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Old Jan 4, 2013, 09:19 AM   #1
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Mountain Lion Server/Shared Folder Starting Questions

Hello,

Been trying to find answer via search, but not quite what i am looking for. I have a mac mini (non server) and just bought a new MBA. What i am looking to do is share my itunes and iphoto libraries. I understand i can share those folders/files as is without upgrading to ML server but have found mixed results in my limited testing.

My question is really, what does upgrading to ML server bring to the table in terms performance and added accessibility to a setup like mine? The main use i am looking for is GOOD performance in having my MBA redirect its itunes/iphoto libraries to those on the mini. other things like remote login and such would be icing on the cake (if they work easily i assume)

Thanks!
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Old Jan 4, 2013, 09:29 AM   #2
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I'm not sure that iPhoto and iTunes cater to server based used.

But there is a "family" share...
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Old Jan 4, 2013, 09:38 AM   #3
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RE: to server or not to server, that is the question...

Hi childoftheko4n,

Sorry about the poor pun...

You don't need ML Mac OS X Server to share your iTunes and iPhoto Libraries. You can share the folders on your Mac mini containing these libraries just fine without Mac OS X Server. You would then just point your MBA's iTunes to any iTunes Library on the shared folder on your Mac mini (by holding down the alt/option key while clicking on the iTunes Dock icon). You would also point your MBA's iPhoto to any iPhoto Library on the shared folder on your Mac mini (by holding down the alt/option key while clicking on the iPhoto Dock icon). Once you set iTunes and iPhoto to use the libraries on the shared drive, then they will default to using them for future runnings of iTunes and iPhoto.

For iTunes you can even do Home Sharing without setting up the shared folder, and you can put both your music and photos "in the cloud" so to speak. See both the documentation on Home Sharing as well as Photo Stream and iCloud Match.

Good luck,
Switon

P.S. Sure, using the Mac OS X Server software will give you more options and control over configuring your Mac mini to share directories, but it is not needed for your uses and it won't improve performance since both with and without the Server.app you will be using the same AFP protocols for the sharing.

By the way, you also do not need Mac OS X Server in order to do Remote Login (ssh) or even Remote Management (Screen Sharing).

Having said this, Mac OS X Server is only $20 and gives you unlimited licenses and unlimited clients, so this may be of interest to you. Also, you might find that you wish to try other services/servers in the Mac OS X Server, such as the Profile Manager, DNS, OD, VPN, Messages, etc.
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Old Jan 4, 2013, 09:59 AM   #4
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Thanks for the replies.

So is simply sharing the libraries and re-directing on other devices the best solution for itunes/iphoto? I just would have thought there would have been a better option suppose. I had tried this with "wake computer for internet access" on, but it seemed my MBA would lose connection to the mini here and there. I assume it's best to keep the mini from sleeping in general.

I guess what its going to come down to is, share the libraries and have access at home via wifi. Or keep libraries on external and have to plug in when using, but have access anywhere =/

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** I think i forgot to ask**

if i DID use the server, can i direct my itunes/iphoto libraries to those on the mini(server) while my MBA is NOT on the home network?
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Old Jan 4, 2013, 10:05 AM   #5
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switon,

On that note - if he DOES get the server. If he takes his MBA to a hotel/starbucks somewhere and gets on the wireless network. Should he be able to sign into VPN, leave his itunes/iphoto library pointed at the external drive on the mini, and have them function correctly?

To me that seems like it would work..but I'm still learning here haha
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Old Jan 4, 2013, 11:09 AM   #6
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switon,

On that note - if he DOES get the server. If he takes his MBA to a hotel/starbucks somewhere and gets on the wireless network. Should he be able to sign into VPN, leave his itunes/iphoto library pointed at the external drive on the mini, and have them function correctly?

To me that seems like it would work..but I'm still learning here haha
Hi guys and gals,

Yes, if childoftheko4n is running Mac OS X Server, then (s)he should also run the VPN server so that when (s)he goes to Starbucks, (s)he can then VPN in to (her)his home LAN and share the iTunes and iPhoto Libraries from the home LAN. This would work without having to change anything on the MBA, since when VPN-ing in from an external IP, the MBA would be assigned an IP on the home LAN. In other words, you could play your music while drinking your java at Starbucks from your iTunes Library on your Mac mini at home.

I do precisely this (plus many other uses of VPN), it works well.

Regards,
Switon

P.S. With Mac OS X Server, then you would run DNS and VPN, and perhaps OD, in order to make logging in from an external IP easy and fast. You might also think about getting a dynamic DNS name from no-ip.com or dyn.com so that you can VPN using an English DNS name and not having to remember your IPv4 address.

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Old Jan 4, 2013, 11:16 AM   #7
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Switon...you are awesome my friend. Thank you
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