setting up a mac mini for server, few questions

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by omni, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. omni macrumors 6502

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    So until now I've had a 27" imac with a Drobo attached running everything. This has been the 'brain' center to serve up 3 appletv's, 2 iphones and 1 ipad. It's also where I store all my photos for iphoto, etc.

    Wanna purchase a mac mini to run headless as a media center for the appletv's.

    My questions come into play when it comes to itunes itself. So if have all the 3 appletv's (gen 1's) point to the mac mini...that means it needs to run itunes itself and have a library pointing to all the media.

    For the 27"...i'm going to need itunes pointing everything back to the mac mini right? So anytime i add music i'm gonna have to update both library's?

    So far all the iOS devices are synced up with the 27" imac...so I just maintain course with that?

    Was hoping the mac mini would simplify life but all of a sudden I'm thinking it slightly more.
     
  2. alFR macrumors 68020

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    Yeah,you'd need to keep both the Mini and the iMac up to date if you wanted your media on both. Couple of possible solutions for that:

    • Chronosync - could sync your photo and iTunes libraries between the 2 machines
    • iCloud (when it appears) - should sync your photos (photostream) and iTunes purchases between the 2 machines. You'd still eed to manually update movies you rip yourself, but that's probably a major issue - itunes Match should sort out your CD rips (assuming your country has it!).

    You could pair the iOS devices to either machine - if you had home sharing turned on on both machines they could see both the iMac and mini libraries.
     

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