Upgrade to Mountain Lion.

Over the past few weeks we’ve had customers inquire about upgrading their machines to OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. There are a few known issues that we’d like to share along with some tips & tricks. Keep in mind this is just what we’ve come across so far and there very well may be other issues we haven’t seen yet. In general it’s a good idea to wait to a 10.x.1 or 10.x.2 release before upgrading, especially a remote machine. *NOTE* Always make a backup before attempting an OS upgrade! Upgrade Notes: - Download Mountain Lion from the App Store -...

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Drag and Drop files to your mini with OS X 10.8.

A while back we posted how to easily upload files to your Mac mini by using SFTP which uses the SSH protocol. With OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, the Screen Sharing app has a few new features. One being the Shared Clipboard which is automatically enabled when you connect to another OS X 10.8 machine via Screen Sharing. It keeps your clipboard in sync, reducing the need to manually push/pull your clipboard contents between machines. Note, if you use other programs that sync clipboard data such as Synergy this Shared Clipboard function can cause issues. The Shared Clipboard can be disabled under...

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Install MySQL on Mountain Lion.

UPDATE 02/26/2013: You can skip all these steps and use the install script on our github [LINK] page to automate the installation of MySQL. Then just install a management program (Sequel Pro) and you are all set! UPDATE 10/9/2013: Be sure to check out our post on MySQL installation for OS X 10.9 Mavericks! ———— Last year when OS X 10.7 Lion was released we found ourselves with a version of OS X Server without MySQL and basic web hosting capabilities. Luckily by 10.7.3 most of the necessary web hosting functionality was added to Server.app. Today OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion...

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Lion Training Books Reviewed.

Apple’s training material and certification programs have been a great resource to point customers towards that want more in-depth knowledge. Recently the updated books were released that focus on OS X 10.7 Lion. There are two books, each which focuses on a specific Apple exam and cerification. The ‘Support Essentials’ focuses on client/desktop level support and knowledge while the ‘Sever Essentials’ focuses on Server configurations. The Support Essentials book has some odd and non-important flaws. There are occasionally things that read as if it is...

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Setup a WordPress site with MAMP PRO.

The first step is to install MAMP PRO. During the installation you will need to authenticate your account. Upon launching MAMP PRO for the first time, an initialization prompt, password prompt, registration form, and a second password prompt will appear. To start the web server software, choose “Reset to Factory Settings” from the File menu and choose “Live”. Click the start button at the top of the MAMP PRO window and your web server is now live. From your local computer you can put the IP address of your Mac mini into a web browser and the default MAMP PRO index...

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Reference Material (Lion).

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. This link to Apple’s Max OS X Server Guides will link you to documentation that cover specific topics. Everything from iCal server, to user management, to the wiki 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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Upgrade to OS X 10.7 Lion.

Apple’s latest operating system is here (should be here someday soon) and there are some changes (for good and bad) that we will outline in this post. This latest version is named Lion, the version number is 10.7. The requirements for upgrading to Lion is an Intel based Mac with at least a Core 2 Duo processor running OS X 10.6.8. If you have OS X Server there is an additional requirement in that you purchase Server.app prior to upgrading (more on that later). The upgrade process itself is fairly straight forward and can be done remotely. There are no more installation DVDs. ...

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