Installing New Snow Leopard Server

During a super busy week this week the main server on the internal network died. This was bad, really bad. As the Open Directory Master, this machine was responsible for everyone being able to enjoy a smooth workflow. Promoting another server to OD Master just wasn’t an option as there were other critical services running on the now deceased machine. No, for this catastrophe we had to invest in something that we could expect to be more reliable under the constant strain.

Pre-Installation
Pre-Installation
Surprisingly, the New Mac Mini Server from Apple couldn’t have been released at a better time. With a little under 12 hours until the next day of business, we would have to acquire a server, setup and restore the system data from our latest backup. Based on those requirements, I knew that only one box could rise to the occasion.

So, after receiving purchase approval, I made my way to the nearest Apple Store to snag one of those precious jewels. I knew things would work out too when I made it to Santa Monica and lucked up on a parking space about 40 feet from the Apple Store entrance.

Once in the store, I didn’t waste anytime. I needed to get my server and split. Of course I ended up browsing and didn’t leave until about 20 minutes later. But, I had our new server in hand ready to be welcomed into the fold.

Once I made it back to the office around 9pm, I had to prepare the rack for a new family member. Finally, we could have all of our servers consolidated in 1 area instead of scattered around thanks to the form factor of the Mac Mini. It really takes up very minimal real estate and makes me wonder if I’ll ever deploy Xserve now that the Mini is a viable option. The cost-to-value ratio here is excellent. I mean you get a terabyte server with 4GB of RAM and an unlimited client license to Snow Leopard Server for around $1200 (including Apple Care). To do the same with a new Xserve could easily set you back $3000+. It might not work for a video shop but at these prices it’s a no brainer for powering an expanding network.

Anyways, it’s now time to put this puppy into action. So I roll up my sleeves and get to crackin’.

The Arrival
The Arrival

The box that it comes in adds an additional 1/3 to the dimensions. So you know the footprint on this bad boy is going to be small.

Installation Preparation
Installation Preparation

After inspecting the package contents, it was time to get to work. About 9 hours later, the new machine was installed into its new home ready to provide core and directory services to the team with overall workflow only slightly bruised…:D

Home, Sweet Home!
Home, Sweet Home!

2 comments

  1. i have a mac pro tower but my buddy is purchasing the mac mini tomm. hopefully he can have it set up as quickly as you installed yours. have you installed drupal as of yet? if so let me know im having problems installing mine. thanks,
    and keep it up.

  2. those new minis do look sweet. drupal 6.10 is the last version i installed and that was fairly straightforward for me. will eventually get around to 7…:P

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