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  • Warren Beard

    March 2, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Hi All

    Does anybody have any solutions to network out 2 macs in the office and then also have access to it from home. I am wanting to work on files from home but update live so I don’t have to update everything every morning when I get in to the office?

    Apple store have said the Mac Mini Server is the best option and they won’t give me any other options so thought I would try here.



  • Simon Strom

    March 2, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Hi Wareren,

    It might not be super smooth as a dedicated server would be, but since you only have a few computers you need to keep in sync it shouldn’t be a problem to use DropBox. You get 2GB of free space on the Amazon A2 servers. You can either have a folder on any machine you want that will sync, and/or you can just access the files via a web browser. I just have a folder on my work machine that syncs with my DropBox account. That way if I’m at home sick I can still access all the files I worked on during the week if I forgot to back them all up to our work server.

    Also you could just find a really cheap Mac on eBay and then buy the server software from Apple. I don’t think it’s much more expensive than the regular OS and it doesn’t really have to run on an expensive Apple rack mount XServe hardware anyway.

    Another idea is to take an older PC if you have one lying around and put Ubuntu Server on it. The software is free. The only problem might be is that the set up to get it to work with the Macs you have could be a little more involved. But it’s probably the cheapest option past using DropBox.

    Might be other suggestions too if anyone else wants to chime in. Let us know how ig goes.

  • Simon Strom

    March 2, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Ok, for some reason in my head I though the OS X server software was cheaper. I couldn’t check the Apple web site before as it was down for the iPad 2 update.

    Anyway, if DropBox isn’t what you want. Here’s a guide to setting up Ubuntu server to play nice with Macs. … ne-volume/

  • Scott.Evans

    March 3, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Mobile Me / I Disk

    20 Gig storage

    £60 a year

    for a extra £59 a year you can get 60Gig.

  • Robert Walker

    March 5, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    get yourself a NAS server, … html?q=nas

    i use this, just connected to my router and i can access it from anywhere

  • LeeMacLaughlan

    March 5, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    I have been using Live Drive for about 6 months with no issues. Their basic package is just under £4 and lets you store unlimited data with no real boundaries.

    For £10 you can have it appear on your computer as a drive. L:

    Big bonus is there is a 14 day free trial. So you can check to see if it is what you want.

  • Warren Beard

    March 5, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Thanks for the feedback guys, I don’t really want to have my files on an online storage, Roberts NAS Server network drive looks like a great possibility so thanks for the link.



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