Using an Xserve as a regular Mac Pro?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by Sehnsucht, Nov 2, 2008.

  1. Sehnsucht macrumors 65816

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    I mean, the thing is much smaller than the Mac Pro but still packs most of the processing power...and rack-mounting like 10 of them next to a bookcase would look sweet :D Or it could just sit on a desk with a cinema display on top.
     
  2. plumbingandtech macrumors 68000

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    I'm guessing you have not heard an xserve running live and in person.
     
  3. cantthinkofone macrumors 65816

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    Me thinks he hasn't :p

    Sure, 10 of them lol. Go for it.
     
  4. 173080 macrumors 6502

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    I have two Xserves, rack mounted. They're too loud for a workstation.

    I was thinking about bolting an Xserve to the underside of my desk until I actually bought one.
     
  5. juanster macrumors 68020

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    they are loud? really? why? ahhaha i would have never expected that, then again i know absolutely nothing about servers....
     
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  7. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Really, really loud.

    And they're huge. As in almost 4 feet long.

    No way in hell would they just be able to run on your desk with a Cinema Display on top.
     
  8. Jollins macrumors regular

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    It says on the apple page that they're 30" long.

    That said, yeah, it would be pretty awkward to put it on a desk with a display on top.

    I'm just curious though is 10.5 server capable of running all the same apps that regular 10.5 can do, except with more server functionality?
     
  9. xparaparafreakx macrumors 65816

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    It is the same as running a Mac Pro minus the graphic cards. It is noisy when you boot it up but after that it should be okay.

    Runs everything the same. The server apps don't even start til you go into Server Admin and turn on the services you want.
     
  10. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Well I'm an Aussie - Imperial measurements are just gobbledegook to me.

    So that's what? Nearly 3 feet. Meh, not a big difference.
     
  11. Sehnsucht thread starter macrumors 65816

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    LOL well I've been in a roomful of servers, and it was quite the deafening racket...but you're right, I've never heard just one running by itself. Oh well, it was worth a try. :D :apple:
     
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    Just wait until the Xserve nanos come out. They will be 0.5inch thin (1.3cm) made of a solid aluminum unibody and anodized steel frame. Will be the funnest servers ever!!

    They are made smaller by removing all the unnecessary ports and using advanced solid state hard drives. Have a striking glass led-backlit screen and built in isight. Research has shown that most network administrators loved these!

    They are also greener than any other server having no added mercury, lead or arsenic. The future is almost here!! :apple:
     
  13. bmhealy001 macrumors newbie

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    You can definitely hear even a single xserve running quite loudly from across the room. They also are quite large and not the lightest things to be moving around.
     
  14. xparaparafreakx macrumors 65816

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    They are not that heavy. Dell Power 2950 are heavy.
     
  15. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Definitely not smaller. 1U, yes, but the thing is enormous.. like 2 large pizza boxes end to end.
     
  16. maclover001 macrumors 6502a

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    It's graphics card is pretty sub-par. Only 64mb of RAM.

    I'd just put a MP on it's side.
     
  17. cantthinkofone macrumors 65816

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    Get a mac pro man. Probably cheaper, and MUCH quieter.
     
  18. Sehnsucht thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Ouch! Bitterness :D

    Lucky me...I just got to use an IBM IntelliStation today...the damn thing sounded like 50 Shop Vacs going all at once. :D
     
  19. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Happens when you bite into an Apple before it is ripe. ;)
     
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    XServe as desktop

    Actually, I have one of the dual quad XServes that I use as my regular desktop. One caveat, however - the previous posters are correct. It is a server-class machine, and meant for a data center. It's loud and has an awkward shape for a desk. I have mine in another room in a rack and run the video, USB, and FW cable to my office. It's perfectly quiet that way.

    You'll need to use FW for audio, since it (unsurprisingly) doesn't have any onboard audio.

    One other thing I discovered the hard way is that you'll have to provide your own solution to powering a card that requires offboard power; I managed to get the 8800 working in mine.

    Outside of that, it's a great machine, but I wouldn't recommend it for just anyone because of some of idiosyncrasies of running a server as your desktop.
     
  22. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Man, that's be one hell of a carrying case.
     
  23. corbywan macrumors regular

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    You could pull a RAID around behind you on a little red wagon.
     
  24. TheReef macrumors 68000

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    You could put it in the floor or buy a soundproof box for it:p
    It's a cool thought to have one, but not so much in practice.
     

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