what is dif between a reg mini and a mini server?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by jeanw, May 7, 2011.

  1. macrumors member

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    would buying a server be better than another mini??? I bought this current one back in Nov. Its just hard to get used to after years of a PC.
    Just want to keep it in another room
    see a used one for sale"Mac Mini 2.53/2X2G/1TB server for $600
    so what is the differences. ? Have 3 of flat LCD monitors.....
    Thanks
    Jean
     
  2. macrumors 68030

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    Server version has no optical drive. Also it has OSX Server instead of desktop client. Most likely you wouldn't need the server features, but I think that's a good price. It must be the previous generation (2009) because the current server model base processor is 2.66.
     
  3. macrumors member

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    Physically the only difference is a 2nd harddrive instead of a DVD drive.
     
  4. macrumors newbie

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    I had a similar question. So basically I can run all of my Applications and do all of my regular work on a Server?
     
  5. macrumors 68030

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    Correct. One thing to note is that the Mid2010 Mini Servers boot by default into 64-bit mode. For about 95% of applications, this doesn't matter. If you would like to change it to 32-bit mode, follow THESE instructions from Apple.
     
  6. thread starter macrumors member

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    so what does the screen look like ?

    I am still not sure what the pros are vs the cons of buying it. What does the opening screen look like? any post a pic ??? so It has lots more memory right?
    So if I wanted to use say a Dvd drive etc. I just plug it in to a usb port? etc ?
    So it would be a good buy ? Just confused
    Thank
    Jean
     
  7. macrumors 6502a

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    The mini and the mini server are very similar other than the superdrive bay being used for a second hdd and a slight bump in processor clock speed. The big difference is with the OS that comes with it. http://www.apple.com/ca/server/macosx/whats-new.html

    My thinking is that if you aren't sure what you'd do with a server then it isn't what you need.
     
  8. thread starter macrumors member

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    so explain please

    it is nor what I need
    it is what could I use a server for??? I am still confused thanks
    Jean
     
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    In your first post you say you bought a Mini in November but are having a hard time getting used to it after years with a PC. So you're thinking of buying a server and that will make things better?

    The Mac Mini Server is just a Mini without a DVD drive. It has an extra hard drive in it's place. And it runs Mac OS X Server, which will still run all the regular Mac OS X software, but if you're not looking for a Server, there's no real reason to buy one.

    I'm not even sure I understand your statement from your first post. Are you looking for a second Mini for another room, or to replace the Mini you just bought?
     
  10. macrumors member

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    Install the normal consumer OS and it will be identical to the "normal" mini, but with a hard drive in place of the optical drive.
     

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