9 Replies Latest reply: Feb 2, 2014 7:12 PM by ross.cav
Beeble42 Level 1 (0 points)

ML on an out of the box Mac Mini Server doesn't allow VNC or broadcast any type of service via bonjour. Anyone have any other solutions for headless setup since Apple have removed yet another useful feature from their server OS? HT5390 doesn't work as it has in the past.


Mac mini, OS X Server
  • Mark23 Level 3 (975 points)

    A Mac server can be set up and used without a display and can be located where you don’t have constant physical access to it. You can use another Mac to administer a Mac server remotely. For information, see this help topic: Set up an administrator computer.

  • Mark23 Level 3 (975 points)

    And I just noticed this link :

     

    HT5390: OS X Server: Setting up a remote server:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5390?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

  • Beeble42 Level 1 (0 points)

    It's been a while since I wrote the first post on this thread. That's because I've tried to steer my customers away from ML servers. Apple would have been much better off to make Profile Manager a downloadable app, perhaps bundled with OD. They could then drop the pretense about offering a server product that ticks feature boxes but isn't any good at any of them. It is the exact opposite of the way Apple seem to approach the rest of their business.

     

    I've had to try and set another one up today and found the exact same problem. HT5390 doesn't work. Please don't anyone reply by pointing me to it. I know about the article. That's why it's in the thread title. It doesn't work. If it worked I wouldn't be here. Port 5900 is not open out of the box (same with 22), there is no VNC service running. Using the Server app doesn't work either.

     

    Bottom line is that even with the newest Mac Mini Servers (Late 2012) there is no way to set them up without a display, keyboard and mouse. At least until you can get far enough along to enable remote management.

     

    Has anyone tried with a Mac Pro Server (one that has server installed out of the box)? Is headless server installation on the Mac platform completely dead?

  • wandererinmars Level 1 (10 points)

    I met the problem, and found that connecting a mouse resolve it.

    Display and keyboard are not need.

     

    But the shared screen is too large... (about 1800x1500 ?)

  • Beeble42 Level 1 (0 points)

    Wow. Great tip. Thanks for posting that.

     

    I will try it out on my next setup. Don't know when that will be though.

  • Adam Berti Level 2 (170 points)

    This works! Holy crap, I can't believe it I've had so much pain from this in the past.... Thank you wandererinmars

     

    Plugged a mouse in, and at the same time the voiceover command thing spoke up, and the Mac Mini showed up via bounjour in the finder, and ARD connected.

     

    But, Server.app DID NOT connect.

  • dodonian Level 1 (0 points)

    I wish I had found your post last night. I lost 2 hours of my sleep seeking-out a solution about the SSH and ARD.

     

    Thanks for the confirmation anyway.

     

    Adam Berti wrote:

     

    This works! Holy crap, I can't believe it I've had so much pain from this in the past.... Thank you wandererinmars

     

    Plugged a mouse in, and at the same time the voiceover command thing spoke up, and the Mac Mini showed up via bounjour in the finder, and ARD connected.

     

    But, Server.app DID NOT connect.

  • Adam Berti Level 2 (170 points)

    You are welcome. If it makes you feel any better, I've lost a lot of time with this too before I found the post.

  • ross.cav Level 1 (0 points)

    http://www.fit-pc.com/web/products/accessories/fit-headless/

     

    I know it's probably not the hottest topic because it's old. But I recently ordered some of these.