This is part 3 of the series about the Mac mini server. Do read part 1 about the requirements and the hardware, and part 2 about the repairs and the network setup first. I have more than mp3 files, ripped from CDs I got rid of long ago. I do not want Gb of music on my MacBook all the time note: I will keep some mp3s on the MacBook, but just a few thousand , and I do not want to pay for enough iCloud storage to store them all there too. But playing this music at home and on the road as well if possible — and indeed from multiple devices — is one of the central aims of the server project. So how do you do this? The answer is initially simple, but there were some glitches to get it just right. It all starts with Apple Music on the Mac mini.
Building vs. Buying
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Is the answer in the cloud?
As with any equipment purchase, the logical place to start is with one simple question: what problem do you want the server to solve? Your first choice when it comes to servers is whether or not you actually need one physically in your office. For businesses tight on space, introducing a business server may not be the best idea. However, there are limits to what you can do with a cloud-based server. Cloud servers are ideal for when businesses are first starting out. However, cloud costs grow as a business adds headcount. Monthly costs accumulate as data grows. Eventually, business sense says to bring some server infrastructure in-house. If you decide that you definitely need the server on premises, then you should choose whether to assemble a server in-house or to purchase a pre-built. Building and buying both have their advantages and disadvantages.
Building a Linux home server from the ground up and without any previous experience is not nearly as complicated as it may seem. All you need to do is pick the right hardware, install a suitable operating system, and configure the server based on your needs. You can build a Linux server for your home on a very tight budget, but you can also spend a lot of money on premium server hardware and turn your home into a small datacenter. A server is any computer that processes requests from clients and delivers data to them over the internet or a different network, such as a local area network. Virtually any computer with a network card can act as a server, so you have many options when it comes to choosing hardware for your Linux home server. Unless the hardware is really ancient, you can repurpose it and use it to build a Linux home server. If you would like to avoid assembling a server from individual hardware components, you can purchase a prebuilt server like the Dell PowerEdge T30 , which is perfect for home users and small businesses. Building your own server is just as easy as building a desktop computer.