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    Mac Mini server - Mountain Lion question (and Lion server question)
    I have a Mac Mini server, and I was wondering if there was a way to essentially run it just as a normal Mac Mini (I don't really use any of the server functions)


    Also, when Mountain Lion is released, will there be a special "server" version? Or can I just run the regular Mountain Lion? I really don't know too much about the server, so I would like for it to just be used as a "normal" Mac.

    Thanks!!

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    Yes, you can http://mashable.com/2011/07/20/lion-...install-guide/

    And their will be a Mountain Lion server, probably just the same with the server functions available as an additional download to Mountain Lion rather than a discreet installation like Snow leopard server
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    Thanks for the reply.

    So would it be a reasonable thing to do to install OS X Lion onto my Mac Mini Server? versus the Lion Server?

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    If you just want regular lion and don't need the server, then go ahead
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    So when I try to download OS X Lion for $29.99, it tells me that since I am running OS X Server, that I must purchase both OS X Lion Server AND OS X Lion, for a total of $79.99.


    What?

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    Anybody have any ideas? I was under the impression that I was already running Lion Server, so I don't know why I would need to purchase that again for $49.99.

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    It's assuming you are wanting to run (normal) Lion as a virtual "guest" OS, which requires both licenses.

    My suggestion would be to call Apple and explain the situation and let them guide you. You could of course just ERASE the hard drive and then install Lion, but you'd need a bootable device such as the Lion USB key which costs -- $70.

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    Have you got another mac you can download Lion from?
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    Quote Originally Posted by louishen View Post
    Have you got another mac you can download Lion from?
    I have a really old Powerbook that still runs..... would this be helpful at all?

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    Alright, so I talked with Apple.

    So apparently they don't really handle any Mac Mini Server stuff... they contract it out to Enterprise (who??). So I talked to a guy from Enterprise, and he told me that Mac Mini Server doesn't "support" running OS X Lion or OS X Lion Server (because I am running OS X Server).... but that it "might work." And he assumes I would still have to pay the $79.98 to purchase both OS X Lion Server AND OS X Lion.

    He also had no idea about the update, didn't even know what OS X Mountain Lion was, and had no idea how it would relate to my Mac Mini.

    I'm pretty frustrated because when I bought the computer a few weeks ago they made it very clear that I would be able to get the free Mountain Lion update when it comes out next month, and now it is looking like I won't even be able to get Lion, much less Mountain Lion at all.


    Any body have any advice for my next step?

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    Any help??

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    On a side note, why did you buy a Mac Mini Server if you don't need to use the server functionality?

    The right way to install normal OS X Lion would be to wipe the hard drive and install from a bootable USB, or install Snow Leopard and upgrade to Lion in the App Store.

    You see the thing is, I'm not sure Apple expects people to buy a server OS and have a need to downgrade to the regular version :-)

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    One more thing, are there any disadvantages to using Lion Server to standard Lion? Any drawbacks, something you can't install? I always thought it's just Lion with additional server features ...

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    Well the thing is apparently I'm not running Lion Server... I'm running 'OS X Server'

    That's basically where my issue comes from

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