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 Tools
Installation” on page 12.
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.
Setup and Installation
Setup and Installation
Installing AXD Mac OS X tools involves three steps:
Install Mac OS X Server with minimal options selected
Copy AXD Mac OS X tools from the
Admin Tools disc to /Applications/
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
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
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 disc.
If you have a disc image of the Admin Tools disc, 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 disc to the /Applications/ folder.
If you’re setting up a client Xserve, open the Finder, select the /Applications/ folder,
and choose New Folder from the Action (gear) pop-up menu. Name the folder
Client Xserve computers are remotely controlled by host computers.
Open System Preferences (located in /Applications/). Change the following options in
System Preferences panes.
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 Never.
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
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.
Setup and Installation
This chapter describes several methods that let you change
the startup disk to the volume with AXD tools installed.
Before you start up AXD tools, make sure you’ve properly installed and configured the
tools. For more information, see Chapter 2, “Setup and Installation,” on page 10.
Changing the Startup Disk
AXD tools is usually installed on a dedicated volume to minimize the risk of server
processes interrupting the tests. Because of this, you’ll need to change the startup disk
to the volume with AXD tools installed before you can use the tools.
If you want to test a client Xserve remotely, you’ll need to first start up AXD tools on
the host computer, and then start up AXD tools on the client Xserve.
To start up AXD tools, set the startup volume of the Xserve to the volume or disk
image containing AXD tools. If Mac OS X Server starts up by default on your Xserve,
you can change the startup disk in the Startup Disk pane of System Preferences.
Otherwise, you can temporarily change the startup disk by pressing and holding one
of several keys when starting up the Xserve:
Press and hold this key at Xserve startup
Choose the AXD tools volume before starting up
Mac OS X
Start up the AXD EFI tools located on the Admin
D (make sure the Admin Tools disc is inserted)
Start up using the AXD EFI tools disk image from
a NetBoot server
F1 or a specific combination of the Xserve front
The Startup Disk pane of System Preferences can start up AXD Mac OS X tools, but not
AXD EFI tools. You can press the Option key at startup to start up either AXD EFI tools
or AXD Mac OS X tools.