Mac mini server setup

2timer

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Hi, I have a new mac mini server that I need to properly setup. It has 2 identical 500GB hard drives which should be mirroring each other so that in case 1 fails I have a backup. From what I read seems I need to enable RAID 0.

This system brings no optical drive so I have to network a iMac to this machine to install the necessary software I will have on the server.

Can anyone outline the steps to do this properly?
 

shoebobs

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Are you just planning on reinstalling OS X and using disk utility during setup to create the RAID?

If so, all you need to do is put the OS X install disc into the iMac, and go to Applications --> Utilities --> "Remote Install OS X."

1. Follow the instructions on the iMac to make the OS X disc available on the network
2. Hold the option key while booting the Mac Mini to select the OS X disc on the network.
3. Wait for the Mac Mini to get to the OS X install screen (could take a while)
4. Before going through the install, use disk utility to setup the RAID
5. Install OS X

I may be missing a few steps as this is from memory, but it should be pretty straightforward

If you do not want to lose all your data/current configuration, you may want to look at this thread - https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/809077/&highlight=raid
 
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mangrove

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It has 2 identical 500GB hard drives which should be mirroring each other so that in case 1 fails I have a backup. From what I read seems I need to enable RAID 0.

Can anyone outline the steps to do this properly?
Be careful since I believe RAID 1 is mirroring not RAID 0. Maybe you should MRoogle about RAID setups.
 
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2timer

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Yes that is correct, I will enable RAID 1 onto this machine first then install the server OS, I believe I must use Firewire correct?

When I attach the iMac and Mini by firewire will they be networked?

I will have about 3 iMacs connected to the network getting the info from the server, whats the best method to connect this?

Thanks for the help so far!
 
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mangrove

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I try to connect as many Macs to my Time Capsule via ethernet. But when transferring large data files I use firewire 800 where possible, but you can get FW800to400 from Apple and elsewhere.
 
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2timer

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Thanks,

I also need to network 3 iMacs to the Mini Server, there is network ports on the walls, does anyone know the tools needed to accomplish this?

I need to confirm before I attempt to do this task.
 
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T'hain Esh Kelch

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If you put your mac mini in firewire mode, connected to your iMac by a firewire cable, the installation should be much quicker.
 
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mangrove

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Thanks,

I also need to network 3 iMacs to the Mini Server, there is network ports on the walls, does anyone know the tools needed to accomplish this?

I need to confirm before I attempt to do this task.
When I connect a bunch of macs I do it through my router. But if you transfer large data files use FW.

You need ethernet cables for each machine going from computer to router. I do not know what you mean by "network ports on the walls".

Maybe some Apple discussion sites can get you a better answer. Or ask the question there.

The more I think about it, if those iMacs don't have ethernet to the mini, why not just set up an in-house wifi with password protection?

Take a look at the Time Capsule User Guide on the internet. They give suggestions on a few ways to connect multiple machines using a router, or check Cisco, etc. sites.
 
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2timer

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Is it possible to network the server to the imacs through the airport wireless router?
 
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