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PowerMac G4 tower mini server

by enoch861 / June 23, 2006 10:52 PM PDT

Is it possible to configure a G4 into a mini server where students can save their work from their wireless G4 Ibook and some pc notebooks into a folder located in the mini tower?

Also, would it be possible to monitor what they are doing and manage what they are sending to the printer?

Thanks

Henry

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Yes, it would, but
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / June 24, 2006 5:01 AM PDT

with such little information given, I am at a loss as to where you would start.
You could actually configure the G4 into a big server, not just a mini one.

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Ok...
by enoch861 / June 24, 2006 7:44 AM PDT
In reply to: Yes, it would, but

Ok, what other equipment and software do I need to have a network in my classroom. This is what I have:

1. 2 Lexmark Laser printers
2. 1 PowerMac G4
3. 15 Ibook G4 when I am using them in my classroom
4. 30 Dell Laptops, when using then in my classroom
5. 1 wireless router
6. 1 Hp pavilion notebook(personal)
7. access to the web via a wireless network

Also, I will be replacing my notebook either with a Powerbook Pro or a Pc.

I want my students to logon to my classroom network so that they could save their work in one place for my viewing instead of me looking at multiple computers.

If I am not giving the correct info, please give me a list of questions to answer.

I hope that I am not being a pain.

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What Operating systems?
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / June 25, 2006 12:20 AM PDT
In reply to: Ok...

1. The G4 tower
2. The iBooks
3. The Dells.
4. The HP

It should be possible for the G4 to be wired, with Cat5 cable, to the Router. Personal File Sharing is turned on. This makes the G4 visible on the network and should allow users to drop things in your public drop box. They will not be able to see inside that box. You however, as the owner of the machine, can see inside it.

The Printers will need to be networked, usually wired, so maybe you should be looking at the infrastructure here too. Printers connected to a switch via Cat 5 and the switch connected to the Router. You may even have enough ports on the router to do this without extra stuff.

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Mac Operating System
by forevermac / June 26, 2006 3:43 AM PDT

You know, it's really easy to configure the ''http://www.forevermac.com/G4systems.htmwith both ethernet and an Airport card inside. Alternatively, use an external wireless access point and hook the G4 and access point up to a switch, which will provide the IP addresses. Share the G4 and it's hard drive an give everyone guest access. You can do that under OS9, but the macs on your network need to be running the same generation of OS.

The G4 will run up to and including OS 10.4.5. If you have the cash, I would strongly suggest purchasing OS 10.4 server from Apple and adding about 384 megs of ram to the G4. It'll then allow windows and mac sharing no problem at all. You can also set it up as an ftp server!!!

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Mac Server for classroom
by taboma / June 29, 2006 3:45 PM PDT
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forevermac, Sounds like you know how to do it for the original poster.

I have a G4 Quicksilver server at the present time. Deleted the software and I use it as a stand-alone system
The OSX software for a server will set you back on a one-time user about $700 I think.
Can't you just set up a G4 to act as a server with Apple Talk and all access to that G4? Why spend money for the software when all you want is file sharing turned on between every one in his class room.
Use an ethernet system to wire up everyone.
Surely there is a way without spending a lot of cash for a G4 to act as a server.
(May need some IT help here again, forevermac, I am not an IT person, I am a Graphic Artist.)
This time around, think about the least expensive way to do this.
Your post sounded like you wanted to help out and you know how to do it. I am sure you can help.

Thanks, Interesting post.

-Kevin

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