Alternative OS Installation

Need to run OS X 10.6, Windows Server 2008, or Linux? We offer over a dozen different alternative OS installations available for 2011/2012/2014 model Mac minis. This service came from many lab hours testing and developing custom system images and scripts to take full advantage of your colocated Mac mini. Remote reboot functionality is maintained, even with the CentOS, and Ubuntu LTS Linux distributions. We offer the option to wipe the default operating system from any Mac mini purchased from us and to install an alternative operating system for a $50 setup fee (additional licenses may be required).

Currently certified for Late-2012 Mac minis: Windows Server 2008r2 / 2012r2, CentOS 6, Ubuntu 14.04, and VMware ESXi 5.5

Currently certified for Late-2014 Mac minis: Ubuntu 14.04 and CentOS 7

OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Windows, and Linux on a 2011 Mac mini

OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

Are you running specialized software that does not work on Lion, or just prefer to work with Snow Leopard? Our custom OS X 10.6.8 image will work on 2011 Mac mini models and includes the necessary drivers for the machine to function properly.

ONLY AVAILABLE FOR 2011 MAC MINIS

OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Server

Lion Server introduced big changes from the previous versions. If you have a Snow Leopard Server license we can load it on a 2011 Mac mini. Our custom OS X Server 10.6.8 image will work on 2011 Mac mini models and includes the necessary drivers for the machine to function properly.

ONLY AVAILABLE FOR 2011 MAC MINIS

Windows Server 2008r2

Do you need to run a Windows server? We can load Windows Server 2008r2 with the necessary drivers to a 2011/2012 Mac mini. Available versions include Web, Standard, and Enterprise. A license is required and will need to be entered into the OS a short period after it is placed online.



Windows Server 2012r2

Do you need to run a Windows server? We can load Windows Server 2012r2 with the necessary drivers to a 2011/2012 Mac mini. We currently only install the Standard version of Server 2012r2. A license is required and will need to be entered into the OS a short period after it is placed online.



Linux

Are you more comfortable in the command line? We are able to natively install CentOS 6 or Ubuntu Server 14.04 LTS on 2011/2012 Mac minis. The installation includes the base operating system without a desktop environment. We also configure the system to automatically power up on power failure.



VMware ESXi

Are you looking to virtualize without running OS X as a host OS? We can load ESXi onto a Mac mini where you can host multiple virtual machines. We recommend loading up on memory to take full advantage of the Mac mini hardware. Contact support if for any questions in regards to running VMware on a Mac mini.





How to Order:

When placing an order use the Alternative OS drop down in the configurable options section to select an alternative OS.