Setting up Mac mini as server

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by AndrewForeva, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. AndrewForeva macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2011
    I'm trying to set up my Mac mini as a server with the And I was wondering if I want to access my server outside of my local network, what options do I have? I know you can either get a domain name or get a static IP, does getting a static IP from ISP cost money?
  2. ugahairydawgs macrumors 68030


    Jun 10, 2010
    You'd need to ask your ISP about that. Some include it depending on your service package, some charge extra.
  3. cgk.emu macrumors 6502

    May 16, 2012
    Static IP's cost money. Look at noip. It works great. I used to use DynDNS before they started charging.

    Also, if you are new to servers and don't know much about security...dont' run your own server. I'm not trying to say you don't know anything, but seriously do yourself a favor and don't. It's not worth it, and you'll end up with more headaches than it's worth. Or just ignore your logs and pretend those Chinese hackers aren't trying to use your machine as a pivot point for attacks in a bot net :)

    To access your machine outside your network, you'll need either a static IP or dynamic DNS, static routes setup to channel traffic to whatever ports you're trying to access to the internal server, plus you'll need to configure the firewall properly. That's just the start.
  4. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
  5. CausticPuppy macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2012
    I want to run the Server just to use the VPN.... which is apparently broken in Mavericks.

    I've looked into 3rd party VPN server software and it's either a monumental task to configure, or costs just as much as OSX Server.

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