Hey whats up. BEFORE I have a quick question that I would REALLY appreciate anyone with specific knowledge of what I can do regarding connecting at least two Mac Pros together (?) here is the brief pretty amazing (at least IMO) Craigslist experience that JUST happened to me!! ..which is what leads to me asking this question! ------ Earlier this morning: I guess you could say I got surreally lucky and have sort of a unique ability to charm in a professional way to get what I need and want.. But anyways, long story short - I walked into a high-end architecture /design office and convinced one of the higher up people in charge of the design/3d renders department to let me walk out with FOUR perfect condition 2008 Quad Core Xeon Mac Pro for $320 - just the amount of cash I had in my wallet.... I was extremely grateful, and a little stunned!! Basically, the fact it was a female helped a lot, and impressing her with some of my own subtle things to drop.. But yeah, if you are wondering "WTF" , again long story short.. but it worked out this way because the fact this firm had literally JUST gotten in their new Apple iMac 5K computers to replace all the Mac Pros (which for their space did understandably take up unnecessary space/defeat some of their aesthetic minimalism thing going on). So, in the condition I also take with me four Samsung LED monitors with the Mac Pro workstations... I put the $320 cash on the table, left my card, shook hands, thanked again, and then loaded my whip with the heavy desktops and monitors, and peaced out.. Sorry!! Almost done claiming/bragging but cmon you would be super stoked too! Also considering I am only 26, and really needed this to launch my mini start up officially... as in, I really couldn't afford to buy proper workstations for a few employees/interns to fill the studio/office space I am lucky enough to have. So, this was like **** yeah!! What a kind firm and amazing luck! If that architect/design firm didn't have probably a wait-list of 10+ million dollar personal home property clients, and they really felt like spending the time to really list these Mac Pros + monitors on Craigslist or ebay or whatever... they easily would of brought in an instant $3000 or so... even with them being 2008 Quad Core Xeon relatively outdated.. **EXTRA bonus awesome surprise!!: I was just happy to get these four Mac Pro 2008s in perfect condition and would have at least some RAM, and some basic minimal HD, and graphics card of whatever sort left in at least 1 or 2 of them to run right away... and check out. However?! Bam, they were nice enough to leave me with multiple ATI Radeon HD 5770s and two 5870s graphics cards (Mac Edition of course)... Not the sickest cards ever for high end media as I do, but wow!! No doubt, still powerful cards and very capable and unexpected extra big come upp And then for RAM, obviously not the highest end newest 16gb ECC sticks of OWC ram I've had for my Mac Pro station (as in that I've had before today with this ridiculous come-up on these machines) , but nonetheless.... Still DDR3, expensive still.. and 24GB in one machine, 16GB in two others, and then 8 or 4gb i forget in the last.. pretty sick right!! Finally, they were nice enough to leave in a GRIP of 1TB Seagate fast enough cache 7200rpm drives.... as in like 10 of them , which I can definitely put to use ASAP. So thanks for hearing out my little bragging/excited piece of news I wanted to share with someone who could appreciate such a DOPE come up like this.. can't say I was expecting anything good to happen today haha.. Here is my question though: - As the title of this thread implies, my main question is how can I/is it possible for me to effectively hook up at least two of the Mac Pros together? *To be more specific: My first thought was I have an extra pciE slot SATA III 2-port internal expansion card/RAID card 2in1 (specific for MP compatible for sure), and so can I rig up my personal professional high-capacity 3D and RAW digital cinema workstation Mac Pro and connect it directly or something(?) via SATA cable to one of these Mac Pros I just got today?? - Primary reason and most urgent: I want to use it as an external RAID server basically... since I actually am getting in the RED in regards to low hard drive space. - So, I figure there MUST be a way I can with just what I have here, and easily enough connect this 2nd Mac Pro , right next to my own workstation , and use it right away (after configuring obviously) as a RAID of whatever makes the most sense... just considering I filled the 5 internal bays with 5 of the extra free 1TB drives?? I mean, I know I could start the 2nd Mac Pro in Firewire "T" direct disk mode, and run a firewire 800 cable between them , and sort of use it as just a temporary "external RAID drive" . but SATA transfer capabilities are obviously significantly faster than firewire... and IDK Again I apologize for being kind of scattered and all around the place in my head, but I am just excited from this ridiculous thing happening, and just throwing off my day and having still mad **** to get done before its too late... and although I am not new to the concepts of networking and servers in terms of what I could rig up myself.... I've never been in the position of having all these powerful Mac Pro machines at my disposal and just need some advice!! Including: If I am being ignorant and dumb about my idea to direct connect via SATA cards/cable as an extra server storage space but with direct SATA transfer speeds (which is definitely possible lol) THEN LAST QUESTION/ADVICE NEEDED THANK YOU SO MUCH!! 1. I am working mostly with like I said super high-end RAW 14bit uncompressed format video and sometimes up to the 2k/4k resolutions but even without that, this **** is about 150mb/ a second (if you are looking at it as "footage" and not uncompressed RAW files as every frame shot.. just to give some idea... SO clearly I need to have my storage solution ASAP without buying anything additional! (such as a 5 bay Drobo or other RAID setup external thang Ill probably grab eventually when I have extra $) AND I need to have a server that runs here locally between the four Mac Pros and my own original workstation Mac Pro machine - 5 all together... and use 1 of the MPs as the "server" so that this space can actually function as a legit little but high-end enough office and server my media needs. So, if I am better off just setting up OS X server or something else on a dedicated Mac Pro , and that working for my storage as well as the server in general I need to have running as any business does of collaboration between people/computers does. So again, ANY extra insight, advice, or whatever helps me out a lot. And I believe in Karma , so ill hit u back! Thanks again!! And to mods: my bad about the format of my post again and also if I got off topic a bit , but please leave this , I just need whatever info I can get... -------- **ONLY if you know anything regarding 3D Rendering / Render Farms and multiple Mac Pro setups... otherwise Ignore all of below:** Because I also need to (soon enough) setup my 5 Mac Pros with my Cinema 4D Team Render Server and client server apps - which is relatively simple enough... but again, I want to be able to do this with clearly the MOST amount of speed/efficiency as possible. Which comes down to the server setup I should probably go about between all these MPs ? Meaning, when I need it I should be able to (LAN) render say, one of the 3D client very complex, 4K resolution 2 minute animation intros for example.... and if anyone knows much about 3D software like C4D, and rendering... it can be insanely bitch when you need to render at the pretty much MAXED out settings (within reason..) and at 1080p/2K/4K... Where I have had a single frame take up to like, 25 minutes!! But even when its a couple minutes per frame, if a client needs something that is a few thousand frames long (which is super short in running time at 24-30 frames a second obviously..), but yeah, it is just important for blatant reasons to be able to utilize Team Render server between FIVE machines, instead of just 1 Mac Pro.... Meaning, I'll get to use the power of duel GPUs power in each Mac Pro x 5 machines = significantly faster So yeah, if there is a specific resource or other part of this site where people know more about this, I'll look over the forum again later when I have time to think more later. Thanks for the like third time or whatever!! I mean it! Have a great day!