Results 1 to 11 of 11
  1. #1


    Member Since
    Apr 04, 2012
    Posts
    6
    Mac Mini or iMac as a small business server?
    Hi, hope I have posted this is the right place but starting up a new small office and wanting to switch to Macs. Office will only be maximum around 7 people after a year (and will start with only 3 or 4 people). We will not be strong much data as we 99% use web based applications

    The apple store is recommending we go for a IMAC 21.5/2.5QC/2X2GB/500GB/67 as the Server. I've been wondering about the Mac Mini Server instead. Trying to do something cost effective but don't want to underspeck the hardware and have to double up in the future.

    Appreciate anyones thoughts on the choice

    thanks in advance

    Alan

  2. #2


    Member Since
    Mar 30, 2010
    Posts
    170
    Specs:
    mid 2011 27" imac Core i5 2.7GHz, 8GB, 1TB
    It all depends on what you want the server to perform, if its just for file storage then a NAS appliance would probably be OK(make sure its backed up). Need to know alot more before anyone can answer your question

  3. #3


    Member Since
    Apr 04, 2012
    Posts
    6
    Thanks bazanders
    Quote Originally Posted by bazanders View Post
    It all depends on what you want the server to perform, if its just for file storage then a NAS appliance would probably be OK(make sure its backed up). Need to know alot more before anyone can answer your question
    It would just be network storage of shared documents, spreadsheets etc. Also want to be be able to centrally administer Apple Mail/iCal/Address book/wiki server etc. The Apple store are recommending a Time Capsule as the back up device either way.

    Let me know if I can tell you more.

    Thanks

    Alan

  4. #4

    Stretch's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 13, 2007
    Location
    Central New York
    Posts
    4,773
    Specs:
    15in i7 MacBook Pro, 8GB RAM, 120GB SSD, 500GB HD
    We use a Server Mini where I work. It hosts the Filemaker database and serves it to 10 computers. Haven't had any issues where an iMac would have made a better server.
    Blog and Photo Gallery: http://philolin.me/

    Currently running OS X 10.10

  5. #5


    Member Since
    Mar 30, 2010
    Posts
    170
    Specs:
    mid 2011 27" imac Core i5 2.7GHz, 8GB, 1TB
    For such taks a mac mini server would fit the bill perfect

  6. #6


    Member Since
    Apr 04, 2012
    Posts
    6
    Thanks for all the replies. Do I need a dedicated monitor for the Mac Mini or can I administer it from an iMac?

  7. #7

    Stretch's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 13, 2007
    Location
    Central New York
    Posts
    4,773
    Specs:
    15in i7 MacBook Pro, 8GB RAM, 120GB SSD, 500GB HD
    You can administer from another computer. That's what I do where I work.
    Blog and Photo Gallery: http://philolin.me/

    Currently running OS X 10.10

  8. #8

    Deckyon's Avatar
    Member Since
    Apr 06, 2011
    Location
    Louisville, KY - USA
    Posts
    1,291
    Specs:
    MBP 17" 2011, 2.3GHz Intel Quad-Core i7, 8GB RAM, MacMini 2011, 2.7GHz Intel Dual-Core i7, 8GB RAM
    Quote Originally Posted by HongKongAlan View Post
    Thanks for all the replies. Do I need a dedicated monitor for the Mac Mini or can I administer it from an iMac?
    While you dont need a dedicated monitor after it is set up, keep something on hand just in case you have to get hand's on with it.

    I am using a Mini as a media server for iTunes and it has been great. I have it hooked up to a 27" HDTV but rarely use it there, I access it from my MBP. Now, I am not using Lion Server, but it does not matter for media anyway.
    MBP 17" 2011, 2.3GHz Intel Quad-Core i7, 8GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD 6750M 1GB RAM
    MacMini 2011, 2.7GHz Intel Dual-Core i7, 8GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD 6630M 256MB RAM
    iPhone 5S 64GB, iPad Air 2 128 GB LTE, iPod Nano Gen6 8GB, Apple TV 3 & 2

  9. #9

    rabbitjetta's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 08, 2010
    Location
    Indiana
    Posts
    967
    Specs:
    Main-11" Air, iPhone 6+, iPad Mini 3, Hi-Fi Extras- Too many to count
    I would go with the mac mini server personally due to the cost.

  10. #10


    Member Since
    Jan 22, 2010
    Location
    Victoria, BC
    Posts
    20,911
    Specs:
    Mid-2012 MBP (16GB, 1TB HD), Monoprice 24-inch second monitor, iPhone 5s 32GB, iPad Air 2 64GB
    From what you've written about your needs, even the Mac mini would be overkill.

    I think in your situation I would recommend it. The current Mini is an amazingly powerful machine for the size and cost.

  11. #11


    Member Since
    Apr 04, 2012
    Posts
    6
    Thanks everyone for the feedback
    Feeling much more confident about using the Mac for the new office. Thanks again

    Alan

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 10
    Last Post: 05-09-2012, 05:41 PM
  2. Mac Mini as small business server
    By bbuilder in forum Apple Desktops
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 04-12-2012, 04:28 PM
  3. Windows Small Business Server 2003 and Mac
    By leenancarrow in forum Running Windows (or anything else) on your Mac
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 07-08-2011, 07:03 PM
  4. Small Business, E-Commerce on Snow Leopard Server
    By PhamTh in forum Web Design and Hosting
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 11-30-2009, 03:53 PM
  5. Microsoft Small Business Server 2000
    By chicagodude in forum Running Windows (or anything else) on your Mac
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 08-05-2008, 02:01 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •