Creating a Home Server....What should I buy?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by stovetop6872, Mar 30, 2008.

  1. stovetop6872 macrumors regular

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    I have a few questions regarding a mac home server. currently, I have all of my itunes music/videos stored on a 500 gb WD externa
    hard drive. overall, I have about 105 gb of itunes stuff. this is also the storage for all of my videos not in itunes (my client's video) so this is going to get filled quick. this was also my time machine backup drive untill apple released backups over airport. so, a 300 gb drive connected to my AEBS is for time machine. by the way, I have a 2.2 SR MACBOOK PRO. so, I want to create a server, mac mini probably, that will house my itunes files, and I would like this nachine to be accessible from over the internet by its IP address. I do have my own personal domain if that makes a difference. I would like to roam around the house with my macbook pro listening to music that is on this server. also, do I need to forward any ports on my APEBS to do so.. remember, I am new at this so please go easy on me. thanks!
     
  2. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    From what I understand all you need to do is have the server computer turn iTunes sharing on and don't let it turn off or go to sleep.

    Some people use an old beater G4 (headless) with large hard drives for this sort of thing. Stuffed in a closet running 24/7.
     

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  3. plangly macrumors newbie

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    Stay away from OS X server, for data protection use a raid one config on an external or a mac

    Plangly
     
  4. yoyo5280 macrumors 68000

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  5. twocargar macrumors newbie

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    Re: Creating a Home Server....What should I buy?

    I run a 600Mhz iMac with OS 10.3 Server (Why do you say stay away from OS X Server, Plangly?)--I'm sure I could run OS 10.4 on it instead. It shares its iTunes library and syncs to my AppleTV. I put a 160GB HD in it, but it also has FireWire so I can connect my external drives if I want. It starts up in the morning and shuts down at night automatically. It was REALLY cheap 3 years ago when I bought it, so I'm sure you could find one cheap as well.
     

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