Questions regarding Apple Mac Server editions of OS X.

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Who uses Mac OS X Server and why? [closed]

I am really curious. Mac OS X as a server sounds like a very expensive solution that is not much better than the free one provided by free software. I understand paying extra for a nice UI and an ...
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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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Equivalent of logrotate on OSX

Is logrotate hiding somewhere on OSX, or is there an equivalent? It's not in /usr/sbin.
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Having Mac OS X on a XEN virtual machine

Is it possible to have Mac OS X guest on a XEN host? If yes, how? There are difference for Mac OS X Server? In particular I'm interested in the installation of a testing Mac OS X Server inside a ...
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Is there a way to get OSX to use more RAM and less swap?

The problem I'm having is on a server (and other OSX boxes as well) we have 4GB of RAM, but we are finding that OSX only uses 40-60% of the available RAM while also having a 6-7GB swap. The server is ...
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Is it possible to install Mac OS X Server on a Mac Mini without hacking it?

I'd like to have a Software Update Server (SUS) for my clients. Since this service would not be critical, redundancy and availability are not an issue for me. Given the fact that SUS is only ...
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Migrating from Windows Domain (SBS) to Macs (workstations and servers)

So a couple of Mac consultants walked into one of my customers office and convinced the business owner that they could completely swap in Macs across the board for the entire office. Being a Mac ...
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Snow Leopard iSCSI initiator

I'm getting ready for a large Snow Leopard migration and am having problems with the standard iSCSI initiator from globalSAN. After some research I found out that the initiator is just incompatible ...
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Prompt for user group when logging into OSX domain

When a user is a member of more than one group, when logging in to a 10.6 machine, it shows a prompt asking for what group to apply settings for. We're using the groups to mount different shares, ...
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Centralised Authentication - Recommendations?

I have a challenge presented before me, and that is to centralise authentication. Period. That's because me and my big mouth said I like LDAP, and anything can authenticate against it. I have pretty ...
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Best way of integrating Mac OS X clients with Active Directory

I have more than 50 Macs on the network and I think it's time to put some controls in place so I'm scouting for ways to integrate the Mac OS X clients into Active Directory. The primary objective is ...
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Setting up a cron job that does a chmod/chown

I would like to set up a cron job that recusively does a chmod/chown on a directory (the dropbox directory). This works when I execute the commands manually like: sudo chown -R $USER ~/Dropbox sudo ...
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Workaround SpamAssassin Y2K10 Bug (Mac OS X Server)

Bug Report: https://issues.apache.org/SpamAssassin/show_bug.cgi?id=6269 It turns out that SpamAssassin is adding a score of 3.2 (FH_DATE_PAST_20XX) to all email going through my mail server (Mac OS X ...
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How do I startup Xserve OS X without the GUI?

I'd like to start-up Xserves at Unix run level 3. At least turn off the GUI and have all the service app (networking, ssh, apache, mysql, etc.) running in the background. Is this possible? How do I ...
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Using Mac OS X Server e-mail and calendering

I'd love some feedback from folks on using the e-mail server and calendering features of Mac OS X Leopard server. How well has the e-mail server worked for you? Can you get your e-mail on a variety ...
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What will prevent a reboot?

I've got a Mac fileserver that isn't acting right (and was acting strangely yesterday as well). I set up an audible ping to it, and sshed into it and, as root, issued the reboot command. It did ...
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Upgrade openssl/mod_ssl on Mac OS X Server?

Context: I'm trying to set up an SVN server on a Mac OS X Server 10.6.7, and I'm running into the “SSL error parse tlsext” issue. I've tried changing the SSLProtocol option as described, but then I ...
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How difficult is it to setup Mac OS X Server?

We are a small office of about 4 people, and we would like to have a 27-inch iMac (Core 2 Duo) setup as a server and workstation simultaneously, using Mac OS X Server. This might seem like overkill ...
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How do I host 2 different website names at the same IP address?

I'd like to host two websites with different domain names, on a single server, with a single IP address. I have a fixed IP address with my service provider. It points to my router which port ...
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Snow Leopard Servers built in Wiki vs Mediawiki?

I recently installed Snow Leopard Server and am trying to get the most out of the services it offers, but one thing that currently seems pretty barebones is the Wiki it provides. Can Snow Leopard ...
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Mac OS X Server Support Levels?

I am getting the feeling that apple is slowly giving less and less attention to its server/enterprise support. What is their support like for enterprise and server products (Xserve, OS X Server)? I ...
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Linux or OS X Server?

If I have a web site on a shared server, and I want to move it to a dedicated server, what should I buy: A strong PC with Linux, or Mac OS X Server?
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Move Windows accounts and settings to OpenLDAP

I need to transfer my machine-based accounts to a directory service, namingly OpenLDAP, run behind a Mac OS X server. The idea is that I have to make sure that the settings, the programs installed and ...
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Can I create a hidden admin account via the terminal on OSX?

I have around 300 baby macs to look after, and they have lots of different admin accounts, which is a nightmare to work with. ARD has slowly been configured with the accounts of the machine owners, ...
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How do I determine if an Apple Open Directory user is disabled via LDAP?

I have an Open Directory user that has the "Access Account" box unchecked in Workgroup Manager so they cannot login. Is there a way to determine this using an LDAP query? It would also be good to be ...
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OS X Server: How/where is the server app changing the Apache configuration?

When I view the "Websites" section in the OSX Server app, I am able to manage what appear to be virtual hosts. However, when I go to check Apache's vhosts configuration, there doesn't seem to be ...
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Setting up an FTP server on Mac OS X Server

Can anyone direct me to a link that explains how to setup an FTP server on OS X Server? I searched for awhile and didn't find anything very useful.
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Running Mac OS X (non-server) on an Xserve?

I have a Xeon Xserve running Mac OS X Server 10.4. I'm very much not a fan of Mac OS X Server, and would prefer running plain old Mac OS X 10.5 on it. But I'm worried that I'd lose some features in ...
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Manually start scheduled launchd job

On our Mac OS X (10.6) Server we have setup several backup scripts that are controlled by launchd and launched at specific times. For this we have defined StartCalendarInterval and this all works very ...
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VPN server not responding, no indications of blocked traffic

I have a Mac OS X Server (10.9) machine running a L2TP/IPSec VPN server. Configuration appears to be fine, and the hostname of both the server and the VPN is set to a DynDNS hostname. The server is ...
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What Is The Recommended Way To Backup OS X Open Directory?

We have recently bought a Mac Mini preloaded with Mountain Lion Server to use as an Open Directory master, and I'm not clear on how the data for Open Directory is supposed to be backed up. We are ...
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Mac OS X Server add server user

What's the recommended way to add a user to Mac OS X Server that doesn't need all the hoopla associated with Workgroup Manager? There are many users pre-configured in Mac OS X Server (www, root, ...
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Windows 7 joining OS X Server domain

We're having trouble getting a new Windows 7 Ultimate machine joined to an OS X domain. I found this Apple KB article discussing the very same issue we're having. Basically, when entering all the ...
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How can I get memory usage reported in SNMP under Mac OS X 10.8 Server?

I have two servers running Mac OS X 10.8.3 Server (Build 12D78) with SNMP reporting enabled. I have a cacti server set up collecting data from these hosts. My Load Average, CPU Usage, Disk Space Usage ...
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TXT record for a server behind a router?

I've found this wonderful explanation of SPF on http://www.openspf.org/SPF_Record_Syntax and i had it working on my older setup. Setup has changed and i find myself in the ropes again. I have an ...
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Mac OS X desktop background gets reset to “Andromeda Galaxy.jpg” when users log out

I'm running Mac OS 10.6 server, and have a set of 10.6 and 10.7 workstations connected to it for authentication and MCX. Users have network profiles (home folder stored on server, via AFP). When ...
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Mac OS X Server (10.5) mail trapped in queue

We've got mail accumulating in our Leopard Server's queue and not sure exactly why. This machine has required little maintenance over the years so I'm hoping someone here spot the obvious and save us ...
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OSX SL Server CalDav/DirectoryServices Authentication Error

I have a OSX SL Server (Version 10.6.8) that has been in production with about 40 users for approximately a year now. Since day one I have had problems where occasionally a users iCal client throws ...
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Why is there a sites-enabled sometimes, and there isn't in other times?

Why is it that on my mac server, the Apache installed with Macports doesn't have a sites-enabled folder, like my Apache on my Ubuntu server? Are there different Apache distributions for different ...
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How can I find phantom storage usage?

I've got a Mac OS X 10.6.4 Snow Leopard Server file server (AFP) which has been running out of storage space on the boot volume for the past few weeks. It takes about two days for the remaining 42GB ...
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Mass deployment of OSX software?

I'm stuck. I'd like to think I'm reasonably good looking info up, but for the life of me I can't figure out how to deploy mac software in an enterprise, like with Group Policy.) I'm not talking about ...
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Postfix: How to make aliases work for virtual domains?

I'm trying to set up a local mailserver. I run Mac OS X Server 10.6 Snow Leopard, and it uses Postfix as server. I set the server up using the GUI and I'm doing all virtual settings via the terminal. ...
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Why is this mod_rewrite RewriteRule directive not working in the .htaccess file?

I've got a site that was hosted on a linux el cheapo hosting service that I'm migrating to my Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Server server running Apache 2.2.8 & PHP 5.2.5 w/rewrite_module enabled and ...
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How do I connect my FreeNAS File Server to my Mac OS X Directory Server?

I am trying to connect my File Server (FreeNAS 8.0.1 / 8.2-RELEASE-p7) with my Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Directory Server's Open Directory... I know that Mac OS X provides an LDAP service via which other ...
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Setting up multi-user desktop Mac OS X with a single server

We have some developers and designers who need occasional access to a Mac desktop. Is it possible to purchase a single Mac (perhaps a Mini or Pro) and allow multiple users running Windows and Linux to ...
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XServe G5 to Ubuntu

I currently have an Apple XServe G5, running OSX server 10.4. As you can imagine, 10.4 has become increasingly annoying due to the high difficulty of updating the server software (Apache, PHP, MySQL, ...
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How can I disable a User Account from the CLI with Mac OS X Server?

Is there any possible solution to disable a User from the CLI e.g. over SSH? There has to be a dscl command for that. Or is there a dsAttrTypeStandard attribute that I can set accordingly? Any ...
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OS X Login Authentication Against Leopard Server

I am doing a few tests with OS X Server before I have to do a deploy in a few months. I have configured Open Directory, and created a few users. I've configured Directory Utility on a 10.5 client, ...
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Mac OS X users in an Active Directory based network

In your corporate network, how do you handle Mac OS X users on your Active Directory based network? What are some specific things you do to cater to the Mac OS users? We are specifically having ...
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small company > Virtualization/server vs laptops vs desktops

We are a rapidly growing startup in our 3rd financial year. As we are expanding our resources (read team members) we feel the need to decide what is best We are about 5-6 people expanding to 10-15 ...