ImageWhenever I set up a new Mac mini in the data center (or help someone set up their own to send in) I’ll always suggest to have “Remote Login” enabled whether they regularly use SSH or not. The reason for this is it gives you a second way in if you were to lock yourself out by turning off Apple Remote Desktop or Leopard’s Screen Sharing. It’s easy to do.

For Apple Remote Desktop 3.2 (all one line):

sudo /System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ARDAgent.app/
Contents/Resources/kickstart -configure -allowAccessFor -allUsers -privs -all

For earlier versions of Apple Remote Desktop, Apple has a nice document here.

For Leopard’s Screen Sharing:

$ cd /Library/Preferences
$ echo -n enabled > com.apple.ScreenSharing.launchd

(Thanks to this great hint on MacOSXHints.com.)

ImageAsaph is a blogging system, but not like one you’re used to. I’d say it’s better described as a combination of WordPress and Twitter.

Once you download and install the application on your server, you can quickly post quotes or pictures to your blog. You can either do that thru the admin section, or quickly with a bookmarklet in your browser. (He has a video showing you how this is done.

To get an idea of how it looks, you can take a look at the developer’s Asaph blog. Or if you want to jump right in and play with it, you can get it at the developer’s site. (This is a link to his Asaph Category on his blog. Since the app is still in beta, he is releasing versions of it via his blog.)

ImageIt’s been a very interesting few weeks. The ideas have been plentiful and wide ranging in the My Mac Server Contest. Before we announce the winner, a few notes:

  • There are a lot of Mac users who are interested in helping others. The non-profits and service oriented projects were intended to help so many different people. It’s refreshing to hear.
  • For those who entered but didn’t win, we do hope to work with you still. As mentioned earlier, anyone who entered the contest is eligible for one free month for whatever machines they colocate with us from now until the end of April. Just make a mention on signup that you were a contest entry.
  • I feel like I have a pretty good handle on the different technologies, but I learned so much from the entries. So many of you are working with such interesting projects.
  • We did receive some notes for moving the contest up a bit and that’s understandable. As I mentioned to those who wrote in, the sole reason was that the entrants were so plentiful that it was taking a lot of time to sort thru them and we were afraid that our current customers weren’t getting the attention they deserved. I think the 6000 entries contained most who wanted to enter, but if you were left out just let us know before the end of the month and we’ll still offer the colocation special to you.

So without further wait…the winner is Nathan Brennan in Cambridge, MA. As you might expect with any great business idea, Nathan asked us to keep this one private until he is ready to go. My guess is that it will be of interest to many of you so we’ll be sure to announce it here when it’s ready.

So Nathan, your Macbook Air is on the way and your Mac mini is ready to go.

For the rest of the entrants, thank you so much for participating. I hope we’ll get to work with many of you in the future.

ImageComputerworld has put together a short walkthrough on setting up Leopard Server with a Basic install.

“Leopard Server, the newest version of Mac OS X Server, sports many new updated features. One of the most innovative is a new interface that simplifies server setup and management. This new interface is designed primarily for small businesses or small workgroups within a larger organization that need server functionality but don’t have the resources to hire a full-time systems administrator.”

If this sounds like it could be of use to you, head on over for the text and photo walk through on how to get everything set up and running. You can read it here

ImageThe entries for the “My Mac Server” contest continue to roll in. (We’ve just hit 5,500 total entries.)

In an effort to maintain some possibility of being able to go thru them all, we’ve moved the end date of the contest up. As noted on the official contest announcement, the deadline for entries is now March 24th at 11AM PST. We’re going to spend the weekend going thru entries and the winner will be announced on March 27th.

Thanks for all the great entries. And thanks for all the recommendations of different software for Mac servers.

ImageAs Macs become more and more prevalent in businesses, it’s only natural that some companies will want to keep their terminal service setup for their office. Aqua Connect makes this possible.

Aqua Connect’s Terminal Server solution allows the Mac OS X platform to be deployed to multiple devices simultaneously. The software product allows Macs, PCs and handheld devices to remotely connect while being isolated. (Similar to VNC, but with a terminal server there can be multiple people using it at the same time with their own desktop.)

The pricing is not clear as they require you to write in with your information and needs to get a pricing quote. There is a trial offer as well.

This is the only Terminal Server for Mac that I know of right now. (Maybe someone else has another option?)

If you are in the need, head over to the Aqua Connect Website.

ImageNovell’s iFolder technology is a great solution for anyone that uses more than one computer and/or uses them in multiple locations. This service syncs LOCAL copies of your documents so that you have your documents available online or offline AND keeps each iFolder client updated with any changes.

The Benefits are obvious:

  • You can get your work and home files in sync automatically.
  • All documents in all places have the most recent changes and edits.
  • A web interface to your synced files if you aren’t around your own computer.
  • Instead of only keeping your files on a server, the syncing will allow you access to your files while offline as well.

Michael Galindo, a customer of Macminicolo.net, will be publishing a three part series on how he got iFolder working on his Mac server. If you have a Mac server, and could use a little organization in your life, please feel free to follow along.

ImageWe are now one week into the the My Mac Server Contest and just this morning we reached the 4,000 entry mark. There have been so many great uses put forth from people all over the world. Here are some things we’ve learned so far.

  • There are a lot of Mac users that want to take over the world. If any of you do, please remember the little people.
  • There are so many great business ideas brewing that just need a spark to light them. If the contest doesn’t end up with you as the winner, please continue in your dream. Build that app, start that non-profit, find a way for your family to keep in touch, get your business going. We’d love to help any way we can.
  • The Macbook Air is looked at as a great computer AND a self defense weapon. I guess it is a little sharp on the sides. Luckily, I’ve been using mine for over a month now with no flesh wounds to show for it.
  • The Mac community is officially worldwide. So far, we’ve seen entries from 44 different countries.

If you haven’t yet entered the contest, we look forward to hearing from you.

ImageWe’ve had a pretty big wave of developers lately using the Macminicolo service. I think this programming language will only get more and more popular. Especially now that it’s included with Mac OS X Leopard

If you’ve wanted to learn more about Developing Rails on your Mac then you’re in luck. Apple has just posted an in depth tutorial on Developing Rails Applications On Mac OS X Leopard. This is the first in a three part seried. Part number two promises “customizing views, working with web forms, adding AJAX support, and supporting an iPhone interface.”