OSX Server Questions...

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by Nerdtastic, May 27, 2014.

  1. Nerdtastic, May 27, 2014
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    Nerdtastic macrumors newbie

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    Hi,
    In our household we have a mix of Macbooks and Windows machines. I am looking to setup a server to manage these. I am just wondering if I should use OSX Server on a Hackintosh (would it be cheaper and easier to get a mac mini?) or Windows Home Server. I was going to use it for a few things:

    -Media Server
    -File Sharing
    -Maybe backups
    -Minecraft server/other servers
    -Needs to run 24/7
    -Easy to use (relatively)

    I really like OSX server but I am wondering is it easy to do these things with non-mac hardware.

    Thanks
    (sorry. I am new to networking :)
     
  2. dimme macrumors 65816

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    Although you may be able to get a hackintouch to run server, it may be a bad idea. You may never to be able to get all the services you want to run correctly.

    As far a which OS for your needs you may want to look into Amahi http://www.amahi.org. because you have a mix of mac and windows and it's a bit more straight forward that running a regular linux server.

    At my last job we need a simple file server for our mixed of Mac and windows, and a PC running a desktop version of linux worked great and the hardware did not break the bank.

    OS X server is great but you will not realize all the benefits running it in a mixed environment. Before I moved to OS X server I was running WHS2011 and I liked it but being all mac I decided to go with OS X server.
     
  3. Nerdtastic thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks!
    Amahi looks good. Is their alot of support for it?
     
  4. apunkrockmonk macrumors 6502a

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    I'd like to add that I run Mavericks Server just fine on both a Hackintosh and virtualized on an ESXi hypervisor (gigabyte g31m-es2l with a core 2 duo).

    If you don't mind the hassle of building a hackintosh, which these days isn't much if you choose your parts wisely, you should be fine to use one instead of a Mac Mini should you choose to go the OS X Server route.
     
  5. Nerdtastic thread starter macrumors newbie

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    How different is the installation for OS X Server over a Mavericks build?
    Is it as simple as installing Mavericks then downloading the Server from the app store?
    Thanks
     
  6. apunkrockmonk macrumors 6502a

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    It is exactly that simple!

    I'm using it for the Caching, File Sharing, NetInstall and VPN services currently, I have no reason to suspect that any service wouldn't work properly on a Hackintosh.
     
  7. Nerdtastic thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Awesome!
    I was just thinking of using the mini ITX build from tonymacx86's build guide as a starter template.
     

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