Covers all stand-alone Mac OS X Server versions, which includes 10.0 through 10.6 Snow Leopard. Use 'server.app' tag for Server questions on Lion 10.7 and newer.

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Getting notified when someone logs into a server using SSH or Remote Desktop

I have a mac mini server running OS X Lion Server 10.7.3. It pretty much runs unattended without problems. However, the server is under constant "attack" according to the logs. The firewall and ...
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Xcode Service: Do I need a separate Mac for OS X Server on Mavericks?

I am an iOS developer and I want to implement continuous integration in Xcode. I have received the following email from Apple: As an iOS developer, you can now take advantage of continuous ...
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Force the resolution on a headless mac mini server

I have a Mac Mini server running Mavericks. It has no monitor connected. I use Remote Desktop on my laptop (also running Mavericks) for I/O to my server. When I use Remote Desktop and go Full ...
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The backup on Server is already in use

I have OS X Mavericks with the Server software installed. The server machine is an iMac with a Drobo attached via USB. I use the Server Time Machine service to create a backup server on the network, ...
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Restart Screen Sharing Service on Mac mini Server

I'm running Mac OS X (think it's Snow Leopard - 10.6.7) on a Mac mini. I'm trying to connect remotely from an iMac (this has been working fine in the past, for some time). When I click "Share ...
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PostgreSQL in OS X Lion

There's be mention made of the fact that OS X Lion Server ships with PostgreSQL as it's standard database rather than MySQL. Can anyone confirm: It this specific to server or does OS X Lion ...
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Differences between Snow Leopard Server and Desktop?

I have a friend who is wanting to get a Mac Mini to do iPad development. He says the server version is cheaper than the desktop version. I've only ever used the desktop version. Is there any reason ...
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Why is Java virtual memory reservation so high? Bug?

On my Mac Os 10.5.8 Server, Java is reserving 16,777,216TB (about a third more then the sum of all human knowledge -eek!) of virtual memory. I know it's not really reserving this (it would be pretty ...
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Xserve shuts itself off and boots at will

Okay, there's a lot of smart Mac guys here, so lets see if any of you can figure out this stumper. Our Xserve G4 (RackMac1,1) went incommunicado a few years ago was left in this state until I pulled ...
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Is Snow Leopard Server a good candidate for everyday use as a main OS?

Although similar questions have been asked before [1,2] non of them fully address whether OSX 10.6 Sever is a good candidate for everyday use on a top of the line computer. For the really lazy; 1 - ...
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How can I get Time Machine to back up the contents of a File Vault while logged in?

Disclaimer: this question and answer are targeted to the Snow Leopard implementation of FileVault where the user home folder is only encrypted in a bundle. Lion's implementation of FileVault doesn't ...
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Multiple remote logins from Windows clients to a Mac mini server

I would like to share a Mac mini (currently running Mac OS X Server 10.6.8) allowing coworkers running Windows XP on their boxes to perform a remote login using their username/password. They should ...
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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 ...
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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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How do I uninstall or downgrade from OS X Lion Server?

I've upgraded from Snow Leopard to Lion, then I purchased and installed the Server from App Store. Now I'd like to remove the Server features, and revert to standard Lion. I don't mind reinstalling, ...
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Can OS X be configured to only allow administrator users access to shutdown tools?

Setting aside pushing a physical power button, can I prevent non-administrator users from initiating a software shutdown? In Mac OS X Lion all users are allowed to shut down the workstation. How do I ...
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Mavericks Server - nothing enabled, but services still running and logging messages

I have a Mavericks server with ALL services disabled in Server.app in an attempt to figure out what's causing a huge number of log messages. When I check to see what services are running, I see the ...
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Migrate local user account to network account

If I have a user with a local profile on their mac and they want to migrate all the data to a network based account (OS X Lion server), what's the best way to do this?
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OS X Lion Server app reinstallation on 2011 Mac Mini Server

I have had purchased for me by my employer a new Mac Mini Server. It came pre-installed with Lion Server (the Server app from the App Store that costs $49.99). Upon opening the App Store, other ...
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Dropbox + Mac Mini Server = Syncing Issues

In our office, we use Dropbox business as a cloud; All of our files exist on a Mac Mini Server we use inside the office as a local repository for all of our Dropbox files. We then have Dropbox sync ...
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OSX Network: “could not save because write access was not granted”

We have a really basic network of Macs here in our studio. We keep all our files on a machine running Leopard server, but we're all on Lion. The problem we're having is every single time we open a ...
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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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Mac OS X Server 10.6.7: Disable Apache?

I'm doing some Rails dev, and I'm trying to get Pow running. After making the appropriate symlink, if I try to go to idealm_web.dev/ (idealm_web being the name of my Rails project), I get this: I ...
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How does one lock down OS X Server using the PF firewall?

Assume I have ip blocks for China, Russia, North Korea etc. How would I configure pf to allow those IP addresses to only access ports 80 and 443, and be denied access to other ports? I have an ...
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Why does RAID 1 “Mirroring not provide performance improvements”?

I have always used Software RAIDs, either Apple-provided, or via SoftRAID, etc. I am about to re-zhuzh my arrays and decided to do a little research beforehand… and On Apple's site, there is a ...
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Where do I learn to manage a Mac OS Server network?

I inherited a network with 2 Mac OS Servers and 20+ Macbook Pros. My background is all Windows server so I get the concept of Open Directory, Server Admin, and Workgroup Manager, but the nuts and ...
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How should I schedule a one off job?

Context: I want to schedule various servers I look after to install various updates (both through SU and not) and restart as and when necessary but remotely and out of office hours. Not on a regular ...
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What is the best free FTP server for Mac OS X Server?

I'm running Mac OS X Snow Leopard server on a mac mini and was wondering what the best free FTP server was? I hear okay things about pure-ftpd but I'd like something with an easy to manage UI as well ...
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Why can't I access Server.app in Lion Server?

I can't access Server.app in my mac mini server, i don't know why. The username and password are correct. How can I solve this problem?
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Mac OS X Server ignores remote HTTP connections, but accepts local ones

I cannot get Mac OS X Server's web server to accept connections from other machines on the same LAN. This is on OS X 10.8.2, running on a Mac mini which originally shipped with Lion Server. I can ...
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Is it possible to edit the web pages in the Profile Manager user portal?

When setting up Profile Manager in Lion Server, there are a few web pages that are generated for web management of both devices and profiles. Is it possible to edit these pages in any way? I am just ...
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Using Software Update server without binding Mac to Lion Server domain

I've got a Mac Mini Server running Lion Server. Right now, it is serving the Netboot and DHCP services. I'd like to set it up as a Software Update server so Mac users in my office can run their ...
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Disable password authentication on SSH server on OS X Server 10.8

I want to disable the password authentication of the SSH server on my OS X Server. this should be done in /etc/sshd_config, right? But I’m not sure which setting I should change…
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How do i customize the “title” on the first page of Wiki Server 4 on OS X Server Mountain Lion?

How do i customize the "title" on the first page of Wiki Server 4 on OS X Server Mountain Lion? The title says "OS X Server" and i want it to say something else... How can i do that?
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How to preserve DHCP server settings when migrating from Lion Server to Mountain Lion Server?

I understand that DHCP server features will be "removed" from OS X Server with Mountain Lion and that there will be no way to manage these using the only remaining app for managing server features ...
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Location of OSX Lion Mail Server sent mail

I had to restore a mac mini server I use for web and mail hosting. Since the restore was due to a software problem, I had to do from scratch instead of recovering from a disk clone. I copied from the ...
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Use Apple's Server Admin Tools to Force Inherit Permissions

We have our work drive (let's call it Drive2014) and we have our archive drive (Drive2013). Every file on Drive2013 is read-only and must remain that way. When I drag a file from Drive2013 to ...
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Run Minecraft Server using OSX Lion Server?

Is it possible to run a Minecraft server using an OSX Lion server? I know that this is a very basic question.
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How can I set up multihoming?

I am running Mac OS X Server 10.6 on my iMac and I am wondering how to multihome a Mac. I know it's possible to accomplish this by using both Wi-fi and Ethernet, but I just want to use Ethernet. Any ...
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Can Time Machine on a server use quota?

We have enabled Time Machine on a Mac OS X server (10.6) with a big RAID drive. The server will be used by many users for their backup. How can we set quota so that every Time Machine backup takes up ...
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I Cannot Access PostgreSQL At Times After Server App Upgrade

I am running the latest version of Mavericks 10.9.5 on my Mac Mini Server. Before the upgrade to the latest version of the Server App 3.2.1 I was able to access PostgreSQL in my Ruby on Rails ...
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Integrating Active Directory into our Mac Mavericks Open Directory Domain

Help... :) We are adding an Active Directory server to our network, to assist with larger groups and email issues. Problem is, through searching I've found people who say it is easy and others who ...
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Device enrollment fails, error: server certificate is invalid

I have an Xserve running 10.7.2 Server fully patched today. We have a valid SSL from GoDaddy installed. Lion's firewall is off, hardware firewall is not blocking any traffic. From an iPad I can ...
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Configuring OS X 10.7 Lion Server to serve Rails Apps via Apache

I have a number of Rails Apps working just great under Snow Leopard, but would like to migrate these to Lion. However, like many others, the rug has been pulled from under my feet by the changes that ...
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OS X Server FTP server

I'm running an OS X Server with the following services turned on: Web, MySQL, DNS, AFP, Firewall. I'd like to also start FTP, and I did this, but I can't seem to make it work properly. I'm sure there ...
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Snow leopard server: use a NAS volume as share point

I have a mounted nas volume (/Volumes/Volume_1) and i would like to create a share point on this, so that it can be accessed via FTP or whatever. Yet, when in server admin > file sharing, I cannot ...
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Mavericks Server - PostgreSQL causing slow shutdowns

I've found that on Mac OS X Server, the PostgreSQL processes are causing shutdown delays. During a verbose shutdown, I get the following (shortened) output: com.apple.launchd ...
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Is it possible to tame the change notifications each reboot from Mountain Lion Server?

I have Server.app installed on 10.8.1. The only service that is configured is file sharing. No DNS, no OD. After every single reboot I get a push notification and email with the following: Network ...
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What is raid-ac protocol on port 2012

Yesterday I made OS X Server, on Mac Mini, for Xcode Continuous Integration. Today, by scanning my local network, I see that this Mac Mini is having port 2012 open with this raid-ac. I googled but ...
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Xserve(s): should I reinstall OS X

I have 2 Xserve servers running OS X Server 10.6.4 with the following hardware configuration: They each have Xserve RAID cards and drives. I have recently moved them from a data center, where they ...