Virtualising Leopard server

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by jgbr, Dec 3, 2009.

  1. jgbr macrumors 6502a

    Sep 14, 2007
    As i am not going to be getting a mac mini server yet, i was wondering how safe it is to run a lightly loaded server virtualised on my mac pro?

    In addition, the implications for security, trying to run it separately and so on?
  2. RandomKamikaze macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2009
    Depends on the spec of your Mac Pro. If you have got enough resources to run a decent virtual server and run the apps on the physical box go for it.

    As for security, obviously the virtual machines is just a number of files, so someone could take those if they could get access to your physical computer. Otherwise it will just be like running any other computer on your home network.
  3. jgbr thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 14, 2007
    its a 2009 octo core 2.9, only 6gb of ram, so presumably 50/50 split in resources?

    i could dedicate the other ethernet to the server. its only simple home server stuff.
  4. Transporteur macrumors 68030

    Nov 30, 2008
    50/50 is not possible with todays consumer virtualisation software on the current MacPro, even if, it would be absolutely overkill for 'simple home server stuff'.

    I have Snow Leopard Server running on my MacPro with the most common services, like Address Book, AFP, Mail, MySQL, SMB, Software Update, VPN and an Oracle Server.
    It works like a charm even if the virtual machine itself has just 2 CPUs and 2GB of RAM.

    The maximum amount of CPUs you can allocate to a single VM is 4, everything beyond that (6 and 8) is still experimental in VMWare 3.0.
    But as I said, even 4 CPU cores are absolutely overkill for home services. I never saw the 2 cores I allocated to the Server rising higher than 20%.

    So I recommend you try it with the smallest settings you can get and see how it's working. You can always raise them without needing to reinstall the VM.

    Nevertheless my Server licence is running out this month, so it's time to get the Mac Mini Server, which should work better for me, anyway.
    Running the Pro 24/7 is a little expensive. ;)
  5. jgbr thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 14, 2007
    Thanks for the advice.

    I am actually using leopard server for now, so no point giving it more then 4GB of ram etc.

    My Mac pro is on pretty much all the time anyway bar when i go bed, so not much difference!

    Queston remains tho, is it better to get as mac mini server or virtualise. I dont want to fork out 700 quid when i get the same power by using VM.

    Its on a mac pro, so has its own dedicated ethernet, ports etc etc. So what do people think are the pros and cons?

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