Installing AXD Mac OS X Tools
Before you install AXD Mac OS X tools, make sure that your storage device uses the
GUID Partition Table partition scheme and that it has an empty volume with 7 GB of
available space. For more information, see “Setting Up a Storage Device for AXD Tool
Installation” on page 9.
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 disc image from www.apple.com/support.
If you’re performing this task to install AXD Mac OS X 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 Mac OS X tools on a portable storage device, you can use any computer
that you have administrator access to.
Installing AXD Mac OS X tools involves three major steps:
Â Install Mac OS X Server with minimal options selected
Â Copy AXD Mac OS X tools from the Admin Tools and Xserve Diagnostics CD to
Â Configure Mac OS X Server
By dedicating a minimal installation of Mac OS X Server for use with AXD Mac OS X
tools, you reduce the risk of server processes interrupting AXD testing.
To install AXD Mac OS X tools:
Insert the Mac OS X Server Install DVD.
Open the Install Mac OS X Server application, click Restart, and authenticate, if
The computer restarts and opens the Mac OS X Server Installer.
Continue through the Installer until you reach the Select Destination step.
Select a volume that’s at least 7 GB. If the volume isn’t empty, click Options, select
“Erase and Install,” and then click OK. Click Continue.
In Installation Type, click Customize, deselect all checkboxes, and then click Install.
If the volume is very close to 7 GB in size, the Installer might automatically load the
Setup and Installation
When the Installer finishes installing Mac OS X Server, the computer restarts and the
Mac OS X Server setup assistant opens.
In the Server Configuration step of the setup assistant, select Advanced.
Continue through the setup assistant and enter information as requested. Don’t enable
When you finish entering information in the setup assistant, the login window appears.
Log in with the user name “root” and the password of the user you created in the setup
You must set up and run AXD Mac OS X tools as root. Otherwise, you won’t be able to
test the Xserve you’ve installed AXD Mac OS X tools on.
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 the Finder and drag the AXD.app file from /AppleXserveDiagnostics/ on the
Admin Tools and Xserve Diagnostics CD to your /Applications/ folder.
If you’re setting up a client Xserve, open the Finder, select your /Applications/ folder,
click the Gear button, and choose New Folder. Name the folder AXDClient.
Client Xserves are remotely controlled by host computers.
Open System Preferences (located in /Applications/). Change the following options in
System Preferences panes:
If you can’t change settings in System Preferences, click the lock button and
After installing the AXD Mac OS X tools, you must log in as root to run AXD tools to test
your own Xserve. If you don’t log in as root, AXD Mac OS X tools enters host mode and
waits for a connection to a client Xserve to control.
System Preferences pane
Select the System Administrator account, and click Login Items.
Click Add (+), select /Applications/AXD.app, and click Add.
CDs & DVDs
In all pop-up menus, choose Ignore.
Desktop & Screen Saver
In the Screen Saver pane, drag the “Start screen saver” slider to
In the Sleep pane, drag both sliders to Never, and deselect “Put
hard disk(s) to sleep when possible.”
Exposé and Spaces
In the Exposé pane, in all pop-up menus, choose “–.” In the Spaces
pane, deselect Enable Spaces.
In the Scheduled Check pane, deselect “Check for updates.”