I'm thinking about setting a small network and having a Mac Mini as the server. I'll need to make it accessible remotely, used to share files locally and remotely. There's need to backup everything up constantly.
This is the current setup i'm thinking about:
- MAC OSX SERVER
- Firewire Enclosure with enough storage capacity
- Netgear router with portfoward (we currently have one, it's very basic any sugestion would be good, maybe something faster)
- My background is Win / Ubuntu Linux
- Started using Mac a few weeks ago
- I'll have to stick with a Mac, because there's a software for project management that requires Win or Mac Osx, and Mac Mini is the cheapest
- I found about thunderbold but it's very expensive and even though is fast, I suppose the router is not fast enough, so I'll stick with Firewire.
- For first run I'll have a Monitor and Mouse connected to the Mac Mini, after I'm thinking about administrating it trough Apple Remote Desktop or SSH
- The backups will be sent to a NAS in LAN or other device
I'm finding difficult to find a cheap solution for storage. The firewire enclosures I'm finding are limited (500G or 750G) and then there's 2/4 bay enclosures that costs around 300 GBP / USD.
My question: I'm wondering what's the best way of doing this ? Is there any good tips or sugestions I could follow for setting everything up properly ?
*We are a small team and the "File server" is used to keep our projects. I'll also use it as a staging server (install MAMP) and GIT. We'll also have a project management server running in the machine called Filemaker (Streamtime).
Thanks a lot for looking, any tips are appreciated!