I’ve installed Slackware from 42 floppies. It takes a lot to try my patience
I’m sorry Apple, you’re really shitting the bed here.
I’m sure you think Internet Recovery is fabulous (and it is). Hey, we don’t need to ship media with our machines anymore. Great. Oh, but we now have two seperate operating systems (client and server). No biggie.
I purchased a 2011 Mac Mini Server (macmini5,3) for the quad i7 and two (raidable) drives in it. I do not want Mac OS Server, I do not need Mac OS Server, but you know better. At first I was fine with just avoiding all the Server cruft installed on the machine, and the mouth breathers will happily scream “DERP SERVER IS CLIENT NO DIFFERENCE YOU STOOPID JUST USE SERVER”. But now I’ve run afoul of some Server bullshit I can’t dance out of. Namely, I cannot run my own DNS server: I must be able to have my DNS switch with different network configurations.
OS X Server is not OS X Client.
You see, Server has all kinds of shit running in the background. Some of it you can turn off (Apache httpd). Some of it you can’t (Bonjour discovery). Some of it is just fucking insidious.
Good ol’ DNS. Oh, you don’t want to run a DNS server? Just uncheck DNS in Server Admin. Uh, why isn’t it unchecking? Uh oh.
No problem, I’ll just use serveradmin on the command line. Problem solved.
The UI in System Preferences doesn’t allow you to change your DNS server. It is hard-coded to 127.0.0.1. I’m not making this up.
It’s at this point that I’ve had my fill of OS X Server. I’m ready to somehow get Client onto this machine. Internet Recovery is out, since it doesn’t bother me with a pesky choice of which OS I want to run (you bought a Mac Mini Server, after all!) and the App Store prevents me from buying/downloading Lion Client (for the same reason).
“This version of Mac OS X 10.7 cannot be installed on this computer.”
That’s what I get when I try to run Lion (Client) Installer off a USB Install Key. If I try to boot it, I get a crossed circle (never seen that before). Google tells me that different hardware now requires different builds of of the OS. That’s great, if I was running a Dell and Windows 95. Christ, Apple, you have what, 8 different hardware configurations? Too difficult to add all 8 of those configs into one build of the OS?
I am into day 3 of trying to get this figured out. I am now trying to acquire Mac OS X Lion Build 11A2061, and even then I likely will need to install it over target disk mode (yea, $50 Thunderbolt cable I’ll need once).
I remember when Macs “just worked” and installing the OS was the same on all hardware. I guess Steve Jobs is dead, after all.