Thanks to Bob Smith, John Blagden, kulbarpop, George, Thomas Kemmer and
If I can summarise your advice?
I should probably pass on an xserve just for file serving to a few Macs, and
use a G5 as a file server. I should maximise the ram for this machine.
Xserve is big, and overpowered for my needs.
(Can anyone give me a single concrete advantage an xserve would have in my
simple set up?)
I should dump Quark for InDesign (not going to happen).
Backup: we will probably stick to our AIT drive and Retrospect.
(Unless someone suggests otherwise).
I should upgrade the ethernet to gigabit.
(Will my existing cabling still work?)
Client machines: if I don't replace with newer machines, I should upgrade to
OSX, replace their ata cards, and maximise ram.
Clients should work on files on their desktops and store on the file server.
(can anyone recommend software that will keep track of files that are being
worked on and temporarily off the server?)
> Dear List,
> I wonder if you could please help with a question?
> We have a small Mac network of 6 machines, and a Mac G4 server running Asip
> 6.3. This runs on a 10/100 ethernet network with a Netgear 16 port ethernet
> switch. The server only does file sharing. We are a publishing company and
> work mainly with QuarkXpress, Photoshop and Illustrator.
> I have been asked to upgrade the whole system with all new equipment and
> software next year.
> My question is this: What should I buy?
> As our server only does file sharing, do I really need a new Xserve G5? Is
> there any advantage to its speed? Also, everyone on the network has access
> to everything, so permissions aren't a problem either. And, should I wait
> until Mac switches to Intel chips for any reason?
> thank you,