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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.

April 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.

April 2018
July 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
Bjango

Monitor your Mac servers with iStat from Bjango

Bjango is a well respected and long time developer for great Mac and iOS apps. They have released new apps that will help you monitor your remote servers from your Mac or iOS devices.

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
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
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.

April 2018
March 2016
CI

Choosing the Right Tool for Continuous Integration and Development

Many MacStadium customers take advantage of the fast internet connection and strong performance of one or more Mac mini’s to outsource CI and CD build server duties.

April 2018
October 2015
Scrum Process

Survival of the Most Efficient - An Introduction to Agile Software Development

With the software industry moving forward rapidly and trends shifting, a delay in product release can be disastrous for a company.

April 2018
September 2015
Travis CI

How Travis CI Halved Boot Times for OS X and iOS Testing at MacStadium

Travis CI is one of the best examples of a company succeeding in the continuous integration space with a variety of free and paid, open and closed source platforms.

April 2018
September 2015
Apple

Apple’s Big Announcement is Here

"It's been way too long." That’s the cryptic message Apple sent out a few weeks ago as a teaser to its big announcement made today.

April 2018
October 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
Network Environment

OS X 10.9 & 10.10 Bugs & Network ARP Issues

Several weeks ago, we have obtained a working patch which corrects this condition for 10.9.x and 10.10.x. It is our understanding that this patch will eventually be incorporated into a future version of OS X 10.10.x Mavericks.

April 2018
January 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
OS X Mavericks

OS X 10.9 Mavericks is here - and its Free!

Great news from Apple today! OS X 10.9 aka 'Mavericks' is now available on the App store for FREE as a single step upgrade for all Mac mini server hardware 2009 and beyond!

April 2018
October 2013
Mac Apps

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

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
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 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
Speed Test

In-Depth Remote Desktop Performance Review

Last year, we ran some blog articles about video performance using various remote desktop programs for remotely managing a Mac mini in the MacStadium datacenter.

April 2018
January 2013