Mac into a NEW Server!

howdy there folks I’m Quinn of snazzy

labs as technology increases at an

incredible rate

our once shiny Macs become a little

dusty we either you know put them on a

shelf and never touch them again or we

sell them for scraps on Craigslist or

Ebay but there’s actually a better use

you can make out of an old Mac and I’m

going to show you that today turning it

into a home server now I have in front

of me a 2009 MacBook it still is a great

machine it’s really loud and the hard

drive is clicking which worries me a

little bit so that’s probably on its way

out but other than that it’s a really

good machine the CPU is respectable and

it will actually serve its purpose fine

as a Mac OS home server how are we gonna

do this well we’re gonna use Makela

server which is an application provided

by Apple and now if you look in the app


this thing has one point five out of

five stars it’s truly horrible one of

the lowest rated apps in the max for Mac

apps per period especially made by Apple

now part of the reason why people are so

pissed is because it used to be a really

really powerful truly enterprise-level

kind of piece of software and now it’s

really been kind of truncated trimmed

down to be more of a Home Server type

app and so for pros they’re pissed that

it’s been kind of neutered but for

people like us it actually becomes a

really great useful app now here’s the

thing the version that you use greatly

depends on the operating system version

that you’re running Mac OS server was

sold as a separate operating system up

until the lion days so as of lion they

combined Mac OS and Mac OS server into a

single OS and then you had to pay a

license fee to unlock it and then as of

several versions ago they began selling

it as an independent app inside of the

Mac OS App Store so it’s $20 and this is

the weird thing so you need to purchase

the application on a Mac that’s running

ten point fourteen point eleven or ten

point fourteen or newer at the point of

time of this video so you’d have ten

point fourteen or newer you will not be

able to buy the app once you buy the app

on a new Mac you can go to install it on

an old Mac and you’ll see that once I

click this button install mac OS server

I’m running elcapitan on this machine

it’s going to say hey look you can’t

install the latest version of this app

but would you like to download the last


Hannibal version with your operating

system we’re gonna say yes and click

download now this works if you’re

running ELQ app or newer if you’re

running an older version of Mac OS of

Mavericks or older you are going to have

to find it through Apple’s olds like

antiquated support document server 3.2.2

and so I will link to that down below

and how to find that version of Mac OS

you have to go to the web browser click

a link and then it opens a special page

in the Mac App Store it’s very janky but

it does work so once you’ve got that

downloaded you’re going to open it and

then we’ll configure it and I’ll let you

see what you can do so before we open

Mac OS server and actually start

configuring stuff we need to make sure

that our network settings are set up

correctly you really should use an

Ethernet cable if you have the ability

to using Wi-Fi is really not ideal when

you’re running a server the kind of

based environment and so you should use

a wired Ethernet connection also if you

have a much older Mac and you’re on a

10100 Ethernet card it’s not a Gigabit

Ethernet card you should look online to

find maybe a firewire capable Gigabit

Ethernet card that will greatly speed up

the rate at which your server can

distribute files and information to

other computers on your network once

you’ve got that figured out we’re going

to need to open network preferences now

if you click on a thern ette it will

show you your local IP address now –

10.1 10.1 97 yours is probably thing a number 0 to 250 and

this is good this is what’s been

generated automatically and assigned by

your router the problem is is that we

need to manually define the IP address

on our network because we need to let

the other computers on our network know

where they can always find our server if

the IP address is always changing based

on when this thing reboots or every few

days or weeks that’s going to become an

issue so we are going to click use DHCP

with manual address and what I would

recommend is that you use the exact same

address that’s been automatically

assigned to this machine so it can be

any number from 0 to 250 we’ll just do

10.1 10.19 7 if you don’t know what your

IP address is or you’ll want to give it

a different one you can give it any

other IP address you want so long as

it’s not the same as another

pewter on your network to check to

ensure that it doesn’t have the same ip

address as another computer on your

network you can open terminal and then

you can type the word ping so that’s to

send packets and then receive them back

so we can ping for example let me do my

local server here might you know 336

terabyte server this is the IP address

of that server so when I ping it I am

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going to it’s going to send packets and

then receive them back if I press

control C it will give me a summary so i

transmitted eight packets i received

eight packets back that means that

there’s zero [ __ ] loss and therefore

that IP address already exists on the

network now if I tried I don’t know if

ping 10 dot one dot ten dot 153 press


it is not receiving any bites back

there’s a request timeout so it’s trying

to send packets they’re not coming back

that’s a hundred percent packet data

loss which means that IP address is

available so we can do ten dot one dot

ten dot let’s do one five three for this

macbook and there we go apply that is

going to be our new server IP you should

really make your something easier to

remember like or five or

whatever that’s a great way to make sure

that you’re not taking or attempting to

take an IP that’s already been used once

we’ve done that it’s time to open mac OS

server so we can find it in launchpad it

opens as a standalone app and it will

ask us to continue which we will press

we agree to give Apple all of our organs

and everything that is definitely theirs

when we agree to this end user License

Agreement okay that took a lot longer

than expected before we get into really

the cool stuff that this can do we need

to configure it properly and so we are

here on the main page we have Mac books

macbook that’s what my device is called

that’s pretty terrible so we’re gonna

change the host name to let’s change it

to home server maybe or server got local

I’m not going to use that one because we

actually already use that here at our

office but you could use whatever one

you want we’re gonna choose to use the

Ethernet network rather than Wi-Fi we’re

gonna do local network and then we’re

going to call it

Mack server that’s what we’re calling

Mac server okay and then we press finish

and we change the host name of the

computer and it’s going to change the

name of the computer and the name of the

share so that now on all other Macs and

our iOS devices and even Windows devices

because this is SMB capable which is

pretty cool which is the Windows file

sharing protocol it will appear as Mac

server and it will be accessible to

every device on our network holy smokes

this takes a long time all right that

took a lot longer than expected we’re

gonna hit the Settings tab and enable

some form of remote access what does

this do well it allows you to remotely

access your computer this is helpful not

only if you don’t have a monitor or

keyboard or display because you’re using

like a Mac Mini or something but even in

the case of this MacBook which does have

all those things it’s nice because then

I can just put this up in my attic and

every time I want to change or modify

something I don’t have to go up there to

do it I just can control it from another

Mac and so that’s exactly what we’re

going to enable SSH is an option which

is great if you use Windows computers

and allows you to access it from really

basically any device or Linux device and

then there’s screen sharing and Apple

remote desktop those are natively built

into Mac OS so on any Mac there’s an app

called screen sharing you can find it in

spotlight or your utilities folder and

then you can control your server last

thing you can enable is Apple push

notifications you’re going to need an

Apple ID and password and then

certificate that’s signed to this device

but you’ll get push notifications on

your iOS devices on your phone for

example when you know parts of your

server stop working or you have a drive

failure or your time machine back up

stops working really cool stuff that you

should probably enable and that’s pretty

much it now we need to add some users so

there’s one user installed by default

this is called macbook server and the

macbook server account is the

administrative account now we can add

other accounts and other users which is

what you’re going to want to do if only

because you don’t want to run the admin

account generally when you’re accessing

files and stuff like that so you’ll want

that just for your own use but you can

make separate users for every person in

your house for example so your kids or

your spouse or whomever can have access

to a different local store on your

network so they can store their own

files privately separate from yours

pretty nice so we’re going to add a new

user just for examples sake I’m we’re

gonna call this account test we’re gonna

call the account name test you can add

an email addresses you can add a

password we’re gonna make the password

test really secure and then you can

choose whether or not to make them an

admin and where their home folder is

going to be stored if they have a home

folder at all so if they don’t have a

home folder that means they have no file

access other than the main shared

directory we do want to give each user

file access so we’re gonna let them use

the local storage and then we you can

also limit how much space they have so

that’s kind of handy as well but that’s

good then we’re gonna click create now

what we’re not going to do that you

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probably should do because this is

generally a good server hygiene is to

add every user to a group and then

you’ll modify the group’s entire

permissions so what they can access

where you generally do that to a group

but to me because there’s not gonna be

that many people using this I’m just

going to do it on a per user basis

I know sis and mins are freaking out

that’s okay I don’t care so we’re gonna

right-click on this test user and then

we can change edit access to services by

default new users have access to

literally everything and that seems

that’s kind of the antithesis to normal

servers usually you have no permissions

until they’re enabled this is the

opposite you get access to everything

but you can restrict stuff so let’s say

I don’t want my test server having SSH

access or screen sharing access or you

know messaging access or whatever and so

I can disable those press okay and then

I manage and then that allows me to do


so once we’ve created groups and users

we can actually enable our services and

choose what users have access to each

service now there are a lot of services

on here and I’m really only going to

talk about the ones that I think normal

people are going to use in their home if

there are some pretty cool ones that do

really advanced stuff but generally you

just you don’t need them the first one

is Time Machine Time Machine is cool and

everyone probably uses Time Machine you

plug a hard drive into your Mac it

automatically backs stuff up super handy

and nice there used to be a product that

Apple made called time capsule it was a

Wi-Fi router with a time machine a hard

drive built in that’s gone now Apple

doesn’t sell that but you can mimic that

exact same functionality using Mac OS

server so what it allows all of my

computers to do

is backup over the network to one local

storage device this means you don’t need

a hard drive plugged into every single

computer you just let them backup over

the network to the device that’s plugged

into your Mac so I can turn the service

on this is also another weird thing in

Mac OS Server you turn this the service

on before you can modify them normally

on other servers you modify the settings

and then turn it on this is the reverse

so this is a new time machine store and

I can choose where to store the backup

so I’m gonna store them right now just

in my desktop this is not a great spot

because it’s on my internal hard drive

you generally going to want to plug in a

different device and then back up that

way but I can limit you the size of each

backup I’m not going to do that and then

I just press create and it will create a

time machine store and what’s cool about

this is that I can give permissions to

some users or all users or certain

groups and so what that allows me to do

is give backup Time Machine permissions

to the test account and so tests can now

update their time machine back up on

their Mac and so on the Mac you on a

different Mac you go into system

preferences you enter time machine and

then you can actually select this

computer as the Time Machine backup

location this computer handles all the

storage you can actually click backup

here once they begin backing up you can

see all the devices that are back stuff

up on your network you can manage them

you can restore them you can delete them

really really really handy to have one

shared backup location okay so time

machine is cool the next thing that

you’re probably going to want to use is

caching caching is frigging sick and I

it’s a little difficult to display to

explain we’re gonna turn this on it’s

enabled automatically by or it’s not

enabled by default but it’s configured

automatically and there’s not really

anything you can do to change it but

what this does is it works with iTunes

the App Store and iOS updates to

automatically cache those files so every

time my phone my iPhone asks for an app

update rather than going directly to the

Internet it actually goes through my

server through this computer first and

then it goes to the App Store the app

store says okay you don’t have that app

update yet let’s give that to the server

and then the server stores that app date

local are that

app update locally on the network and so

any other iPhone or iPad device that

wants to update that app rather than

asking the internet every single time to

download it from the App Store which

increases the amount of bandwidth that

you use on your home internet plan and

that also is slower than locally

servicing something from the network is

what your local area network is

generally much faster than your wide

area network downloading from the

internet and so you can just

automatically serve those app updates to

other devices from this computer once

it’s been downloaded once it’s really

cool works for Mac apps – iOS apps as

well iOS updates which is pretty neat

and yeah it’s just generally really

awesome it’s super handy when you have

multiple Macs and they all have an

update the app updates once to this

computer and then distributes from there

to all the other machines on your

network it’s fast it saves data it’s

absolutely wonderful it’s caching and

you should definitely enable that ok

next file sharing file sharing is

enabled by default it will appear as the

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name of your server on any other Mac and

cool so what exactly can we do well

we’re going to give permissions to some

users or all users and then when they’re

connected to private networks local

networks or all networks you can open

your server up to the Internet so that

if you open the correct port on your


you can access these files not even just

from your own home network but from afar

which is pretty cool and these files app

there is file sharing functionality

integrates to the iOS files app as well

so not only can you share files between

your Mac’s but also from your iOS

devices which is really pretty neat now

you can choose which folders to share by

default it is shared the desktop and the

macbook servers public folder so let’s

say I don’t want to share the desktop

with people on my right I’m gonna

subtract that and then this share point

may be used for Time Machine backup so

we’re just kidding we’re not gonna

remove that but we do have this macbook

servers public folder so this is a

public folder that is accessible by iOS

SMB which is a window share AFP which is

Apple file protocol that’s what Mac OS

uses and then you can choose to allow

guest users or not we’re gonna say no

best users so you have to log into your


in order to access this you press ok and

holy smokes what happens is now on any

other iOS device or any other Mac on our

network or Windows computer you’ll see

that the Mac OS server appears you click

it and then it will ask you to login

you’ll need to log in with a user

account that has access to that share

and everyone will get access to the

macbook server’s public folder so

everyone in your house can share files

in between each other but then you can

also have each user have their own

individual files that they can access on

a file sharing this is like a local

network drive for any device you want in

your house a really great way to share

stuff rather than uploading to Dropbox

or iCloud drive or whatever on newer

versions of Mac OS server by the way you

can replicate iCloud drive functionality

as well so not only does it cache and

store on iCloud but also stores locally

and it won’t request that file from

iCloud so long as it’s on your local

computer really really freaking cool

the last thing that well normal people

are probably going to use is VPN VPN if

you use one and if you have one this

allows every computer on your network to

go through this device as the networked

device so you can you can basically add

a network-wide VPN to all the computers

on your network

now most routers now will do this so I

don’t know that most people would prefer

this method especially if in the older

Mac with without 10 Gigabit Ethernet or

gigabit ethernet functionality then

rather just going through that router

but it is an option as well and then

there’s a lot of other crazy stuff like

you can create a local wiki there’s not

much use for this in a home server

environment but I’ve turned the wiki on

it’s starting and this quite literally

allows you to open in Safari a Wikipedia

style website that is an intranet so

it’s accessible from any device on your

network if we open this in Safari it is

the name of your server dot local so

it’s going to open to Mac server dot


any device on your network can go there

we are going to accept the certificate

and Macs River dot local is going to

show us this wiki which we can modify

and add information to it’s great for

like small businesses if they want to

add information on payroll or whatever

is a pretty slick system there but

that’s pretty much wiki functionality I


know that most people would use that and

other than that that’s pretty that’s

pretty much the extent to what normal

people are going to use you can do

locally hosted messages or mail or

contacts or calendars I would not

recommend this now that iCloud is so

good you can also do host a website so

if you have a website folder or

directory and actually host that on the

internet online by enabling that I

generally would not recommend that but

there are a number of other features

that are available in Mac OS server so

poke around play with it but at very

minimum for $20 this allows you to

resurrect an old Mac and then especially

if you run this in conjunction with

something like Plex Media Server or many

of the other applications that allow you

to use this old computer as a host

device it becomes kind of an end-all

be-all of computers on your network one

old computer to rule them all and to

serve all the networks in or all the

computers in all the land that was

probably one of the lamest endings I’ve

ever done on any video ever but do you

know what I don’t care thank you so much

for watching if you enjoyed this video

please give it a thumbs up if you didn’t

like it well that other button seems to

work okay to let me know what model of

Mac you’re going to resurrect to become

a Mac OS server and as always stay

snazzy see you later folks


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