Messed up my new mini server

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  1. cukoodukoo macrumors newbie

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    Hi Guys,
    I am embarrassed to even post this but i need help and its holiday weekend[no apple support].I just got my mini server from the refurb store and set it up. I guess i was excited and seem to have forgotten the exact username.I am pretty sure about the password.Now i can't login:(.

    Is there a way to reset the server?I googled and found suggestions about trying to reset using the osx disk. My refurb server came with no such disc.Helpppp.

    Is there a way to search for my server on my network.Does it appear with its username or its hostname?
     
  2. Darby67 macrumors 6502

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    What OS? What happens when you restart, is there a username there?
     
  3. cukoodukoo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    when i start the server i get this screen to enter my username and password.I can't seem to get my username right, i am wondering if there was a spelling mistake while setting up the server.This is frustrating.
     
  4. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    is this a 2011 server?

    if it is turn it off then boot it with your finger on the option key of your keyboard this should bring you 2 hdds to pick from pick the recovery one and it should let you get in. an other way is attach a lion hdd via usb or fw800 use the option key and pick the usb hdd to boot with.

    you pretty much have locked yourself out the 2011 mini server is strict about sign in. I will post a screen shot of what you should get if you boot with the options key pressed.
     
  5. cukoodukoo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thats not working either,it just boots up and i get the same window for logging in.

    Yes its a 2011 server
     
  6. philipma1957, Nov 23, 2011
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    philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    yeah I thought that might happen.

    so you get server and recovery on the screen below?

    I could say try over and over and over and over and over and over. Or I could say attach a lion osx made on a 2011 mac mini like I have done below. then pick the osx and boot with it.

    if you don't have a hdd with a 2011 mac mini lion osx on it . the osx must be from a 2011 mac mini.

    pm me if you are in the usa. if you are over seas go to an apple store.
     

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  7. cukoodukoo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    OK i got to the screen where i can open the disk utility by pressing the option+R keys..I see both the HDD's and then i see another disc " disc 2 MAC OSX base system.
    I have options to erase ,restore,RAID and first aid.What do i do now.
     
  8. digitalhen macrumors regular

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    Go to Terminal (it should be on the dropdown menu at the top), and then type:- ls -la /Users

    That will tell you the username, and save you the effort of reinstalling.
     
  9. cukoodukoo, Nov 23, 2011
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    cukoodukoo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    After i pressed option +R i got the initial screen to select the language after that

    The window that opened was MAC OSX utilities with the following options

    1.Restore from time machine backup
    2.Reinstall mac OSX
    3.Get help online
    4.Disk utility

    I don't see any drop down menu

    I have a MBP on th enetwork, would it be of any help to get any info
     
  10. digitalhen macrumors regular

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  11. mr.steevo macrumors 65816

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    Why don't you just boot into Single User Mode - Command S (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1492) and type ls /Users to list the account name. **note. The command is a lower case LS(space)/Users**
     

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