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16 October, 2010

my first in-house server (Mac mini Server)

It took me quite a few years to catch up with Don. Don has had in house servers for years, and as a matter of fact, Don has more than one server at home. I finally catch up with him, getting my first server at home.

Mac mini Server 1TB

I received the package on Thursday. It's a Mac mini Server (officially name: Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server), the cheapest server available.

(as usual, more photos follow...)

To make it clear to Don, the Mac mini Server is not just the cheapest, it does not use the latest cutting (or even bleeding) technology like Don enjoys. The compact design and energy saving feature win over the processor type. So I ordered it.

Mac mini Server box

And the specs:
2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Nvidia GeForce 320M, Bluetooth 2.1, AirPort Extreme (802.11n).
Mac mini Server specs

Mac mini Server contents:
Mac mini Server contents

Finally, I have a copy of Mac OS X Server!
Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server 10.6

Mac miniIn case Don is interested, this Mac mini Server is one of those pricing mistake models Apple honoured. Even after the shipping cost, the cost of this Mac mini Server (with 8GB RAM) is still cheaper than getting a base model of Mac mini (non-server) here (with only 2.4GHz, 2GB RAM, 320GB HDD).
Also, I don't have as many in-house servers as Don has.

(to Don: Antony is poor.)

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Posted by Antony on 16 October 2010 10:33 PM | Mac hardware, all things Mac
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Let's do a quick comparison.
It sounds like you're planning on using this machine as a file server. My file server is a 700MHz P3 laptop (much slower than 2.66GHz) with 180MB of memory (much less than 8GB) and a 60GB hard drive (much less than 1TB). Not only is yours the clear winner, mine is almost eleven years old. That's not even mentioning your in-house server is much faster and has more memory and disk space than my primary computer.
As for why I have other in-house servers? Well, I just can't afford to pay monthly for a dedicated server, which you apparently have no problem doing. Hence I need to run my own Web server (to Antony: 12 year old trash hardware!) and mail server (to Antony: 14 year old trash hardware!).
Posted by Don_HH2K on 17 October 2010 8:59 AM.
Yes, for file server, and I will also put a few things such as Calender server and others but not mail. (Read: I do not plan on getting more in-house servers, ONLY ONE. Hence, Antony is poor.) I don't think it is powerful enough to handle all emails.
You have multiple servers (3 at least), I am only getting my very first one for in-house usage. You have more, I have JUST one, the comparison can't be any simpler.
Posted by Antony on 17 October 2010 11:05 AM.
compare the monetary value of Don's vs Ant's servers....interested to hear the results!
Sam
Posted by Sam on 17 October 2010 6:31 PM.
You don't think your server is powerful enough for e-mail? My e-mail server is a Pentium 1.
I think Sam has a good idea. My file server was FREE, my Web server was FREE, and my mail server was FREE. Over the years I might have spent $150 total on parts for all three. I'm sure that's less than your expensive Mac mini server cost.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 18 October 2010 8:36 AM.
My internet connection is not stable to handle all the emails, ALSO since I am not a professional like you, I don't want to risk hosting emails myself in-house.
Why bother converting? Just comparing the total numbers will do. 3 in-house servers VS only 1 in-house server, simple and easy.
The Mac mini Server is not that expensive. In case you missed out, it costs less than the base model of Mac mini (non-server, with only 2.4GHz, 2GB RAM, 320GB HDD). Like Mandrake said, it is a bargain.
Posted by Antony on 18 October 2010 8:47 AM.
If you're implying that my connection is stable, you are obviously mistaken, given how much I drop offline during our chats when I'm back home. Unfortunately, I have to take that risk since, unlike you, I can't afford dedicated server hosting.
Why bother converting? Because the simple number has no meaning. Three horrendously ancient and underpowered in-house servers are easily beat out by your one Mac mini.
You still haven't mentioned how much your Mac mini actually cost you, and given how little I've spent on my servers in the past, I'm almost certain I can't call it a "bargain".
Posted by Don_HH2K on 22 October 2010 2:18 AM.
Do we really have to convert everything into money for comparison? It costs less than the base model of Mac mini. Anyhow, it was 800-something USD including all taxes and delivery fees. Hence a bargain.
Posted by Antony on 23 October 2010 12:23 AM.
Not really a bargain; you could have bought a similar machine for half that.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 24 October 2010 4:40 AM.
It is a good bargain, you can't get that Mac mini (new) in that specification anywhere near that price.
Posted by Antony on 26 October 2010 5:03 PM.
A Mac mini isn't the only similar machine.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 29 October 2010 2:34 AM.
I was saying you can't get a Mac mini with the same or similar specifications for that good bargain.
Posted by Antony on 29 October 2010 7:37 AM.
The issue here is that you are only considering "Mac mini" instead of similar comparable models.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 31 October 2010 3:22 AM.
The fact remains: Mac mini is the cheapest Mac server.
Antony can not afford using an iMac, a Mac Pro, or a Xserve to run a server
Posted by Antony on 31 October 2010 11:18 AM.
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