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Apple clarifies future of macOS Server: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208312Comments 04/03/18 Resources 09/17/17 | Results 01/20/18 | Reviews 10/09/17 | Tutorials 12/11/17
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Since Apple stopped selling the Xserve on January 31, 2011, Server rooms are faced with a devil's bargain: the powerful Mac Pro server has great performance and the Mac mini has great economy and both make nice servers with Apple's $20 OS X Server app . But neither was designed as a rack-mountable modular system with the redundancy of available parts kits.
A possible solution is the R.A.I.S. suggested on AFP548.com
Now if Primary Mac has blown a logic board, power supply, or drive you simply disconnect the TDM cable and start up the Secondary Mac without Target Disc Mode.
Voila! Redundancy! Costs less than an Xserve spare parts kit, too!
This web page provides some resources for getting your RAIS together.
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Some tutorial instructions to help you get going.
Warning: No warrantee of the RAIS concept or its fitness for use is express or implied. Apple, Mac mini, and Mac OS X Server are trademarks of Apple, Inc. All other 3rd party hardware and software are trademarks of their respective owners.
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