I keep trying to put OS X back onto a mid-2011 mini server I returning for another one. I'm just going to give up and return it without the OS because I can't get it installed on this thing. While still with the original copy of Lion and factory recovery partition, I created the USB Recovery Key. This boots fine and disk utility works great with this USB key. However, when I go to install OS X, it still has to try to do a several hour download which fails. What is the point of the key then? How do get a backup of the original shipment configuration besides Time Machine? I will have Time Machine backups, but in case I ever want to sell the machine, I want to be able to put it back factory fresh, and I understand I can't use the App Store download or anything to create a disk because it doesn't match up with the specific Lion that ships on the Airs & Minis of 2011. The decision to remove any disks and or USB key from the Airs and Minis was a strange move by Apple indeed. Just extra headaches, and I rarely have a negative thing to say about Apple. Thanks for any advice.