Apache Web-Serving with Mac OS X: Part 1
Subject:   Difference Between OS X Client and Server?
Date:   2004-01-07 05:58:44
From:   anonymous2
Response to: Difference Between OS X Client and Server?

I need to migrate my existing Web site from a third party host company to my own host computer on a DSL line. I also need to operate two other Web site URLs from this machine each will be lightly used. I'm a photographer, and anticipate light traffic at the outset, but do plan to post image portfolios. Eventually, I hope to add e-commerce, but that is a long way off. The other two sites will remain lightly used (one will just refer customers to the main Web site) but all three need to Send and Receive mail).

I have four questions and would appreciate guidance:

1. To get started, can one Mac OS X computer act as both my Web server and Web site Mail server, or will I need one networked machine for each of the two tasks? I know it is more secure and improves reliability to operate separate Web and Mail Servers, and would do this later, but I need to know if I must plan for a second machine to handle mail at the outset. Is it folly to try and combine the two tasks in one Server?

2. If just one computer initially can pull dual duty (as both the Mail Server and the Web Werver), will it be difficult to migrate the mail for the thre three sites to another computer at a later time?

3. Should I use OS X Server or OS X Client for all this?

4. I have the following DSL service options. Will site visitors really notice the faster 512Mbps upload speeds for this level of usage?. Do Web hosting companies typically provide faster connections for Servers?:
512Mbps/256Mbps @ $70 per month/$0 install
1Mbps/512Mbps @ $145/$0 install

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  • Difference Between OS X Client and Server?
    2004-01-12 12:09:29  aviram [View]

    We use several Mac OS 9 and Linux (RHL), I am just starting to investigate OS X, so I cannot reply regarding OS X server/client...

    RE: dual duty:

    I have a Mac dedicated to Mail server (gray G3/ 266Mhz) running EIMS (Eudora Internet Mail Server) under OS 9.2.2 nothing else runs on that machine. So far it has been plenty fast for email services (SMTP/POP/Spam and Virus Filtering)

    I have several web servers, few 9.2.2 (one still on 8.6) running WebStar 4.5 (B&W G3 450Mhz SCSI RAID) and two Linux boxes (dual P3 1.4Ghz) running Apache, and also DNS.

    I do not use the linux boxes for Mail, EIMS is more secure, much easier to configure/manage, and does everything I need. (EIMS should be available for OS X, if not now, shortly)

    We also have a dedicated FileMaker Pro server, which acts as a backend to one of the WebStar servers.

    Bottom line, the answer depends on your needs and server capabilities.

    You do not mention which machine you are using, but I'd recommend that try it as is, with all services on one machine, and if the performance is not satisfactory, just add another machine and move some services around.

    It should not be too difficult to move services from one machine to another, on linux/unix/bsd/osx most (if not all) config files are just text files that you can just copy from one machine to the other. (I've done it numerous times in the last 10 years...)

    RE: Web hosting companies:

    I would say yes. we host several of web sites, some getting over one million hits per day, and used to have a T1 line (1.54Mbps), however, it eneded up not being reliable enough, and not fast enough...

    We had to upgrade to a dual fiber optics link (BBN and XO) with a total bandwidth equivalent to a T3 (45Mbps).

    however, again, it all depends on your bandwidth needs. we host the web site of a Los Angeles news radio station, and we needed the extra bandwidth...

    check the upgrade path/cost from the 512/256 to the faster connection, upgrade should be as easy as picking up the phone, just start with the slower/cheaper connection, and move up as needed.

    -avi (