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Old Feb 2nd, 2005, 10:58 AM   #1
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Mac Mini as a Web Server

I was reading another thread and I got a cool idea ... would a Mac Mini work as a web server?

I currently host about 25 sites on a B/W G4/500 with Panther Server 10.3.x. The web files themselves are less than 5GB for the lot and my current rig has 768MB RAM although it never usually exceeds 256MB of usage. This server is never maxed beyond it's capabilities so would the smaller, obviously less space consuming, mini suit my needs? Besides the limitations of disk space (firewire expandability can cure that) is there any other drawbacks.

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I would assume it woulod be fine, but these minis are untested so I wouldn't switch everything over to them right away without some testing. Maybe put just a few sites on it to start and see how it goes.

As far as specs go, it should be fine especially with external drives as storage.
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My only concern would be in the heat area. I don't think Apple planned for these to be up and running 24/7. If the hosted sites are getting mostly daytime use and get a break at night, everything should get a chance to cool down. If they are being accessed constantly, you might want to look into heat issues. 25 sites shouldn't pose a problem (unless of coarse you are hosting CNN and the likes ).
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I think that that Mac mini as a server is a terrible idea.
I don't know how mission critical the sites that you host are but at a minimum, a good web host has some redundancy build into his web servers.
I'm talking Raid1 or better, more than one ethernet port/card, redundant power supplies and some kind of backup system...
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Obviously, these guys would have some sort of backup system in place. I noticed them in the thread re Superbowl/Pepsi/iTunes. They are hosting the commercial on their site at this time...

www.macminiservers.com

Interestingly, you can send them your pre-configured Mac Mini and they will connect it up on their system (saving you the leasing cost).

It would be interesting to see how they work in this environment.
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