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Zee08 Calculating status...
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May 20, 2011 1:35 PM

I have an old Blue & White that I have upgraded to a G4 processor.

I would like to put it on my home network as a headless server for storing files and to use as a fax server.  My network is composed of cat 5E & 6 cabling with two time capsules (two houses connected with Cat 6, in-house is all Cat 5E), a D-Link Gigabit router with the wireless turned off, an Intel Mini configured with 10,6 server (soon to be changed to 10.6 non server), two Intel based 17" MacBook Pros, a 15" G4 PowerBook, and a couple of Windoze laptops.


I am looking for information about the headless setup and the fax server.


I hope this is the right place to post this message, as I couldn't find a community that dealt with antiques like my B & W.


This is an upcoming project and I am trying to get all the information I can before I start. Any help will be greatly appreciated --- Zee

Blue and White with G4 processor, Mac OS X (10.4.7), ...
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,670 points)
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    May 20, 2011 3:51 PM (in response to Zee08)

    Hi, not sure what you want a FAX Server to do exactly, but you can set the Mac up as a headless computer & easily control it by enabling Apple Remote Desktop, Remote Login, Remote Apple Eents, Personal File Sharing, & Windows Sharing in the Sharing Pref Pane.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,670 points)
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    Jul 7, 2012 5:52 PM (in response to Zee08)

    Sorry to hear about your troubles.


    Open System Preferences>Sharing, enable all of those & Personal Web Sharing to advertize services.


    ARD & Remote Login do the same thing, you can only use one.


    Post back if you need more specifics or have problems.

  • Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,845 points)
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    Jul 8, 2012 6:57 AM (in response to Zee08)

    I am retired now but I have managed Mac web servers for about 15 years.


    I have never bothered about headless - I like playing with the real thing!


    I still have a Quid Pro Quo web server running on a 233 MHz G3 with OS 9.2.2 at


    As you may have discovered there is nothing that OS X Server does which you cannot do yourself with a standard OS X although it can be more tedious to set up.


    When I used to play with web servers on a standard OS X my preference was not to use the Web Sharing provided by Apple but to install the latest Apache and edit the config files with a text editor.


    I do server administration at the server and editing on a G4 via file sharing. All pages are hand crafted HTML. I can do bulk edits across several sites and thousands of pages in seconds with BBEdit Lite.

  • Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,845 points)
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    Jul 10, 2012 2:58 AM (in response to Zee08)

    You are trying to cope with too many things at once. Start with your fax requirement.


    Fax is a very old raster scan technology designed to be transmitted as tones over a voice telephone line it does not work over DSL or ADSL.


    You can either use a voice telephone line with an old modem or fax/printer with a shared Mac or send your message over DSL for a service elsewhere to convert to a fax and send it for you.


    I suspect incoming faxes can only be printed or displayed as an image with suitable software.


    Do you want to use a telephone voice line?


    Do you need an incoming fax facility?


    Do you have a printer with a fax facility.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,670 points)
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    Jul 10, 2012 9:21 PM (in response to Zee08)

    Well Zee,


    I think you can acomplish all this with Screen Sharing, Fille Sharing, & possibly adjusting Permissions, & maybe a way to fool the G3 into thinking a Monitor IS attached, but let's try Screen Sharing first.

  • Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,845 points)
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    Jul 11, 2012 4:51 AM (in response to Zee08)

    I see you prefer large font sizes!


    I have no experience of fax or printer sharing but it looks simple:



    You may find the following helpful:



    I would set up the fax Mac with an auto-boot unprotected non-admin account so that other family members can use it for fax etc.


    Do it the easy way - initially use an old keyboard and a small flat monitor - I leave mine attached to my server.


    I think you will have to try it to resolve some details - it should not take long to set up.


    Fax auto-detect may be a problem - some let it ring 6 times before the fax kicks in - some purchase a fax auto-detect hardware device.


  • Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,845 points)
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    Jul 13, 2012 4:02 AM (in response to Zee08)

    The link was working at the time I posted it but since then many Apple documents have disappeared.


    Here is a related link about a problem but it does indicate how easy it should be to set up print and fax sharing:



    I am not sure how you are posting with a larger than normal font size but rather than enforce your font size on others perhaps you could change your minimum font size in Safari/Preferences/Advanced to a satisfactory size for you. Hopefully this setting alone will not affect others.


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