Reference Material (Yosemite Server).

Are you looking to learn more about OS X server or how to configure a particular service? For most basic configuration questions, we can assist or perform them for you. There are other resources that go further in detail into configuration and administration of OS X server 4. This link to Apple’s Max OS X Server Guides will link you to documentation that cover specific topics. Everything from iCal server, to profile manager, to the xcode server. Also below is a link to an Apple Knowledge Base article containing common TCP/IP port numbers. This comes in handy when creating advanced...

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2014 Mac mini tear down and benchmarks.

723 days is a long time. That amount of time without news/updates can make anyone start to hallucinate. Phil Schiller pulled an ‘one more thing’ by ending Apple’s new hardware announcements October with the words “we have one other small update today”. For a brief moment the stars aligned and the heavens sang. We have a new Mac mini. To take a quick look back, the Mac mini was once described as Apple’s most popular server. In Apple’s October 23, 2012 announcement Phil talked about how easy the mini was to open and they showed off its internals. The Mac mini received a small...

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New minis and Yosemite!

Apple released OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Any 2009 model or newer Mac mini is eligible to upgrade to Yosemite at no cost. Server.app is a paid upgrade and works just the same as the 10.7 to 10.8 upgrade path. While the basic Server.app functions (web & email) have had smooth upgrade results, we’d recommend holding off if you rely on the server software for production uses. Server.app now features more advanced e-mail server controls and firewall controls. Some of the important things to remember are: The upgrade can be done remotely If you rely on the machine for work/business, hold off...

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Bash Bug, Shellshock, and more! [10.6 patch]

Earlier this month a bug was discovered that allowed remote execution of code through bash. Earlier this week it started popping up on security mailing lists and Redhat had posted a patch to update their distro’s of Linux which is when we started testing internally. The largest concern is for public facing servers that host CGI/bash scripts. Those types of scripts are not too common. The bugs are CVE-2014-6271 and CVE-2014-7169. More commonly referred to as “Shellshock”. It was becoming apparent that this bug was wide spread and did indeed affect OS X. In some respects the...

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Prevent data loss with our new SSD options.

Mac Mini Vault has offered SSD upgrades since early 2012. ‘Enterprise’ quality drives were reaching affordable prices at usable capacities. Speed and performance are the main benefits of upgrading to an SSD. But at what cost? Early SSD technology had similar (or less) life expectancies of hard drives. The Samsung 840 PRO drives we have been using carried a 5 year manufacturer’s warranty. Independent testing (link) has shown the 840 PRO to still be working after writing over 1PB of data to it. At the same time we’ve seen the 5400RPM HDD in the Mac mini as the most...

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Control ESXi through VMware Fusion 7 Pro.

Today VMware released Fusion 7. Beyond improved more advanced hardware and OS support – they added in one great feature. VMware Fusion can now connect to and have some limited control over VM’s running on ESXi servers. VMware Fusion 7 Pro has a “Connect to Server” (Cmd +K) option under the File menu that brings up a log in window. Enter in the address and credentials for an ESXi or vCenter server and your ESXi environment will be listed in the Virtual Machine Library under your local VM’s. We install ESXi on Mac minis as a part of our AltOS option. ...

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Watchman Monitoring integration.

Just when you thought our services offer the most comprehensive features out there, we went ahead and did something unheard of in our niche market. We integrated Watchman Monitoring into our customer portal. This service is included free with our Enterprise plan. What does this mean? For starters, customers on our Enterprise plan will now see a ‘Watchman’ tab in the service details of their customer portal. At first it’ll show a download link for a very small installer. Upon installation, a small reporting agent will poll the system for statistics and health...

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