[X Servers] Server Monitor can't connect [fixed]

James Bucanek subscriber at gloaming.com
Fri Aug 6 07:59:46 PDT 2004

Marcel Hochuli wrote on Friday, August 6, 2004:
>Which was your install procedure? Directly on Xserve with keyboard and 
>monitor, remotely with Server Assistant on another system or the server 
>attached via FireWire to another system?

It's a headless server, so the keyboard/monitor route was impossible.

This was my first Xserve, so I wasn't familiar with Server Assistant.

>I did the last. I connected the Xserve via FireWire on my PowerBook and 
>installed it that way.

So did I.  I put the Xserve in Firewire Target Disk Mode and booted my PowerBook from the OS X Server Install CDs.  Installed the system directly to the Xserve's hard disk, then reboot the PowerBook using the newly installed OS X Server software.  Configured as much as I needed to access it remotely (turned on SSH and installed Timbuktu), then booted it normally.

>It could be, that the installer removed the 
>missing line from watchdog.conf as it is intelligently determining that 
>the PowerBook is not supporting hwmond.

That's an excellent hypothesis!  If that's the case, then we have a bug to report to Apple.  If Apple supports Firewire Target Disk Mode as an installation procedure, then the hwmond should only be *disabled* in the presence of non-Xserve hardware, but *not* permanently removed from the configuration.

James Bucanek <mailto:privatereply at gloaming.com>

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