The Macintosh or Mac is a series of several lines of personal computers designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc.

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What are useful Command-line Commands on Mac OS X?

Per the Windows and Linux threads, what commands do you find most useful in Mac OS X Server (or Client)?
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Mac OS X multi-user thin client server (terminal server)?

Is there any solution out there to turn a Mac into a true multi-user thin client server? I'd like to set up a few cheap PCs with access to a couple accounts using something like VNC, but it isn't ...
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How to add a Mac to Windows Active Directory

I've gone into the Directory Utility on the mac, clicked on the services tab, entered the Active Directory Domain and Computer ID, clicked the Bind button and it showed a little status label which ...
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File shares for Mac users

The main file shares on our network are currently hosted by old Apple XServes. I had planned to replace some of these with Windows shares as I have better hardware available but have been told this ...
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Backup strategy for developer-focused Apple environments?

It's interesting to see the technological split between structured corporate environments and more developer-driven/startup environments. Some of the Microsoft technologies I take for granted (VSS, ...
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Setting up a cluster of Mac computers with same configuration/applications?

What is the best way to configure a group of Mac workstation clients (iMac, macbook, mac pro) for all my employees? I want to install IDE (Netbeans, Eclipse), setup rails environment, organize ...
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How do I change the Software Update server address on a client Mac (to use my own server)?

Now that I have started the Software Update service on my Leopard Server, how do I change my client Macs to check for updates on it?
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How to setup the Mac OS X Terminal so it's *just peachy*?

My Terminal is awesome, has every detail just right (for me anyway), and now I'm setting up a few new macs around here and I have no idea whatsoever how to get their terminals to a pretty state. My ...
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Macintosh gotchas

Up until now, I've only managed networks with Windows users and the occasional *nix server. Soon, a few users with Macs will get added to our network. What are some "gotchas" to look out for when ...
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What needs to be done/added on Apple MacBook Air in order to join domain and be managed?

We are a fully windows active directory company. I now have a MacBook Air (first in company) - that needs to be connected. What are the things I need to install/set in order for me to be able to ...
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Find IP address of a device?

Open question: How to find the IP address of a device? As I understand, there are no guaranteed methods that work always, but there's a hundred approaches that work in specific situations, and I'd ...
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How do you manage your Mac workstations?

Our whole company is Macs on the desktop. We have primarily iMacs and MacBook pros. For the last few years we've been using RadMind to manage their system image but the software has a number of ...
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Getting an IP's MAC address from behind a router

I want to know, if possible, how to get a MAC address of an IP address if I am behind a router. I tried doing a ping to the IP and checking the arp table, but the only entry is the router's MAC. Any ...
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Setting up daemons on Mac OS X

I've recently given in to temptation and bought a new MacBook - I've upgraded the RAM, got AppleCare etc. and am really enjoying myself! I've been setting up my development environment - compiling my ...
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TS Gateway support for Mac?

With Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services you can utilise the Terminal Services Gateway Server to allow RDP access over 443, eliminating the need for VPNs or firewall re-configurations for external ...
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What are the advantages of adding a Mac to Active Directory?

I was surprised to learn (from this question: http://serverfault.com/questions/8006/how-to-add-a-mac-to-windows-active-directory) that you could add a Mac to AD. What are the advantages of doing so?...
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Mac OS X VPN Encryption Defaults

I need to connect one Mac (OS X 10.8.2) from our internal network to a site-to-site VPN and was asked to provide some information about our network and encryption settings. What are the OS X defaults ...
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rsync --iconv option on Mac not working (sync from remote Linux server to local Mac)

I want to use rsync to backup data from a remote Linux server to my local Mac. And I want to initialise this operation on my local Mac. All works fine except that there is a special character problem: ...
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Does Mac OS X SNMP report cached memory?

We're using a Nagios plugin to check the chassis of hosts over SNMP. I'm trying to set up a mac os x machine, but it's failing. All the rest of our hosts we're checking are Linux. This is the first ...
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Mac and Exchange Server 2007: Entourage or wait for Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6)?

In a time frame of three of four months from now (fall 2009), I'll have to choose how to natively enable a handful of mac computers to access Exchange Server 2007 (email, contacts, calendar.) As far ...
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Ensure Macs get correct machine name from DHCP?

I have a problem in our network where our Mac's occasionally get given the wrong machine name while, I guess, getting a new DHCP lease. The DHCP servers are Windows based - the bulk of our network ...
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Workaround for using “.local” as a Leopard Server's hostname?

Using ".local" as your hostname breaks Kerberos (and other services) in Mac OS Server 10.5 Advanced because the server will only do Bonjour lookups instead of checking with the DNS Server(s). There is ...
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Active Directory lookups from bound Mac without user credentials

One of my Mac boot scripts needs to grab a property from AD that is not one of the ones I can see with the built in tool called dscl, which is pretty much limited to Users, Groups, and Computer ...
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How can I set up a local host with a reasonable name, different than “localhost:80”?

I find it confusing to work on my site locally when there's something like "localhost:80" in the adress bar. It would be much better to have something like "mydomainoffline.com" which then maps ...
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gitolite mac don't add new user to authorized_keys

I installed gitolite and every thing works fine for me as admin. But when I'd like to add add a new user the new user can't connect to the server. After I looked into the file authorized_keys I saw ...
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Mac OS X Firewall Configuration: what's the easiest way to do it?

On occasion I need to configure the firewall on OS X machines (10.5), and I've been trying to figure out the best (read: easy without sacrificing too much control) way to do it. So far it seems like ...
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Odd permissions issues on Windows Server 2008 R2 with Macs OS 10.6/.7/.8

*I have four macs that use a Windows Server 2008 R2 machine to share files as part of their workflow, each user has their own folder and completed jobs are dropped in an archive folder when complete. ...
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Office 2008 with Network/Mobile Accounts

Using Microsoft Office 2008 with network and mobile accounts this year was very painful (with the software being unbearably slow or crashing). Aside from redirecting the cache, what should be done so ...
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Wake on Demand for Apache server in OS X 10.8 [closed]

Mac OS X Mountain Lion does not have a Web Sharing box in the Sharing system prefs menu. It is thoroughly discussed on the web that the Apache server is available, and that it can be turned on ...
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MAC address in arp table doesn't match actual MAC, why?

If I connect my laptop directly to the config port of a ubnt airFiber radio I can set a static IP to my laptop and access the default config page to change settings on the radio. When I look at the ...
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DHCP Reservation

I've been having problems with a few statements I've been reading. When setting up DHCP Reservation based on MAC addresses... Do the reserved IP's need to be in one of the scopes or not? Judging from ...
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Network account problems with mac server OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard

Okay the situation is this. Yesterday my company changed our dns server, because our former one, was too unstable to work with. anyway today i went to one of our mac server, because it needed to be ...