2 Replies Latest reply: May 5, 2013 9:32 AM by MrHoffman
ecah85 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I want to set up mountain lion server application on my mac osx 10.83 , may i have some suggestion before i set up it to my macBook .

MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3)
  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (91,870 points)

    Make a backup of your Mac before setting up Server app, just in case you want to go back to a previous status when Server wasn't installed. You can make the backup with Time Machine > http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1427


    Apart from that, nothing more. Note that OS X Server is OS X Mountain Lion but with Server app, so you just have to stop services and delete the Server app if you want to go back to Mountain Lion

  • MrHoffman Level 6 Level 6 (13,255 points)

    I'd ask what requirements you're looking to fulfill by using OS X Server on a MacBook system, as that's not a typical hardware configuration for a server.


    OS X Server and most other server operating systems expect static IP addresses and full-time availability, where a MacBook tends to be mobile and to thus have a variety of dynamic DHCP IP addresses and networks, and MacBook systems also tend to be closed and hibernating at random times.


    It's certainly possible to use this hardware as a server (and it can be useful when you're learning how to manage a server and have a "scratch" MacBook available), but the hardware is not necessarily a good fit.


    As you add services, you'll want to have DNS services established and verified, and — on a typical NAT'd local area network with no other LAN-local DNS services — that involves configuring DNS services on OS X Server itself.  DNS is a prerequisite for various other OS X Server services.


    But yes, do have a disk backup, either Time Machine, or as an external disk backup, or however you preserve your data.  Skimming the OS X Server manuals can help save some time figuring out the platform, too.