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mac os x server

Mac os x server (Tiger) can you reset it back to defaults, I had it working fine and I was setting it up for the new lan I am setting up and some how (through no fault of my own)  Ha Ha Ha... well It will not hit the net and I can't ARD into it anymore and it always pulls a self assigned ip address. "ok so I hosed it", but if there is a way to reset it back to defaults well then I will not have to reformat it. I am just learning the mac server so the server is not a killer yet but I hope to have it up and running soon

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IF! you have a disk image of it you can Restore it from the disk image using the Install disk or disk utility tool and save all of your settings ( Heavily suggested for people that operate servers!!!) Quick restoration of Sys ops with all of your settings already in place is a SERIOUS TIME FACTOR!!!

You can do all the backups on a dvd or cd. (DVD+ - RW  is preferred)! OR use a Partition on the HD to keep Open disk images ( Active daily Backups) on. I don't recommend you use a daily backup on the System file I would keep that on a hard media or partition and only back it up if you add something REALLY important.

I also recommend you do your Applications in a separate disk image.

If you use Automater you can even make a self updating open image for your applications,on a partition of the HD. ( see help menu for instructions)

 Save the important emails to your personal Documents Folder inside a seperate file and schedule daily backups, of your Docs files,( If you do allot of business through email This is Vital ) !!!!!!!!!

If not :
The only way I know of to restore you system is to either use the Terminal to fix everything by hand or if your not ready for that yet, use the system disk to restore the System or Archive and install if you need to start from scratch.

• ( Danger: Archive and Install will save all of your Programs in and Documents including SETTINGS. If you do this and your settings are messed up you will have an opertunity to accept or refuse to save your settings. if they are the problem you will want to REFUSE to accept the existing settings and redo all of the settings from Scratch! ) !!!!!!!!!!!

Happy computing!

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