Mac Mini FTP Server?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by xbillion101, Aug 15, 2010.

  1. xbillion101 macrumors newbie

    Aug 15, 2010
    Ok, My goal is to by a mac mini that will run 24/7 it will be connected to about 5TB's of storage that will have all my personal data on it.

    My goal is to create an FTP server that will host all these files that i can access remotely and let friends and family access it. I pretty much have it all sorted out i just wanted to check with some people on here. To run it i will be using a program called PureFTPd to manage the server and i can create accounts and manage them all through this application.

    Does anyone have a better way for me to do this or an alternate application that is better, And also i have connected to my mac book pro remotely using the built in FTP feature and PureFTP so yer, Does anyone else have a better idea for me running a server?

  2. DannySmurf macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2005
    If you're not totally set on having a Mac to do this, have a look at a Windows Home Server. It's specifically built for this kind of task.
  3. Thermonuclear macrumors 6502

    May 23, 2009
    A Mac Mini can be a useful ftp server, and it can do it without specialized software. For my purposes, OpenSSH and rsync are sufficient.

    Remember that the limiting factor is likely your ISP's uplink bandwidth. The Mini can pump out data ten to twenty times faster than most consumer level ISPs can take it in.
  4. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    Not to mention a lot of ISP's have a policy against running servers from home.
  5. indg macrumors 6502

    Feb 7, 2007
    dropbox. $100/yr for 50GB of storage. try it for free with 2GB. auto-sync shared folders to other dropbox users you give permission too. way easier than setting up ftp or getting noobs to use an ftp client. also more secure than standard ftp.

    also great for syncing multiple computers for 1password and notes.

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