Tower server outside network

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by Macman756, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. Macman756 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 24, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    I have a Mac Pro tower I am looking to convert to a server, mostly for media. I plan to run it headless connected directly via ethernet. I can install Snow Leopard Server, but right now it just has SL. I want to access the drive outside of the network, so on vacation or at work. I'd love it to mount on the desktop much like iDisk did. Can this be done? I've heard just use FIle Sharing and connect to the IP. Second, if that works, can I just option-click iTunes when it is attached and read the iTunes folder from the server as if it was a local folder? Thanks!
  2. macbookfan macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2008
    You can use back to my mac a feture of iCloud if you install lion. it will allow you to gain access to the drive over your wan. I would not open the port and allow just anyone to connect via ip thats a big security risk. Also you don't need server version of the OS for this.

    As for iTunes you could hold option and access the iTunes library. however the speed over wan will probably be so slow that it's not worth it.
  3. StevenMeyer macrumors member


    Dec 17, 2011
    New York... Where Else?
    This is what a VPN is for.
  4. jackhdev macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2011
    Bismarck, North Dakota
    Start the VPN service and then mount the share point over AFP.

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