. ## Why Use a Home Server <hr /> #### Considerations - You have complete control over how your data and hosting is handled. With cloud service providers, you are subject to their policies, which can change during service. - Safeguarding and Privacy. Breaches from major cloud providers, email providers, hosting services happen and will almost certainly continue to happen. By having a home server, you have virtually absolute control over the security of your media and content. - Performance, such as immediate access to data and large files. Large files downloaded and uploaded via the cloud can become extremely time-consuming not to mention taking up a big chunk of your network bandwidth. A Home Media Server is a great example of having instant access to all of your movies, photos, songs, and not be at the mercy of your ISP’s internet speed. - A great way to learn. There is no better way to familiarize yourself with how things work then by doing them yourself. Setting up a home server can offer a tremendous opportunity to teach yourself about servers, virtual environments, and networking. In this video we will be upgrading a 2012 iMac 21.5 Inch with the following: 8GB to 16GB RAM 1 TB HDD to 1 TB SSD Then we tweak the settings as to use the mac as a home sharing server - [Set up file sharing on Mac](https://support.apple.com/guide/mac-help/set-up-file-sharing-on-mac-mh17131/mac) - [Connect your Mac to shared computers and servers](https://support.apple.com/guide/mac-help/connect-mac-shared-computers-servers-mchlp1140/12.0/mac/12.0) - [Turn Mac screen sharing on or off](https://support.apple.com/guide/mac-help/turn-screen-sharing-on-or-off-mh11848/12.0/mac/12.0) <iframe width="550" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1Owvhp0RJ5U" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe> View on [YouTube](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Owvhp0RJ5U) View items on the [Digital Stream Store](https://www.digitalstream.dev/store/)
iMac Local Server
In this video we walk through the process of upgrading a 2012 iMac 21.5 Inch and configuring it to become a home server, which can be utilized for backing up data and information in a more private and/or secure way.