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OS X Server Lion?

 
James Dekker
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I have a MacBook Pro and an Intel based iMac... Heard a fellow co-worker tell me that he installed OS X Lion Server on his machine just so he can install Oracle 11g and Oracle Application Server.

Been considering installing OS X Lion Server on both of my machines with the intention of having my iMac as a dedicated server.

My question is that I use both computers for general purpose computing (word processing, mail, ical, keynote, etc) but also develop software (Java, Eclipse, etc).

Would installing OS X Server Lion be an overkill (meaning is it just server software but people can't use it for other purposes such as iTunes and playing video games)?

If I did a Time Machine backup and reformatted both computers to be using OS X Server Lion would the previous Time Machine back up from just OS X Lion and OS X Snow Leopard restore everything for me?

Also, is OS X Server just OS X with some cool server applications running on it (along with UI for these server apps) or is it a completely different beast (incompatible with lots of apps)?

Would appreciate some thoughts and feedback.
 
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