Mac Mini :: Mac Mini Server As A Staging Server Running?
Feb 5, 2010
I am a web developer using Mac to develop and Ubuntu Server to deploy. It's a pretty standard setup nowadays.The time came to replace my staging server ( which I keep at my home on a dedicated IP ) and I could not resist the allure of the new Mac Mini Server. So I bought one and tried to do a Ubuntu install and thought I could sell my OSX server license as I have no need of it.I imagine a lot of people not used to Apple's policies might think like this. So how did it go? Bad and then good.As far as I have been able to ascertain, it's impossible to install Ubuntu on a Mac Mini Server ( at least without the additional DVD-ROM drive which I refuse to buy ).What's more, the OSX Server license I bought is not transferable to non-Mac Mini Server computers so I can't really sell it anyway.
I have a Dell Power Edge 1600SC that I run 4 virtual servers on (I have a back up server for my office, a web server, test server, and development server). My host OS is Suse Linux Enterprise 11. I use Xen to run my guest OS's. The Dell machine is old, big, and loud. I am considering replacing my Dell server with a Mac Mini server. SL server would be my host OS and I would use VMware Fusion to run my guest OS's. I would like to hear some feedback about the hardware reliability from those out there that are using a Mac Mini server. My Dell runs 24/7 and the only time I reboot it is when I install updates that require a reboot ( usually 2 - 3 months). Is the Mac Mini server reliable to run 24/7?
Does anyone have the Mac Mini setup as a Server for File Sharing, iCal Sharing, etc. using 10.5 Leopard Server. If so, does it work well or are there issues. Currently, I have a Western Digital My Book hooked up to the Time Capsule to share files, but the lack of setting permissions will not work in the near future.
Is is possible to share files to the desktop of a mini-server running Lion? I've done this for years with other operating systems with no trouble ... and when I drag files to other locations on the mini-server it works fine.
But when I try to drag a file to the desktop of the mini-server, I get asked for a password. I type in the password; it gets accepted. Then I get a dialog: "A newer version of do you want to replace...?" When I click "yes," I get another dialog:
I'm in IT at a shop that is 98% Mac based.Â At this point in time, we would like to use Lion Server to provide Time Machine backups and software updates to our users.Â The environment is as follows:Â We are all using laptops, connecting to our network and the internet using wireless only.Â The mini has an ethernet cable attached and wireless will not be enabled for it.Â All Time Machine backups and software updates will be done wirelessly.Â The backups will be mostly text files, although in some instances there will be large amounts of said files.Â Of course I will limit and exclude certain folders and file types from backup and I would like to have the user do their first backup via firewire/thunderbolt so the largest amount of data will not be pushed over the air.Â I'm currently running tests with a few users doing just Time Machine backups to the Mini and all is going well, but I'm curious as to how many people I will be able to place on one Mini before it becomes too much.Â We have about 70 users now and could be close to 100 by the end of the year.Â We are a company that will continue to grow too.Â Anyone have thoughts or experience with a large user base doing backups to a Mini like this?Â How many users could I fit on each Mini? Would I be better off just going for the Mac Pro?
I have a 2009 Mac Mini Server with iStat Server installed. When I connect to iStat server with the iPhone app, I see no network usage (even though it is being used). iStat Pro widget will show the usage just fine. Any ideas on why its not showing up with iStat Server?
The old Mini worked fine with my Westinghouse 24" LCD monitor (HDMI input -connected to Mini via DVI->HDMI cable).The new Mini Server 2010 has HDMI out, so I used a straight-through HDMI cable. The display looks terrible! All of the fonts appear to have a 'shadow' next to them - almost like an old analog VGA with 'interference'.Thinking it could be the cable, I went back to my old Mini's DVI->HDMI cable (and used the new Mini's HDMI->DVI adapter to connect to it). Same results.The Westinghouse monitor's native resolution is 1920x1200. The Mac says that it's configured for 1920x1200.
I do have a copy of the the Mac Mini SL Client software but I don't have another Mac to create the USB restore disc in order to load the client on the Mini Server via usb drive. I don't intend to use the Server Software and don't want to 'activate' the license so I can resell it instead. Can I just use the Server to create the bootable restore disc without 'activating' the Server License and locking it to my serial number? Or is there another way to create the restore disc if you don't have access to another Mac to run disc utility?
I'm thinking about purchasing a Mac Mini Server instead of an xServe.It will be used to serve client account http://www.apple.com/server/macosx/f...anagement.htmlWe have 3 iMacs and 1 (possibly 2) Macbooks - there will be 6 client accounts. How will the Mini cope if all 4 clients are logged in at the same time?Or should I just purchase an xserve?
First, I'm a n00b Mac user but I'm reasonably tech smart and I want to make the jump to OSX. I need a mac for the wife, who will use it in the living room connected to our TV. She does email, light desktop publishing, and a metric ton of movies and music: the iTunes library alone is 300GB. Plus she watches DVDs on it. I was thinking about buying a refurbed mac mini server (It's at a discounted price) but I don't need Snow Leopard Server. I'll add the external superdrive later.How hard would it be to just install regular Snow Leopard instead of Server?Also, in regular Snow Leopard, how would the HDDs show up in OSX? One big 1TB drive or 2 500gb drives?
One of the drives in our 2009 mac mini server 2009 has died. I have taken apart many minis so have no problem taking it apart to replace, but does anyone know which drive is the primary, "Server HD" drive? Would it be the top drive (first drive you come across during disassembly) or the bottom drive closer to the logic board with the two pads stuck on? Just wondering if anyone knows for sure so I can avoid removing the drive that's still working fine.
Also, to keep the server running in the mean time, I am booting to the second drive which is working fine. Just curious, once the dead primary drive is replaced , can I simply use carbon copy clone to copy back from the 2nd drive, or will I need to install snow leopard server back onto the new drive?
When you get a new OSX machine it asks if you want to transfer everything over from another machine, then you connect the firewire or whichever cable it tells you, and it does the rest.
I am replacing my Mini with a Mini Server (1TB), and on boot it asks if I want to transfer data from another "Server". I was hoping I could transfer from OSX to OSX Server since it's the same OSX just more options are added, I would understand it it didn't go in the other direction.
It gives me a blank window with Transfer Your Server at the top and says to select the volume to transfer from (none listed). It doesn't say how I would connect or select the machine from which to select the volume. Is there any easy way to transfer my programs and files over, or not, between non-server and a server version? I could manually share the HD on the Mini and drag over program and file folders etc. if there is no automatic way.
Tomorrow I will be installing the normal snow leopard in my mac mini server 2010. I want to make raid0 with the 2 500GB hard drives. But I dont know how to do it. I have to make it through the installation, or after it ? And is a raid0 so unstable that I HAVE to buy a back up HD ?
new to this forum, here to seek some help. I would like to run ical server on my mac mini to synchronize my ical from my laptop and i would need to give access to my colleague for her to do some scheduling. Hmm, is it possible to do so on a mac mini? I was managing my ical previously via mobile me but my colleague can only read but not write directly. And i dont wish to accept the invites from her to add to my ical every time. Will running ical server do the job? and even if its on a mac mini?
I'm looking to centralize the media storage in our home and would love some feedback on which Mac Mini would best suit my needs, which are pretty modest. The goal is a machine that will:House all our media (iTunes, movies/tv) for streaming to two MBPs & one ï£¿TV
Be the central location for Time Machine backups on all 3 computers
Run Air Video Server live conversion for streaming media to iPad
Run Plex for viewing media on attached HDTV
Ability to simultaneously stream media to ï£¿TV in one room while live encoding HD source material for playback on iPad
Regardless of which Mini I end up with, my plan is to remove the Superdrive and install two 500GB Momentus XT hybrid hard drives (Raid 0?) with Time Machine backups for all the computers on external FW800 drives that I have. That said, will an early '09 Mini with the 2.0 C2D have enough horsepower, or do I need a current gen model?
I bought my first mac, the Black MacBook, in June. Love it. I'm looking into getting a computer to run as a personal web server. I was looking into buying a mac mini, upgrading a few parts, and installing OS X Server on it. Has anyone tried this? Does the mini have what it takes to run as a small server?
Has anyone out there successfully setup a Mac Mini to be a server machine on a network? We're wanting to setup a Mac build agent for a continuous integration server, and the Mac mini seems like it would be a good, lower-cost option than a Mac Pro or XServe.
However, we are currently fighting with an old Mac Mini (~4 years old) that insists on going to sleep (and disconnecting from the network) after a period of time. I also saw this thread on the Apple support boards that seems to indicate that this might be a common issue with Mac Minis:
If others have been able to use Mac Minis as servers, that would make me feel more confident about just buying a new one and assuming our current problems are due to a hardware problem with that specific machine.
I admin a network of Macs that use a 10.3.9 based OS X Server machine as a backup server. There is an iDisk account the server uses for iDisk backups and once a month I run a manual full back to CD. Tonight, the CD backup failed to run since the boot volume was basically full. Upon further inspection, I learned the boot volume is 6GB on a 20GB drive. So, I'm looking to possibly replace the hard drive. I'm also considering replacing the entire server with more modern hardware but that's another discussion.If I were to replace the 20GB hard drive in the server now with say a 60GB (we're talking PATA/IDE here) what would be the best way of doing it? We're talking about the boot volume now so I would need to move the OS and MBR and everything to the new drive.
Hope this isnt too early as we are just getting info about mac mini server.
i have 3 devices/computers in my place right now that i would like to all run off the same itunes database. I.e. my ATV downstairs would be able to access anything from this database as would my MBP in my bedroom etc. My initial thought was to run a mini as a server where my itunes music/movies are stored and then my 2 computers and ATV can run off this single database via the mini.
But then i saw the mini server come out today and was wondering if this is a better option. now its almost twice as much money so i am not sure,
We just bought a mac mini with 2.5 GHz to act as our media server.Â We wanted to be able to stream, which it handles nicely.Â But now our desktop has fallen to disrepair and I am tempted to take the 2.5 Ghz mac mini as our desktop and buy a cheaper mac mini for our server. Will this work?
Like a naughty child, my Mac Mini server (i7 2Ghz, OS X 10.7.3) won't go to sleep. I use it as a personal computer, not a server, and I like to put it to sleep at night. But about 20 seconds after going to sleep, it wakes up again.Â
I've shut off all the server functions I can think of, and it's still waking up. Is there any way to determine WHAT is waking it up when I put it to sleep?Â
Info: Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.7.3), Mac Mini Server
Just wondering if anyone has experience migrating from a Windows work-group server (<20 users) to a Mac Mini. File sharing is the main use but we also share a high speed internet connection thru a router and have networked printers plus external HDD for backup.