Using Microsoft’s Services For UNIX to serve NFS home directories

Get Windows to play nice with your OS X clients using NFS

AD integration works reasonably well for Mac OS X clients, but what if you’re running, say, an XServe G5, and you need to provide access to Windows-based home directories for multiple command-line users (via ssh, telnet, etc.) on your server simultaneously?

updated 3/29/05: fixed missing whacks in Windows paths.

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Better periodic maintenance

This solves a problem with laptops (and/or desktops) being on again off again and perhaps missing the absolute time of the cron jobs run via periodic (daily, weekly, monthly).

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Split routing for VPNs

We are getting to roll out Laptops to bunches of Faculty and staff and the Windows VPN server and the Windows Laptops play well with each other and the Windows laptops even have a little check box that you can check to tell it to NOT use the default gateway on the remote host. The Macs have no such "little check box".

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Centralized and unsecure logging with syslogd

Get syslog to do your bidding and send logs to a remote machine.

A quick run-through on how to make syslogd be promiscuous and take logs from strangers.

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The group will be presenting a Webcast on Enterprise Streaming Solutions on Tuesday, March 15 at 1:00 pm EDT. George Cook, a Consulting Engineer at Apple and Stephen Tonna, QuickTime Streaming Product Manager at Apple, will be presenting.

Streaming video is ideal for sharing rich media content, publishing lectures, and accessing educational programming, and it can make important school events accessible to the community, such as sporting events and commencement. After an update on QuickTime and MPEG-4 from Stephen Tonna, George will delve into specific scenarios for both live streaming and video-on-demand. Tune into this webcast to learn about the latest video streaming tools and techniques.

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Resetting PCI RAID

If you are having trouble with ‘megaraid -destroyconfig’ run ‘megaraid -showdevices’ first to see drive status – stop rebuild processes with ‘megaraid -rebuild pd -stop’

(This only applies to situations where the RAID has failed so badly that rebuilding (which can take 8 or mor hours) is not an option. Proceed carefully!)

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rsync Backups on OS X

Clones across the network

With a little bit of work you can have rsync cloning a primary server to a backup server. If the primary server ever fails, all you have to do is reboot the backup from the cloned system and away you go.

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Apple Enterprise Backup Solutions

Overview of OS X backup options.

The most frequent question that I am asked is how someone can protect all of the data that they store on their Xserves and Xserve RAIDs. It’s a good question, too!

Most of us may have other platforms on our networks as well, so how are all of these servers and clients going to play together?

Since I was faced with this question myself, I decided to write an extensive article, detailing some of the cross-platform solutions out on the market today, primarily IBM’s TSM, Atempo’s Time Navigator and Tolis Group’s new BRU release.

The document is housed in the Projects section on my site,, and on I hope this helps shed some light on a very important decision that we all must face with Mac OS X Server deployments.

Read more Backup Solutions Webcast

The group will be presenting a Webcast on Mac OS X Backup Solutions on Tuesday, February 15 at 1:00 pm EDT.

In this webcast, Thomas Weyer, a Senior Consulting Engineer at Apple, will show you how to look at your storage requirements and build a complete storage solution including tiered storage integrated into a SAN using Xsan. The session will also take you through how to size your backup solution.

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The broadcast ID needed to view the webcast is ‘macenterprise‘.

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Get Yer Updates!

Today, Apple released version 10.3.8 of its famed Panther platform, for both the Server and Client versions.

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