Currently Being ModeratedNov 14, 2012 9:31 AM (in response to Trix12)
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?
Currently Being ModeratedNov 14, 2012 9:35 AM (in response to JaimeMagiera)
I will need mail but not many accounts, just the normal email@example.com etc.
Only experience I have with DNs is updating the DNs on my domain names.
I also have a time capsule which I use at the moment for wifi and backing up our two MacBooks. So I've vaguely used time machine to set these up
Currently Being ModeratedNov 14, 2012 10:29 AM (in response to Trix12)
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... http://shop.oreilly.com/product/9780596100575.do 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.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 15, 2012 3:35 AM (in response to Trix12)
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.