Lately, we have had a lot of new customers who want to use their Mac minis as file servers. Often the case is someone who wants an FTP server for access to all of their documents while on the road. Others have customers who they offer file storage to for a monthly fee. Because our network is very, very fast, these customers can grab their files much quicker than if they were on the road and trying to grab them from a home computer.
Luckily Leopard really improves when it comes to file sharing. The way to set services and preferences is easier and more thorough than it has ever been before.
Macworld posted an article today called, “File Sharing In Leopard that is quite helpful if you’re trying to do this sort of thing.
Rumpus is an incredibly useful FTP server that can run on Mac OS X or Mac OS X Server. Of course, Mac OS X already comes with a quick way to turn on the FTP service, but Rumpus offers so many more options and is incredibly easy to set up.
Some of the options include.
- The ability to setup users solely for FTP. (Meaning, they don’t have to be a user on your Mac machine.)
- A great web interface for uploading files. You can choose which port to serve it up on and it is fully customizable so you can make it look like your existing website. This means a user can upload a file via the web browser.
- Easy to set permissions and home folders for users.
- Event notices so you can send a notification when a certain user moves a file or when a file is accessed. All kinds of options.
- Use secure connections. (HTTPS and FTPS)
- Stats and activity tab to see how much has been transferred and current activity.
There really is so much more to this app. The feature list is large and the price is pretty large too. A license is $269. The app and licenses can be found at the Rumpus site.
DokuWiki is a simple to use Wiki aimed at a small companies documentation needs. It works on plain texts files and thus needs no database. It has a simple but powerful Syntax which makes sure the datafiles remain readable outside the Wiki.
When I worked at a law firm here in Vegas, ailment it seemed like we were continually getting “Procedure Documents” on how things are supposed to be done. A wiki like this would have been perfect for keeping procedures updated.
A series of free ebooks created and offered by FarAwayMac and Macminicolo about how to run a Mac server. It is released under a Creative Commons License. Feel free to download, distribute, and share with others.
If you want to be successful in running a Mac server, you’ll want to be sure you get started on the right foot. This ebook will walk you thru the System Preferences and show you which options should be selected and which ones should not.
You can download the ebook here. (PDF, 1.6MB)
If you’re like me, you may have quite a few servers in your ARD or VNC list. This little app is a nice reference tool while you’re working on different servers. Just put it in your applications folder and set it to run on startup and your IP address will be added to your menubar.
Head on over to the developer’s site to download the free application.
“Chyrp is a blogging engine designed to be very lightweight while retaining functionality. It is driven by PHP and MySQL (with some AJAX thrown in), and has a pimpin’ theme and module engine, so you can personalize it however you want.”
I’m a big fan of WordPress and use it often in sites that I build. But, Chyrp seems to be a good option as well.