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Old Nov 11, 2012, 01:29 PM   #1
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Question Can I use my MBA with a Mac Mini?

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I'm considering buying an older Mac Mini as a cheap home server and media centre. Can I use my 2012 MBA with Mountain Lion to control the Mac Mini from time to time? If so, how, or with what apps? Both would be on the same network.

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Old Nov 11, 2012, 01:44 PM   #2
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Screen sharing? I will try that first
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Old Nov 11, 2012, 01:46 PM   #3
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You should be able to use a VNC or Remote Desktop app. I've done it to control my Mini with my iPad.
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Hi,

I'm considering buying an older Mac Mini as a cheap home server and media centre. Can I use my 2012 MBA with Mountain Lion to control the Mac Mini from time to time? If so, how, or with what apps? Both would be on the same network.

Thanks,
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I run my mac mini in sig headless. On my macbook, I hit Command + k (when on Finder) and then type in vnc://10.10.10.10:5900, then hit + to add it to the favorite servers, then hit Connect.

Just make sure it's enabled on the mac mini.
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Old Nov 11, 2012, 02:29 PM   #5
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I run my mac mini in sig headless. On my macbook, I hit Command + k (when on Finder) and then type in vnc://10.10.10.10:5900, then hit + to add it to the favorite servers, then hit Connect.

Just make sure it's enabled on the mac mini.
What happens once you hit connect? Are you using the mac mini but with your MBA inputs and screen?
Does this using any special software or just OSX? Can this be done if the Mac Mini is not running a server version of OSX? And can it work with older versions of OSX?

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Screen sharing? I will try that first
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You should be able to use a VNC or Remote Desktop app. I've done it to control my Mini with my iPad.
Which apps do you use or recommend?

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Yes

I use screen sharing to control my Mac Mini from my MBA and wife's MBP.

The mini is connected to multiple hard drives and wired to our Airport Extreme.

Works great, nothing additional to buy if you already have a home network.

I did need a monitor and keyboard to initially set that up (turning on screen sharing), but it's worked just fine through two system upgrades and a few moves.

I also use the iOS Remote app to control iTunes specifically on the Mini, whenever it's connected to our Jambox.
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Thanks - looks like screen sharing is all I need.
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