PowerMac G5 as Leopard Time Machine server.

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by prvt.donut, Dec 16, 2012.

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    prvt.donut

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    So, I got a hand me down 2.0 Dual Core 2005 G5 PowerMac.

    I have ordered 8GB of Ram and a 240GB SSD for it and have dropped in a 1TB drive.

    Currently I have Tiger on it, but want to buy a copy of Leopard when I get the SSD drive, but was intrigued by the idea of installing Leopard Server instead and using it as a Time Machine server for my Macbook Airs.

    My plan is to use the PowerMac for Final Cut Express video editing, photoshop duties as well as being a media store.

    I have been thinking of buying a Time Capsule, but if i can use Leopard Server and have it as a TM backup server, that would be very useful.

    I have a few questions as I am assessing the feasibility of it;

    1- How easy is it to set up?
    2- How reliable is it?
    3- Will if affect the performance of other functions for the PowerMac such as my video editing?
     
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    aarond12

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    1. It's easy to set up. It works just like any other file share.
    2. The PowerMac G5 is very reliable.
    3. Yes, when backups are working, there will be a bit of an impact. Just like any other file share.

    Of note, if you're primarily using your PMG5 as a Time Machine server, it's using a LOT of electricity doing it. Not the file serving function; just that the PMG5 is quite the electricity hog. Having a NAS or USB drives attached to an Airport Express base station are far more energy efficient and will do the same thing.
     
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    justperry

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    Uses way too much electricity as a File Server/Time Machine server.
     
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    Are G5 iMacs also electrical hogs?
     
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    aarond12

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    Not as bad, but still WAY more power than a NAS or running USB drives from an Airport Express. The 17" iMac G5 used a 180W power supply. The PowerMac G5 used ~750W power supply.
     
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    prvt.donut

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    Hi, Power isn't such an issue as I won't be running it all the time, just a couple of hours a day max.

    Also, PSU rated wattage is the max capacity, and is high to allow for running more devices inside as well as a powerful GPU and when all is working on intensive processing.

    When CPU is at idle, it draws significantly less power. But, yes, a time capsule or similar will draw much less power.

    I have read that the server OS is a lot different to the desktop, and so am a little worried as to what the user experience will be when using it and running video/photo editing apps.

    Is this concern unfounded?
     
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    Where did you read that? I think it's basically the base OS + a few extra apps that run services.

    Your larger concern would be that 10.5 hasn't had a security update in years.
     
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    Shouldn't be to much of a concern if it's behind a proper firewall.

    I'm considering doing the samething with a G5 server.
     
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    Thinking of a G5 for TM backup as well since I too can get one for free. I really don't care about electricity usage. My LAN would not be connected to the Net so security is not much of a concern either.

    1. But what are the advantages of using the server OS over the regular 10.5 OS just for TM?

    2. Can someone confirm that a 2TB drive is the limit for a G5?

    3. If #2 is true, can a RAID configuration (e.g., two 1.5TB drives RAID 5) overcome a 2TB single drive limitation?
     

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