This should be on a different forum.
I have used a later Xserve and I would not do it this way as it will not be flexible for future use.
Your original problem was probably because the installer is double layer and your drive may only read single layer.
I would investigate a new internal (NOT external) multi-function DVD drive - the last one I bought (SONY DVD RW DRU-190A) was about £20.
Alternatively a clone of the install disk on another internal drive or volume would be good - not sure if Carbon Copy Cloner will do this but it may be worth a try.
An interesting use of Target Disk Mode. Does it normally work?
It is not necessary to boot an installer as long as it can be mounted. I have in the past used the following:
sudo /Volumes/Leopard/System/Installation/CDIS/Mac\ OS\ X\ Installer.app/Contents/MacOS/Mac\ OS\ X\ Installer /Volumes/Leopard/System/Installation/Packages/OSInstall.mpkg
Not sure how to use this here especially as it appears one Mac may be PPC and the other Intel.
The simplest way is to use an empty internal disk or volume on the Xserve.
Download Carbon Copy Cloner to the Xserve.
Mount the Leopard installer on the booted Xserve via MacBook optical drive and file sharing or Target Disk Mode.
Clone the install disk to the empty volume with Carbon Copy Cloner - probably default settings throughout.
Boot into volume with Leopard Installer.
A better way is to backup the whole Xserve boot volume first to another disk with Carbon Copy Cloner - this will give you extra insurance in case anything goes wrong.
Large CCC backups can take a long time.
I used Aqua's method and it worked! (After 3 installation failures and repartions though)
This is my problem now. My Xserve will not recognize or boot up from the hard drive.
BUT... If i put the Xserve in Target Disk Mode, I can boot the hard drive in the Xserve from my MacBook Pro and it works just fine. I can access it with my MacBook Pro and do updates and all the other good stuff .... but when I try to access it through the Xserve through the standard bootup, I get the finder icon with the questions mark.
I am not sure why it is doing this. I even tried selecting the Xserve's hard drive by holding down the option key on the Xserve, but it does not show up.
Im not sure. When i was trying to restall it, It would not let me install unless I made partioned as GUID Partition Table.
I did that and it let me continue the installation. I partionted it using my MacBookPro. I had the Xserve in Target Disk Mode. I used my MacBook Pro to installl the OS. Popped in the DVD to my Macbook Pro and selected it to install on the Xserve's hard drive.
When i was trying to restall it, It would not let me install unless I made partioned as GUID Partition Table.
Only running the Installer ON an IntelMac will require that.
You must be running the G5 xServe off the Install Disc in the MBP, with he MBP in t mode.
Try that but reformat/Partition the drive using the xServe.
This isn't a Gray Intel only Install Disc is it?
It is not a gray instal disk. It is an offical leopard disk.
So what should i do?
When I installed the OS, I had the Xserve in target disk mode and put the disk in my Macbook Pro. I continued with the installation and let my Macbook Pro restart (Xserve still in target disk mode). Then when it asked me to select what drive to install Leopard on, I clicked install on the Xserve hard drive, which it did.
So now I can only access that hard drive by putting the Xserve in Target Disk Mode and holding down the option Key on my mac book pro and selecting the Xserve's hard drive. The Xserve will not even recognize the HDD by regular boot up, but it allows target disk mode.
So what should I do since reformatting the HDD through disk utlity on the Xserve is not an option?
So what should I do since reformatting the HDD through disk utlity on the Xserve is not an option
Boot th xSeve using alt key from Install Disc in MBP, then...
2. When your computer finishes starting up from the disc, choose Disk Utility from the Installer menu. (In Mac OS X 10.4 or later, you must select your language first.)
*Important: Do not click Continue in the first screen of the Installer. If you do, you must restart from the disc again to access Disk Utility.*
3. Click the Erase tab.
4. Click the disclosure triangle to the left of the hard drive icon to display the names of your hard disk volumes and partitions.
5. Select your Mac OS X volume.
6. Highlight the drive, select Partition Tab, then Format type... MacOS Extended Journalled, APM Partition.
Quit DU which puts you back to the Installer... Install.