Resolved iBook G4 / Cube G4 as a NAS/Server

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by bobesch, Dec 26, 2015.

  1. bobesch macrumors 6502a

    bobesch

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    Today I was tempted to buy Tiger-Server.
    First I thought about using my Cube for Tiger/Server-installation, but then some postings here at MacRumors made me leave this idea. Though putting a silent SSD wouldn't be the problem, attaching mass-storage in a reasonable way through FireWire or USB 1.x isn't something to overcome easily.
    Now I think about using an iBookG4 with Tiger/Server to play with as NAS/HomeServer, since it offers two USB2-ports plus one FireWire400-port.
    I also think about power consumption of both Cube and iBook when serving as a server.
    Any ideas about that? Thanks for sharing.
    Merry Christmas,
    Bob
     
  2. Spudlicious macrumors 6502

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    Merry Christmas Bob, Fröhliche Weihnachten. Your signature suggests strong interest in vintage computers, but a G4 as a server? I wonder if it has enough CPU grunt or RAM, and it's network connectivity will be on the slow side, yes? An interesting hobby project though.
     
  3. bobesch thread starter macrumors 6502a

    bobesch

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    Thanks! You are right, it's a hobby to max out that beautiful old stuff to make it find a place in my common life - not just in a museum. These old machines (Cube, Gooseneck etc.) did serve well as "thin" clients in my office until recently changes in the terminal licensing-system of Windows2008-Server stopped RemoteDesktopClient to work (maybe sometime they'll return to their "old work" with the help of VNC, but currently a set of white Intel iMacs has taken their place...)
    So I thought about that Cube-home-server - silent and with low power consumption. But you are right: it's somehow limited in many fields. The only reasonable option that finally came to my mind, is a huge internal hard disk (e.g. 6-8TB) attached with IDE-SATA-adapter, with small 128GB partition for booting Tiger and an attached second hard drive of same space for regular backups via SuperDuper! fitted in one of these space aluminium firewire-cases that can be fired up and shut down manually (or a timer-plug) to start scheduled backup on connection and eject the disk after the task is complete.
    Could be server as a nice media-server sitting in our living room next to our TV :)


    BTW: this thread was meant to be posted in the PowerPC-Forum. Sorry that I've mixed something up.
     
  4. bobesch thread starter macrumors 6502a

    bobesch

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    Please don't answer to this thread anymore since I've moved discussion to the PowerPC-Forum.(#1)
    Thanks and sorry for that hassle...
     

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