Let me preface my post by saying, “No. I cannot afford to get a new or upgraded Mac. I have to work with what I have.”
What I have is a 2011 Mac Mini Server (2 500GB internal drives and 8GB RAM) and a 2012 MacBook Air (240GB drive with 4GB RAM; RAM is hardwired in this model with no upgrades available). I have been using the Mini as my desktop computer and only use the MB when I travel, which is not that often, especially now. I also have several external drives that I use for the storage of various media and backup files.
The Mini has worked very well and been quite enough for my home needs (no heavy graphics usage other than occasional photo editing). However, it is dead-ended at High Sierra and I’m starting to run into a few occasions where apps I would like to use require at least Mojave. The MB will handle Mojave and Catalina, although I didn’t get great performance out of it with Catalina when I tried it. Right now, it is running Mojave and seems to be doing well.
In the past, I have occasionally run the MB with video output to my external monitor and an external keyboard and mouse…essentially as a desktop computer. It seems to handle that very well. I am thinking about doing that again, but integrating my Mini into the configuration. I assume I would use it as a server, but my knowledge of this process is nil.
After all that preamble, I’d like to get your input. Am I on the right track to do this? If so, can any of you point me in the right direction to set it up? If not, what would you suggest?
Thanks for your help.
Stay well and stay isolated!