mac mini server setup

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by mitch21, Jan 30, 2015.

  1. mitch21 macrumors newbie

    Jan 30, 2015
    I'm looking at getting a mac mini to use as a server in a small design studio (4imacs) and wanted any advise on how to go about it.
    We are using adobe indesign, photoshop and illustrator mainly.
  2. nollimac macrumors regular


    Oct 10, 2013
    Running a server is taking you in a professional enterprise you must first know what you want to do. Server will cost to $20...most important is you'll need to monitor your server. The learning curve is steep. I suggest getting a domain to use with your server if you don't already have one.

    Read up as much as possible, and I suggest joining the forum here:

    When I was setting up mine for my home office, this guy's videos helped:

    Good luck!
  3. Osamede macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2009
    What do you actually need to do with the server? Just sharing files - or is there anything else?
  4. mitch21 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 30, 2015
    Thanks guys.

    All we really need to do is share our files. Is this going to be the best solution for us or could you recommend something else?
  5. Osamede macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2009
    For file sharing between four users I would not mess with any complicated server setup like this stuff ( ) Some will tell you it's great but it can quickly become a pain in the.....

    All you need is to just turn on file sharing on the Mac Mini. (System Preferences - Sharing - File Sharing )

    If you need more file storage capacity than is onboard the mini, you could spend a lot of money on a thunderbolt like this for example:

    ...but you could also just buy a Thunderbolt to Firewire adapter ( ) and all of a sudden you can attach any of the much cheaper Firewire 800 storage unit products out there. Unless you planned on putting SSD's in the external storage, I'm going to say it would be just as fast for file serving purposes.
  6. ColdCase macrumors 68030

    Feb 10, 2008
    Yes you can just use file sharing on the mini, nothing extra needed but a good DAS concept.

    If you find you want to add a time machine destination, a web server, a email server, or have finer shared folder control on .... etc you need the server pack.

    I found setting up web services, TM destinations, and file sharing to be strait forward and a no brainer. The server package help files and setup guides lead you through without complication. If you need different permissions for shared folder or disks, then thats easy to set up with a server package.

    The server package has other thinks one could toy with, but you need to know what you are doing... and that learning curve can be steeper. Otherwise its a no brainer

    BTW there seems to be less issues with Mavericks and Mavericks server software than Yositime.
  7. Osamede macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2009
    I agree with what you said. Will add however that even permissions are as simple as clicking a box at "System Preferences - Sharing - File Sharing" on any mac. No server app needed for that.

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