Faster than 99% of the US

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All CloudMac systems have a full gigabit port (1,000 Mbps) to the Internet.  We accommodate our customers by utilizing several 10Gbps upstream fiber links on our Juniper MX routers.



OS X 10.8.4 fixes NFS

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Prior to OS X 10.8.4, folders and files written to a NFS server were not visible to other Mac systems.  The workaround was to un-mount / re-mount the NFS server, which is not ideal.

10.8.4 includes the following:

“A fix for an issue that may prevent changes to files made over NFS from displaying”

This is great for environments with NFS servers such as NetApp, Isilon, Linux NFS Servers, etc…

Thank you Apple for the fix!


Resetting OS X video settings remotely over SSH

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One of our Xserves was recently connected to a new KVM via a Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter.  When connecting the Mini DisplayPort to the Xserve, the video signal was not usable (screenshot below).

A reboot will clear the issue, but why reboot a production server?  Especially this server with over 425 days of uptime!

The fix is to use SSH with the following command:

sudo killall -HUP WindowServer

This will log the user out, and reset the video.  Once reset, all worked again as expected.



Sonnet – Mac mini Rackmount

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From Sonnet: “An xMac mini Server combines the usefulness of the RackMac mini 1U rackmount enclosure for Mac mini Server computers with the functionality of the Echo Express Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis for PCIe Cards to enable you to transform a Mac mini with Thunderbolt technology from a simple server to something much more. Imagine the possibilities!”

For more information on the rackmount kit, visit





More bandwidth!

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To continue offering premier Los Angeles Mac hosting, CloudMac has increased bandwidth on colo and dedicated Mac mini’s.

$30/mo includes colo for your Mac mini and 500GB monthly transit on a 1Gbps (1000Mbps) port.  We feel everybody needs fast connections so we only offer 1Gb ports for all customers on our non-oversubscribed network.

Pricing details are available here:



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For some reasons, you may want to modify the TTL (Time to Live) of a DNS Server.

The default TTL is 10800 seconds (3 hours).  To modify the TTL, edit the following file on your OS X DNS Server and replace $TTL 10800 with the $TTL value you desire.  Please note using a TTL value of 0 (zero) is not supported by some systems and is not advised.

The DNS cache on the client systems may need to be flushed to honor the new TTL.  This is done on OS X by using the “dscacheutil -flush” command.

vi /var/named/zones/



Some Xserve’s

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Host your Xserve with CloudMac for only $80/mo.  This price includes the following:

$0 Setup Cost
Static IP Address
Remote Reboots via our managed power infrastructure
500GB bandwidth per month on a 1Gbps (1000Mbps) port
Month-to-Month term, no commitment

Your server will be hosted in our primary datacenter in Los Angeles (One Wilshire).




Gigabit connections for all customers

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All existing and new customers will be upgraded to 1 gigabit per second (1,000 Mbit/s) links to the Internet.  Previously, there was a $15/mo upgrade cost for bumping up from 100Mbps.  We decided all customers should have fast access to the Internet and offer this for no additional cost.  $30/mo gets your Mac mini in the One Wilshire data center with 250GB transfers on a 1Gbps port.

If you require faster connectivity we offer link aggregation (802.3ad) for multiple 1Gbps links (native support for OS X and Mac Pro’s / Xserve’s), as well as 10Gbps offerings.

We are advocates of transferring data to and from your servers at the fastest speeds possible.