ImageOnce the Mac mini is placed into the data center, Leopard provides a Screen Sharing application that works really well. In this video, we’ll look at connecting with this Screen Sharing app.

This video assumes the Mac mini is setup using the techniques in the Initial Setup video. In that video, we configured the Screen Sharing server. We’ll show where that is located in this video, but you won’t be able to connect if it wasn’t enabled previously.

And now a link to the video: Connect With Screen Sharing (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.

ImageEver 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.

ImageI had a friend write today asking how he could setup a Mac to share it’s Bonjour services over the internet. He had tried a VPN, but it was not very reliable. I recommended ShareTool.

With ShareTool, it’s as easy as starting up the application and pressing Share. From there, the service is configured. On other Macs, you’ll open the app and click “Connect” then enter the ip and port number of the sharing Mac. Now you can access like iTunes folders, Screen Sharing, etc. It couldn’t be more simple.

In addition, there are other benefits. All transfers are encrypted. If the file is large, it is compressed on the fly.

ShareTool costs $20 and can be downloaded from the YazSoft site.

Recently, we’ve had a few customers write in to mention that they are having a problem with their Screen Sharing in Leopard after the 10.5.5 update. Specifically, the first time trying to connect via the Screen Sharing application will return a small, match box sized window with only black. (pictured below.)


Luckily, it turns out there is a quick fix. In all cases, we found that restarting the local Mac (the one running the client, not the remote Mac running as the server) will fix the problem.

I hope this saves others from the headaches of troubleshooting. Sometimes it’s the most simple answer of all.