Mac Mini as "central" server?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by waynewayne, Mar 12, 2015.

  1. waynewayne macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys,

    I've had Macbook's for about 10yrs, so am familiar with how they work. Now I am trying to set up a server for my house however I am looking to a Mac Mini in place of a Raspberry Pi derived server.

    What we currently have in the household:

    • 1x MB Pro mid 2010
    • 1x Windows 7 laptop
    • 1x iPad mini
    • 2x iPhone 4/4S
    • 1x Apple TV

    I have no experience with networking devices though. What I want to do is:

    • Store all/most of my media centrally, with the ability to stream it down to the phone/macbook/apple tv on demand
    • Remote access (possibly, is this achievable?)
    • Automate backups of the apple devices (possibly, is this achievable?)
    • Airplay the computer itself via Apple TV onto the living room TV, with wireless keyboard/mouse working.
    • Do this with low running costs - can I set the Mini up to turn on/off over night or run in power efficient modes?

    ....and anything else cool.

    What has brought this on is I was looking to speed up my Macbook, but the cost of installing a large SSD would get me someway to a Mac Mini. I was also considering an airport extreme to backup the devices, but again the cost is high if it can be done with the Mini.

    So:

    • Can the above be done?
    • Is it easy to set up?
    • Anything else I should be aware of/consider?
    • Do I need a certain age of Mini? They seem to hold their value second hand so may be best getting a base unit brand new.

    Thanks
    Wayne
     
  2. dyt1983, Mar 12, 2015
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  3. ColdCase macrumors 68030

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    I do all of that with my mini no sweat. The mini is ideal for what you want to do. There are a dozen ways to set that up. There is much discussion in the server and AppleTV/Media server forum subsections.

    I dunno what dyt1983 means by one device only for time machine (unless its one drive). I have three laptops, and two iMacs backing up to the mini destination. I also have my windose 7 netbook backing up to one of the shared drives.

    You will want to attach hard drive(s) for shared storage and media, I use a thunderbolt enclosure for convenience and reliability, but USB drives will do. You may want just a base mini and put money into external drives.
     
  4. dyt1983, Mar 13, 2015
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