June 4th, 2013
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!
July 1st, 2012
June 18th, 2012
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.
June 7th, 2012
CloudMac.net supports the hosting of Sonnet’s xMac mini Server PCIe rackmount kit.
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 http://www.sonnettech.com/product/xmacminiserver.html
May 7th, 2012
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: http://cloudmac.net/pricing/
April 11th, 2012
Sometimes it is necessary to create an ISO image from a folder. The syntax is below. Thanks to mattberther.com for the info.
hdiutil makehybrid -o ~/Desktop/image.iso ~/path/to/folder/to/be/converted -iso -joliet
November 28th, 2011
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.
September 3rd, 2011
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).
August 21st, 2011
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.
April 25th, 2011
Gig-E uplink promo: All customers signing up before May 31st receive a free upgrade with a Gigabit (1000Mbps) uplink port!
Contact us to take advantage of this promotion.