This is really annoying... I need to administer a Mini Server running Mac OS X Server 10.6. Should be easy by using the Server Admin Tools I thought, but no. To administer a server running Mac OS X Server 10.6, I need Server Admin Tools version 10.6. Fair enough. But, to run Server Admin Tools version 10.6 I need Mac OS X version 10.6?! Coming from a Windows world, that makes no sense to me what so ever. Isn't Server Admin Tools just an app? What makes it even more annoying is that to get Mac OS X 10.6, I need Intel, and we have no macs running Intel here yet.

Soo... what can I do here? How can I administer that server? What are my options? Do I have any options at all? Or do I seriously need to buy another mac just to administer that mac server?

Note: I know I can put a screen on it, but it's location is so that that would not really be a workable solution.


You could use remote desktop. If you know the ip (or hostname), then in finder, use the Go menu, and then connect to server. You would want to connect to vnc://ip or vnc://hostname

  • Not quite the same style as the Mac server manager tool, but in that case that's probably the best you're gonna get. Voted up.
    – Bernd Haug
    Feb 16 '10 at 12:44
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    This should do the trick. I use it every day between my macs. Server Admin Tools are somewhat overkill when you just need a remote desktop.
    – Kiwi
    Feb 16 '10 at 14:03
  • Do I need to have Remote Desktop installed for that to work, or can Mac OS X open up vnc connections like that by default?
    – Svish
    Feb 17 '10 at 7:21
  • Hm, when I did that it says: Connecting to afp://vnc//ip and I get a window called AFP Connection Status where it says Looking up "vnc."... That just doesn't look right :p (have made sure that I actually did write *vnc://ip and not vnc//ip)
    – Svish
    Feb 17 '10 at 7:27
  • It shouldn't include the afp:// part if you're typing it correctly. afp:// is for file sharing. I don't believe that you need any remote desktop applications installed as well.
    – Bill Lynch
    Mar 16 '10 at 17:49

I use a combination of remote desktop and the terminal to administer a 10.6 server. All admin features are available through the terminal, which is essentially independent of the OS on your client machine.


Apple is a company that doesn't believe in or pay attention to the past.

What is this 10.4 or 10.5 thing that you speak of? Is that a new beta of Snow Leopard's successor or something?

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    I suppose that's why patches came out for 10.4 as recently as November?
    – ceejayoz
    Feb 16 '10 at 13:56
  • Oh boy, the Apple zealots come out to tar and feather anyone who isn't sufficiently worshipful. I manage about 500 Macs at work -- so I know a little something about this. There may have been a patch released for 10.4 3 months ago, but you still can't use the Apple tools to manage an Apple server. Typically even for a fairly large customer, Apple doesn't provide much support for backlevel versions. Feb 17 '10 at 4:34

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