Can a Mac Mini Server be used just like a desktop Mac (KB/mouse/display environment)?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by jwp333, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. jwp333 macrumors member

    Apr 24, 2006
    Can you run a mac mini server just like a regular desktop model mac mini? Does the server version of SL prevent you from using the computer like a regular mac mini with a monitor and keyboard and mouse? Can anyone point me to a good beginner article on the use and setup of a server? I feel like I understand computers pretty well, but servers are a mystery to me.
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Server has pretty much the same features as normal OS X, plus the server stuff. What kind of server are you setting up? Just some local network file sharing or something more?
  3. jackerin macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2008
    Subject titles should be descriptive, even if you feel that the question is dumb.
  4. gear71428 macrumors member

    Sep 11, 2007
    I prefer the hardware of the Mini server model (because of the HDD size and also I never use a DVD drive) but have no need for a server, so I was wondering pretty much the same thing. Does the server OS work just like the regular SL OS if thats how you want to use it?
  5. PenguinMac macrumors member

    May 21, 2010
    I also prefer the server hardware, esp the two 500 GB drives. But rather than using SL Server, I'm just going to buy SL client and reinstall the OS with a 1TB RAID 0 array. It's worth $30 to not hassle with SL server when I don't need it.
  6. gear71428 macrumors member

    Sep 11, 2007
    I purchased a package set of SL installs and could add it to the server model if I need to but don't have a USB DVD drive and don't really know how different the server OS is from regular SL, so I was asking if anyone knew if it could function as SL even though its the server version.
  7. gear71428 macrumors member

    Sep 11, 2007
    Its kind of ironic to only need a DVD drive to install a new OS. Maybe the folks at the genius bar could do it?
  8. reebzor macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2008
    Philadelphia, PA
    you guys know its super easy to install OSX via USB flash drive.

    I'm sure more people have 8+gb flash drives than have usb dvd drives.
  9. ADent macrumors 6502a

    Sep 9, 2007
  10. noles200 macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2008
    It seems the server edition is OSX with some bells and whistles (which I'll probably not use) but overall a better value.

    The only thing it doesn't have is iLife.

    If you bought the family pack of iLife '09 and didn't use all 5 you can still use one of them and add it to server edition, right? There is no time limit. It doesn't expire does it? Sorry for the silly question but want to make sure before I go get the server edition.

    Also, I'm assuming there would be no issue installing iWorks and MSOffice on there.....or any other software either.
  11. dh2005 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2010
    It's also ironic that the alleged 'Super' Drive is *****. Slow and noisy.

    I dig that it's of a slim form factor - but still, it's pretty awful.
  12. i7QuadCoreMania macrumors 6502

    Nov 10, 2009
    I picked up my 2010 server a few days ago, and re-installed it to client osx using the 10.6.3 discs that come with the regular Mini, (though most of you will probably not have those discs available) I borrowed them from another new Reg Mini owner.

    it's working fine as a client on server hardware running RAID 0.:D
  13. odtv macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2010
    WTF are you all talking about? No one asked about the hardware comparisons. Save that bs for another geeky blog.

    The question was wether or not the OSX Server OS can be used the same way as a Client. Can it run the same apps?

    Does anyone have any practical experience with the server OS?
  14. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    You seem very confused and lost on here. Most of these people are high educated in all forms of Mac OS X. And remember reviving old threads just to up your post count isn't a good idea.
  15. BigDukeSix macrumors 6502a


    Sep 22, 2010
    34.6700N 118.1590W
    So, has this question been answered?
    I want a Mini, but there are rarely Mini's on the refurb store, just Mini servers. I would gladly buy a Mini server, and just use the dual hard drives for storage and buy an external superdrive in case I need to burn a CD or DVD, or install software off of a disk. Will it work???
  16. yrh0413 macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2010
    Yes it works, refer to this link:
  17. mytsoul, Mar 3, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2011

    mytsoul macrumors newbie

    Feb 27, 2011
    Netherlands, Canada
    many machines, one library?

    I don't think you really need a superdrive(not a deal breaker). Since everything can be wifi'd or USB'd over.
    Thanks for starting this thread. I have 10.6.6 single core mini acting as a media centre and hub for the house library. Works great so far(learning as I go). Just migrating all my media to the externals. Hopefully I can finally synchronize all my libraries to one source(with back up of course). I'm curious if Itunes can work from one library over multi machines? Meaning as editing occurs on the powerbook for example will the itunes library in the mini also update? and iphoto as well for that matter?
    another really dumb question... What is it that makes the server share faster than a regular client? I have both client and server on my my mini and when the server is on the file availability over the wifi network is amazing! Just wondering?
    Much Thanks in Advance.
  18. mdgm macrumors 6502a

    Nov 2, 2010
    iPhoto and iTunes are designed as applications with libraries on a single computer and shared read-only to other computers. Hopefully this will change in the future (maybe even with iTunes in Lion), but we;ll have to wait and see.
    I'm guessing the Server OS X is optimised for those tasks. That would be the most likely explanation. Unless you are running the Server and Client OS X on different disks with different speeds (then that might explain the difference)?

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