I recently bought an M1 MacBook Air. It replaced a 2014 MacMini, which started to have a LOT of problems. That had replaced a 2011 MacMini, which I retired because it was stuck at High Sierra. Some time ago, I was thinking about using the 2011 Mini as a server (it was the model that was advertised as a “server”, I suspect mainly because it has 2 internal drive bays), but got sidetracked. Now I’d like to try it again, but I know next to nothing about setting up servers. That’s where I could use your help.
I don’t have a need to go farther than to have it work with my MBA. Nobody else on my network needs access to anything. I have several external USB drives that I would like to have connected to the server so I could get access to them from the MBA. I have a 500GB SSD connected to the MBA via a USB-C port, and that’s where the CCC backup goes to, along with Dropbox and OneDrive. I have a USB-C hub that includes an ethernet port. I also use BackBlaze for my backup service.
Most of the web info I’ve seen shows the server connected to the router via ethernet. I assume that’s only necessary if you want to allow access to the server for other users. So, I have 3 questions:
Can I (should I) do this with an ethernet connection directly from the Mini to the MBA and use the Mini’s wifi for connection to the Internet (mainly for BackBlaze and the few updates that are still coming for High Sierra)?
What are the necessary apps to keep/get if I want to clean out the Mini of all the unnecessary buildup (will probably do a nuke and pave)?
What is the process I need to use to get this going?
Thanks, as always, for the help.