g5 as a file server - mixed environment

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by schonkton, Mar 23, 2009.

  1. schonkton macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2009
    hello people,

    first time as a registered user and i'm happily nervous.

    i've got a g5 sitting doing nothing and would like to employ it as a file server.

    it's a mixed environment and i wonder whether you could offer me any advice as to which is the best way to go.

    of course, i want the best performance i can get. is OS X the best way to go or should i look at linux?

    as i say, most people on the (small) network are mac users but there are a few windows machines.

    any help much appreciated.

  2. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    I doubt you'll see any difference between OS X or Linux. The main concern would be backing up that data. Does your backup solution allow you to backup Mac systems?
  3. schonkton thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2009
    Backing up


    Well one of the reasons I'd like a central file server is for backing up.

    I've just joined a small company who have close to no backup going on.

    Can i use OS X server in mixed environments?

  4. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    Sure, it'll work. If you have Active Directory, I believe you can join your OS X server to that and use AD authentication for access.

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