- Jul 13, 2014
I guess this attempt may be out of boredom and would just be another running system... However, I want to play around with server ideas for an old Mac. I am thinking about using an old PowerMac or old iMac. (maybe even an iBook!) I want to make a file back-up server or just some hub where I can know that all my things are there and transfer any items I want from it, to my several computers I own or any future computers. We have a Time Machine back-up system already, but I kind of wanted my own private server for not only back-up but a digital library for all my things. Is this a good idea for a server? What is a useful server idea that you can think of? I know everyone has different needs, but I want to come up with extra ideas. On top of this, what is the best software to use? Now, know that I may NOT be using a Mac that runs/is capable of running Leopard. So know that I may not even have Time Machine to work with. Besides file sharing for quickly accessing information from the server, I wanted to know the best software to use for scheduled back-ups, for OLD PowerPC computers that cannot support Time Machine. I need a first or third party solution... If I do end up using a Leopard Mac, then I know how to set it up for Time Machine. I also want to pick certain times a day the computer will run and do back-ups. I do NOT want this computer to be on all the time. However, in the event that I make it a digital library and not necessarily do back-ups, I want to know if I can possibly make it so I can wake the computer up when I want to access it for items. Another thing: How will this coincide with other computers that are running a newer OS than the server is? For example, will it be too much of a hassle to have a Tiger server that serves the needs of Leopard computers?