Best approach to Mac Server and Backup for small studio

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by Yazza, Jan 7, 2009.

  1. Yazza macrumors newbie

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    This is my first post so please bear with me...
    We have a small studio with 6 Mac Pros but no back up or server. I am making the recommendation to management. We are not technically strong here as well and are looking for simplicity. A fellow who handles IT for a much larger group uses this configuration:
    mac pro / Apple Server unlimited
    One 2.8GHZ Quad-Core Intel Xeon
    2GB (2x1GB)
    Mac Pro RAID Card
    ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT 256MB

    Also add a
    LaCie eSATA PCI Card - For a faster connection to external drives.

    3 1.5 TB drive and install them, set them up as follows
    Drive 1 - System (the drive the mac came with)
    Drive 2 - Partition; 50gb for system backup, the rest for studio work backup
    Drive 3 and 4, RAID 0 (Mirrored) the working space for the studio.

    For backups get an external Vantec NexStar MX eSata box with 2 1.5 TB drives and set it up as a RAID 1 (Stripped)

    For backup software-Synk Pro. Another supplier had suggested BRU, however I am concerned that although it is built for enterprise, it is too complicated to administer.
     
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

    wrldwzrd89

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    Do you need the peace of mind of having a bootable clone of your system that you can start from if something goes wrong, and pick up from where you left off? If you do, then consider adding a 3rd drive for this purpose, along with either Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper to create the bootable clone, to each machine.

    Other than that, I like the suggested setup.
     
  3. Yazza thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Excellent suggestion..I will work it into my approach. What I didn't mention in my post I expect the artists to work either from the server or from there workstation, that will be up to them. We do have a gigabit switch.

     

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