Questions tagged [osx-server]

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

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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 Screen......
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What does serverperfmode=1 actually do on macOS?

Turning it on is described here but there are no details. There is a vague description: Performance mode changes the system parameters of your Mac. These changes take better advantage of your ...
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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 find out the hostname of my Mac OS X server?

I'm trying to connect with mysql_connect using PHP. I was wondering how to find the hostname when I turn my MacBook into a server by turning on the personal webpage. I have Apache, MySQL and PHP ...
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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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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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What is assistantd?

Ever since I upgraded to OS X Mountain Lion and installed OS X Server, I keep getting prompts for my Keychain password from a process called assistantd. I'm pretty sure that it's an OS X process, but ...
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PackageMaker alternative?

I am looking for something to create .pkg files to use with System Image Utility. The old school PackageMaker that was included in Xcode Aux tools make be causing errors in Yosemite so I am wanting to ...
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Does macOS support AnyIP?

I would like to assign a complete block to my Mac as described in this question: Can I bind a (large) block of addresses to an interface? There it is explained that AnyIP is supported for IPv6 by the ...
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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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How can I setup my mac (OS X Yosemite) as an internet gateway

It should be possible, but I searched for a day and cannot get a decent HowTo. There seemed to be a Gateway Setup Assistant, but the Wikipedia link only goes to the server app now. Maybe it is easier ...
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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 "client" ...
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Uninstall OS X Server completely in Yosemite

I recently run the OS X Server app on Yosemite. Now each time I shutdown or restart my mac, it asking for administrator password. I don't want to run my MacBook Pro as a server. I ran this app just to ...
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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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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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How can I get Time Machine to back up the contents of a FileVault 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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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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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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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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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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How to clear list of servers “Choose a mac” list in OS X Server App

How can I clear the "Choose a Mac" list? I have 3 entries of the same machine, same ip address but different host names? I have the latest OS X Server 5.1 installed on a Mac mini with a static ip ...
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How to set up OS X Server Mail to auto-configure Mac Mail IMAP clients?

Our Thunderbird mail clients successfully pick up their IMAP settings for their accounts on (Mountain Lion) OS X Server automatically. They just supply their email addresses and Open Directory ...
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How can I stop/start all Mac OS X Server services at once?

When doing maintenance on our OS X Server (10.8.4), I need to shut down all server services one by one. While it is not too much of a drag to click all services off, perform maintenance, and back on, ...
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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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Not able to access localhost via local IP

I want to connect to my local Web Server (NodeJS server) which runs on my MacBook with my iPhone. On my Mac I can access the server via http://localhost:3000/. Now all it should take is to replace ...
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Make OS X Server a wireless bridge without DHCP

I have a Mac Mini running OS X Server 10.10 (Yosemite). It gets it's network connection over ethernet. I would like to bridge that connection through WiFi. That's easy enough with Internet Sharing, ...
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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 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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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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How to manage company Macs?

What is the "Apple" way of managing Macs in company environment? I've red about macOS server and Apple Remote Desktop which seems to share some management features. The later seems a bit dated, at ...
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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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How to inherit sparsebundle on macOS Server Time Machine service?

I am using macOS Server's Time Machine service to centralize backups for my mac workstations/laptops. One of the laptops hasn't been backed-up since upgrading to a new MacBook Pro (using Migration ...
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Using Server 5.0.15 to share internet WITHOUT internet sharing

I am running a mid 2010 MacMini as a server. OS X 10.11.3 and Server 5.0.15. I am connecting to the internet on the built in Ethernet (Ethernet) and have a USB to GigaBit Ethernet adapter (Ethernet 2) ...
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Is it still possible to purchase a license for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Server from Apple?

Mac OS X Server 10.6 Snow Leopard Server is no longer for sale at the Apple Store website. Mac OS X Server software licenses were sold as a separate full operating system from Apple until 10.7 Lion, ...
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Online Open Directory services? Can we install profiles before setting up Macs?

So we're setting up a subsidiary company in another country, and we will be needing a bunch of Mac Minis that some part-time (hourly) employees will use. The employees will be rotating between the ...
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How to setup a Mac (Mini 2015) without a monitor (or mouse or keyboard)?

I would like to complete the initial setup of a Mac Mini (2015) without having to use an external monitor (or a mouse or keyboard). I do have a MacBook Pro available in case this would help (and from ...
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How to clear DHCP leases in OS X Server (v4.1.3-14S1127) on Yosemite 10.10.4

I have a situation where my OS X Server app seems to not be completely dropping DHCP leases and I think it is causing some of my hardware MAC's to conflict as per the assignments I have set. I use ...
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Configure Yosemite Server WebApp with LaunchD

Question Has anyone successfully been able to start a webapp via a webappctl configuration which specifies a launchd configuration in their webapp.plist launchKeys key? Background Specifically, ...
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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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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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Is Apple's Screen Sharing tool secure?

I've been using Apple's screen sharing tool to connect from a client to an Xserve for a while and it's just occurred to me that doing so might be quite a bad idea! I know VNC is inherently insecure ...
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External USB drive keeps disconnecting randomly

I use a Mac mini as a Server and have two OWC MiniStacks attached to it. The Ministacks are connected via USB3 and are underneath the Mac mini. The Ministack in the middle started disconnecting ...
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How do I enable DNSSec on OSX? (Or DNSCurve)

I want to support encrypted IPSec communications, and DANE certs in DNS. Notably, DNSSSec is a prerequisite is IPSec (secure IP addresses from DNS) How can I configure my OS X computer to use DNSSec ...
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Authentication Server could not be contacted

Our OS X Server machine has had no issue at all with being in the Windows AD domain right up until we updated it to OS X 10.10. Now it behaves bizarrely, refuses to connect to our Exchange mail server,...
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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 ...