Trying to set up a home server, what do I need & don't need.

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  1. jdl8422 macrumors 6502

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    I want to create my own home server. My current setup is a 24" imac and an apple airport base station. Since the imac doesnt have any kind of HD upgrades, I have 3 external drives I use. I have one for TimeMachine, one for iTunes and one spare. I want to clean everything up and build my own home server. I have been doing some research and Im not sure what i need and dont need. I was going to pick up a cheap dual 867Mhz G4 off ebay. I wanted to use this as the server. I was going to either fill it with some hard drives, depending on what is the max it supports. If it doesn't support a couple of TBs then I guess I would have to get some kind of external raid case and fill it up and attach it with a eSata cable.

    The main thing I want to do is be able to do is put this G4 in another room and just have my imac by itself and a laptop, both being able to back up to the G4 and access data. I also would like to be able to access one or all of the HDs remotely when im at work or somewhere else. I am just not sure what the minimum I would need to do this, or what the best solution is. Im not looking to spend a fortune doing it. Thanks for all your help, I hope this post makes sense lol.
     
  2. Tilpots macrumors 601

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    You may just want to wait a week or so and see if this rumor is true. Might save you time and money...
     
  3. jdl8422 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    thanks. That sounds like it would be a good idea, but im sure it will be pricey when/if it comes out. I think im going to stick to my original idea, anyone have any suggestions.
     
  4. jaw04005 macrumors 601

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    It's really easy. You'll need a monitor for the initial setup.

    You'll have to check on the maximum capacity of the IDE controller on your G4. I think the QuickSilver G4's only support up to 128GB. Not sure about the "Wind Tunnel." You may need a controller card.

    Use OWC's selection page to decide about your particular model.

    http://eshop.macsales.com/MyOWC/Models.cfm?TI=4506

    G4
    1. Install 10.5 Leopard with all updates.
    2. Connect your USB drives.
    3. Turn on file and screen sharing.

    iMac and MacBook
    1. Mount the now shared drives (or folders) from the G4 (Go -> Network)
    2. Drag the "shares" that pop-up on your desktop into your Accounts -> Log-in so they auto mount.
    3. Tell Time Machine to backup to the appropriate "share" (drive and folder).
     
  5. jdl8422 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    that does seem pretty easy. What about accessing them remotely? how would I go about that. Do I need a VPN? Ive been reading on but not exactly 100% sure what it is
     
  6. jaw04005 macrumors 601

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    How remotely? Like via screen sharing on your local network? Or over the Internet? Screen sharing is built-in to 10.5 Leopard.

    The easiest way to get over the Internet "screen sharing/remote desktop" is using "Back to My Mac" which is part of Apple's MobileMe service. It's VPN-ish.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Back_To_My_Mac

    You can get MobileMe for $69 at Amazon (use our MacRumors affiliate link). Or on eBay for around $55. It's $99 from Apple.
     
  7. mscriv macrumors 601

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    I have literally just completed a project that is almost identical to what you are trying to do. I have set up everything with the exception of the remote internet access because I do not need that. Here's the thread. Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.
     
  8. jdl8422 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I want to be able to at least access one of the HDs remotely. When I say remotely I mean when Im at work or outside of my home network.
     
  9. GordonShumway macrumors newbie

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    I'm not sure if you really need a G4 server, it just consumes a lot of power and takes up lots of space. There are many NAS cases out there (external harddisks that can be plugged in a network router) that have nice server capabilities. Take the ones from Synology for example (http://www.synology.com/enu/products/DS207+/index.php), I'm currently in the same situation like you and decided to get one of these NAS cases. Then you put in some harddisks and plug it into your airport base station. It has builtin webserver, iTunes server etc. and you can configure it so you can access it from work or outside of your home. Do a google search for some reviews, it sounds pretty good to me.
    It's maybe an easier solution than having a G4 server, and it might suit all your needs.
     
  10. mikes63737 macrumors 65816

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    I also think you should look at getting a NAS. It's going to cost you less in the long run (energy usage... and larger drives are guaranteed to work). The one the previous poster posted (for SATA drives) is available from Newegg.

    Since these are external drives, do you mind cracking them open? What capacity are they? And what interface (PATA or SATA)?

    For remote access, that has to be set up through your router. What model router do you have?
     
  11. notjustjay macrumors 603

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    Don't discount the possibility of getting a dirt cheap PC and installing Linux on it. Or even Windows XP for running iTunes and some sort of UPnP/DLNA media server for streaming videos and music to other devices around the house. I bought a used PC for this purpose for $50.
     
  12. jdl8422 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I have two 1TB external drive, both are Western Digital and one is 2 500GB HDs in one enclosure. As far as a router I have an Apple Airport Base Station. I know I can share a hard drive over the network, and I have that setup on my imac, Im just not sure about accessing it remotely off my network.

    I wouldnt mind opening the enclosures, but honestly im a little scared unless I transfer them to another HD. my plan was to just buy some internal ones, transfer my data then maybe sell the external drives.
     
  13. jaw04005 macrumors 601

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    I would still recommend MobileMe. You could remote into your iMac from a MacBook via the Internet, then access your external drives through your iMac.
     
  14. Willis macrumors 68020

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    Hmm..

    is that Synology DS207+ a good product to hook upto an AEBS(G) as a music and file server?

    We have a lot of pictures/music/videos and other documents on our MacPro which need to be shared onto the MBP from time to time but it doesnt make sense to have copys of the files on two computers or keeping the MacPro on 24/7.

    Would be a good alternative
     
  15. satcomer macrumors 603

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    Sounds like you want something like a ReadNAS NV+ that has a built in iTunes server. The only drawback is it is expensive.
     
  16. djbahdow01 macrumors 6502a

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    Its expensive and its going to cost a total of $1300+ to put 4 TB in the thing.

    I'd recommend the Iomega StorCenter x2. Its about half the price of the ReadNAS, already includes 2TB and is really easy to use. It has a print server and a media server which works perfectly with iTunes. I connected it to my AEBS and installed the software to my Mac Pro and set up the drive in less than 5 minutes.

    Can't say anything bad about it, it has been working perfectly since i got it.
     
  17. VoR macrumors 6502a

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    I'd use an x86 machine and freenas (or any number of alternatives)
     
  18. K3mp macrumors 6502

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    I just got my uncle's old PC. It has gigabit ethernet and Ubuntu on it. I just control it using VNC and it works really well.
     
  19. foshizzle macrumors regular

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    for remote access just setup SSH, it is more secure than just opening up a port for AFP on your router, and there are discussions over mobileme's back-to-my-mac as to if it is really secure right now. Plus SSH is free.

    Write back if you need it, i'll write instructions on how to ssh and forward ports so that you can remotely access your files and use screen sharing (assuming you use a mac at work).
     

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