Today I received my Xserve and, as I said, I am going to do a review on it…. Ok first thing that you will notice on the machine is the lights, the lights are awesome they pretty much make the system… aesthetically anyway. The second thing you will notice is that it comes with some brackets and cables and what not.
Now, The weird looking port to covert it into vga is mini dvi to vga so that you can connect it to an external monitor and actually use it as a computer yes you actually can use it as a computer… you can even run windows on it and use it as your main pc or mac, which ever you choose.
Something which is worth mentioning is that the allen key that it comes with is to be used to remove that white plastic piece off the front of the xserve when you first unbox it And it is to be used to unlock it because if you don’t unlock it you cant use a mouse or keyboard so basically:
this is what it looks like default (Locked):
And this is what it looks like unlocked (it doesn’t have the orange light):
What the Xserve comes with:
- A DVD drive
- 3x Hot swappable drives and drive bays on the front
- 2x Firewire 800 Ports
- 3x USB ports
- 2x Ethernet ports
- 1x Mini dvi
- 16x Blue LED indication lights on the front
- 2x Hard drive indication lights on the front one green one blue.
To achieve this unlock so you can use you USB keyboard and mouse you have to get the allen key and twist it until the orange light turns off. I am not sure at all why they do this but that’s just how it comes so yeh… Anyway this is a great machine and I recommend this for anyone who likes Apple products or needs dedicated hosting, I might host my own website on my server im not too sure yet though.