Very Basic Question About Lion Server

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by boodyup, Aug 11, 2011.

  1. boodyup macrumors member

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    This is probably a stupid question but...

    If I install Lion Server, will it take away certain capabilities/Libraries from my iMac that I would've had if I just kept Lion? So, for instance, do applications like photoshop or Games take a hit performance-wise because Lion server isn't optimized for handling graphics-intensive applications? Please take Ram out of the equation as I will spring for extra (I should have 8GB by the end of the month).

    For some reason I thought I was told that this happens with Windows Installations (Home vs. Professional). I don't want to sacrifice functionality, but rather build upon it.


    TIA
     
  2. Abacab macrumors member

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    Lion Server

    The question should be is 'Why do you want to install?'
    You will loose I-tunes and maybe Iphoto.
    Why not pick up a used Mac mini if you want to experiment?
    FS
     
  3. illitrate23 macrumors 6502a

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    you won't loose iPhoto or iTunes or anything like that.
    the Server components are just bolt-ons that run in the background. i installed it on my mac mini and i still have all the usual, non-server software installed and running alongside it.

    you might see a small performance hit, but i'd think that'd only impact things like games
     
  4. Mattie Num Nums macrumors 68030

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    If you are running iPhoto on a Server, you don't need Server. If you want to "play around" with server the best thing to do would be to put it in a VM or a second machine.
     
  5. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

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    That all depends.
    If you want a home server, a Mac mini running Lion server which also does DNS/DHCP, FileSharing, etc. is fine also running iLife.
    iPhoto sharing and iTunes sharing on one Mac mini server is fun!
     
  6. DustinT macrumors 68000

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    This is completely wrong. You do not loose iTunes or iPhoto. I run Lion Server and it performs just as my regular Lion installs.

    And, there's plenty of reason to want to do this. A good one is its the cheapest way to admin another Lion Server. As was mentioned, its a great way to turn a system into a home server.

    To the OP, you have nothing to worry about. Go ahead if you want to.
     
  7. Izlib macrumors member

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    I use iPhoto and iTunes on the same mac mini that I have running my open directory, VPN and private mail server using Lion server.

    No big deal.
     
  8. Les Kern macrumors 68040

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    Standalone 10.X install disks actually install iChat and iTunes etc. I never really knew why. But anyway, if you have a lot of other people accessing it you might see a performance hit, but I'll bet not.
     

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