Create a Cheap Server Using the Regular Snow Leopard Install

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stevedeleo

I'm having trouble adding an iCal account to the CalDav server created when using the above guide. I have a feeling it is due to my user error modifying the two XML files; but I'm not sure. I would appreciate any further guidance or series of steps to create an iCal account to connect to the CalDav server as set up per instructions above. Thank you.

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robgibbons

This is great advise - for those with a spare intel mac lying round....

How would something like this compare as a website server compared to say server hosting from a traditional provider? Could it even be used as that or just as a home network?

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richard5

If you like the idea of having your Mac OS X Snow Leopard (or Leopard) client work as a mailserver for free and you want to learn how it all works try reading ll the instructions on http://diymacserver.com It's a repository of free instructions and guidelines on how to install a web and mailserver with the same opensource software Apple uses for the server version on your desktop.

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astromac

For those interested in creating a full-blown server from the Snow Leopard client, check out Cutedge Systems.They provide a free LDAP server LDAP Enabler, MailServe - a Dovecot, Procmail, Postfix, and UW/IMAP mail server for $25, DNS ENabler - a $25 DNS server and WebMon - a $25 web server which includes WebDAV and iCal server functions and shares SSL certs with MailServe.
Take the Cutedge programs and combine them with the free Openfire chat server, the free iVPN VPN server, Apple's free Quicktime Broadcaster streaming media server and for $75 you have a very similar approximation of Apple's $499 OS X Server. A bit of Googling and an install of the free MacPorts unix program installer will likely reveal solutions for the remaining server functions such as ACL's and client management. They are certainly already there if you want to use the command-line.

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corybohon

Hi astromac,

Thanks for letting me know about Cutedge Systems. I haven't heard about them before, but what they provide sounds very interesting. Could definitely provide even more functionality to what we've already listed for basic server functions.

Thanks for your input!

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alpha60r

I'm a new Mac user (less than a year), but I've been working w/computers (PC, Sun, and other proprietary systems) for 20 years. I still found this article interesting and informative. Everyone is not uber experienced w/Mac and insulted by this. As with any content, there are levels of information and writing.If you see an article that is overly simple or far below your expertise, then simply move on and read something else. The information is free, and I fail to see the need to contribute this visceral hate.Happy Holidays!

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MrE

I have to seriously wonder what level of research the author did for this article. It seems like he had a deadline and filled it with the biggest turd he could find.

Outlined are 4 functions that you can do with Snow Leopard (or Leopard for that matter) that you can also do with the Server version. Big deal...
Web server
File Sharing
Chat Server
Calendar

What was not mentioned is the ability to run a DHCP server, DNS server, Mail server, and (*gasp*) central user management. Wow, can't do that with good 'ol Snow Leopard can ya? Have I mentioned central management of file shares and ACL permissions? There are many more things that OS X server can do in excess of the standard OS; far too many to list here.

Either this article was tossed together last minute or the author seriously mis-lead the readers with the title. Either way it is a waste of site space and an insult to the readers.

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LearningCurve

Though it is short of a year after MrE's comment. I felt worth it to take the time to comment even now.

Don't sweat it Cory. Some people in the world feel bigger by putting others down. The article gave me exactly what I need to answer my question. It was right to the point and written well enough that I could follow it.

Whatever MrE's issue I hope he had a better day on December 25th. However, if that's his normal method of addressing things ... i.e. destructively. Then I'm sure his life won't be as rewarded as yours is Cory for giving of your knowledge to those of us who don't know these things.

What was a waste of site space and an insult to the readers was MrE's poor manner of commenting on the article.

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