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Apple Desktops Discussion of Apple's desktop machines including Mac Pro, iMac, Power Mac, and mini

mini - mini with 10.5 Server

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In our office, we have about 10 people with Macs. They range from old iMacs to new iMacs, Mac Pros, and even some G4's.

I'm trying to figure out a plan for a network and we have a Mac Mini that we're not really using. I'd like to install Leopard Server on the Mac Mini, and then attach something like Drobo as a central storage unit. Everyone would access that drive and work with files from that drive.

Is this an efficient? or should I plan a little more?

Also, 3 of the stations (new iMac and two mac Pros) do a lot of graphics and video intense work. Right now, we have a 1TB drive connected to each Mac Pro. So if I'm on my computer and I need to work on a file on my co-workers computer, I have to connect to his computer, navigate to his external drive and then to the file. That's why i'm thinking the Central Storage device would work best.
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That should work fine as a central drive. You can have up to 10 people connected via AFP to a Mac running leopard so you should be good on that front. - Your Mac mini in a data center. The perfect low cost server.
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