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Internet Sharing failing on Mac OS X Lion Server

Before I upgraded to Lion Server, I was running 10.7.1 I setup Internet Sharing in the preferences (Share from Ethernet 1 to Ethernet 2). After the upgrade, sharing doesn't work unless I take the ...
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Resources for a Mac-only office

What are some good resources about running a small office (25 or so computers) with Mac computers only (though perhaps with a Windows or Linux/Unix file server)? In other words, what information and ...
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Network stops working, with “Can't Assign Requested Address”

On OS X 10.9 (but no prior version), every now and then, I start getting strange network errors. I can still ping, but anything that requires actual content (like a web page) completely stops. For ...
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How to increase the amount of time the wifi waits before timing out a connection?

I'm currently traveling abroad. Sometimes when connecting to a very old or a heavily used router, the connection will timeout after 2-3 seconds. I think some of these routers just need more time to ...
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A Mac OS X VPN client that can import a .VPN file

I have a .vpn file that I use on Windows with the Shrew Soft VPN Client that has the connection details (excluding the username and password). Is there an equivalent client for Mac OS X that will ...
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Is there a way to configure Mac OS X Snow Leopard server as an Internet gateway with bandwidth tracking per user?

I'd like to use Mac OS X 10.6.7 Snow Leopard Server as an Internet gateway. My router would connect to the Internet facing NIC on my Mac Mini server and the internal NIC would connect to a WiFi ...
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Open ports. Safe?

My friend is currently running the default firewall with "Block all incoming connection" (except the basic ones like 80). I just scanned his mac for open ports and I found the following: Open TCP ...
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Can an iOS device be backed up to Google Drive?

I just found out today that Google is opening a cloud storage engine (a potential competitor to iCloud) called Google Drive, and I was wondering if there might be some way to backup your iOS device to ...
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Selecting a default wi-fi connection

I have multiple wifi connections in my campus (XYZ-Open, XYZ-Secure and XYZ-Guest) where XYZ-Secure is a secure connection and asks for authentication. Students use the secure connection which has a ...
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Find gateway address and netmask?

I come from the land of windows, where the ipconfig command shows four important pieces of information: IP address, netmask, gateway address, and MAC address. However, on a Mac, ifconfig only shows ...
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Neighbor's Airport Extreme extending my wireless network?

I noticed a new machine on my network -- it's my next-door neighbor's Airport Extreme! My network is set up with a WPA2 Personal password, and I don't believe that he's cracking passwords to steal ...
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Gray file in finder

Is there any way to force Finder to refresh its in-use information for gray (inaccessible) files? Details: I move infrequently used files from my Mac (OS/X 10.6) to a Windows server 2008 file ...
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Automatically assign DNS

How do I ensure that the DNS is being set by the network? On Windows I would check here and make sure that Obtain DNS server address automatically was selected:
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What, precisely, does “reset network settings” do on an iPhone?

I use "internet sharing" on my Mac, but lately I've been having trouble connecting my iPhone 5 to the resulting WiFi network. I've read advice online to do Settings -> General -> Reset -> ...
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Given its IP, how can I find out the name of a Windows PC on my network?

I'd like to find out the computer name of a Windows PC (like the name shown in the 'Shares' section of the Finder, e.g. bill-pc) given only its IP address. nslookup doesn't do the trick. I'm also ...
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How does the defaults domain ‘Network’ work? (/Network/Library/Preferences/)

How does the Network preference/defaults domain work on Mac OS? I see it referenced in a lot of Apple documentation, but I don’t understand this particular preference domain. I get the user defaults ...
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Can I move my iTunes library to a network drive?

The question title pretty much says it all. I'd like to be able to free up space on my iMac G5's hard drive. I had considered upgrading the drive, but moving it off the Mac seems like it'd be a better ...
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get a notification when my machine is pinged

I'd like to be able to be notified in any way (sound, notification, growl, etc) when someone pings my machine. Is that possible?
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Why is my host name wrong at the Terminal prompt when connected to a public WiFi network?

For three days straight, I have connected to the public WiFi network at my local library. Each day, I have seen a different prompt in Terminal. Here are some of the prompts I've seen: zp-pc:~ ...
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How do you set the TCP congestion control algorithm on OS X?

I would like to set the TCP congestion control algorithm to Westwood+. Is this possible in OS X?
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iChat sends out connections to an IP address when configuring camera and mic settings

Using LittleSnitch I noticed that Messages (iChat) tries to connect to 17.154.239.222 over udp when I open the audio and video preferences for the application. Apple owns that IP address but does ...
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how to use ipad to access webserver on macbook air

my webserver software is nginx which runs very well on macbook air using mac os x 10.7.5 when i go to http://myapp.localhost on my macbook air, i can access my website perfectly which is running on ...
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How do you cancel an automatic connection to a once joined wi-fi network on 10.7.4?

I wish to no longer log on automatically to a wi-fi network that I once logged on to access the internet. I have tried everything in the advanced tab of the Network preference panel to no avail: the ...
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What is the fastest connection between two MacBooks

What is the fastest way to connect two MacBooks? In my case I want to connect an MacBook Air (2011) with a Retina MacBookPro and use Screen Sharing. Options I'm thinking of: Thunderbolt/Ethernet ...
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Why doesn't my Macbook detect network after sleep?

every time that my 2007 macbook with lion goes to sleep, either manually (closing the lid) or timing out, i have to restart my computer to connect to the wireless network. It fails to detect any ...
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How to trick Mozy into thinking network share is local USB disk?

Mozy does not support networked mounted drives, but does support USB drives. I don't want to disconnect a drive I have on my linux server just to do the mozy backups, so can anyone think of a way I ...
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Questions about how Internet Sharing works

A simple checkbox and a menu allow you to share your internet connection (no matter which interface you get it on) with any other interface (theoretically). But, the guts of this is a little ...
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Application to notify user of active VNC connection

I want something more visual than Apple’s very subtle binoculars in the top right status menu when there is an active incoming VNC connection to the machine. Preferably just a floating window ...
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Speeding up and improving directory listing from windows Servers?

When I connect to windows servers (called PC-servers in OS X) getting the list of files in a directory is really slow (20-30s) in comparison to using a windows machine (<1s). Sometimes the files in ...
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How do I prevent OS X 10.8 from autoconnecting to a specific wireless network?

I have two wireless networks at home. I want my Mac to autoconnect to one of them, but not the other. However, I do not want to remove the other network from my preferred list, since I want to keep ...
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Unkown process listening at port 8080

The problem: something is listening on port 8080 If I load the page with Safari I get a blank page (page is white but "Develop → Show Page Source" is greyed out) If I telnet to port 8080 I get ...
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Network switching issues with MacOS 10.7?

I'm having a weird problem and hope somebody can tip me, what way should I dig to. I'm using MacBookPro with Lion 10.7.3 both at my working place & at home. At working place, we have a ...
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Third party Skydrive client for Mac

Are there any third-party programs for Microsoft Skydrive (but for Mac)? Skydrive offers 25GB of free cloud storage. There is a third-party app for windows that can access Skydrive.
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“Accept incoming network connections” issue

Due to some graphic and/or code based changes, within programs like Dropbox, iTunes, jDownloader etc. (but mostly Java-based applications), the built-in firewall keeps asking for verification. ...
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Prevent Bonjour Announcements Over OpenVPN

We have an OpenVPN server at work, which I use frequently to access private work resources. When I do, the "Shared" listed in Finder populates with all the automatically announced servers/resources at ...
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Since upgrading to OS X Mavericks, I can't open any files on a SMB share from my Windows 8.1 PC

I have a PC with Windows 8.1 and a Mac with Mavericks. I have a folder on the Mac that is shared with the PC. When I'm on the PC and I try to open a file that is shared by the Mac, such as an ISO file ...
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Sharing Mac hard drive over the Internet to a PC

Similar question to this, but my other computer is a PC. (PC seeing external hard drive from the Mac over the Internet.) My external is formatted exFAT. Neither the Mac nor the PC have issues using ...
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Connect computers via ethernet rather than wireless

This is my current set-up: Wireless network, multiple macs connected, two of them are standing next to each other. As I want fast file transfer between those, I've got an ethernet cable between them. ...
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Anything comparable to Windows' “Network Location” in MacOS?

This is my first Mac. On Windows I can set each network connection as either Home, Work or Public using "Network Location". Each mode has different sharing and security options. Is there a way to do ...
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Reverse SSH tunnel on the iPad

Is is possible to set up a reverse SSH tunnel on an iPad? I'd like to be to do basic nmap TCP scans and use some other tools that the iPad doesn't have on remote networks. So my idea is after I've ...
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Thunderbolt Displays' ethernet adapter breaks MacBook DHCP/MAC Address reservations

We have deployed Thunderbolt Displays in my organization, which is almost entirely Mac-based. As you may already know, Thunderbolt Displays have internal Ethernet adapters which is very convenient in ...
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How to set up encrypted Time Machine backups to a remote drive?

I have an external drive which I used to do encrypted TM backups to, via a direct USB connection (i.e. the entire drive became encrypted - Lion). I would like to switch to wireless backups but ...
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Wi-Fi has stopped working around the time 10.7.3 update. Might they be related?

I have a MacBook Air which was working fine. Now I have awful network issues since the 10.7.3 update. My home router is a D-Link DIR-615. I was securing the Wi-Fi network using WEP which worked great ...
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Launchd network access control in Mac OS Lion

First of all, I've used pf extensively on OpenBSD so I know its rule set quite well. Even though I'm more used to the more recent versions. However, I would like to know if there is a simpler way to ...
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How do I monitor bandwidth use of specific websites?

I'm using Chrome on SnowLeopard. I use the www a lot. I want to monitor how much bandwidth I use for all SE sites in one month. I don't care how much bandwidth is used on any other website. What ...
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How to set custom DNS entry for a particular wifi connection

Is there a way to set custom DNS settings for a single wifi connection without affecting other connections? I use my laptop at home and work. When at work I need to type in an IP address of a local ...
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Is fast user switching in Lion disabling the network connection for the accounts that aren't active?

With 10.6, I routinely had two accounts logged into the Mac while I was working - my personal and my work account. I switched between them as needed and this worked fine. For example, if I had an IM ...
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Is it possible to connect automatically to a server on login without an opened window?

I know how to have the connection established at login, but I don't know if it's possible that the Finder doesn't open a window of the server root... I've tried the "Hide" checkbox, but this doesn't ...
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How to add some additional DNS search domains without ignoring the DHCP ones?

I just want to add my own list of Search Domains but without overriding the ones returned by the DHCP? As anyone would imagine I already tried to add them to Network > Advanced > DNS but adding them ...
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Lion Server DHCP randomly loses settings and reverts to defaults

I’ve been trying to set up Lion Server on a Mac Pro with it acting as the router/gateway/firewall/DNS/NAT and DHCP. I’ve been trying to setup an internal-only network named mycompany.something. After ...