Power Macintosh 8500 Web Server Project

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  1. 128keaton macrumors 68020

    128keaton

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    Hello folks! Long time, no post! I've been working on other things of late, such as school, ACT Prep, and other, more important things. Recently, another member of the forums was talking about a web server hosted on his 8600. I thought to myself, "what a cool idea", so here I am, beginning the process.

    Here is the shopping list:

    * ATA card - I can't find, nor do I own any SCSI drives big enough to host an OS.

    * RAM - There are 8 168 Pin DIMM slots total, its already been upgraded, but I doubt its close to its limit, a whopping 1GB (for a computer that is 21 years old, thats quite incredible. The 2008 MacBook came with 2GB of RAM by default)

    * USB card or ADB cable - I have ADB peripherals, but it might be a good idea to get a USB card.

    Next, I need to find an OS to run. 9.1, the latest, is probably a good bet. I might just put original Apple Server
     
  2. tevion5 macrumors 68000

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    Glad to be of inspiration! ;)

    I cannot recommend Rumpus 3.5 enough. The built in admin and web tools make it child's play to set up. Easier than iMovie video editing.

    As long as you know how to handle port forwarding on your router of course.
     
  3. 128keaton thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Port forwarding is easy :). Is it OS 9 or OS X?
     
  4. tevion5 macrumors 68000

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    OS 9, and I use 9.2.2. I'm sure OS X has tons of programs that do the same, but Rumpus is the best classic solution out there.
     
  5. 128keaton thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thanks! I might just do a Tiger install, for the built-in web server. I have some spare RAM around here, and I might see if the SATA card works. Would be crazy to have an SSD inside :)
     
  6. tevion5 macrumors 68000

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    I'd love to see the result of an SSD in such a a system, especially if it would have a meaningful impact on boot time.

    I wonder if there is a hard drive benchmarking utility hat works on Tiger.
     
  7. 128keaton thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I could try one with a 'spare' SSD if I get a SATA card working. I should look into purchasing another SSD, just for testing purposes.
     
  8. 128keaton thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I went ahead and ordered the ATA card, I didn't get around to testing the SATA card, but I didn't have high hopes for it anyhow. The next thing to buy either another USB card or an SVIDEO cable.
     
  9. 128keaton thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Alright, bit of an update. Fitted a modern SCSI card (with FireWire) which means I can get into some serious work. I tried Rumpus, but it was all demo versions. Anything else for web/FTP? Also, looking for a VNC server, or some sort of remote management.
    --- Post Merged, May 31, 2016 ---
    Made the executive decision to just install Debian and use something on there. that will give me remote SSH, which is important
     
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  11. 128keaton thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Debian is lovely on this machine.
    Here is the web server:
    http://play.128keaton.com:82

    I feel comfortable posting this here, since I'm using the latest apache2 build. That is what you get with Debian, up-to-date binaries and software!
     
  12. spf2 macrumors regular

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    Wow... that is pretty impressive.
     
  13. 128keaton thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thanks! I'm really freaking proud of it. @LightBulbFun was a HUGE help!
     

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