MacMini 2012 and OS X Server- Whats the Benefit HELP!

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by jfriedman8, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. jfriedman8 macrumors 6502

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    I just purchased the 2012 Mini with OSX Server. I have read here about people just doing a clean install of ML and using it that way, but I am interested in learning more about Server and if it would be worth using. It seems to me a lot of the stuff on the apple website, ie file sharing, screen sharing, ect is all available via the regular ML. Here's what I'll be using it for:


    Media and iTunes Distribution (needed the 2TB)
    Main Photo / App Storage
    Main Desktop, which my MBA and Dell XPS 15 can connect back to
    HTPC - Have a 27in Monitor in my bedroom which is basically my TV in there.

    I've been using this to get myself going. I used to be way more on top of this stuff, but just do not have the time for it anymore unfortunately.

    http://arstechnica.com/apple/2012/07/the-server-simplified-a-power-users-guide-to-os-x-server/2/
     
  2. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    no
    benefit
    cancel
    the
    sale

    buy the mid model save money.


    get a big external



    http://www.macmall.com/p/LaCie-Hard-Drives/product~dpno~9237532~pdp.hhbeafj


    4tb buy the warranty for 1 year 27 bucks for 2 57 bucks.


    this is far better you get 4tb plus 1tb cost is only 800 plus 327 or 1127
     
  3. jfriedman8 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It's not the $$ its the fact I needed 2TB of storage above everything else and I did not want to have to put in a second HDD myself.
     
  4. jfriedman8 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Aside from storage... Is there any reason / benefit to having the OS X server on there for home use? Anyone have examples of how they utilize it at home?
     
  5. fa8362 macrumors 65816

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    Get an external. Like most people storing movies and music, you're going to need one at some point anyway.
     
  6. jfriedman8 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ok besides the storage thing- I already have a ProBox and enough extra storage.

    The server question....
     
  7. Lance-AR macrumors 6502

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    There will be no benefit to installing OS X Server. Go with the mid model.
     
  8. hfg macrumors 68040

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    You can install OS X Server on any of the newer Macs for $20 from the App store. That is cheap enough to play with it and if you find 1 or 2 features worthwhile, then use them. If you turn the Server functions off, you will still be running standard ML OS X.
     
  9. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    Unless you have a direct interest in learning OS X Server specifically, it provides no benefit.

    If you want to learn about "servers", well, OS X has nearly every UNIX server component already, and you really should learn to use the command-line tools.
     
  10. hfg macrumors 68040

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    If one wanted to use a mostly idle home theater Mac Mini as a Time Machine backup NAS, can you do it without having the server functions installed? I have tried simply sharing the external drives, but I couldn't get Time Machine to recognize them from other computers.



    -howard
     
  11. jfriedman8 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, I am interested in learning it, which is part of why I went for the top end one. I like the file sharing between the mini and iPad and some of the messages features. I just have no idea how to do any of this yet, but I am pretty good picking these things up.

    Mini is on vehicle for delivery, so I am sure I'll have more questions soon.
     
  12. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    For Time Machine, you want to use the Server function - specifically the one that makes it advertise itself as a Time Machine target!
     

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