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Exercise 4.2 Install OS X Server for Yosemite


Now that you have OS X configured on your server computer, install OS X Server on your server computer and configure it so you can administer it remotely.


Your server computer isn’t a server until you run and configure the Server app.

If you are a member of the Mac Developer Program or iOS Developer Program (available at, you may obtain a free redemption code for OS X Server.


Install Server

In a production environment, it’s recommended to download the latest version of OS X Server from the App Store.

If you are in an instructor-led environment, use the Option 1 section that follows. Otherwise, you should skip to Option 2.

Option 1: In the Instructor-Led Environment, Copy Server

In the instructor-led environment, the classroom server has the Server app available in the StudentMaterials folder; move the Server app to the Applications folder on your server computer with the following steps:

  1. In the Finder on your server computer, open a new Finder window, click Documents in the sidebar, open the StudentMaterials folder you downloaded, and then open the Lesson4 folder.
  2. Drag the Server app into the Applications folder in the sidebar.

Please skip the Option 2 section, and continue at the “Open Server” section that follows.

Option 2: For the Independent Reader, Download or Purchase Server in the App Store

If you are performing the exercises independently, use the administrator Apple ID you created in Exercise 2.2, “Create Apple IDs,” to purchase or redeem a code for OS X Server from the App Store. This automatically places the Server app in your Applications folder. If you have already purchased the Server app and have it available on a removable volume, drag the Server app from your removable volume into your Applications folder.

Open Server

Once you have the Server app installed in the Applications folder, open the Server app.

  1. In your Dock, click Launchpad.
  2. You may need to swipe to the next page in Launchpad to see the Server app (hold down the Command key and press the Right Arrow key, or if you have a trackpad, swipe to the left with two fingers to get to the next page in Launchpad).
  3. Click Server to open the Server app.
  4. Keep the Server app in the Dock. Click and hold Server in the Dock, and then choose Options > Keep in Dock from the menu that appears.
  5. In the “To set up OS X Server on this Mac, click Continue” pane, click Continue.
  6. Read and agree to the terms of the software license agreement.
  7. Ensure that “Use Apple services to determine this server’s Internet reachability” is selected, and click Agree.
  8. Provide local administrator credentials (User Name: Local Admin, Administrator Password: ladminpw), and click Allow.
  9. Wait while OS X Server for Yosemite configures itself.

After its initial installation, the Server app displays the Overview tab in the Server pane.

You have successfully installed OS X Server. Congratulations!

Configure Your Server to Allow Remote Administration

Configure your server so that you can administer it with the Server app on your client computer.

  1. In the Server app, click the Settings tab.
  2. Select the checkbox “Allow remote administration using Server.”

It’s recommended that you administer your server with only one instance of the Server app at a time; if you have the Server app open while logged in on your server, quit the Server app before opening the Server app on your client computer.

In this exercise, you used the Server app to configure your server with OS X Server, and you enabled remote administration using the Server app.

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