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Netbooks, PDA and Phones Thread, Mac mini or Mac Book Air as server for iPads in Technical; What would you go for? I'm about to order x15 iPads for Primary use and understand it would be beneficial ...
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    Mac mini or Mac Book Air as server for iPads

    What would you go for? I'm about to order x15 iPads for Primary use and understand it would be beneficial to have a Mac Server to help manage them. I presume I can buy OS X Server (cost?) and install this on a Mac Book Air (as that would be my preference)?

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    MacBook Air is pretty expensive for what you need.

    A Mac Mini is a third of the price and will be perfect.

    We use a Mac Mini for one of our sets of bookable ipads and it works well.

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    Is there a chance that you may buy some macs in the future? Is so then a macpro/macmini would certainly be a better option. I agree with above, the air is 300 more than a mini and unless you are going to use it as a laptop...

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    Quote Originally Posted by djones View Post
    What would you go for?
    Mac mini! The mini also has the advantage that you can easily upgrade the hard drive to a larger or faster model and/or add a second drive (with the appropriate cable) should you need more disk space.

    I presume I can buy OS X Server (cost?)
    OS X Server is 11.66 (ex. VAT) from the Mac App Store.

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    Ok, so a Mac Mini seems to be the consensus however, I may use a MacBook Air as the laptop it is ultimately meant to be (if only as I have little recent experience with a Mac and fancy getting to know it a bit more). Also, (potential silly question) how does the management work with a Mini? Over the network or does each iPad need to be plugged in (USB) locally? I also presume the MacBook would be the same.

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    Another vote for Mac Mini and in view of your latest post DJ I'd also recommend getting a quote from Ross at EduMac, Apple Education Consultant to look at setting your system up. It won't break the bank and you will probably learn a shed load of useful stuf if you get him in as we'll - I certainly did!

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