Archive for ‘osx Server’ Category
Posted on 22:30, December 16th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou
Yep, you heard right……First they pulled out of NAB (last year) and now Mac World. Why you ask?….well in their own words:
I don’t know, but I personally feel that it was atleast partially due to these very shows that Apple is enjoying the popularity it is now. For me, there were two times each year that I would clog up the net — along with millions of other — and watch the keynotes…..Mac World and WWDC. I wonder how long until they’ll turn WWDC into a virtual conference run entirely from Infinite Loop……
Posted on 12:47, November 27th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou
Finally. Now all of us macheads can have a (very) tiny bittorrent client too. Yes, I’m talking about the public beta of µTorrent (uTorrent) which was just opened today. Head over here and grab your copy. Sadly it’s 10.5 Intel only….
Let me first state that this has been tried in my environment and it works. It might NOT work for you. Try it first and make sure your backups are clean and good. I have a OSX server (10.5.5 as of this writing) that needed to be backed up and am using a QNAP TS-409 PRO as my backup location. The QNAS has a AFP/SMB share called “Backup” where I keep all my backups. The server is configured with 2x80GB drives in raid-1 mode (mirror). Here is how I did it (again your milage may vary):
1) First we need to find out the MAC address of your server. I’m using one of the two ethernet ports on the server (en0) so I just open up a terminal window and type ifconfig en0 to get the MAC address. You’ll see something like this:
2) Mount the AFP share on to your server. Mine is called Backup.
3) In a terminal window change your current directory to the AFP share (eg: Backup) and create a empty file called .MACaddressnumber, where MACaddressnumber is the number we jotted down under 1).
4) Next we need to create a reasonably sized Sparsebundle file. This is where the actual backup gets done. The Sparsebundle doesn’t take a lot of space initially and grows as more files need to be backed up. For example I created a 80GB Sparsebundle file that was only 8MB large in reality, but grew to 20GB when I did the first backup. We need to create the Sparsebundle file on the local OSX machine (eg: OSX server in my case). Again this is important, Create the sparsebundle on a local OSX machine NOT the network share. So open up a terminal and type the following to create the initial file:
Make sure you get the filename proper or else nothing will work. Now transfer the sparsebundle file to your AFP share (eg: Backup in my case).
5) On the server issue the following command to enable Time Machine for Networked drives:
7) Open up the Time Machine Preference panel and select the AFP share as your disk. Enjoy and please remember YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR BACKUP INTEGRITY, SO CHECK YOUR BACKUPS TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE GOOD.
Posted on 14:48, October 26th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou
Okay so where do we start……yeah good old cpio and tar might be good enough for the true old timers who still back up to tape, but a lot of people these days backup to live Online/Nearline media such as disks. Here is a quick (and platform specific) reference to four backup commands that you should always carry in your back pocket when backing up OSX machines.
That’s it…..Have fun backing-up……and do it often :-).
Posted on 17:01, September 22nd, 2008 by Many Ayromlou
Here is a quick command line for all you OSX ppl. If you’re ever in need of turning/converting a .dmg file into a .iso use the following command line:
Where newfile is the name of the iso you want, and yourfilename.dmg is the dmg. Have Fun……
Posted on 12:53, September 22nd, 2008 by Many Ayromlou
Yeah I know what you’re thinking…..who the heck would need that. Well since mac’s don’t have a physical CD eject button on the front plate (ie: eject is done by eject key), if you ever need to put a CD/DVD into a machine without keyboard (server machine and/or if you’re using teleport to share a keyboard/mouse) you’re in trouble. It turns out those Apple geniuses knew about this and gave you a way out…..just open up a terminal (or ssh to your server) and type the following command:
Posted on 12:11, August 28th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou
Came across this issue a few weeks ago and never got around to posting it until today. Yes, you can avoid using the Server Assistant program and go straight to ARD to install your server. For this to work your server and remote desktop machines need to be on the same subnet. You boot the server using the 10.5 CD/DVD and note it’s serial number. Now you need to find out the IP address of the server and connect to it from your remote desktop machine. For this, you can run ARD and scan the subnet and find your new server. Once you’ve found it connect to it and login using the first eight characters of the machines serial number and leave the username blank. This even works from Windows/Linux machines using VNC which is great for those who use Windows/Linux on their desktop.
Posted on 15:42, August 25th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou
Here are two commands to activate the expanded Print and Save menu’s under OSX by default. You need to type these in a terminal window.
1) For expanded Print menu
2) For expanded Save menu
Enjoy and Have fun
Posted on 15:30, August 25th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou
Here is a quick command to make Leopard’s stacks behave nicer when you move your mouse across the icons. You can type these two commands in terminal to activate the feature:
Posted on 20:38, July 29th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou
Okay so it’s read-only access, but it’s Free :-). Have a look at HFSExplorer the next time you need to grab a file from that mac formatted firewire drive. It’s a little Java program that allows you full read access to any HFS+/HFSX formatted disk. It works nicely under boot camp to give you access to your OSX partition or even a MAC formatted IPOD. As a bonus the app even allows you access to HFS+ formatted .dmg files without any conversion……what more do you need??? Oh and did I mention it’s FREE.