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My fiancée needs a Mac Pro for movie editing and rendering. I need a web server and a backup solution for my MacBook Pro.


We thought we could split the costs of the Mac Pro and set it up to act as both a web server and a backup device.


Is this a good idea? Specifically:

  1. Is it easy to set it up to incrementally backup one or several laptops over wifi? And what software would you recommend?
  2. Is it silent and stable enough to run a web server continuously?
  3. Will it manage all this, including simultaneous editing?


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closed as not constructive by Randolph West, Nifle, 8088, Mokubai, KronoS Sep 18 '12 at 2:22

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Hi Dan. Unfortunately, is not the place to ask for software or shopping recommendations, and in the case of your question, it will elicit extended discussion for what amounts to be a subjective question. Please read the FAQ and edit your question (which has some merit) to fit the requirements. – user3463 Sep 16 '12 at 17:39
Thanks @RandolphWest. I removed the subjective subquestion related to buying advice. – Dan Sep 16 '12 at 19:14
  1. I use rsync for backing up a selection of folders from my Macbook Pro to my Ubuntu box. With rsync you can make incremental backups. Rsync is a command line program that comes with every mac. You can automate your rsync backups by putting them in a cron job. A nice article on rsync can be found here:

Unfortunately, I cannot help you with your other questions.

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I use rsync for all my backup needs. – user3463 Sep 17 '12 at 3:12

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