Benefits of running Osx server over standard?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by dmbfan41, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. macrumors regular

    Nov 3, 2008
  2. macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2005
    uh - there are only benefits if you need a server OS. Yes, there's more flexibility in terms of setting up shares, but you can do that in the client OS with an add-on utility such as Sharepoints.

    OS X server is the way to go if you need to host a local domain (whether OpenDirectory or whatever), wish to host multiple web sites, your own mail server etc.

    For simple file serving - unless a good number of workstations are going to be connecting to it simultaneously, then it's overkill.

    Basically, if you dont know whether you need it, you don't.
  3. macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
  4. macrumors 65816


    Jul 25, 2004
    Missouri, USA
    If you're asking rather or not you need it, the answer is no.

    I played with a copy and it made my head hurt. Way to many options and setup to do. Regular OSX is enough. Unless your running a business with 25+ computers i would say no to OS X Server.
  5. thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 3, 2008
    yeah i know what its for, i use linux for my server. just wondering if any features are worth the switch, figured there was no real advantage unless you are setting up a server, but you never know.

    thanks for the responses. and for that add-on recommendation.

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