Happy Birthday MMV.

This weekend we are celebrating 4 years of running Mac Mini Vault. Next year is exciting as it’s not only going to be our 5th anniversary, but our parent company CyberLynk’s 20th anniversary. It’s amazing to see how our service has grown over the past 4 years. We have of our customers to thank for that. We’re constantly challenged to improve and grow. We add to and enhance features regularly. It’s equally rewarding to see our customers grow and use our infrastructure to create great things. 2014 seemed to fly right by, it’s amazing to look back and see how...

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Install MySQL on OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

A few years ago we started writing scripts that help install MySQL on OS X. In OS X 10.6 and prior, MySQL was included with the “Server” version of the OS. With the move to Server.app, Apple removed MySQL. Which coincidentally is not long after Oracle acquired Sun which included MySQL. MySQL had a GUI installer for OS X that worked well, but was missing a few things that made it ready to work with Apache/PHP out of the box. Our installer took care of those items as well as set the root password randomly. The default install has root enabled without a password. We took the...

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Mac Pro Colo Cabinet.

Nearly a year from when we first announced the design, our Mac Pro Vault cabinet is fully online. MacProVault.com went live in October and all current Mac Pro hosting customers have been converted to our new Mac Pro colocation plans. We have options for both the Tower style Mac Pro and the new black Mac Pro. Read the full details on how we designed the cabinet and all the details on our Mac Pro services....

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VPN and Firewall Lockdown in Yosemite Server.

Longtime OS X Server users were in for a shock years ago when OS X Lion Server ditched Server Admin for Server.app. One of the main features missing was any sort of firewall controls. OS X had switched from ipfw to pf and simply did not have any GUI firewall controls. Keep in mind the “firewall” option in the security system preferences is a ALF (application layer firewall) and can lock you out unintentionally for a remote Mac. It’s not meant to be a firewall for a server, but a firewall for an end user. OS X 10.10 Yosemite with Server.app version 4 now includes GUI firewall...

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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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