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OS X: Blast message to all logged-in users?

Is there a way to send a message to all logged-in users on an OS X (Snow Leopard) server? Sometimes I need to reboot the server and would like to give everyone a notice of the impending reboot that ...
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DNS lookup fails when with all the Mac workstations

I am having this insane problem. We are Mac heavy users. Around 10 workstations, one Xserve server, two Windows workstation and one Linux (me). Last year I added an A record to our domain's DNS. ...
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Is there any way I can administer a Mac OS X Server 10.6 from a client running Mac OS X 10.4 or 10.5?

This is really annoying... I need to administer a Mini Server running Mac OS X Server 10.6. Should be easy by using the Server Admin Tools I thought, but no. To administer a server running Mac OS X ...
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E-mail groups in OS X Snow Leopard

I've been trying to figure out how to do simple e-mail distribution groups in OS X Server 10.6 now for a few hours and I can't seem to figure it out. Basically I want to be able to e-mail multiple ...
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What is the difference between using ipfw and hosts.deny in terms of security?

I'm in the middle of securing an OSX server that is the target of hundreds of automated requests per second from Chinese, Russian and US servers (see: Recovering a server from being an open relay). ...
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How to allow Standard users on Mac OS X to change System Preferences like Network or Date & Time?

My small office environment hasn't had any IT staff before I was hired. They use a various assortment of Mac OS X computers and I've been slowly converting them to a network-based OS X Server ...
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WinXP logins no longer fully functional

Summary: Users with Roaming Profiles on my XP workstations appear to be unable to do various things, e.g. set a default printer, disable toolbars in IE8, or see icons on the left side of the Start ...
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Make a SAMBA file system visible to all users with mount_smbfs

We have a Macintosh OS10.6 server and a big storage system accessible via SMB. Right now we can mount partitions, but when we mount them they are only accessible to the user that did the mount. All ...
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How do you best use .default files to reset service settings in OS X Server?

Can someone explain the logic behind .default and .orig files in OS X Server? The configuration files (eg: .conf, .cf files) for most services (postfix, dovecot, etc etc) have these files to help you ...
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Where is the GUI config for Server Admin held?

I'm currently trying to migrate my DNS server from one Mac OS X Server to another. What I've done is rsync all the data in the /var/named folder. However Server Admin is not recognizing my zones, what ...
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OSX Server Hanging/Spinning Beachball Issues (Server Admin et al)

I'm working on a setup of an OSX Server environment with 4 servers running across two networks: Private XSan Metadata network (configured by XSan as 10.0.10.x/255.255.255.0) Private management ...
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Xserve 10.6.8: Why do `net.inet.ip.forwarding` & `net.inet.ip.fw.enable` kernel sysctl settings stay enabled even disabling?

Very bizarre situation. I have inherited a few Xservers from a previous admin that I have been charged with cleaning up on various levels. I am familiar with settings in Ubuntu & am very ...
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Kerberos broken when upgrading Snow Leopard Server to Mountain Lion

I work for a small company where there's no dedicated system admin. I was tasked with upgrading our file and calendar server to 10.8, which I did by upgrading the OS then installing the server tools ...
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On OS X Server, only admin users can access email

In OS X Lion Server, when I create admin users via the workgroup manager, they are allowed to log in remotely via ssh and they get email served by dovecot. However, if I remove the option "user can ...
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IPFW settings to allow trusted client to connect to Mac (e.g., over ssh)

I have the following ipfw settings on my Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger: 00100 allow ip from any to 123.123.123.123 00110 allow tcp from any to 123.123.123.123 00120 allow udp from any to 123.123.123.123 00130 ...
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Replicate Active Directory to Mac OS X Server Lion OpenLDAP

Is there anyway to setup OS X Server so it is a replica of my Windows Server AD or do I need to do the "magic triangle" setup? My goal is to allow SSO with my Mac users but would like to take ...
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Modifying OSX Server 10.5's DNS from the command-line

I'm trying to figure out how to add records to my server's DNS from the command-line. I've investigated the 'serveradmin' tool, plus 'scutil', but neither appear to give me access to modify the DNS ...
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How to make Hudson write to remote disk?

I have a problem writing to a remote disk using Hudson. When I write in it manually, it works. The two computers implied: one is on Windows XP and the other is a Mac mini server. The disk that needs ...
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Trouble running a virtual machine in the background on osx server

On a computer running OSX (snow leopard server) with VMWare Fusion installed I'm trying to start a VM via SSH without being directly logged in to the GUI. Based on looking around I figured the ...
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Can't log into OS X Server after restart

Just restarted our Mac OS X Server (Leopard), and we are no longer able to log into the default user account, srvadmin! This is an open directory account. We are presented with the login screen, but ...
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How can I allow DNS through the Mac OS X Server 10.6 Firewall?

I'd like to use the default Firewall manager app to setup a firewall, but adding an entry for "DNS, port 53" does not seem to do the trick. DNS traffic is blocked when the firewall is on. Looking in ...
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Correct/Optimized Binding of Open Directory clients?

I have have three locations with an OD Master in our primary location and OD Replicas in each off-site location. I've always bound clients to our OD Master because the Open Directory Admin ...
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How to resolve `bootpd` crashing constantly on Mac OS X 10.6.4 Snow Leopard Server?

I've got a Mac Pro running Mac OS X 10.6.4 Snow Leopard Server and it's recently started getting numerous 'kNetworkError's in Server Admin.app when viewing services. It's acting as a gateway w/NAT and ...
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Listing group members using ldapsearch

Our corporate LDAP directory is housed on a Snow Leopard Server Open Directory setup. I'm trying to use the ldapsearch tool to export an .ldif file to import into another external LDAP server to ...
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Mail Server setup under Mac OS X Server Snow Leopard (10.6)

I'm currently setting up a number of new Xserve boxes running Mac OS X Server Snow Leopard. One of these machines will be replacing our current (ageing) Linux mail server. The Linux box is running an ...
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is Snow Leopard Server ready for production?

I installed my 2 XServe 1 week after SL was out, I refrained to start with 10.6.0. I'm planning to upgrade both to 10.6.2 or perhaps I should wait for 10.6.3? Do you consider SLS ready for a ...
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Locked out of Snow Leopard Server. How do I get back in?

I have an XServe running Snow Leopard Server (10.6.2). It has some local administrator accounts on it and it is also an OpenDirectory master. I noticed earlier today that I was not able to login with ...
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OS X Server - How do I clone or transfer users from an Open Directory I'm planning to disband, to another server?

I have an OS X Server I've been using for the last two years or so. During this time it has been upgraded and fixed so many times it developed some certificate problems now turning into a gangrene. ...
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Mac 10.9 Server + Windows Foundation 2012 Server + VPNing in = Is it possible?

I need to be able to connect to both a Mac 10.9 server and a Windows Foundation 2012 Server at the same time through a single VPN login... Alright so here's the skinny on the setup. Running OSX ...
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How do I push Real Names to iChat/Messages.app?

I'm running OS X Mountain Lion Server with the Messages (iChat) service. Whenever a user logs in to iChat, Messages.app, or any other jabber client the real names are not being populated for the ...
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error in system log - Succeeded authorizing right

Just installed a fresh 10.8.2 server running contacts, DNS, Mail, Open Dir, Profile Manager and Websites. The machine is primerally used for mail which is all fine and as far as i can see there are no ...
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SBS 2011 Essentials and too many new Mac users

We currently have about 15 users on a Windows SBS 2011 Essentials Server. I've just been informed that we plan to bring aboard about 15 more users that will be using Macs. We'll be using a Mac ...
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OS X Leopard (10.5) Server — Unwanted Emails [closed]

Our OS X Leopard (10.5) server is sending out an email EVERY DAY for a Disk Full Notification on an external HDD we use for Time Machine backups (which manages it's own disk space, so the disk full ...
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Dynamically translate posixGroup to groupOfNames in slapd (Apple Open Directory)

I'm setting up an application to authenticate to Open Directory using LDAP. Open Directory stores groups in RFC 2307 posixGroups format, like this: cn: mygroup objectClass: top objectClass: ...
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How can I specify which IP address is used for outbound traffic in OS X Lion Server with multiple WAN IPs?

I have a Mac Mini Server running OS X 10.7.4 (Lion). I am using the ethernet port for the LAN and I have a USB->Ethernet adapter for the WAN. I have assigned two external IPs to the USB->Ethernet ...
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Upgrade 10.6 Server to 10.7 server error

I am trying to upgrade 2 Mac mini Servers from OS X Server 10.6 to 10.7. I get the following error: The additional components needed to install Mac OS X can't be found. Googling for this ...
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How can I determine the specific file referenced by fs_usage, which is listed by block

I was investigating a problem on a Mac OS X 10.6.8 Server, where users were complaining of access slowdowns. Network throughput slowed to a crawl. It felt like the server was overburdened. System ...
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Why isn't Samba authenticating an Open Directory username that arrives in all caps?

I have a Mac OS X 10.6 server that acts as an Open Directory master and allows file sharing from the Open Directory users' home directories. Today, for unknown reasons, it's stopped permitting our ...
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OS X Lion Server not able to set Open Directory user account to store home directory on server

I'm setting up a new Mac Mini server for a client that came with Lion Server. The Mac Mini will act as an Open Directory server and will store each Mac user in the office's home directory on it. It's ...
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login based forward proxy control for mac os x 10.6?

Can I do user/login based forward proxy (for website blocking) in Mac OS X server 10.6, or know of a solution that will integrate with the Open Directory of OSX?
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View Mac files on Windows server 03 and Windows 7

I wanted to know if this is possible at all. Here's the scenario I have a location in New Jersey that is using a Mac Server, with one windows server there for file replication we will call this ...
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VPN is working, except for DNS lookups. Firewall (Cisco ASA 5505) issue?

I've got the following set up: LAN -> DHCP / DNS / VPN server (OSX 10.6) -> Cisco ASA 5505 -> WAN Connecting to the LAN via VPN works fine. I get all the details properly and I can ping ...
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Mac Management Without Permission and Security

I was going through some literature on managing OS X laptops and asked someone some questions about usage scenarios when using the MacBooks. I asked someone more knowledgeable than I about whether it ...
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Why is Apple System Image Utility so slow?

I'm using Apple System Image Utility (SIU) on Snow Leopard 10.6.2 and I am rather disturbed it takes over Three hours to make a Netrestore or Netboot image. I'm using as the donor machine a brand new ...
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Potential VM growth in DirectoryService since client

I get following message in my System Log Dec 9 14:09:44 XXXXXXXXXX DirectoryService[26]: Potential VM growth in DirectoryService since client PID: 213, has 9500 open references when the warning ...
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Find whats using all my servers bandwidth

TLDR: how can I dig deeper into my Mac mini OSX server to determine what processes are consuming so much bandwidth, or where all the inbound traffic is coming from? Resource caching is on, all ...
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Using a Mac as a production server?

I've never used a mac before so I'm not exactly sure about this: A client wants me to make a website for him and host it on his Mac server. The website is obviously going to be created with PHP and ...
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Mac OSX Server - Mac Mini to XServe Migration

If I build out a Mac OSX Server install on a Mac Mini and then when it's ready for production I image the disks to an XServe, is there any reason the resulting system won't just work? Assuming I'm ...
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Maximum hard drive space for an Xserve G5

At my college we're upgrading an Xserve G5 (RackMac3,1) to be a file server for some courses. Currently it has one sled with a 75GB drive. Obviously, this isn't enough. I've tried some Googling on ...
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Adobe Reader won't launch when logged into network user accounts (Open Directory)

I have Adobe Reader 9 installed onto the local hard drives of my workstations. The application launches from local user accounts and functions as expected. When users are logged in with a network ...