1. HankAZ's Avatar
    I am strongly considering loading OS X Server on my Mac Mini to allow me to take advantage of some of the server function (file sharing and possibly a mail server). Since its not tied to a specific version of OS X (it's "OS X Server" not "Mavericks Server"), does that mean that it will be updated once Yosemite is rolled out? I dont mind paying $20 for the features, but what I am trying to avoid is paying $20 now for a Mavericks version and then get hit again for another $20 when Yosemite is launched.

    Does anyone know how this works?
    08-07-2014 05:28 PM
  2. anony_mouse's Avatar
    It's easier and cheaper to just install a Linux distribution. Choose any of the major ones and you can be sure it will be updated.
    08-07-2014 05:59 PM
  3. HankAZ's Avatar
    It's easier and cheaper to just install a Linux distribution. Choose any of the major ones and you can be sure it will be updated.
    Thanks, that was helpful. #not
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    08-07-2014 06:23 PM
  4. anony_mouse's Avatar
    Thanks, that was helpful. #not
    No problem! How are you getting on with Linux?
    08-21-2014 03:37 AM
  5. David Hroncheck's Avatar
    I've run OS X Server on my MacMini for the past 2,5yrs and with each major OS X version release, OS X Server's app won't open after the OS upgrade. I've had to purchase a new Server.app from the MAS every year. I'm on Yosemite and it requires OS X Server 4,0, currently available only as a developer preview. Everything's working well.

    If you just want file sharing, just enable it in System Preferences>Sharing>File Sharing or Remote Login, for better security. I use the latter with two Panic, Inc. iOS products: Transmit and Prompt 2. Running your own mail server is a PITA, however, no matter what admin tools you hire.
    10-15-2014 06:02 AM
  6. imort's Avatar
    I am strongly considering loading OS X Server on my Mac Mini to allow me to take advantage of some of the server function (file sharing and possibly a mail server).
    Does anyone know how this works?
    So far I know Apple was going out of the server market and you probably will want to use one of the Linux distributions available.
    Pick any you have experience with or pick Ubuntu if you don't. It's my personal optinion of course.

    You can find much of the manuals about installing Samba file sharing server or mail server software on your Linux server - take a look here for example.

    You also can find more specialised distributions like FreeNAS which have Apple shares server included out of box.

    I hope that will help.
    06-15-2016 12:07 PM

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