. On a Mini Server that shipped with Lion Server, the installation is a one shot deal straight to Lion Server (unlike buying Lion + Server in the Mac App Store). The startup wizard is thereby different from Lion client and server. Server has a screen that basically sets up the DNS on the server, which is critical to many of the server services.
You may be able to blow through it but I doubt. They're basically screens about the domain and the connection, e.g. Host name. Ain't nothing like it in Lion client.
Also the DNS is completely missing from the article Kappy linked. If the DNS is hosed you'll get alerts when the service is on. That's probably the only service set up and turned after the server startup wizard. And that's probably then the service you want turn off or set up properly if you don't want future grief.
In the same situation - brand new Mac Mini Server that I want regular Lion on. After initial set up as a server, I signed in the App Store and just downloaded/installed (regular) Lion. The install went fine and it sure looks like I'm running regular Lion.
When I go to About This Mac>More Info it says the software is "Mac OS X Server Lion 10.7.3 (11d50)". But I can no longer find any of the server apps or utilities, so I'm thinking I've basically got a regular Lion now.
I just managed to do it on my mac mini server, Steps:
Download from APP Store : MAC os X LION (if you have purched it already)
Open the APP and mount the InstallESD.DMG file
In disk utility restore this DMG to an USB Drive/Pen
Boot up with this usb drive/pen
Remove the RAID Array and Create a normal partition in both HD
Install the LION now.
It should now works!