How do you configure OS X/macOS on a (headless) Mac mini without a keyboard?

  • The Mac mini is connected via ethernet
  • A MacBook Pro is connected to the same network via ethernet
  • The Mac mini is at the first screen of a new OS X 10.11 installation

I want to login to the Mac mini using ARD (Apple Remote Desktop) but can't use the methods of 10.6 (serial number + IP address).

Thanks for any hints.

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    Why can't you access the Mac mini directly? It would be much easier to plug in a monitor and keyboard for setup, and then allow it to be controlled from a different computer (ARD) – At0mic Sep 18 '16 at 23:03
  • I can access the Mac mini, but I won't be able to connect it to a monitor. I'll be able to connect it to a MBP using Thunderbolt, if that's of any help. – oa- Sep 18 '16 at 23:11
  • You generally can't ARD whilst the machine is in the startup phase [which I guess is really what an update is]. if you were already remoted to it before it rebooted & you keep the window open, it will auto-reconnect as soon as it can. I think this leaves you no option but to connect it physically, if you need to interact with it during setup. I can find no guide on remote OS installs, only remote software installs. – Tetsujin Sep 19 '16 at 6:51

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