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Considering OS X Server instead of my current hosting plan

258 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Nov 15, 2012 3:35 AM by infinite vortex RSS
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Hey all, I currently have a cloud based server package with lunarpages. The stats are roughly


  • 50 GB of space
  • 1000 GB of bandwidth
  • 1 IP Address
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • Costing roughly : $100 a month


On my hosting package above, i run a Xenforo forum which is fairly busy and popular, and 2 Wordpress sites which get next to no traffic at all. However, my server is constantly crashing and i have to wait for an eternity for the hosts to fix it for me.


Due to all of this, i am thinking about purchasing a Mac Mini with OS X Server installed, and getting a business broadband line installed in my house (i work from home). It appears i can get a business internet connection installed at my house, for somewhere around £50 a month, which i think comes with a dedicated IP address.



I have zero experience with running a server, never tried before, but i'm reasonably comfortable with techinical stuff, do some slight coding here and there and *think* i could piece things together from online guides/forums.


Does everyone think this sounds reasonable? Given that i have zero experience with this, is it a good idea?


I would be reducing my monthly fee slightly, although i would have to buy the Mac Mini, but then i would gain basically a dedicated server, rather than some small cloud server.


We are also a Mac household, flooded with Ipads, Macbooks and iPhones already and it looked like they work together nicely with the server


Thanks for any input

  • JaimeMagiera Level 2 Level 2 (285 points)

    At first glance, it's a solid plan. A few questions though: What is your experiene with DNS? Do you require mail service? What other types of services other than web service might you need? Do you have any experience with TimeMachine?

  • JaimeMagiera Level 2 Level 2 (285 points)

    OK, great. Yeah, I'd say you're in a good position to make the transition. The reason I ask about TimeMachine is because the MacMini server comes with two drives, which is perfect for creating a TimeMachine backup of your server. 


    I will throw one important bit of advice out: Buy this book... One of the biggest gotchas of OS X Server administration, neh, server administration, is understanding and working with DNS. This book is considered the bible of DNS and will really put you in a position to be knowledgable and successful at administration.

  • infinite vortex Level 7 Level 7 (21,400 points)

    Personally I wouldn't commit to such a plan with zero experience in OS X Server. While Apple likes to make it sounds like Server is a no brainer it's far from it. You still have to understand the issues associated with running a server and all of the underlying technologies that support it, affect it and work alongside it. You'd be surprised how much your current host is protecting you from.


    At a minimum I would buy OS X Server from the App Store and give it a run through using another domain or sub-domain and see how you go.


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