How do I set up a new MacMini without a display?
August 27, 2013 6:38 PM Subscribe
Just bought a new MacMini and need some help with getting it set up and onto my network as a headless file server.
posted by docgonzo to computers & internet (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
So I bought an old (2006 vintage) MacMini off Craigslist to replace the even older POS iBook that had been serving as a file server. My objective is to connect it to my router and VNC into it whenever I need to change settings, etc. Unfortunately, I just realized that I have no monitor to set it up before I stash it headless in my closet. Is there any way around this? The seller wiped the drive and put on a fresh install of 10.4 (and crammed it full of RAM and a bigger HD) and from the sounds of things when I start it up it is in the initiation protocol.
Also, the intertubes tell me these old MacMinis get cranky without a monitor attached. True? (I will be using it as a fileserver for iTunes and running a SickBeard and maybe SABNZBD++.)