4 Replies Latest reply on Feb 25, 2014 7:59 AM by LSNOVER

    FMS13 Mac mini server.


      Looking at the Mac mini for installing FMS13. A 4 core is recommended and RAM is cheap, but is there a big difference in database performance detween using 2 x 1TB ATA drives or 2 x 256GB SSD. This is a considerable cost to upgrade to SSD, but if it helps the database run faster I will do it.


      Currently running FMPA12 on SSD to host the database.


      I have read there were some issues running FMS with OSX Server. Not sure if that is the case with FMS13 or not.

        • 1. Re: FMS13 Mac mini server.

          If you're currently running FMS12 on an SSD and switch back to a physical spin disc, you'll notice a performance loss, no question on that. The read/write actions to and from the drives will just take longer. Make sure you've got a good backup plan in place, but in general SSDs have become more reliable over the past few years.


          FMS13 has generally been reliable on mavericks server IMHO, also there was a release for FMS12 that made it more reliable on mavericks. If you intend to use webdirect at all though, I might recommend against a mac mini as your hardware platform due to it's limitations.


          I would go with the SSDs, and also at least max out the ram. I forget whether or not you can do RAM upgrades yourself in minis now, but it's a cheap investment.

          • 2. Re: FMS13 Mac mini server.

            I actually have a solution hosted from FMP Advanced on iMac 3.4 i7 with SSD and 8GB RAM over wifi. It runs fast enough that no one but me is complaining about the speed.


            You can do the ram upgrades yourself without an issue now.


            I am looking forward to using FMS13 and hope this will help with speed in general. We have no need for web direct right now. If we ever do we will get another machine.


            Since backups are handled by FMS it seems like RAID 0 is the way to go to keep the drive access speed up.

            • 3. Re: FMS13 Mac mini server.

              RAID 0 offers no redundancy at all so think twice about that.  For disk intensive operations like databases, RAID 1+0 is generally recommended

              • 4. Re: FMS13 Mac mini server.

                If you insist on using a Mini, I would go with an external thunderbolt RAID box.    You can setup RAID  with mirroring and the costs should be a bit lower than buying an SSD from Apple.


                Generally speaking Minis are not ideal servers except for very small workgroups.