Any Way To Boot a Mac From the Command Line

bobber205

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Is there a way to boot another man on my network using command line commands? Maybe using the mac address?
 

bobber205

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There just has to be a way. A coworker of mine at my college booted some XP machines from the command line...
 

iMeowbot

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bobber205 said:
There just has to be a way. A coworker of mine at my college booted some XP machines from the command line...
Some PCs do have aux power when turned "off" so that wake-on-LAN will still work. Both IBM and Intel have been pushing that idea for years.
 

savar

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bobber205 said:
There just has to be a way. A coworker of mine at my college booted some XP machines from the command line...
It's possible but requires a special card, and probably a special BIOS. I would be pretty surprised if the average, off-the-shelf mac could do this.

What's your goal? Are you trying to remote-boot a box after a power failure or something? If not, just keep the machine asleep and use one of the above-mentioned Wake-On-LAN solutions.
 

Krevnik

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savar said:
It's possible but requires a special card, and probably a special BIOS. I would be pretty surprised if the average, off-the-shelf mac could do this.

What's your goal? Are you trying to remote-boot a box after a power failure or something? If not, just keep the machine asleep and use one of the above-mentioned Wake-On-LAN solutions.
There is an option to boot a Mac after power failure under the Energy settings pane... but the OP sounds more like he is involved in a geek-off than trying to do something practical.
 

Fatal Darkness

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bobber205 said:
Is there a way to boot another man on my network using command line commands? Maybe using the mac address?
If you're asking about rebooting from command line, the shutdown command will do the trick.

However actually powering on a server remotely requires a lights out manager, which in the case of Apple are only available on XServes:

http://www.apple.com/xserve/management.html

Lights out managers are hardware devices, usually in the form of expansion cards, that have a network interface and are always powered on allowing complete remote management of the server. Desktop machines, whether PC or Mac, don't typically have this capability.
 

displaced

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The business-class Dell boxes we have at work do indeed leave the ethernet interface active even when powered off. So, the machines can be started by sending a 'magic packet' to the machine's MAC address.

This is not possible on shut-down Macs. However, a 'sleeping' Mac can indeed be woken in the same way.

Having said that, neither the Dells nor Macs can be started with a magic packet (Wake on LAN) is they are connected via wireless. The wireless interface isn't kept active when off or asleep.
 

bobber205

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displaced said:
The business-class Dell boxes we have at work do indeed leave the ethernet interface active even when powered off. So, the machines can be started by sending a 'magic packet' to the machine's MAC address.

This is not possible on shut-down Macs. However, a 'sleeping' Mac can indeed be woken in the same way.

Having said that, neither the Dells nor Macs can be started with a magic packet (Wake on LAN) is they are connected via wireless. The wireless interface isn't kept active when off or asleep.
Looks like the geekoff is off. :D

Well, I did learn some PHP in the process. I'll ask ad see if the ethernet interface was what was left on. Oh well.

Thanks for the helpful posts. I can stop looking now.
 

bobber205

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Here's an Idea!

Ok. Ok. Listen to this!

Is there a way to get my mac mini to turn off the display so that the sleep light doesn't shine. That would give the illusion of being off. (My mom doesn't like that light to be on)

Is there a way to make the shutdown command make the computer go to sleep instead?