What's your work server set up?

6 years ago from , freelancer

My design team is looking to get off the server we share with the rest of our company because a.) we have to relink everything on our AI/ID documents whenever we want to work on them b.) we get randomly disconnected c.) our Finder shortcuts to various places on the server keep disappearing and d.) we need something faster for video. (The rest of the company is running PCs and having no problems with the server while the three of us on our Macs are getting tired of this)

How do your team work off a server? How many workstations do you have and what is your server setup? We're considering running a Mac Mini with external HD in the server room but we're not great with networks and our IT people tend to shrug when we try to solve Mac specific stuff.


  • Daniel WinterDaniel Winter, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

    I would suggest building your own server using something like ububtu server as an OS. It needs more time configuring but the performance is something you can't really beat. Install a seafile server for smaller files (basically everything except video) so you can even access your files remotely and use bittorrent sync for your large files. It syncs gigabytes within seconds. You can also run standard samba (windows) and nfp/afp servers for integrating your server disks like native ones. In addition to that you can easily setup a Raid1 for permanent duplication of your hard drive, so if your harddrive stops working, you still have a backup. Setup costs: about 500$ and 4-12 hrs of work, depending on your experience with unix servers. Should be enough to feed usual data for 50workstations in your intranet. And as someone said windows servers don't work that well wirh osx and linux, and most webservices like nginx, hhvm, php etc work far better on unix systems.

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  • Jason CJason C, 6 years ago

    We're split shop doing IT and Web, so we run a Windows file share and a bunch of other stuff internally with Active Directory integrations.

    I switched to a Mac a while back running Mavericks (to give Sketch a try) but I kept dropping connections and otherwise found it impossible to work on Photoshop, Illustrator, and Word files directly off the server.

    I got fed up and switched back to Windows. Though, I'm told that there is better Samba support in Yosemite which supposedly resolves these issues. I have not been able to confirm or deny that yet, since I am the only one here who would have a file on that server open for several hours at a time to do a proper test.

    Can you clarify your OS?

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  • Brian A.Brian A., 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

    What kind of stuff are you going to be tasking the server with? File storage? CI? Video/audio transcoding?

    If you just need a file server, I don't see why you couldn't get away with a solid NAS setup. If you're doing other stuff, put together a cheap *nix box with Ubuntu Server or something and make your IT guys happy.

    If you go the DIY route, you might want to check out FreeNAS. On the hardware front, I'd start with an i3 and some ECC memory and throw it in a cheap case with a bunch of internal bays.

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  • Rober GonzálezRober González, 6 years ago

    We have an exact duplicate of the production server using Vagrant + Ansible + Docker. This is platform independent, so all of us work with the same configuration.

    We use Jenkins to deploy proyects from our Git repos to the stage or production servers.

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