I just bought a Mac Mini server. What do I do now?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by cfedu, Feb 20, 2011.

  1. cfedu macrumors 65816

    cfedu

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    Hello I just picked up a Mac Mini server 2.53 Ghz.

    To good a deal, server with 2 years applecare left, wireless keyboard and magic mouse, all for $400

    I already have an iMac, 2 windows PC's, apple TV iOS

    Should I just install Normal snow leopard on it? are they any real advantages of the server OS? any draw backs?

    So far it it feels different, Could I put windows on one drive an SL on the Other. Windows and snow leopard server.


    This was a buy and ask questions later purchase and any help or Ideas would be great.
     
  2. dolphin842 macrumors 65816

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    Since both drives are internal, you can indeed dedicate one drive to Windows.

    If you plan on using it frequently and feel like opening it, you can upgrade the ram and stick an ssd in for a significant boost in responsiveness.

    Other than that, you could put Plex on it to replace the AppleTV, or use it as a file/webserver, etc.
     
  3. B.A.T macrumors 6502

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    Sell it to me for $500 and walk away with a 25% profit.
     
  4. cfedu thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I don't think I will need any of the server features, and I'm not to tech Savy, just deal savy. Unless there is 1 or 2 killing features that OS X server can bring to me I think putting on SL would suite me better and use less resources.

    the user interface looks a bit different and has many program/Apps/settings that I have no clue what they are for. I think I will need to read up on it or take a few classes to understand what it all means.


    I think I'm going to clone an SL OS over as it has no disc drive or would a clean remote install of SL be better?

    I've opened many mini's before so putting in a SSD will be a great upgrade. I just need to get a cheap 250 GB SSD
     
  5. mdgm macrumors 6502a

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    You can install Snow Leopard client from a USB stick. You can google for instructions on how to prepare a USB stick.

    A clean install of Snow Leopard would be ideal unless you're moving from an old Mac and would rather not setup and configure everything again.
     
  6. cfedu thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I just read the thread on SL vs SL server in the OS X section, Basically if you have to ask the question you should just install the client OS.

    I'm making my USB SL client stick as we speak So I can do a fresh install

    Thanks for the Help
     
  7. Wicked1 macrumors 68040

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    Or Do what I am thinking of doing after the next Mini refresh, just buy an external USB CD/DVD for $30
     
  8. Osamede macrumors 6502

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    I've never even used a Mac at all before and was able to adapt fine to the snow Leopard OS on the Mac Mini. No resource problems that I can detect either. I'd just go ahead and use the OS that's on there and save your time.
     

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