OSX Server Revisited

August 24, 2014 | By More

Finally I have a decent broadband connection and my desire to roll my own iCloud type server has worked it’s way to the top of my to-do list once more. I’m not going to host any websites I just want to have my own private cloud. Now why make life difficult for myself and not just use ownCloud or similar? It’s a simple answer, that would be too easy. It’s about the challenge of doing it myself.

I obviosly can’t takle this project in one post so I’ll try to break it down in to smaller parts and deal with one service at a time. This will of course be running on my MacMini Server which at this moment is running Mavericks 10.9.3 & Server App. I have a clean install running and the Server App is not configured. My plan is to follow a simple workflow setting up each service one at a time and I will start with the Server configuration.

A note here and one to spend some time checking is the remote access to the Server and checking which ports are required and are open. Currently I have all the ports open from my ISP that I need and I hope that these stay open. But as always it’s purely at the discretion of my ISP and could change at any point. Generating a ton of web traffic will alert your ISP so be warned.

The steps I want to take and the order in which I will post about how I set them up will loosely follow

  • Server Setup
  • DNS
  • DHCP
  • Open Directory

Then moving on to

  • Contacts
  • Calendar
  • Messages

It may take me someting to get all these posts written and planned. So stay tunned while I get my post planned a written.

Category: Mavericks, OS X, Server

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