anybody here getting mac mini server

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by gdeusthewhizkid, Oct 21, 2009.

  1. gdeusthewhizkid macrumors 6502a

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    I was thinking of getting of it and using it as a media server for all of my music, movies and being able to host my music site. I think it's a great idea.
     
  2. TheBritishBloke macrumors 68030

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    Unless you need more than 500GB of storage, then get the High-End Normal Mac Mini.

    Cheaper, and it has an optical drive.

    Remember! YOU DON'T GET iLIFE IN THE SERVER!!!
     
  3. gdeusthewhizkid thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    hmmm does the regular high end mini can u buy snow leopard server and run on it....
     
  4. TheBritishBloke macrumors 68030

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    Do you REALLY need it? It's $499US, and as a regular home user, you really wouldn't squeeze much out of it. Why do YOU think YOU need it?
     
  5. calderone macrumors 68040

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    Yes. I am doing it right now. The question is do you need Snow Leopard Server when client offers many of the tasks you would need.

    For your situation, you don't need OS X Server. So you could buy whichever Mini you want.

    To add, the Server version is a great deal if you need OS X Server. Unfortunately for me, I just bought Snow Leopard Server (only $250 EDU) so I don't need another license. If someone did not have OS X Server and needed a Mini running it, I would recommend this to them, only if they needed OS X Server though.
     
  6. gdeusthewhizkid thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    plus my day job. Im a network admin. I could learn this and have that technology mastered and put it under my skills belt.
     
  7. Pressure macrumors 68040

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    Well, you would still need Mac OS X Server ($499 standalone), which is included in the Mac Mini Server and making it a very interesting proposition.
     
  8. gdeusthewhizkid thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    my sentiments exactly...
     
  9. MTI macrumors 65816

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    The Mini server still strikes me as pricey and being a closed box, flies in the face of what a "server" should be. I guess I'm "old school" in that way.

    Given the low costs of storage space, RAID boxes and perhaps Ubuntu server software . . . $1K might go further (and not just a small measure) elsewhere.
     
  10. rw3 macrumors 6502a

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    How is it a closed box? Guess you've never opened one up before....super easy with practice....
     
  11. MTI macrumors 65816

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    Apple markets (prices and support) it as a "closed box" so it is what it is. Yes, I have been inside a Mini, but merely swapping an optical drive for another laptop sized HD and loading server software for $1K. . . is it really a server?
     
  12. Bye Bye Baby macrumors 65816

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    It is a little expensive for me. I must admit that the idea is very appealing, but with what I would require the mac mini is enough.

    Especially if you are sharing music and files etc within a local network.
     
  13. 300D macrumors 65816

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    Swapping in a 2tb 3.5" HD would be a far better solution than really expensive 2x500gb laptop drives.
     
  14. casw1000 macrumors member

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    I think the new mini with server SL is a great idea. I got very excited and was ready to buy one when I heard the price, then I realised my location and checked the £ price OMG, £799. I was seriously disheartened by this price.

    Likewise, I felt the same about the newly updated macbook. I am not going to get boring and start quoting US vs Pounds, but this is a real shame.

    I am a Admin guy and love learning the new stuff, even if it means running another machine at home. This helps me to make good decisions based on experiences to my company and having that extra mac knowledge helps.

    So, at £799, nah, I dont think I will be buying now. What a shame that Apple still thinks that it doesn't need average joe.
     
  15. California macrumors 68040

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    Just get the Macbook Air superdrive for the server.
     
  16. hh83917 macrumors 6502

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    Mac mini server sounds nice, but I'd appreciate it if Apple add another gigabit ethernet port to the mac mini if it's targeting it as a server machine.
     
  17. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

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    I'd be getting one, but I don't have $1000. This is a really attractive option for anyone wanting a home server without the cost of a Mac Pro or Xserve.

    Although, I'd want a server to be more expandable, so I'd have to choose between the Mac mini and an HP Media Smart (or whatever they're called these days).

    But currently, I run a 733 MHz PowerMac G4 "Digital Audio" with 60 GB and 40 GB HDDs as a media server using 10.4.11 client. It works really well, except you have to remember to reconnect to it if the OS doesn't automatically otherwise you end up with your content scattered all over.

    So my advice would be to get a PowerMac G4 (I'd shoot for dual 1 GHz or better and run Leopard client) and a few (3 is the max (AFAIK), but I could never figure out how to put the 3rd in because of the layout of the ODD IDE cable) IDE HDDs that you could get from work for free. If you want, I could post a guide about this which I wrote.
     

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