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Topic # 81046 7-Apr-2011 09:32
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Have a client network that has around 5 macs with only about 3 ever in use at any one time we are replacing their aging G5 mac pro with a new intel mac pro.  They currently only use the existing machine as a glorified file server.  So getting to the point when does one need to buy Mac OS X Server license vs just using regular mac OS x to share files?

We tried to use both a Linux box with nfs, samba, apple file sharing instead but unfortunately the mac client desktop's have files open in Adobe Creative Suite and often rename a folder or even the open file without closing the open files and this causes problems when using a Linux or Windows server (it seems I can get the linux box to work okay with renaming open files/folders in Photoshop but not in-design or illustrator).

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  Reply # 456258 7-Apr-2011 10:01
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jeez if they're just using the Mac Pro to share files then they're paying about $3500 too much!

Give them a standalone NAS or something, a 20th of the price and does the job it's designed to do.

Realistically OS X Server is only useful to administer multiple Macs and other devices, in the same way Active Directory is used to administer the same. For a handful of computers it's fairly redundant and there's a bunch of features that would go unused.

Then again, if you do want to go that route just get a Mac mini Server and whack some external storage on it.

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  Reply # 456279 7-Apr-2011 10:37
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rphenix: When does one need to buy Mac OS X Server license vs just using regular mac OS x to share files?

One Doesn't

You buy Server when you want to have the users share centralised and adminstered network services,

If you just want to share disks, as the above poster mentioned buy an LAN based NAS.

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