Mac mini server set-up for small business

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by ZMacintosh, Jan 30, 2015.

  1. ZMacintosh macrumors 65816


    Nov 13, 2008
    Im trying to come up with a solution for a families small business.
    theres two of them that operate it out of their home and need something central to access all the company data and documents.

    one travels and one stays back, so the one traveling all they do is forward an email and thats the current documentation they have is in email, no database or file archiving.

    we also want to get their old files and documents scanned in and accessible too, instead of digging through boxes of stuff.

    they also would like remote access while on the road to access their data, i presume they may use macbooks and possibly iOS devices.

    I was thinking a mac mini, and an airport/time capsule for backup purposes and remote accessibility.

    any suggestions on file management and remote access?

    thank you!
  2. DJLC macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2005
    North Carolina
    Honestly if you only need file storage, I'd look into a cloud-based service. Ie., Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.
  3. talmy macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
    I'd set up a mini as a server -- file server, Time Machine (with an external drive attached) for backing up the MacBooks, VPN for remote accessability. I'd skip the TimeCapsule since the Mini can do this at less cost. Have the mini back up to a cloud service (I use CrashPlan). For going paperless, I suggest a Fujitsu ScanSnap IX500, and a copy of the ebook "Paperless" by David Sparks.
  4. unplugme71 macrumors 68030

    May 20, 2011
    While the built-in VPN on Server app is easy to setup, its not all that secure using a single passphrase. I would opt for IPSec or OpenVPN.

    Set up a mac mini at the office with shared storage. Set up another mac mini at the home with shared storage. Then setup TM to backup over VPN so they have an off-site backup (home). That's how I do the setup with a few people.

    Ubiquiti's USG offers very easy site-to-site VPN with no configuration. Simply add both units to the same "site" and it auto-configs.

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