mac mini vs. mac mini server..which suits my needs?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by acrahm, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. acrahm macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2007
    Hope this isnt too early as we are just getting info about mac mini server.

    i have 3 devices/computers in my place right now that i would like to all run off the same itunes database. I.e. my ATV downstairs would be able to access anything from this database as would my MBP in my bedroom etc. My initial thought was to run a mini as a server where my itunes music/movies are stored and then my 2 computers and ATV can run off this single database via the mini.

    But then i saw the mini server come out today and was wondering if this is a better option. now its almost twice as much money so i am not sure,

    Which is better for my specific need?
  2. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
  3. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    No optical drive in the mini server. This sucks.
  4. Nde macrumors 6502a


    Feb 12, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Agree, no drive really blows. I was thinking of getting a Mini server to host my home stuff and web pages. Now, I'm backing off. Need to think about it now.
  5. peskaa macrumors 68020


    Mar 13, 2008
    London, UK
    Just stick the external Air SuperDrive on it, Apple say it works.
  6. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    The mini is too small. You end up with a stack of external stuff, cables, and power supplies.
  7. thomanjones macrumors regular

    Dec 26, 2006
    For serving media around the house, I'd go with a regular Mac Mini. I do not know what advantages one would have by upgrading to server (but I'd love to see some).
  8. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
  9. svenwillmann macrumors member

    May 6, 2008
    Well, I don't think you can really compare the 2.
    Look at it from that point of view.

    With the mini server:
    You get much more HD space (if I read correctly 2x500GB)
    You get the server operating system. Especially if you have more than one mac and using ical/... it has very useful features to keep them in sync.
    It all comes in a very neat housing.

    With the mini:
    If you want the same HD space you need to upgrade somehow (maybe external drive, more cables more space ...)
    You get the normal operating system, without some useful features

    I think the mini server is a promising little box, especially for home/small business use if it holds its promises and if you can afford it.
  10. MTI macrumors 65816

    Feb 17, 2009
    Scottsdale, AZ
    $1K for a 1TB server box seems a bit dear, unless you and your server live in a dorm room or studio apt (which begs the question why you'd need a server) or your current computer fetish is anything Mac Mini sized. :D
  11. jjd macrumors regular

    Aug 22, 2003
    I do this already with a Mac Pro as the "server" - but I just use iTunes Home Sharing. I also use Apple TV to do (some) video sharing, but that is more problematic given the vagaries of the ATV... With the other macs I just stream music but if I ever need to pull off video or other files I just network in to the MP.

    I would love to be convinced otherwise, but I do not see the advantage of the server software to someone just looking for media sharing.
  12. acrahm thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2007
    right now i have 2 1tb externals, so i dont think i would be worried about space. but a rather big concern for me (even though its minor) is this:

    all music/video i add to the itunes database would have to be done to the mini correct?
    i couldnt import a CD with my MBP and have it added to the itunes database on my mini, correct?

    Now of course the Imac that is 38% off via refurbed is floating into my mind, thats a very good deal...

  13. MacKiddyWiddy macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2009
    the normal mini will probably be better for your needs [​IMG] the server is a bit bland

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