Server set­tings

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Ap­ple’s OS X Server app en­ables you to eas­ily con­fig­ure its ser­vices – gen­er­ally, you only need to make a few choices about how a ser­vice runs and then flick a switch to turn it on.

By their na­ture, the Time Ma­chine and Caching ser­vices – the two ser­vices that are most ap­pli­ca­ble to home use – might re­quire a large amount of disk space, so on each one’s set­tings page you’ll find an op­tion to choose a dif­fer­ent drive on which to store their data.

There’s also an op­tion to re­lo­cate data for other ser­vices which don’t ex­plic­itly pro­vide one on their page. To do this, click the server’s name at the top of the Server app’s left pane, click the Set­tings tab in the right pane, and then click the Edit but­ton to the right of Ser­vice Data. When you choose an­other drive here, your server will tem­po­rar­ily shut down its ser­vices and then copy ex­ist­ing data to the new lo­ca­tion, so if you need to mi­grate data to a new disk, choose your time wisely to avoid dis­rup­tion to peo­ple who de­pend on the server.

Although OS X Server makes it sim­ple to get ser­vices such as Caching and Time Ma­chine up and run­ning, you might need to do ex­tra read­ing to con­fig­ure it if your net­work setup is more es­o­teric. Ap­ple’s Ad­vanced Ad­min­is­tra­tion guide ( ad­vanced­server) can help with that.

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