Today, Amazon started taking pre-orders for Snow Leopard Server. This version comes in only one version of unlimited licenses for $499. (Previously it was $499 for 10 clients and $999 for unlimited. )
I know we have a lot of customers looking forward to the new iCal and Address Book services. The Mobile Access Server will be especially used for Mac/iPhone based businesses.
To learn more about Snow Leopard Server, see the official Apple page.
If you’re ready to order, it’s available tax-free at Amazon.com here
(And of course, we’re big fans of building servers with the client version as well. Snow Leopard is available as well, right here)
A question we get often is how to have multiple ip address on a Mac mini since there is only one ethernet connection. As with most things, rx this is real easy to do on a mac.
In this video, viagra buy I connect to the Mac mini in the data center and add a second ip address to it.
And now a link to the video: Multiple IP Addresses on One Mac (option+click to download)
One of the more popular uses for the Mac minis in our data center is to run a web server. The minis have incredible performance for this service. At one point, I was serving 3.5 million hits per month off of one G4 server. The Intel minis are naturally much better with more RAM allowed.
Mac OS X makes it easier to get a web site up and running. In this video, I show you how to enable the service, where to change web site documents, and how to test that it’s working.
In the video, I mention a few links. I’ll list them here:
And now a link to the video: Enable the Web Server (option+click to download)
Ever since Marketcircle released their new version of Daylite and debuted Daylite Touch, we’ve had a lot of interest from folks looking to run it from our data center. The obvious draw of this is so the iPhone can reach the database anytime, from anywhere. The secondary benefits are a safe, remote location and the ability to use the Mac mini for other reason like hosting a web site or file sharing.
In this latest version of Daylite, Marketcircle offers two different applications for the client and the server. Daylite Server is now a separate install that makes it real easy to share your database for multiple users and multiple locations.
Today, I put together a quick video tutorial that walks thru the install and configuration process of Daylite Server. I setup a Mac mini in our data center, connected to it from my home office, and walked thru the whole process. It’s the exact same steps a new Macminicolo customer would use to get up and going right away.
So now, to go along with our ten reason to host Daylite with Macminicolo, here is a video showing how to install Daylite Server on a Remote Mac mini.
I know we have a lot of customers who setup a VPN on their Mac mini so they can connect to the internet thru it while on the road.
If you use your Mac regularly with a VPN, Shimo will be worth a look. “Shimo supports almost every VPN protocol that is currently used. Next to the widely used CiscoVPN, Shimo easily handles OpenVPN and standard compliant IPSec connections. PPTP and L2TP are no problem at all either. With Cisco’s new AnyConnect protocol and the zero-configuration protocol Hamachi the list of supported connection types becomes even longer.”
Yesterday during the presentation of the new iPhone 3.0 SDK, Apple announced that developers will finally get to use the announced Push Notification service. This will allow iPhone apps to receive messages even while they are not running.
We are members of the iPhone Developer Program because we think the hosted Mac minis make a really great back end for these iPhone applications. Since the cost is so low and our install time is quick, developers can grow along with their application. We like to keep an eye on the technologies and read through the documents available in the program.
However, we are not currently developing any applications. We’re focusing on helping other developers get their project going.
So here is what we’re looking for right now. We’d like to work with a couple developers who are planning to use the push notification system in their applications. We’ll put you on some Mac minis here in the data center and host the machine for a year at no cost. We’ll give you as much bandwidth as you need. In return, we’d like to keep in good contact with you through the development process and have you inform us on what kind of performance you’re getting for the Push Notification system. From what we’ve seen from our internal testing, these Mac minis will be able to keep up with even the most popular applications. Now we’d like to see some real world numbers on real world apps.
If you’d like to work with us, feel free to send me a note. We’re going to choose two or three applications that look like they’ll provide good performance benchmarks on the Push Notifications. It’s open to both new and existing applications. We’ll agree to NDA on the application ideas, we’re just interested in the performance numbers.
Update: Thanks for all the interest. I think we’ve found the devs we are going to work for on the benchmarking. However, we’d still love to be considered for any other devs that want to host with us.
If a server is setup correctly, clinic you can hopefully walk away and it will run fine without interaction for a long time. Digital Sentry will help you get a little closer to that goal.
“Digital Sentry monitors your system for specific events, and then can perform a vast array of unique actions in response. Watch for such system events as waking from sleep, program launches, closes, or switches, file modifications, incorrect password attempts, mouse and keyboard input, and many more. Then, perform any number of tasks like sending an e-mail, shutting down the computer, starting a simulated self-destruct, pinging a web URL, taking a web cam shot, taking a screenshot, playing a multimedia file, speaking some text, executing a shell script… the list goes on!”
The interface is nice and easy to setup. The cost is $19.95 and comes with a free trial. Download it here.
The shareware and freeware scene of Mac OS X is second to none. There are so many great apps out there to try.
Each time I download an app, I’m impressed when the developer takes the time to make the disk image display nicely. Improvements come with a nice background, a shortcut to the Applications Folder, and a nice view of the icon. SimplyDisk makes it real simple to do all these things and more.
SimplyDisk is €12.95 and can be downloaded from the developer’s site.
For those of you who read the last post about iStat and were disappointed to find that it wasn’t available at the time, you’re in luck! Just last night, the Apple gatekeepers approved and listed iStat on the App Store. It’s a beautiful app for the iPhone.
Just recently, the same company that develops these apps has announced iStat for the iPhone. It’s an incredibly good looking app that will let you watch the resources on your Mac. It includes views of RAM, CPU, network, uptime, temps, etc. It also offers great implementations of pinging and traceroutes to servers. Incredibly useful if you are running a remote Mac server.
This app will also let you take a look of the stats of your iPhone like memory usage, disk space, etc.
This app has been submitted to Apple for review and should be on the App Store soon.
And it gets even better for Macminicolo customers. In an exclusive deal with Bjango, all Macminicolo customers can receive free copies of the application. See here for more details and screenshots.