Mac Mini Server questions Thanks

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by kazmac, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. kazmac macrumors 601

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    Hi everyone,

    after many returns/confusion regarding a new Mac this year, I have a few questions about the Mac Mini server...apologies if these have been answered elsewhere.

    For the near future, my Mac Mini server would be for personal use only: no sharing, no server capabilities. I like the idea of dual drives, no optical drive and the faster processor etc.

    I may do light web design and dvd/film burning but nothing too serious beyond the usual writing, watching movies, surfing.

    My questions are:

    Since the server isn't bundled with iLife, are dvd player and itunes still accessible from the server OS? (Realize I will have to get a super drive to play/burn dvds/cds).

    Can I use the Server OS like the regular version of Snow Leopard?

    If I wanted to use the web hosting feature on the server OS, is there a good tutorial/reference somewhere? I know the server has some firewall capabilities but if I host sites or share itunes I'd like to know the security procedures to set that up.

    Thanks for your help. :)
     
  2. reebzor macrumors 6502a

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    You can use the server as a regular client. Everything on it works the same.

    However, it might be a good idea to get a hold of a regular snow leopard client disk. You could then sell your OS X Server license if it has not been activated.
     
  3. DannySmurf macrumors 6502a

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    The license isn't transferable. Goes with the machine.
     
  4. bluedevils macrumors member

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    The OS has dvd player, itunes, mail, calendar and all the usual programs. The only thing I believe you would be missing from the consumer os is Ilife and bootcamp. I use SLS for my everyday use. Make sure the (macbook air) optical drive is connected directly to the mac mini and not a usb hub.
     
  5. Alrescha macrumors 68020

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    Sorry, what?

    Could you reference some Apple documentation that says this, as my copy of the OS X Server license agreement does not.



    A.
     
  6. kazmac thread starter macrumors 601

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  7. DannySmurf macrumors 6502a

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    I sure can. And if you got the license with a piece of hardware, it certainly does say that. It's not on a silver platter for you; you have to read and understand the whole agreement.

    "You may, however, make a one-time permanent transfer of all of your license rights to the Apple software to another party, provided that: (a) the transfer must include all of the Apple Software, including all its component parts, original media, printed materials..." (section 3)

    "Restore CDs or DVDs that may accompany an Apple hardware bundle, or are otherwise provided by Apple in connection with an Apple hardware bundle, contain a copy of the Apple Software that is to be used for diagnostic and restorative purposes only. These CDs and DVDs may be resold or transferred only as part of the Apple hardware bundle." (section 3, "Apple System Restore Copies")

    The license is technically transferrable, but you must transfer the media with it. Since you can't transfer the media without the hardware, you can't transfer the license without the hardware either.
     
  8. Alrescha macrumors 68020

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    I can't fault your logic, alas.

    A.
     
  9. kazmac thread starter macrumors 601

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    one more question thanks

    will the ACD 24" work with the 2010 Mac Mini (regular and/or server)?

    I'm about to pull the trigger...

    thanks everyone
     
  10. Sqadush macrumors newbie

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    I haven't tried it myself, but I am sure it will work just fine.
    You have the mini display port so no problem.

    Cheers
     
  11. pollrobin macrumors newbie

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    I want Mac mini server source form where I can get the Source of it.It's free or Paid.How can i install in My Desktop I have 2 Computer it is Compatible With is or not.
     
  12. Giuly macrumors 68040

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    You can't get the server source. You can get a Snow Leopard Server DVD+License. Every Mac that can run Snow Leopard can run Snow Leopard Server as well.

    If you don't know how to install an OS, Mac OS X Server is not for you, though.
     
  13. vslo macrumors regular

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    I cant connect the mac book air super drive to an usb hub and connect it to the mini ? Why not? I am planning to do it, now I am curious.
     
  14. DannySmurf macrumors 6502a

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    A USB hub will not supply enough power for the drive.
     
  15. vslo macrumors regular

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    so i cant extend the drive away from my mini ? Ever ? I mean, I was planning to make something nice at it, like placing it in the middle of my books or something like that. So, thats impossible ?
    Ty !
     
  16. DannySmurf macrumors 6502a

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    A hub certainly will not work. Most external DVD drives require 2 USB connections to the computer. This is for power reasons. Apple's requires only 1, but it still draws twice the power. An unpowered hub definitely will not supply enough power through a single port. Most powered hubs won't either. At best, nothing will happen if you plug it in; at worst, you'll blow out the hub.

    You might be able to run it through a USB extension cable. But if the cable isn't rated to allow twice the normal amount of power to flow through, it would probably melt or catch fire.
     
  17. DaveN. macrumors newbie

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    Please excuse the question as I don't want to hijack the thread. What is the general recommendation here for a mac mini server drive, the superdrive or some other drive? I have been trying to decide on a superdrive or another vendor's drive. Performance-wise what is the best option?
     
  18. DannySmurf macrumors 6502a

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    It really doesn't matter. The maximum speed of USB is the limiting factor. The Apple drive is good if the aesthetics matter to you. If not, most third-party drives are much cheaper.
     
  19. karynmonk macrumors newbie

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    I think as a small server source MAC where I can get the source code is free Paid.How it.It or I can install in my office, I have two computer-compatible or not.
     
  20. Phil A. Moderator

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    I appreciate that English isn't everyone's first language, but I'm afraid I simply can't understand what you are asking. Can you please try and rephrase your question?
     

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