Hello, everyone! Long time listener, but just recently delved into the forums, which are an incredible resource.
I’ve just taken receipt of a refurb Mac mini in the i5, 256 SSD, and 8 Gb ram configuration. This is going to be my main computer, function as a Plex server, and serve as a Time Machine Server for my wife’s 2013 MacBook Air, which is still chugging along. I’ll also be setting up user accounts for our girls to use, should they need it (both typically use ChromeBooks). This mini is replacing a 2011 version that I tried to use as a Plex server, but which struggled and mostly didn’t work.
My plan is to set the new mini up from scratch.
I’ve got a couple of questions that I’ve tried to find the answers for, but haven’t been successful.
I’d like to use this as a Plex server for the Apple TV that is used on our main television, and thus I’d like it to be available at all times. Do I need to set it up as a separate user account that stays on 24/7 and then just use fast user switching when I’m using it as a desktop? Would it still serve content even when I’m working on it?
Same question for the Time Machine Server use, although I’d assume that it could use the same account to be accessible at all times (if that’s the answer to the question above).
Any particular setup recommendations or must-have apps are also very much welcome. In fact, through another posting, I found out about Moom, which I will be purchasing immediately and which will take care of one of my long-time nits (maximizing the window, but not to full-screen).