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Collecting into one big answer: Citrix Client Air Sharing (use it like a network-attached thumbdrive) Skype (to keep in contact with your other clients) iStat for monitoring Max OS X. Slicehost Pro. Analytics for Google Analytics. TouchTerm (SSH client) SSH Client (iSSH) Mylite (for looking inside servers when you have no torch!) Snap: network scan (ports, ...


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Create a limited wireless subnet for the i-Devices that only has access to specifically what they need to use these applications. After doing that, you have nothing to worry about as far as security goes. As an aside, I should say that if you think your network is "secure" just because you use WSUS and a centrally-managed AV system, you're having the wool ...


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I've always liked Crucial. Guaranteed to work and all that. Good prices. Nice ram selector so you know your getting the right stuff. In general any ram with the proper specs will work in a Mac. For new hardware though a guarantee is always nice. Edit - I ALWAYS go with 3rd party ram in Macs. The prices Apple charges for ram is ridiculous. Edit 2 - ...


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You might want to invest in a utility that disables the creation of .DS_Store files on network volumes. Otherwise you'll find these little files popping up all over your network volumes as the Mac users use them. I use an app called Cocktail for this.


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I'd recommend starting with this guide on Apple's mailing list (credit to Gilbert Palau): The crux is quoted here: Go to the Directory Utility ‐> /Applications/Utilities/ Click the Advanced Settings Button ‐> Buttons should appear on the top Click Services Make sure you're authenticated to makes changes ‐> click the lock and login ...


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I have a dedicated page on my iPhone with useful applications: Jaadu RDP: the best Remote Desktop Client (RDP) for the iPhone I found. It's a very intuitive and powerful app. Snap: network scan (ports, services) Network Ping Lite: discover and ping IP addresses WiFiFiFom: detect and visualize wireless networks aSubNet: subnet mask calculator for IP ...


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Cydia (lets you add loads more apps)


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We have/had 5 of these machines in use at my place of business. I wanted to add to that the high-end PowerMac G5s, while still very powerful machines, had some pretty "complicated" hardware inside such as a closed-loop liquid cooling system to deal with the heat generated by the CPUs. While I never had the cooling system fail outright and spew coolant ...


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If you don't have these computer attached to an OpenDirectory server (the preferred way to do this is to restrict the launching of the app through Workgroup Manager) you can set the permissions on the App Store application to not allow users to run it: chmod -R 000 /Applications/AppStore.app This keep anyone from launching the application. It can be ...


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We're just trying to bring our Macs into the fold here. My original plan was to use Backup Exec's Mac agent. Then I found out that the agent doesn't support 10.9, or even 10.8. So if you're keeping the OS up-to-date, that's out. I've heard legend tell that the next SP will get it up to speed, but I'm not holding my breath. It has been a few years, but ...


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Boot Camp is not supported on Xserves: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3307


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The XP install disk puts the needed magic spice in the MBR on the disk. Until this is done the windows bootloader never runs.


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I would say evaluate the 'business' value of keeping current, e.g. Will they actually need the software upgrades (e.g. new features) What is the real likelihood of malware infection in a PowerPC mac that can't be fixed by third-party antivirus systems? Are they going to be purchasing more machines and having to run a mixed Intel/PowerPC shop (which will ...


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The only iPad simulator I am aware of is the one you get with the development SDK, however I believe this will only allow you to run your own apps that you have developed, rather than download them from the app store. What are your concerns regarding having iPad's on your corporate network? Have you considered a wireless network for the iPad that is just ...


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Acronis supports Macs and a centralized backup server. Symantec also supports Macs and has a centralized appliance. There's also Retrospect, a long-time established Mac backup package that also appears to support a local backup server. I'm sure there are more. (I've intentionally excluded cloud services.) Of course, the way we're using Acronis (for ...


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Might be something corrupt that it is trying to start as/for that user upon login. You can try to run "Verify Disk Permissions", and see if that reports anything. Also check /var/log/system.log to see if anything shows up there indicating what specific thing is the problem for that user. edit Based on your edits, if the verify permissions job hangs, you ...


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Here are a few I have on my device: If you're monitoring Mac OS X machines, I've found that iStat is very useful. It also has ping and traceroute built in to do some basic network diagnostics. If you're a Slicehost user, the now-free Slicehost Pro is a great way to monitor your slices. If you use Google Analytics, the Analytics app is great to quickly ...


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These won't be entirely new to you, since you follow afp548.com and macenterprise.org, but Nigel Kersten, currently at Google, publishes very useful tips here: http://explanatorygap.net Greg Neagle, currently of Disney, has maintained an excellent blog here: http://managingosx.wordpress.com And an old favourite, Mac OS X Hints, busy and eclectic as it ...


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I've run the Xserve RAID Admin on Windows without any problems - you can download the .zip version from Apple's site. I'd post a link but apparently I'm not cool enough yet. See Using RAID Admin with other operating systems and the download is at support.apple.com


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Use Google Calendar + CalDav. We use it as our calendar for our business, and it's solid. iCal integration is not 100% (no tasks, each calendar is a new account), but the most important parts are even better than iCal Server IMO. Having google email or SMS you a few hours before a meeting is especially nice.


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Knowing Apple, I dare say they'll wait until they just can't ignore how popular cloud computing is (assuming it gets to that stage), then bring out their own cloud solution. As far as virtualization on the whole goes, I don't think they're missing out on much because they don't target the same audiences as Windows Server and Linux/UNIX does in the cloud ...


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To the best of my knowledge, there is no upgrade path from OS X to OS X server and there never has been. You would need to purchase the full version of OS X 10.6.0 Snow Leopard Server. The cost for this would be $499 for the unlimited client version.


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The iTunes Store connects on standard HTTP(S) ports, 80 and 443, so I assume that the Mac App Store does the same. Here is the Apple knowledge base article on blocking the iTunes store by URL: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3303 It says To prevent client computers from connecting to the iTunes Store, network administrators can block the Internet ...


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Open Directory is an open source back end with a closed source schema and front end. One thing to consider is how much time you spend on the solution and it's usability afterwords. If your solution needs too much support or is onerous to use than you save a little upfront but are spending more in the long term. In many cases the tools are more important ...


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Apple used to supply their own version of Java, but have moved away from that in favour of donating the code to the OpenJDK project. The fundamental reason is that Java is portable, but the JVM isn't - especially components that are about the platform, such as sound, file-system, and GUI components. What Apple did was write the OS-X parts of the JVM, and ...


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It's a legitimate address range - if Apple's using it as a default address for their routers, then they're doing it wrong. ARIN confirms that the whole 6.0.0.0/8 range is assigned to "USAISC", and if you take a look at a BGP looking glass, you'll see that 6.3.0.0/18 is being actively routed on the internet by AS668, which is assigned to the US DoD.


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I used to use CrashPlan at a previous job to back up a couple of hundred Mac laptops, a few Windows VMs, and even a couple of Linux servers. They have a cloud based solution, but we used the on-premise server (I think they've since renamed it to CrashPlan ProE) and it was rock solid. I liked it enough that I use their cloud consumer solution to back up all ...


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Two great resources on joining OSX clients to Active Directory are: The Apple white paper on how to do it: pdf An Apple video presentation on best practices for OSX AD: seminar Apple has an extensive list of white papers and the like for a whole range of topics - check it out at http://www.apple.com/business/resources/


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TouchTerm (SSH client)


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At present no one has successfully done this. Two links I ran across of those trying: http://www.hackint0sh.org/forum/f133/36987.htm http://www.scherello.de/?id=181



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