Apple Server Diagnostics - NetBoot Server Requirements

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NetBoot Server Requirements

To host Server Diagnostics EFI on a NetBoot server, your NetBoot server must:

Have Mac OS X Server version 10.5 (10.5.8 or later recommended) installed.


Be on the same subnet as the server being tested.


Have 30 MB of hard disk space available for a Server Diagnostics NetBoot image.


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Before you can run Server Diagnostics, you must set up your

testing environment and install Server Diagnostics.

Make sure you meet Server Diagnostics requirements before attempting setup and
installation. For information, see “Requirements” on page 9.

Server Diagnostics EFI is preinstalled on the server. The instructions in this chapter
show you how to install Server Diagnostics in a different location or set up
a NetBoot server.

Setting Up a Storage Device for Server Diagnostics


To set up an internal volume or portable storage device for Server Diagnostics
installation, you need at least 30 MB of available space for Server Diagnostics EFI
or at least 10 GB of available space for Server Diagnostics Mac OS X, which requires
installing Mac OS X Server. These requirements are described in detail in “Storage
Device Requirements” on page 9.

If you’re installing Server Diagnostics Mac OS X on one of the volumes, the storage
device should use the GUID Partition Table partition map scheme. To view the storage
device’s partition map scheme, open Disk Utility and select the storage device.
Make sure you select the storage device and not a volume within the storage device.
At the bottom of the Disk Utility window, Partition Map Scheme should be GUID
Partition Table.

If you want to repartition an in-use storage device, run Disk Utility from the Mac OS X
Server Install DVD
or run Disk Utility while your server is connected to another
computer and is in target disk mode. Both of these methods erase the contents of
your server’s hard disk and require you to reinstall and reconfigure Mac OS X Server.


The following instructions could erase all data on your storage device.

Back up critical data before performing the following instructions.