mini 2011 server to client - Possible?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by thankins, Aug 20, 2011.

  1. thankins macrumors 6502

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    I have the top of the line Mac mini 2011 server model and want to yank off the server part and have it just be a client machine.

    I tried going into the recovery console and did a fresh forma/install that way but that just put Lion Server back on

    Tried the InstallESD.dmg method on a USB but wouldn't install - which I guessed since the new machines have a new Lion build

    Is there any why to have a clean install of Lion without the server.app stuff running as well?

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  2. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    I have a 2011 server and a 2011 base mini. I cloned the base drive to the empty hdd on the server. I then booted the server via preferences startup disk I picked the non server osx drive. when the non server osx drive booted I cloned it to the server hdd so I have two osx non server type. i am testing to see what drive i want I may use both and just clone on to the other once a week as a backup.
     
  3. englishman macrumors 6502a

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    If you had an external DVD couldn't you just use a Lion disk?

    I guess they are needed/useful anyhow for these non DVD Minis? (I'd want one)
     
  4. tbayrgs macrumors 603

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    Why not just turn off/disable the server app? That's what I did on mine and looks/works just like regular Lion.
     
  5. thankins thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Just a followup in case anyone else stumbles upon this

    What I ended up doing was going to my MacBook Air (2011) and doing a clean install on it. From there did a time machine backup. Erased the disk on the mini and restore the time machine backup on there.

    No Lion Server :)
     
  6. OTACORB macrumors 6502a

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    The only difference is that Lion Server has the server add on component. If you never activate it then basically you have just Lion with no server. I don't get the point of going through all this. I have a Mac Mini server, but I just didn't activate the server portion and so it just like I have just regular Lion.
     
  7. buddster macrumors newbie

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    These solutions work if you have either a 2011 base mini or Macbook Air. Are their any solutions if you don't have either of these?

    I was able to put two 6gbps SSD's in a RAID 0 and get it working but when I did the recovery, it automatically downloaded and installed server again. The server version is MUCH less stable and much more buggy than client. I have tons of experience in just a few short week with lion server on multiple machines and it needs a lot of work. Gotta figure out a way to get client on there...
     
  8. mireki1975 macrumors member

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    is it true that the "automatic sleep" mode is not working on the server?
     

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