The Mac OS X server 10.7 Lion will not have separate installation DVD, so it should be purchased through Mac App store. I’m not sure whether it can installed on any Mac hardware or it needs specific hardware requirements. If you want to install Lion Server on new volume of existing OS then you must select the “server option” while installing which showed in this guide. This small guide shows how to install Lion OS X server in VMware with Windows 7 in Intel PC.
By any chance if you have Mac OS X server 10.6.7 or later versions, then you can buy only Lion Server as a single purchase. But, if you have Mac OS X 10.6.7 Client version (Snow Leopard) then you must buy the Lion normal and server version separately. At the same time, if you have Lion client already running in VMware or hackintosh, then you can buy only the server version to upgrade the existing system.
Lion OS X server version is available in Apple App store for 49.99$ cost.
Select and Install Lion Server Version While Installing in VMware
Installing Lion in VMware with Intel PC-Windows 7 or other Windows versions is not straight forward as of now. There are some workarounds should be done before start the process.
I recommend to read the below three guides (including videos) in this blog.
1) Create a bootable VMDK file (from DMG or ISO) which should be attached virtual machine to boot the system and continue the installation.
Go to Customize option and select the server version as shown below.
Here is the selection of Server.
The Main Features in Lion OS X Server
- Server App
- Profile Manager
- File Sharing for iPad
- Push Notifications
- Wiki Server 3
- iCal Server 3
- Mail Server 3
The installer will download the server applications and components from internet. So, make sure you have setup the network properly with internet access to virtual machine in VMware network settings.
Check the official small guide in Apple site for installing Lion OS X server in new volume.
This is a good move from Apple as they mention ‘The server for everyone’, now every Lion OS X users can download the server packages and install for $ 49.99.