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John Cabaniss

Starting an Ephemeral VM Pipeline using macOS

As Dev and Ops teams combine to DevOps teams, ephemeral builds become a bigger pain point - don’t worry, we’ll walk you through the how-tos with Orka.

June 2020
June 2020

Orka Overview Part 3: Remote Desktop Login for Mac VMs

Developers need remote access to their VMs and while SSH is great, sometimes you need a GUI. Orka provides VNC and ScreenShare ports out-of-the-box. Here's a quick guide.

April 2020
April 2020

Orka Overview Part 1: Storing macOS Images with Orka

In Orka, macOS image management is amazingly simple because the architecture enforces best practices for network-based storage. Learn more about how it works.

March 2020
April 2020

2019 Mac Pros at MacStadium

The 2019 Mac Pros have arrived and our benchmarking has started! For this first round of benchmarking, we used NodeJS and Wikipedia’s iOS build. Check out the results we got when the new Pro was put up against its earlier counterparts.

January 2020
March 2020

Reports of Xcode 11 building slow: 50% increase in build times?

We recently had a call with a customer who has been experiencing slow run-times after moving to Xcode 11. Have you experienced similar issues? We want to know!

October 2019
March 2020

Catalina Released... and Live on Orka!

Catalina was officially released today, and within a matter of hours, the Orka team had made a Catalina ISO available to our customers. We encourage all of our current Orka customers to pull the new ISO and give Catalina a try.

October 2019
March 2020

DevOps World | Jenkins World Talks are LIVE

The 2019 DevOps World | Jenkins World conference in San Francisco is in the books. While we were there, we hit as many of the talks as we could. In this piece, we take a look back at some of our favorites and give our thoughts and takeaways.

October 2019
March 2020

Homebrew Tests Catalina on Orka

Participating in the Orka beta program this summer, Homebrew teamed up with MacStadium to test the macOS Catalina beta on Orka to great success.

August 2019
March 2020

Benchmarking with Multiple vSphere Builds Using Jenkins

We've set out to discover best practices when virtualizing with vSphere and Jenkins when paired with MacStadium. Read what we consider to be the best way to produce ephemeral VMs.

August 2019
March 2020

CI/CD Differences on Mac Infrastructure

CI/CD, regardless of the OS associated with it, is generally the same at a high level. However, there are some distinctions in the world of Mac CI/CD including Mac-specific tools and best practices.

July 2019
March 2020

Provisioning on MacStadium with Terraform

In the latest in a series of helpful posts for new MacStadium adopters, get tips for using HashiCorp's Terraform with each of MacStadium's virtualization platforms.

July 2019
March 2020

Provisioning on MacStadium with Ansible

In a series of blog posts, we will provide some pointers and a few examples for new MacStadium adopters to use as a guide. Let's start with Ansible...

July 2019
October 2020

CI Changes with Catalyst

Apple highlighted Catalyst’s new features and increased functionality at WWDC. When mass adoption hits, there will need to be some changes to Mac-related CI workflows.

July 2019
March 2020

Speeding Up Xcode Builds

As projects grow, build times can become problematic. However, there are several tweaks you can make to Xcode that can decrease the amount of time it takes for builds to complete without any extra work.

September 2018
June 2020