Tips for turning a G5 into a network file server?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by videoed, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. videoed macrumors regular

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    Mar 1, 2009
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    Hi,

    Just wondering if anyone has some tips for turning a G5 into a network file server to be shared amongst 5 video editing stations

    Thanks,

    ed
     
  2. PaulD-UK macrumors member

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    Oct 23, 2009
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    Hi
    Is the G5 PCI-X or PCI-e?
    Small Tree are the specialists in ethernet networking for video editing:
    http://www.small-tree.com/Articles.asp?id=160

    Basically they sell software to optimise a network utilising an Intel 4-port 1GB ethernet card in the server Mac (which they say should be a Mac Pro), with 4 channel link-aggregation to a managed Gig switch, and thence, using jumbo frames, to the various edit-station Macs.

    Hardware-wise the 4-port card they supplied seems to be a standard Intel card:
    http://www.intel.com/products/server/adapters/pro1000gt-quadport/pro1000gt-quadport-overview.htm

    I've got one in my G5, and OS X recognises it OK. But that's as far as I've got - mainly because of the cost of an IEEE 802.3ad managed switch.

    So I don't know whether the Small Tree software is essential, or if a DIY setup would be functional...
     

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