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A Few Tips For A Better Mac Mini Server

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Usually our Server Video Series has a video involved, but there are a few tips that I thought were useful enough to throw out there.

  • Over on FreeMacWare today, I wrote about a program called Lithium. It’s an incredibly app that I saw at Macworld. It monitors remote computers and servers so you can keep tab on them. If you are running a Mac mini as a server, this will be a good way to monitor it. And lucky for us, they offer a free “Lite Version” that will only limit the amount of machines you can monitor.
  • The most requested video tutorial is how to set up a mail server on your Mac mini. We’ve been working on it, but it’s much more in depth than you’d think. But, we don’t blame you for hesitating to spend the $500 on Mac OS X Server just to get a mail server. Over on, I’ve posted about an app called Postfix Enabler. It’s a very well done app that will set up a very capable mail server in about 60 seconds and it’s under $10. That is a very good way to go.
  • My company just finished the week at Macworld. We had a booth there and were able to meet a ton of great people. (including some of you) As part of our Macworld week, we offered Macworld attendees a discounted price to get their Mac mini in our data center. We took our most popular package, waived the sign-up fee and discounted it by $10 per month. I thought I’d extend that same offer to the FreeMacBlog readers. If you were waiting for the right time to get your Mac mini into the data center, now would be a good time. You can take advantage of that discount here. It should be good for another week or so.
  • Alright, that’s what I have for you right now. There will be more videos coming soon. Be sure to subscribe to our RSS feed so you’ll be notified when then come.

3 Responses to “A Few Tips For A Better Mac Mini Server”

  1. Kirk Says:

    I found mail pretty simple to setup in OSX server (10.4.8) and I was a total OSX server novice when I was doing it. There are plenty of guys who really know their stuff in the Apple support forums who will help if you get stuck.

    So while I applaud you offering alternatives, I also think it’s something that you should steer novices away from without trying.

  2. Kirk Says:

    Ah yes, the frustration of not being able to edit posts here.

    Mine should read, ‘… I also think it’s something you should not steer novices away from without trying.’

  3. Richard Says:

    If you need to find out how to setup a mailserver just head over to my blog (, it has full documentation on how to setup a mailserver including spamfilter on a Mac mini !

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