Why You Need a Server

You've probably discovered that you can have a small network without a server. Macs and PCs can talk to each other. They can share files and printers, and you may be able to use a router to share an Internet connection.

But a server enables users to collaborate in ways that aren't possible without it. A server gives you control; it centralizes data, making it easier to manage. A server provides fast access to information and collaborative tools and provides network security.

image So what's a server that does all this great stuff? Server refers to software, hardware, or both. Server software can be the whole package, such as Mac OS X Server, or one of its features, such as the e-mail server. The Mac that Mac OS X Server runs on is also referred to as a server. Client can refer to the Mac or PC sitting on a user's desk, or to a piece of user software, such as an e-mail client, that talks to server software.

Top ten signs you know it's time to buy a server

At some point, you'll need to add a server. Here are the top ten signs you know it's time to buy a server:

  • 10. You have too many computers to go around futzing with them all. With centralized management of client computers, you can set users' passwords and settings for network access and install software on the client computers from the server. A server doesn't eliminate messing with individual clients but can ...

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