This one isn’t directly connected to running a server, but it’s incredibly useful for those that are on the move quite often. (And those who are on the move quite often usually have servers, so there’s my justification.)
Most of my internet time is spent at my house, my office, or the data center. In all three places I have static ip’s for port forwarding, etc. For each spot, I have a “Location” setup on my MacBook Air. I got tired of manually changing the location each time I moved around so I went searching and I found Locamatic.
Locamatic is a preference pane that will automatically change your Location based on whatever network your Airport card joins.
I’ve had it setup for a week now and it’s worked flawlessly switching me between locations.
If this sounds useful, you can it here for free.
Most homes and offices have routers in front of their Mac servers so it’s important that the right ports be forwarded. The guys at at The Coding Monkeys labs intend to make this a bit easier. From the site:
Some times you want to access your computers at home from anywhere in the world. Be it the web server on your home server, the file sharing on your desktop machine or a remote login to your parent’s computer to support them doing their work.
This is where the application “Port Map” might come handy. Originally written as a proof of concept for our framework, it’s a fully featured all-purpose port mapper supporting all major routers, with presets and URL templates.
Get it here.