Forrester recently published a paper entitled, “The Future of Apple Inc.”, that stated by 2013 Apple would likely ship a home server product. If you are a diehard Mac enthusiast, you don’t have to wait 5 more years, you can run the Windows Home Server operating system on a Mac today !!!
The Home Server Hacks blog has a detailed step-by-step document of how to re-purpose a Mac Mini to act as a home server. Be aware that this will completely wipe out your OS X partition. That is to say that you will no longer have a cutesy little Mac OS. You will have an honest to goodness Windows Home Server installed on a single partition.
Note that you DON’T need to install Boot Camp. However, we will be using the Windows Drivers CD that comes with Boot Camp.
If you’re ok with that then let’s get started!
- Get yourself a Mac Mini. I used a brand new Intel 1.83GHz Core 2 Duo with Leopard, which means that it has the latest firmware and the Windows drivers on DVD. If you use an older version, you will need to download Boot Camp in order to update the firmware and create a drivers CD.
- Hook up a monitor, keyboard, mouse, power adapter and network cable. You won’t need the monitor, keyboard and mouse after installation so you can borrow these from another PC temporarily.
- Press the power button on the back of the Mac.
- Quickly insert the Windows Home Server installation DVD. I say “quickly” because you want it to boot from the DVD before Mac OS is allowed to boot up.
- When you hear the Mac startup sound, press and hold the letter “C” on the keyboard to boot from DVD.
- If you don’t get the DVD inserted or type “C” immediately after you hear the Mac startup sound, no worries. Just power down and try again.
- If all went according to plan, you should see standard the WHS installation screens.