Using Mac OS X Lion Server as a home server: Choosing your Hardware

“Before we dive into the Apple OS X Lion Server software, it’s worth pausing to consider your hardware setup,” Terry Walsh reports for WeGotServed.

“You should carefully consider whether you wish to fully dedicate a new Mac to acting as your home server, or whether you’re happy to load OS X Lion Server on an existing machine,” Walsh reports. “Now that Lion Server is available as an add-on download from the App Store, the latter is most definitely the more cost effective option.”

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Walsh reports, “If you’re opting for new hardware, then let’s talk about the good news first. You can install OS X Lion Server on any new Mac model with a modern processor – Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5 or Core i7. Whilst Apple package up a version of the Mac Mini as a small footprint server, don’t think you’re limited to that model. OS X Lion Server will run happily on an iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro,Mac Mini, or Mac Pro.”

Much more in the full article here.


  1. Or you can just virtualize it inside of a VPS… The licensing now allows you to. I really felt this would be a hardware discussion. Been running Lion under virtulizaion on my Linux server for almost a month now. Its great.

      1. Use VirtualBox with EFI support enabled and running on an intel Linux host. Many standard intel based computers running Linux can host this session. The only gotcha I have come across do far is it doesn’t work on and CPUs because you can’t really fake that.

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