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This week, I take a look at a new edition to the Mac family - The new Mac mini Server with Snow Leopard Server.

Apple surprised everyone with the recent introduction of a refreshed Mac mini, optimised for duties as a full blown server.

With an increase to 500GB disk capacity, the addition of a second 500GB drive and the removal of the superdrive, the Mac mini turns out to be a surprisingly fully featured server platform, intended for small businesses or workgroups.

Along with the hardware changes, Apple also supplies a full copy of the latest version of its flagship server operating system - Snow Leopard Server. Not only that, Snow Leopard Server is supplied with unlimited client licences!

All for just $999 or £799 - altogether an incredible package and amazing value! But is the Mac mini Server for you? Do I need Snow Leopard Server for my home network?

What advantages does Snow Leopard Server bring over the desktop version of Snow Leopard?

In this overview show I reveal all, answering all these questions and more.

As well as providing some background information, I demonstrate a standard installation of SL Server onto the Mac mini, using the very smart built in remote capabilities. Once installed, I explore some of the server tools and features of Snow Leopard Server.

The full 40 minute show covers:

  • The Physical Differences Between The Mac Mini Range
  • Comparative Server Supporting Up To 100 Users
  • Snow Leopard Server For Home Use?
  • Installation Options
  • Installing Server Admin Tools On An Administrative Computer
  • Remote Server Installation Via Server Admin Utility
  • Drive Configuration Considerations
  • Server Utilities Overview
  • Server Admin
  • Server Monitor
  • Server Preferences
  • Web Technologies Quick Peek

Hopefully by the end of the show, you'll have a full appreciation of the capabilities of the new Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server.

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