Apple Xserve Diagnostics 3X103 - Setting Up a NetBoot Server

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Setting Up a NetBoot Server

Before you set up a NetBoot server, make sure you have an available server that meets
the requirements described in “NetBoot Server Requirements” on page 7.

After you set up a NetBoot server, you install the AXD NetBoot image. Because the AXD
NetBoot image is a special image, you can’t use System Image Utility to delete the

For information about deleting the AXD NetBoot image, see the next section, “Deleting
the AXD NetBoot Image.”

To set up a NetBoot server:


Open Server Admin (located in /Applications/Server/).


If the server that will host NetBoot isn’t listed, click the Add (+) button and choose Add
Server. Enter the IP address of the server in the Address field, enter the user name and
password of the server administrator in the User Name and Password fields, and then
click Connect.


Click the disclosure triangle for the server that will host NetBoot.


If NetBoot isn’t listed, select the server and click Settings. In the Services pane, select
NetBoot and then click Save.


Select NetBoot, click Settings, and then click General.


In the network interface list, select the Enable checkboxes for the interfaces that you
want to serve the AXD NetBoot images over.

If multiple network interfaces are listed, it’s likely that only one of the interfaces is on
the same subnet as your Xserve. If you’re not sure which interface is on the same

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Chapter 2

Setup and Installation


subnet, open Network Utility (located in /Applications/Utilities/) on your NetBoot server
and your Xserve. In the Info pane, choose different network interfaces on the NetBoot
server and your Xserve and compare the IP Address fields. Usually, computers are on
the same subnet if their IP addresses start with same few numbers (for example, they
both start with 192.168.2).


In the volume list, select the Images and Client Data checkboxes for the volume that
will store the AXD NetBoot image.

The volume must have at least 15 MB free.


Click Save.


In the Finder, navigate to the AppleXserveDiagnostics folder on the Admin Tools and
Xserve Diagnostics
CD, and then open AppleXserveDiagnosticsNetBoot.pkg.


Follow the onscreen instructions to install the AXD NetBoot package.


In Server Admin, select NetBoot, and then click Images.


If the AXD NetBoot image has the same index (listed in the Index column) as another
image, deselect the Enable checkbox for the conflicting image.


Click Start NetBoot.