Apple Workgroup Server 80

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  1. macrumors regular

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    I know its probaly from a time before this site was ever conceived, but, I was wondering if this server would be capable of serving a small bussiness of about four people on wintel machines. They would be using it to back up Microsoft office files. If so, what software would I need, and what upgrades would be needed. The machine has an unknown backup drive, and has original hard drive and (i think)32mb of memory.
     
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    MoparShaha

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    I don't think you want to try with this machine. It's got a 33 MHz processor, not to mention I doubt it can support SMB, which you'll need to allow Windows to connect. Of course, you could always try to install Linux, which would allow SMB, but it would be a pain. If cost is an issue, pick up a PC on eBay for $50-$60, something in the neighborhood of 200-300 MHz. This will be a much better solution, as it will natively support SMB, and will actually be able to handle the workload.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

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    I know that at my middle school they had a few of these for the whole school (1000+)up until a few years ago. What if I found an old version of AppleShare?
     
  4. macrumors 6502a

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    Why back up and store data on a server which has a higher chance of dying when compared to the machines that are using it? Nobody in their right mind would spend a minute of their time working on that. Just use network drives on the PC's, it's better in all aspects.

    BEN
     
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    CanadaRAM

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    Apple Workgroup Server 80

    The Appleshare versions that can run on this machine have some specific incompatibilities with any Windows more recent than 98. And there is a 2 Gb limit on volume sizes. And the machine is old and liable to fail without notice. And it is 10BaseT ethernet, not 100BaseT. You are asking for a bucket of grief.

    Price out a network attached storage device like a Buffalo Linkstation http://www.buffalotech.com/products/product-detail.php?productid=36&categoryid=16, or similar products from IOGear, Linksys and Tritton http://www.trittontechnologies.com/products/TRINAS080.html. For $200 or a bit more you will have a tiny file server, plug and play, p'raps shared USB printer support, with a much larger hard drive than the WGS 80 can handle, tech support, less noise and power consumption by far, and a fresh new warranty.

    Thanks
    Trevor
    CanadaRAM.com
     
  6. thread starter macrumors regular

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    I was thinking about nas's, but I'd rather have a computer that; theres just more that you can do with it. The problem is it has to be a name brand computer, otherwise the tech guy won't work on it(don't ask). I was just hoping that there was some life left in this thing.
     
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    cluthz

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    As a server for modern machines, no.
    You can still use it for a desktop.
    It was introduced in 1993 and discontiniued in 1994.
     
  8. thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm quite familiar with the history of early powermacs and powerpc's-I'm guessing that a WGS 6150 wouldn't fare much better?
     
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    Mechcozmo

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    Look around here...
    Linkety
     
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    cluthz

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    Yes it would. The WGS 6150 can run upto OS 9.0 and then you can get a newer appleshare.
     

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