Noobie server question

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by 2manyg, Oct 15, 2013.

  1. 2manyg macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys, been using apple products since system 6 but this is my first delve into the world of servers.

    I have recently set up Mac OS X server on one of the office iMacs, I am using it only to share files across the network, with access control limits for different users. So far it seems to be working great, staff can log into the server from any other mac.

    The only problem I have is that the mac that is running the server is also used by staff under a different log in and they cannot access the server on this mac with that log in. Is this something that is possible?

    Thanks in advance for your help.
     
  2. talmy macrumors 601

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    There's an unwritten rule that server computers should be dedicated and not used as workstations as well.
     
  3. bartzilla, Oct 15, 2013
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    bartzilla macrumors 6502a

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    It's written in lots of places actually.
     
  4. 2manyg thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Strange, I usually get such great help/comments on this site!

    Whilst researching OS X Server, I read that one of the advantages of using the server is the fact that it is an separate app, freeing up your mac for normal use.

    We only need the server app to share files between three iMacs, everything else is cloud based, and we don't really have the funds for a separate mac. Accessing the server from a different log in on the same mac would have be handy, but a simple answer of 'no it's not possible' would have done the job.

    Since when did being completely new to something make them an idiot?
     
  5. talmy, Oct 16, 2013
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    talmy macrumors 601

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    You can set up separate network and local logins. The network login gets services (file sharing in this case) only.

    I could find no written rule not to do this, but there are security issues (giving physical computer access to a computer) as well as performance ones (a heavy user could kill network performance for everyone else).
     

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