Server - Should it run with an Account logged in ?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by Philgr, Aug 16, 2015.

  1. Philgr macrumors regular

    Jul 27, 2005
    Lakes - UK
    Hope this makes sense

    I have a Mac Mini running headless in the loft set-up as a server - my question is should it be running with an account logged in all the time ?

    I use the server for all the usual things, file sharing, backups, iTunes media shares, etc...

    should all the services I'm wanting to use off the server run in the background or does it need an account logged in to function

    How do others have theirs set-up

    Thanks in advance

    Phil G
  2. hwojtek macrumors 65816


    Jan 26, 2008
    Poznan, Poland
    There's no need, I don't believe any of this functions needs an app to be open, they all are run from a deamon. Best thing to do - log out the mini and check if all the services you want are still available. If so, leave it logged out.
  3. Philgr thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 27, 2005
    Lakes - UK
    Thanks for the quick reply - just tried logging the server off - i.e. no user accounts running - and found that the basic server functions appear to work - Shares, DNS, DCHP, Time Machine etc. but iTunes media sharing not working - i also use carbon copy cloner - it appears this also need to be logged in.

  4. blacka4 macrumors 6502

    Sep 28, 2009
    yeah for iTunes, you need to have the app running thus you need to be logged in. you could always lock the server with an app or screen saver lock.
  5. burne macrumors 6502


    Jul 4, 2007
    Haarlem, the Netherlands
    iTunes is a user land application, not a daemon, and the rights to share media are linked to a personal account at Apple, not a pseudo-user on your server.
  6. Mikael H macrumors 6502

    Sep 3, 2014
    Set your computer to lock the screen and require a password. Voila: Password protected and access to user-land based services.
  7. Fabian90 macrumors regular

    Feb 19, 2013
    Bonn, Germany
    Same applies to AirVideo HD Server. The power it uses should be the same shouldn't it?
  8. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    Any 'application' iTunes, plex, air video etc will need a user account logged in. The most simple solution is above and the only issue you'll run into is if there is a power cut and it's set to reboot after power failure. You'll need to log in to regain these services. I have everything set on my server to auto start on boot and I've set it to auto log in. My server is locked in a safe so I don't have an issue with that personally.
  9. AppleNewton macrumors 68000


    Apr 3, 2007
    1 Finite Place
    You could always have one account for iTunes and one for the Server account, if its just a simple Home sharing set-up.

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