ImageToday, 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 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)


ImageSecure Shell or SSH is a network protocol that allows data to be exchanged using a secure channel between two networked devices. It’s used mostly to access Unix or Linux commands, and is a secure way to send text like passwords and other private data.

In this video, we focus on SSH We look at enabling the SSH service, connecting to the server, and we show a couple uses for it. These uses include restarting the Screen Sharing service, and connecting with SFTP.

In the video, I mention a few links. I’ll list them here:

Enable Screen Sharing or ARD Via SSH
Transmit FTP client

And now a link to the video: Enable and Use SSH (option+click to download)

If you have questions or comments on the video, you can send them via twitter (@macminicolo) or using our contact page.

ImageiStat Menus and iStat Pro is very popular Mac software to watch the inner workings of your Mac. These applications keep an eye on things like CPU and RAM usage.

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.

ImageI have yet to find a really good application to monitor all traffic coming to/leaving from a Mac, sales but this one is close.

With Net Monitor Sidekick you just start the application, choose your network interface, and watch the traffic flow. The program offers a few preferences, but pretty much does as expected out of the box.

Right now, the program is in beta and can be downloaded free. Though there is a warning that the beta will expire on Mar 31, 2009.

You can down the application here.

ImageThis last weekend, a good friend of mine called and told me that his office and been broken into early Sunday morning. The thieves stole 7 20″ iMacs and a cd player. (Luckily they didn’t steal the 24″ iMac or the Mac mini server with all the data on it. We keep that server hidden good.)

Thank goodness my friend had business insurance and we picked up 7 new iMacs and had them all setup and running by Monday afternoon. We look at it as an inconvenient, but inexpensive way to upgrade the iMacs.

So now the matter is whether the police will get the iMacs back. The chances are small.

However, this week published a nice post that would have been great to have had last week. It is titled, “An advanced script/web solution to track stolen Macs .” Basically it consists of a couple of scripts that stay hidden on your machine. If your Mac were to be stolen, and later connected to the internet, it could send it’s whereabouts and photos of the thief (assuming their is a built-in iSight camera.)

How does this pertain to a site about servers? Well, you can easily turn your Mac server into an FTP server that can accept the photos and information.

Anyhow, if you’re looking for a fun weekend project that you may be REALLY thankful for later, go take a look here.

ImageThe other day, a customer asked me to setup an FTP account for his clients to use in uploading files to his machine. And while the built-in file serving of Leopard is nice, it’s not made for this sort of thing. For instance, creating a “Sharing Only” user account will only allow AFP and SMB connections.

PureFTPd is a free FTP server and PureFTPd manager is a nice Mac GUI to getting it installed and setting it up.

When you start the application, there are just a few general questions that are asked to help the setup. You can then create users, assign them to certain folders or directories.

There are plenty of options and it makes it real easy to have a powerful file server. The app is free from the developer’s site, though donations are appreciated.

ImageQuite a few of our customers use their Mac minis as central storage for a team of people in different locations. We hear from a lot of business owners who have been trying to run the server from their office, but just need more speed, reliability and security. They recognize that we can provide all three, but often they are concerned about having the machine out of the office where they can’t keep a close eye on the different versions of data. They want to make sure everyone is up to date.

This is where Changes will come in handy. Changes will keep multiple machines in sync with the latest versions of documents and projects. If you prefer something more manual, it also provides a quick way to text comparison using popular text editors.

This is also a great way to backup and update your website.

Changes is available for $39.95 and can be downloaded from the official site. (demo available)

ImageWe have quite a few customers that use their Mac minis as a file server. Searchlight gives you the ability of Spotlight search thru the web.

When you start Searchlight, there are just a few choices you have to make before your server is live. This includes which files you’d want to share. Then you start the server. It runs on port 9000.

Once the server is started, you can point a browser on your Mac, PC or iPhone and search all of your files. It also allows for a Quick Look so you can have a preview of the file.

You can learn more and download the app here.

ImagePapaya is an application you run on your server that makes it easy to share large files. I see it as a mix between Mac Os X’s built-in File Sharing and Web Server.

When you drag a file to Papaya, the file is uploaded and the download URL is automatically copied so you can paste it into an email address or a chat window. When uploading a folder, Papaya can either upload it with the same directory or archive it with ZIP or TAR automatically.

Papaya is 20 euros, downloadable from the official site.

(via tuaw)

ImageFlow is a great new FTP client that just released their 1.0 version today.

I’ve always been a “that ftp client is nice, but I’ll just stick Trasmit” kind of guy. But with the release of Flow, I’ve now officially changed.

My two favorite reasons to switch are that Flow allows for Quick Look of files that are on the server. And second, Flow will allow you to copy the URL to your remote server instantly, or even automatically after the upload. I’ve always wanted that.

Overall, it is a real smooth application. It sells for $29 and can be downloaded on extendmac website for Flow.

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