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vSphere 6.7

How to Upgrade ESX Hosts to vSphere 6.7

While we've been using and testing it for a while, we now officially support vSphere 6.7, which includes support for Apple File System (APFS) and macOS Mojave. Check out this guide to help you navigate the upgrade process.

November 2018
November 2018
VMware Quick Start Guide

MacStadium VMware Private Cloud Quick Start Guide

Get up and running with your MacStadium VMware private cloud quickly and easily with our VMware Private Cloud Quick Start Guide.

October 2018
October 2018
Two-Factor Authentication

Two-Factor Authentication in the Customer Portal

MacStadium now offers the ability for customers to enable two-factor authentication when logging into the portal, providing an additional layer of security when accessing your customer environment.

October 2018
October 2018

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
September 2018
Mac mini racks

Ways to use your Mac server

When you say to yourself, "I'd love to try a Mac server but I just don't know what I'd do with it," take a look at this list. It's a mix of Mac apps, open source projects, and iOS tools.

October 2018
April 2018
Syncing Status

Science confirmed: text replacements do not sync

Text replacement snippets are a useful tool that can be used on macOS and iOS. You create shortcut text that, when typed, expands to something longer.

April 2018
September 2017
High Sierra

Some tips on High Sierra at MacStadium

High Sierra is almost among us. Here are a few things you should consider as you decide to upgrade to macOS 10.13.

April 2018
September 2017
NuoRDS

NuoRDS is a scalable terminal server for Mac

There is a new terminal server option for Mac. It is called NuoRDS. It is simple to install, has a number of options and is quite well developed.

November 2018
August 2017
Transmit

Use Transmit and a Mac mini at MacStadium

The venerable Panic Inc announced Transmit 5 today, and update to a very popular file transfer app that just gets better and better.

November 2018
July 2017
Utilization Graph

MacStadium Network Monitoring

Monitoring network performance of hosted servers is essential to managing the capabilities of the software running on your Mac servers at MacStadium.

April 2018
May 2017
iPad

Work with macOS on an iPad or iPhone

As iOS becomes more powerful, and screens get larger and larger, many people are traveling with just an iPhone or iPad.

April 2018
March 2017
Git

How to Add iCloud as a Git Repo

What if you could use Apple's iCloud to store a local copy of your code and have it available on any of your Apple devices as well? This is certainly possible.

April 2018
December 2016
Mac Pro Rack

Partner with MacStadium for Mac CI hosting

Over the last year, MacStadium has seen tremendous growth by offering Mac servers for development and continuous integration.

April 2018
December 2016
MacStadium Help Site

A New Help Portal for MacStadium Customers

Today, we're releasing a new dedicated Help portal with built-in search for our customers and others new to Mac hosting.

April 2018
November 2016
VPN Server

Setup a VPN server with macOS Sierra server 10.12

We have a lot of customers who use their Mac mini as a VPN server. This works great when you need an IP address in the US, or a secure internet connection on the road.

April 2018
October 2016
From OS X to macOS

Upgrade from OS X 10.11 El Capitan to macOS 10.12 Sierra Best Practices

While there are many brave souls who updated to macOS 10.12 Sierra immediately, we're sure many of you were waiting for the all clear.

April 2018
October 2016
iOS 10

iOS 10 brings simple setup with macOS Server

This update brings all sorts of upgrades and features, but there is one particular that is quite useful if you are running a Mac server to host your mail, notes, calendars and other features in macOS Server.

April 2018
September 2016
iPad Settings

How to setup a Mac Server as an MDM using Profile Manager

This tutorial will introduce you to Apple’s very own MDM solution, called Profile Manager. Profile Manager provides an impressive feature set, is easy to use, rather stable and — above all — very affordable.

April 2018
September 2016
Resilio

Setup a file server with Resilio on a Mac mini

Resilio Sync is a power application that lets you run your own file syncing server. It has many of the powerful features found in Dropbox, but it runs on your own hardware.

April 2018
August 2016
SSH

How to Enable SSH in the VMware ESXi Embedded Host Client

A few customers have asked about this now that we’re provisioning more Mac servers with ESXi 6.0 U2. Rather than have you wait for a support ticket, you can take care of it yourself with the following guide.

April 2018
August 2016
OS X Virtual Machine

Bug Fix: Deploying OS X Virtual Machines to a Single ESXi Host via Embedded Host Client

Thanks to one of our customers, we recently discovered an issue with the VMware ESXi host client that has the potential to affect many MacStadium users.

April 2018
July 2016
ARP Fix Status

How to Apply the ARP-Fix for Colocated Macs

"Why do I have constant issues connecting to my colocated Mac running OS X?" This question doesn't come up often, but it’s worth sharing the most likely answer and how to fix the issue permanently.

November 2018
March 2016
Time Zones

Explaining Time Zones and Best Practices for Configuring Time on Servers

Let’s look at how time zones came about, how technology handles time zones, and ways to avoid time zone issues in software development and infrastructure management.

April 2018
February 2016
CPU

What Makes a Mac Server?

In this article, we'll go over the basic components of a Mac server and the purpose each component plays in making the server work. With this knowledge, the hardware can help you create the next app of the year.

April 2018
January 2016
Dedicated Mac Server Comparison

Mac Server Growing Pains and How to Avoid Them

This post is part of our beginner's guide to hosting, Mac servers, and virtualization. Follow along on Twitter or with RSS. Your team has released a brand new app and it’s flooded with new users.

April 2018
January 2016
VMware ESXi Management from a Mac

Managing VMware ESXi with Just a Mac

In early 2016, VMware began including the embedded HTML5 host client for managing ESXi in version 6.0 U2 from your web browser. It’s a great solution for users getting started with a dedicated Mac.

November 2018
December 2015
Science in Virtualization

Science in Virtualization: Efficient Deployment with Clean Room VMs

Science is difficult. Developing a strict testing system for a science experiment that is repeatable in other lab environments is even harder.

April 2018
September 2015
Mac mini performance

Mac mini 2014 Tear-Down and Benchmarks

A couple days ago, Apple released its latest round of Mac mini hardware to the world. Today, we show you a complete step by step how-to tear-down the 2014 Mac mini from the outside-in.

November 2018
October 2014
GPU Enablers

OSX 10.8 & 10.9 Headless GPU Enabler Comparisons

Did you know you can easily change your remote desktop resolution to a variety of choices which will best suit your requirements? From 800x600 to 1080p and beyond, we have solutions that will enable them all!

April 2018
August 2014
Cisco IPSEC VPN

How to setup a MacStadium Cisco IPSEC VPN connection

The majority of our enterprise customers (and all customers using Mac private cloud environments) take advantage of one of the Cisco Firewall options that we offer here at MacStadium.

April 2018
July 2014
PLEX

Hosted PLEX Media Server

Utilizing a hosted Mac at MacStadium to run Plex media server is a great solution! Plex organizes video, music and photos from personal media libraries and streams them to smart TVs, streaming boxes and mobile devices.

April 2018
March 2014
OwnCloud

Hosted OwnCloud File Sync & Share

Configuring a hosted Mac server at MacStadium to run a dedicated OwnCloud private cloud storage solution is a great solution for businesses of any size!

April 2018
January 2014
Mac Apps

Hosted DNS, Web & Mail Server Quick-Start: Part 2

Part two of a 4-part series designed to get new subscribers educated, configured, tested, and ultimately up and running with their Mac servers at MacStadium.

November 2018
August 2013
Mac Apps

Hosted DNS, Web & Mail Server Quick-Start: Part 1

This is a 4 part series designed to get new subscribers educated, configured, tested, and ultimately up and running with their Mac servers at MacStadium.

April 2018
August 2013
Mountain Lion Server

Hosted Mountain Lion Server Part 30: SSH Basics

SSH allows you to connect securely to your server. In this screencast I walk you through connecting to your server using SSH.

April 2018
July 2013
Mountain Lion Server

Hosted Mountain Lion Server Part 31: SFTP

SFTP is basically FTP through SSH which makes the communications secure back and forth.

April 2018
July 2013
Mountain Lion Server

Hosted Mountain Lion Server Part 28: Work Group Manager Overview

With the move from 10.6 to 10.7 and 10.8, Apple has still made the Work Group Manager Application available to those who still like the old UI of the application.

April 2018
July 2013
Mountain Lion Server

Hosted Mountain Lion Server Part 29: Work Group Manager Preferences

Continued coverage of Work Group Manager. If you haven't viewed the previous screencast on Work Group Manager, you will want to view that one first before this one.

April 2018
July 2013
Mountain Lion Server

Hosted Mountain Lion Server Part 27: Remote Server Management

Because your server is in a hosted environment accessing your server remotely is a must if you are to manage it and get all you can out of it.

April 2018
July 2013
Mountain Lion Server

Hosted Mountain Lion Server Part 26: Connecting iOS to WebDAV

With so many people using mobile devices as their primary platform, it is important to have a way to share files with those mobile devices from your server.

April 2018
July 2013
Mountain Lion Server

Hosted Mountain Lion Server Part 25: Wiki - Customization

One of the advantages of using the built in wiki is you can customize it to fit your needs. The wiki can be a great resource to collaborate with others and to share files.

April 2018
July 2013
Mountain Lion Server

Hosted Mountain Lion Server Part 24: Wiki - Set Up

With Wiki website, Apple gives you a prebuilt template for a wiki that you can use to host your own wiki, blogs, and other online features like an online calendar.

April 2018
July 2013
Mountain Lion Server

Hosted Mountain Lion Server Part 23: Profile Manager Devices & Groups

Profile Manager allows you to manage many of the details of setting up your devices so you only have to set it up once and then push those profiles to all your devices.

April 2018
July 2013
Mountain Lion Server

Hosted Mountain Lion Server Part 22: Profile Manager Users & Groups

Once you have Profile Manager set up you can begin to create profiles that you can use to manage your clients and their devices.

April 2018
July 2013
Mountain Lion Server

Hosted Mountain Lion Server Part 21: Profile Manager iOS Enrollment

Not only does Profile Manager allow you to enroll your Macs in the service, you can also enroll your iOS devices as well.

April 2018
July 2013
Mountain Lion Server

Hosted Mountain Lion Server Part 20: Profile Manager Mac Enrollment

In order for your Mac's to be able to receive profiles they need to be enrolled in the Profile Manager Service.

April 2018
July 2013
Mountain Lion Server

Hosted Mountain Lion Server Part 19: Website Server

Built into Mountain Lion Server is a Website Service that allows you to host multiple websites and does all of the routing internally to the proper address.

April 2018
July 2013
Mountain Lion Server

Hosted Mountain Lion Server Part 18: Mail

One of the benefits of hosting your own server at MacStadium is being able to host your own mail server. Built right into Mountain Lion Server is a Mail Server that can handle the email for your domain.

April 2018
July 2013
Mountain Lion Server

Hosted Mountain Lion Server Part 17: Time Machine

Back ups are something we all need to do and make sure all of our client machines are doing to protect our data. In addition to local back ups it is a good idea to have remote back ups as well.

April 2018
July 2013
Mountain Lion Server

Hosted Mountain Lion Server Part 16: FTP

FTP is a service that most people think about when they think about servers. FTP has been the way many people upload files to servers and while it is an older service it is something many still rely on today.

April 2018
July 2013
Mountain Lion Server

Hosted Mountain Lion Server Part 15: VPN

Secure connections are something most of us think about today especially on unsecured public wifi networks. A VPN connection can create an encrypted connection to keep all of your data safe.

April 2018
July 2013
Mountain Lion Server

Hosted Mountain Lion Server Part 14: Messages

With your hosted Mountain Lion Server you have a messages service built in that you can configure and control to suit whatever your needs are.

April 2018
June 2013
Mountain Lion Server

Hosted Mountain Lion Server Part 13: Contacts

In Mountain Lion Server there is a built in contact service that allows you to set up your own private contacts cloud to keep your contact data in sync across your various devices.

April 2018
June 2013
Mountain Lion Server

Hosted Mountain Lion Server Part 12: Shared Calendar

Running a Mountain Lion Server calendar yourself adds privacy to your schedule and allows you to have complete control over who views and uses your calendar.

April 2018
June 2013
Mountain Lion Server

Hosted Mountain Lion Server Part 11: Connect and Auto Mount AFP

Once your shares are set up and you have all your file sharing permission set, you will want to start using those shares and get to them in the most convenient way possible.

April 2018
June 2013
Mountain Lion Server

Hosted OS X Mountain Lion Server Part 10: File Sharing

File sharing is one of the basic services we all expect from a server. Having access to our files and folders from anywhere on whatever devices we are makes sure that we are never without the documents we need.

April 2018
June 2013
Mountain Lion Server

Hosted OS X Mountain Lion Server Part 9: Users and Groups

Once you have set up your Open Directory Master it is time to add network accounts to your server.

April 2018
June 2013
Mountain Lion Server

Hosted OS X Mountain Lion Server Part 8: Profile Manager Set Up & MDM

One of the benefits of OS X Server is the built in MDM (Mobile Device Management) service called Profile Manager.

April 2018
June 2013
Mountain Lion Server

Hosted OS X Mountain Lion Server Part 7: Open Directory

An Open Directory allows for network accounts and is required for some of Mountain Lion's services like Profile Manager.

April 2018
June 2013
Mountain Lion Server

Hosted OS X Mountain Lion Server Part 6: DNS

In this screencast I cover the DNS Service in Mountain Lion Server. DNS is the most critical service that must be functioning correctly if all the other services are going to work in OS X Server.

April 2018
June 2013
Mountain Lion

Installing Mountain Lion VPN and Firewall

If you desire to 'lock down' your hosted Mac mini in MacStadium, there are a variety of solutions available...

April 2018
May 2013
Mountain Lion Server

Hosted OSX Mountain Lion Server Part 5: SSL Certificates

In this tutorial I cover how to set up SSL Certificates to use the services in Mountain Lion Server.

April 2018
May 2013
Mountain Lion Server

Hosted OS X Mountain Lion Server Part 4: IceFloor Firewall & Port Forwarding

In this screencast I cover the advanced OSX Firewall configuration using the 3rd party IceFloor Firewall utility and talk about the notion of 'port forwarding'.

April 2018
May 2013
Mountain Lion Server

Hosted OSX Mountain Lion Server Part 3: Built In Firewall

Because all the ports on your Mac Mini are open in a hosted environment, it becomes more important to deploy a firewall to control who can have access to what services.

April 2018
May 2013
Mountain Lion Server

Hosted OSX Mountain Lion Server Part 2: Installing OSX Server

In this screen-cast I cover how to install the Mac OS X Server application for 10.8.x Mountain Lion and walk you through the entire installation process for your hosted Mac mini Server at MacStadium.

April 2018
May 2013
Mountain Lion Server

Hosted OSX Mountain Lion Server Part 1: Setting Up Your Server

In this screen-cast I will cover how to get started with your new Hosted Mac mini Server at MacStadium.

April 2018
May 2013
Mountain Lion Server

Hosted OSX Mountain Lion Server Series

OSX Server for Mountain Lion (OSX 10.8.x) is an add-on which can be purchased for $19.99 from the Apple App Store and installed on any Apple Mac server running here at MacStadium.

April 2018
May 2013
Kerio

Kerio Connect: Better than MS Exchange

IT Managers are learning more and more about the benefits of hosting an Exchange Server via Windows Server installation on a dedicated Mac Mini.

April 2018
September 2012
Minecraft

How to Install Minecraft Server onto Mac mini

Installing a Minecraft server on a Mac is slightly more involved than on a Windows machine; however, the process is very simple when following our step-by-step video!

April 2018
September 2012
Daylite

Installing Daylite Server onto remote Mac mini

Looking at the trend in small business functions, many owners and managers are looking to have full control over their own remote services such as email servers, web hosting and now database management.

April 2018
September 2012
Mac dongle

SplashTop 30fps GPU Enabled Remote Desktop

I am going to walk you through the process of installing Splashtop Remote and its virtual display driver on your Mac Mini.

April 2018
August 2012
Remotely Control Your Mac Mini

Remotely controlling your Mac Mini server

Where Do I Begin? So you have a MacStadium hosted server and you're all ready to do something with it. The first question on your mind is probably "How do I control this thing?"

April 2018
July 2012