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.

ImageI know that quite a few of our customers use their their Mac minis as file servers that they share with their clients. This application will be an answered prayer for many.

With FTP Maker, you just start up the application and enter your information. (e.g., server address, directory, password, etc.) You can also add a logo for your company. Once complete, you just push “Create FTP Upload Application.” FTP Maker will then create an application that you can pass to your customers so they can easily upload to your server. Once they have it, they just drag and drop files on the application and everything else happens automatically.

What a great idea for an application. You can download a trial at the developer’s site. If you decide to purchase it, the license will cost $30.

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)

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.

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

ImageLately, 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.

ImageRumpus 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.

ImageOf all the FTP clients I’ve tried, Transmit is my favorite. (And I guess I’m not alone considering all the awards the app has won.)

The list of features is long, but among my favorite are:

  • A very clean Mac-like interface
  • Ability to edit and save to server
  • Batch Downloading
  • Column view to drag between local and remote folders
  • A free dashboard widget for drage and drop uploading.

You can download a free trial or purchase the app for $29.95 on the developer’s website.