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Archived - Mac OS X Server 1.0 to 1.2: System Requirements

Use of Mac OS X Server requires computer hardware with the amounts of RAM and hard disk space described in this document. Other considerations, as noted, may apply to your setup.

Note: This document applies only to server versions 1.0 to 1.2v3. Information about versions 10.0.3 to 10.2.8 formerly located in this document has been moved to document 107685.
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Computers

This table lists computers that are compatible with Mac OS X Server by version.

Computer Model Mac OS X Server Version
1.2v3
See Note 1
1.2 1.0 to
1.0-2
Power Macintosh G3 All-In-One yes yes yes
Power Macintosh G3 Mini Tower yes yes yes
Power Macintosh G3 Desktop yes yes yes
Macintosh Server G3 yes yes yes
Power Macintosh G3 (Blue and White) yes yes yes
Macintosh Server G3 (Blue and White) yes yes yes
Power Mac G4 (PCI Graphics) yes yes no
Power Mac G4 (AGP Graphics) yes yes no
Power Mac G4 (Gigabit Ethernet) yes no no
Power Mac G4 (Digital Audio) no no no
Power Mac G4 (QuickSilver) no no no
Power Mac G4 (QuickSilver 2002) no no no
Macintosh Server G4 - See Note 2. yes yes no
Power Mac G4 Cube (all models) no no no
iMac (all models) no no no
eMac (ATI Graphics) no no no
eMac (original model) yes yes no
iBook (all models) no no no
PowerBook (all models) no no no


Important: Only the computers explicitly marked "yes" meet the system requirements for Mac OS X Server. Apple provides technical support only for hardware-software combinations that appear on this list. You can use the Apple Spec Database to match your computer with its full model name, such as "Power Mac G4 (Gigbit Ethernet)." Mac OS X Server 1.x is not compatible with any computer released in or after January, 2001.

Notes

    1. The ATTO UL3D SCSI card is not supported in Mac OS X Server 1.2v3.
    2. This refers to Macintosh Server computers concurrent with or earlier than the latest Power Mac G4 hardware generation indicated for a particular version of Mac OS X Server, for example: "(AGP Graphics)" or "(QuickSilver)."

Use on Unsupported Computers

Because software developers sometimes must use older computers with developer releases or need to demonstrate their software using PowerBook computers, Apple has allowed for Mac OS X Server to be installed on certain unsupported computers. Services are only qualified for use on the supported computers listed above by version. If you use Mac OS X Server in an unsupported configuration in a production server environment, performance, reliability, and functionality may all be significantly degraded.


Memory (RAM)

The RAM amounts listed are the minimums required by each version of Mac OS X Server. More RAM may be required for certain services, to support a large number of clients, or for best performance.

Server Software RAM Required
Mac OS X Server 1.0 to 1.0-2 64 MB
Mac OS X Server 1.2 64 MB
Mac OS X Server 1.2v3 64 MB


Hard disk space

The available disk space amounts listed are the minimums required by each version of Mac OS X Server. More available disk space may be required for certain services, to support a large number of clients, or for best performance.

Server Software Available Hard Disk Space
Mac OS X Server 1.0 to 1.0-2 1 GB
Mac OS X Server 1.2 1 GB
Mac OS X Server 1.2v3 1 GB



Mac OS X Server 1.0 to 1.2v3: Limitations

Mac OS X Server versions 1.0 to 1.2v3 include the following limitations:

  • The DVD drive may be used only with CD-ROM discs (no DVD-RAM).
  • If starting up from a SCSI disk, Mac OS X Server can start up only from a disk connected to the first SCSI card.
  • FireWire does not work.
  • Software RAID does not work.
  • Mac OS X Server can detect USB devices on only one of your computer's USB ports at a time. To use a USB mouse, connect it to your keyboard. When using a display that has an ADC (Apple Display Connector), connect your keyboard to USB port 1 on the computer. The USB ports on the display will not work. You cannot plug and unplug the keyboard or mouse while the computer is turned on.
  • Mac OS X Server works only with built-in video and Apple-supplied video cards.
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