Archive for September, 2006

Installing AWStats on 10.4 Server

Keeping logs of all your traffic

Although we’ve mentioned AWStats a number of times before, we’ve never really gotten into how to set it up. While this isn’t exceptionally hard, it’s nice to have someone go there before you if it’s your first time out. So, here’s a rundown of installing AWStats on OS X Server 10.4.

Take special note of step 16 which tells you to create a web realm for your AWStats install. Otherwise you stand a good chance of getting bitten by some of the AWStats exploits that crop up from time to time. The Apple documentation on this should make it quite easy for you to set up the realm.

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Network Home Redirector

Ed. Note: We’ve talked about redirecting parts of your home folder a number of times when dealing with AFP, but I don’t think we’ve ever actually laid out how to do it. This collection of scripts makes it easy.

If you manage an environment with lots of network home directory usage, then you need to check out Network Home Redirector. Most, if not all, of us have dealt with the thousands/millions of cache files that can hurt AFP performance on servers when utilizing network homes. Additionally, MS Office and the large chunks of data that it relocates can cause headaches. Jeff Ochsner has put together these redirection scripts and packaged them up for easy deployment.

This might be your new best friend. Be sure to read the ReadMe on Jeff’s site.

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Toronto OS X Integrators Birds of a Feather Gathering

Sponsored by IronGate Server Management & Consulting, in association with Digital Transitions the next OS X Integrators Birds of a Feather gathering is taking place at MaRS Discovery District on College St. at University Ave., Toronto, Canada on Wed Sept 27th from 6PM-8PM.

This bi-monthly seminar series aims to introduce administrators and technical co-ordinators to real life implementations of OS X and OS X Server, in a wide range of practical situations. Presentations are given by industry experts and/or system administrators, in a format which fosters open discussions and group collaboration. Topics to be touched upon this month will be Mastering images, NetBoot, NetRestore, and automation of imaging.

Registration and more details of the event are available on Apple’s Seminar Website.

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Mac Networkers Retreat Early Discounts Ending This Week

If you’re planning to go – and we are – you may want to sign up this week as the early registration savings end today!

If you’re thinking of going – and you should – the best we can tell you is that there’s great people teaching (Schoun Regan, Scott Neal, Bill Wiecking, Phil Rinehart (MacEnterprise), great topics (Directory Services Integration, OS X Server/Xserve, Large Scale WiFi, Admin Skills, Security) and it’s in a cool location (right on Monterey Bay).

It will be a good gathering – hope to meet you there.
For more information and registration go to

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AFP. It’s really quite good (part #2)

So a while ago we put together an article on tuning your AFP server for OS X Server.

I’d been promising part #2 for a while, just to cover some odds and ends, but there has been a major development which made a lot of that work redundant, namely the release of the Universal version of OS X Server 10.4.7.

Read on for some perhaps surprising results…

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