Installing AXD EFI Tools
Before you install AXD EFI tools, make sure that your storage device has a volume that
has at least 15 MB available, but doesn’t have Mac OS X or Mac OS X Server installed.
For more information, see “Setting Up a Storage Device for AXD Tool Installation” on
To perform these instructions, you’ll need the Admin Tools and Xserve Diagnostics CD
version 10.5 or later included with the Xserve. You can also download the latest Admin
Tools and Xserve Diagnostics CD image from www.apple.com/support.
If you’re performing this task to install AXD EFI tools on an internal volume on the
Xserve, you’ll need administrator access to the Xserve. If you’re performing this task to
install AXD EFI tools on a portable storage device, you can use any computer that you
have administrator access to.
If you want to connect a host computer directly to the Xserve, and the host computer
doesn’t provide DHCP service on the port used to directly connect to the Xserve, you’ll
need to create a file on the Xserve that assigns an IP address to the Xserve. However, if
the host computer provides DHCP service, don’t create this file. For information about
how to find out if a computer is providing DHCP service, see Network Services
To install AXD EFI tools:
Insert the Admin Tools and Xserve Diagnostics CD.
If you have a disc image of the Admin Tools and Xserve Diagnostics CD, double-click the
.dmg file to mount the disc image.
Open AppleXserveDiagnosticsEFI.pkg (located on the CD, in
Follow the onscreen instructions, and at the Select Destination step, choose a volume
that has at least 15 MB of space available and that doesn’t have Mac OS X or Mac OS X
If you’re prompted to authenticate, authenticate as a user with administrator privileges.
If you want to connect a host computer directly to the Xserve and the host computer
doesn’t provide DHCP service on the port used to directly connect to the Xserve, do
Open TextEdit (located in /Applications/).
In the body of a new file, enter an IP address that’s not in use by the host computer.
For example, enter:
If TextEdit doesn’t open with a new blank file, choose File > New.
Setup and Installation
Choose Format > Make Plain Text.
Choose File > Save As.
Name the file axd_set_ip_address, and then change the location of the file to the
volume with AXD EFI tools installed.
Select “If no extension is provided, use ‘.txt’,” and then click Save.