Creating OSX and Windows compatible Dropbox Functionality in Windows Server 2008 R2 with Dell FS7500 NAS backend.

Apple, Equallogic, Macintosh, Microsoft, OSX, osx Server, Samba, Server, Windows
This took a while to figure out, mainly because I'm a unix guy trying to "figure out" Windows Server and it's archaic ACL system and the fact that ACL's/attributes under OSX are just insane. The main issue I had with all the other recipes on the net describing this process was that it did NOT work for OSX/Finder. When users transferred the files, Finder was not able to strip off it's "in-use" attribute from the file once copied to the destination. This would leave files in limbo (greyed out) and no one could touch/access them from another Mac until I stripped the "in-use" attribute off manually. Normally SMB capable NAS's ignore Finder/OSX attributes and this does not happen, but FS7500 is "mac friendly" and preserves the attributes so we had…
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How to Run Mac OS X Inside Windows Using VirtualBox

Apple, Macintosh, Microsoft, Mountain Lion, OSX, Windows
How to Run Mac OS X Inside Windows Using VirtualBox: Maybe you'd like to test drive OS X before switching to a Mac or building a Hackintosh, or maybe you just want to run that one killer OS X app on your Windows machine. Whatever your reason, you can actually install and run OS X on any Intel-based Windows PC with a program called VirtualBox. Here's how. (Via
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Stream your Windows desktop using ffmpeg

CLI, Codec, ffmpeg, free, MP4, Opensource, Transcoding, Video, VLC, Windows
I've already covered how to do this with vlc a while back in parts 1 followed by part 2. I just found out that something very similar in results can be done with ffmpeg. ffmpeg has recently added support for directshow filters which now allows one to capture the screen and stream and/or save it. Here is how you can do this: 1.) Grab a copy of the Screen Capture DirectShow source filter from Unreal Streaming Technologies. It's about half way down that page. They have both the UScreenCapture X86 Edition and the X64 Edition (depending on your OS installation). I used the 64 bit filter on a Windows 7 64 bit installation. 2.) Install the filter and make sure you make the following changes to your windows registry using regedit. The default frame…
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How to install Office 2010 on Windows XP x64-bit edition

Microsoft, Tip, Tricks, Windows
Let me tried it and it failed. Well, there is a way (probably not sanctioned by MS) to get this done. I've installed it on two separate machines and verified that it works. First you need to download MSXML 6 from Microsofts website. Just go to and search for MSXML. There should be a link to MSXML6.0 download. Download the 64-bit version of the software and install it. Then force a windows update by choosing windows update from the start menu. You will notice a bunch of updates for MSXML. Let it update the files and reboot after that's done. Now you need to get the x86 version of office 2010 off the cd and copy it onto your computer somewhere (I just dragged the folder onto my…
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The Ultimate File Transfer Utility for Windows

Microsoft, ssh, Windows
I've been posting mainly about OSX for the last little while, but no worries, I haven't given up on Windows...yet :-). Someone today was asking about a good WebDAV client and after searching around for a bit, it seems like there is really only a couple out there. But really none of them can beat BitKinex client in terms of features and "price". Here is a short list of features (oh...and the price's free:-) ): Site Navigation Without Freezing Windows Unique technology of advanced directory caching and multi connection/threaded directory scanning makes the non-blocking browse windows possible. Robust User Request Handling Resume and control in detail not only file transfers but all user requests - including file removals, moves, directory creations, remote edits, prints, etc. Indirect Transfers Allows users…
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iPhone Explorer turns your iPhone/iTouch into a USB stick…..

Apple, iPhone, iPodTouch, Macintosh, OSX, osx Server, Windows
One of the original reasons I bought my first ipod (first gen 5 Gig) was that I could hook it up to my mac and use it as a firewire drive. I could literally run around with this in my pocket and boot OSX off the ipod. Well that came to an end with the intro of iPhone/iTouch. Apple took the "disk mode" out. Well that was then, go grab a FREE copy of iPhone explorer and all that USB stick functionality can be your again. Oh, and did I say there is no need for Jail Break either :-)Features:100% Free iPhone browser for Mac and Windows100% Drag-and-drop interface for easily copying files to and from your iPhoneCreate, delete and rename files and folders on your iPhone or iPod TouchWorks…
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._ resource fork files don’t work properly in OSX 10.6 Samba……

Apple, Macintosh, OSX, osx Server, Samba, Windows
Well the title is a bit are the details. I found out that if you have a NTFS native shared directory on your server, everything works fine as long as you're using OSX 10.5 (Leopard) or below as a client. You can move files from Leopard and/or Tiger clients to the share and as long as you don't mind the ._ files everything works.Well something new has been introduced in Snow Leopard that kinda breaks this. If you have a Snow Leopard client machine accessing a NTFS native shared directory (via smb), by default the shares are mounted with the new xattr (Extended Attribute) feature, instead of those "old" ._ files. This messes everything up if you're in a mixed environment with 10.4, 10.5, and 10.6 clients all accessing…
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Solid Colour background in Windows causes 30-second login delay…

crap, Microsoft, Windows
Yep MS strikes again. This time though it's funny as hell. Turns out a bug in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 causes a whopping 30 seconds delay to your login process if you have a solid colour background set as your desktop wallpaper. Why? Well it's MS, what did you expect, a working OS....HAH??? My solution.....Format C:\.....If you prefer an MS solution, check the support page.
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View all computers/shares and printers on your windows network….

NetResView is a great little utility from NirSoft. It displays the list of all network resources (computers, disk shares, and printer shares) on your LAN. As opposed to "My Network Places" module of Windows, NetResView display all network resources from all domains/workgroups in one screen, and including admin/hidden shares. Very useful utility for the Admin/Advanced users.
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WineBottler makes running Windows Applications in OSX simpler……

Apple, Macintosh, OSX, osx Server, Windows
Let's be clear on this, Wine, which is what WineBottler uses, lets you run Windows software on other operating systems. With Wine, you can install and run these applications just like you would in Windows without the need for a emulator or virtual machine. Not every program works yet, however there are already several million people using Wine to run their software.WineBottler makes it really simple to create a application bundle out of Windows programs that will run on OSX. WineBottler is a tool similar to codeweavers Crossover, where separate prefixes -- like runtime environments -- are created per app. However, WineBottler 'wraps' or 'bottles' a separate prefix in each application bundle. WineBottler allows standalone (i.e. not requiring wine to be installed) applications to be created as well, by including…
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