Booting Xserve on 8.0

Chris eagletree at
Sat Jun 5 12:49:06 UTC 2010

On Jun 5, 2010, at 12:54 AM, Chris Rees wrote:

> Perhaps you need to install Boot Camp. The booting procedure is EFI,  
> maybe that's playing havoc.
Thanks for the response.

That would be a great solution, I read that Apple doesn't permit
it to be installed on the XServe. That comes from an Apple article
in their support pages dated November 19, 2008. Firmware update
is required and none exists according to the note. I am researching
if that is still true but haven't turned anything up yet.

EFI is the issue. I was hoping there is new information such as
an installation with EFI configuration files to permit the boot.
There are instructions available on creating such an installation
for linux variants. They don't seem to apply to FreeBSD or I haven't
the knowledge to create such an installation.

>> On 5 Jun 2010 03:37, "Chris" <eagletree at> wrote:
>> I have two new Xserves (last years units, 2.8 quad cores). After
>> fighting with OSX for two months, I decided to see if I could install
>> FreeBSD since that is what we have always run on our 10 servers
>> since the 90s (and those two months would have been over in two
>> days had we had FreeBSD from the start). I decided to give it a try
>> tonight after a particularly low ebb in the frustration over trying  
>> to make
>> OSX, NOT do user friendly enterprise things, but just configure  
>> normal
>> simple applications that we take for granted can be configured and
>> stay configured on FreeBSD.
>> I'm wondering if there is someone on the list who may have  
>> information
>> on this. I used the "boot from CD" procedure that apple provides
>> at and it will
>> not boot the 8.0 ISO. I configured one normal intel box using this CD
>> so I think it's a good disk, and I verified that the Xserve would  
>> read
>> it as a data disk. But I can't get it to boot on the xserve.  
>> Bootloader
>> issue?
>> It pops the disk out and puts the gray folder with a question mark to
>> tell me to give it a disk it can read. I tried the i386 8.0 CD and  
>> had the
>> same results.
>> I have read where people are installing the PPC version on xserves.
>> Is it possible the amd64 version is not somehow bootable in a modern
>> xserve? Any ideas? Would it be appropriate to ask this on the amd64
>> list?
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