unix/linux certification.

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I have finally reached the point in my career where I need certification. Back in the Mac OS 7-9 days there was no certification programs for us Mac geeks, but now we face job competition with all the UNIX geeks too. Apple now offers certification, but after taking a class on Mac OS X Server for 5 days, I left feeling pretty let down. I know how to add users, and I am pretty comfortable to all the services. What I needed was something more in-depth. That was 3 years ago. Now I am working to get my “Linux/Unix System… Read More »

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geek tool.

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Thanks to a friend that is always pointing out cool apps…I recently started using GeekTool. There are 3 modes to GeekTool…file mode, shell mode, and image mode. I use GeekTool for a few things…file mode to tail my web acces log on my web server, and image mode to load the gauge graphic for [email protected] You can also use shell mode to run scripts or UNIX commands to monitor processes or get information on your computers/servers. It is definately a cool tool and I recommend it!

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Apple knowledge base changes.

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I like to keep my finger on the pulse with Apple products as well as with their documentation. Apple makes this easy with offering mailing lists that are dedicated to all their products. If you want to keep up specifically with all new and changed documentation, Apple has a great list for you: Daily Knowledge Base changes. Apple’s description of the list: “The Daily Knowledge Base changes mailing list announces new and modified documents in the AppleCare Knowledge Base. Each e-mail contains the titles of new and modified documents with links to them. E-mail from this list may also contain… Read More »

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ht://dig 3.1.6 installation/configuration

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So you need to install a search engine on your site. Keeping with my open source solutions, I have decided to go with ht://Dig. As soon as Apple decided to go with UNIX as a back end to their OS, I was excited because I could finally use ht://Dig (and another classic program called Mailman) I will always be grateful to both communities (ht://Dig and Mailman) because I learned so much about compiling and not to be afraid of source files. I have used ht://Dig for a few years with minimal complaints. You will need to compile ht://Dig, so make… Read More »

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on the wagon, off the wagon with Mac OS X Server.

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What a morning. Surprise surprise…I decided to install Mac OS X Server on my PowerBook to play around with the Apache conf (since I legally own two copies that just sit in my drawer). Ever since Mac OS X Server 1.0 came out I was excited to use Mac OS X Server. I loved AppleShare IP, and was ready to learn something new. Yeah, you are right, how many times can I tell this story? To the point: you have web sites that need to be hosted in a Mac environment…what do you do? Two options (not including Darwin): Mac… Read More »

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those crazy Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server error messages!

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If you did not notice, I have a thing for wierd and often funny Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server error messages. I periodically update the image on the right hand side that is a screen shot of an error I have received. Keep looking for new and exciting errors. PS. The “You cannot continue to log in at this time” error was produced upon startup, as the log in dialog box popped up in the background. Fun!

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rsync: synch both boot and data volumes.

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If you have mission critical servers, you know that a backup is essential. I do not want my mission critical web server to go down. Along comes rsync. How to set up rsync to synch my boot drive (and make it bootable) as well as synch my data files (html/php files): First, you will to set up passwordless ssh between your servers. This is a good tutorial, except make sure step #5 is actually: /var/root/.ssh/cat id_rsa.pub >> authorized_keys2 . Now you are ready to send data from your main server to the backup(s). Data I have a daily cron job… Read More »

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why I use Mac OS X client on my Xserve for web serving needs.

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I was recently asked to defend my decision to run OS X Client on my Xserve and I thought others might like to know why as well. Changing the IP. I have written about this before. I have a mission critical web server. I want to upgrade the OS or the hardware, so for maximum up time, I configure my new server with a temporary IP, then when everything is ready and tested, I shutdown the mission critical server, change the IP on the new server, and everything and everyone is happy. Less than a minute of downtime. I am… Read More »

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redirecting domain.com to www.domain.com.

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So you have a web server and one/some domain names. You want to have all requests to domain.com to go to www.domain.com. most companies have this redirect in place (Apple is an example). I was stumped when I first set out to do this…so here is what I learned from our friends on the Apache mailing list. ServerName www.domain.com ServerAlias domain.com Redirect permanent / http://www.domain.com/ ServerName www.domain.com ServerAdmin [email protected] DocumentRoot /Volumes/www/domain.com/documents This set up in Apache will then redirect all domain.com requests to www.domain.com. You cannot beat mailing lists’ support! [tags]apache, vhosts, redirect[/tags]

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