Apple pulls out of Mac World 2010 and beyond…..

Apple, Macintosh, OSX, osx Server
Yep, you heard right......First they pulled out of NAB (last year) and now Mac World. Why you ask?....well in their own words:Apple is reaching more people in more ways than ever before, so like many companies, trade shows have become a very minor part of how Apple reaches its customers. The increasing popularity of Apple's Retail Stores, which more than 3.5 million people visit every week, and the Apple.com website enable Apple to directly reach more than a hundred million customers around the world in innovative new ways.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…
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OSX: Time Machine backup to NAS

Apple, Macintosh, OSX, osx Server, Time Machine
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…
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Command line Backup/Cloning/Imaging for OSX

Apple, backup, Macintosh, OSX, osx Server
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.Ditto is a command line util that comes with OSX. It's a neat little application since it can preserve permissions, resource forks and extended attributes of OSX files when run as root. There are several ways of running ditto, but if you just want to clone your system using ditto here is the command:sudo ditto -X / /Volumes/BackupRsync is the grand daddy of file syncing/backup…
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Eject your Mac’s CD tray from command line……

Apple, Macintosh, OSX, osx Server
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:drutil eject
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Remote OSX server install via Apple Remote Desktop or VNC….

Linux, osx Server, Tricks, Windows
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…
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Activate expanded Save and Print menu’s in OSX

Apple, CLI, Macintosh, OSX, osx Server, Tricks
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 menudefaults write -g PMPrintingExpandedStateForPrint -bool TRUELogoff and back in again to activate. Reissue the command replacing TRUE with FALSE to turn expanded functionality off.2) For expanded Save menudefaults write -g NSNavPanelExpandedStateForSaveMode -bool TRUELogoff and back in again to activate. Reissue the command replacing TRUE with FALSE to turn expanded functionality off.Enjoy and Have fun
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Quick command line trick to make your Leopard stacks look nice….

Apple, CLI, Leopard, Macintosh, OSX, osx Server, Tricks
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:defaults write com.apple.dock mouse-over-hilte-stack -boolean YESkillall Dockor alternatively if you don't like the look, type the following in terminal to reset it back:defaults write com.apple.dock mouse-over-hilte-stack -boolean NOkillall Dock
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Access your MAC formatted disks under Windows

Apple, Macintosh, OSX, osx Server, Windows
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.
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