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An Open Letter to Apple on Server Technologies

Dave Schroeder of UW-Madison and MacEnterprise:

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Xserve, Your Day Has Come

As of today, the Xserve’s days are officially numbered. 87, to be exact. Come January 31st, 2011, Apple will no longer be selling Xserves.1 What a shame.

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'iPad App Wish List for a Server Admin'

Me, as a Mac OS X Server admin, regarding the iPad:

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Automating fixDAVsvn

I published my fixDAVsvn script seven months (and one day) ago to automate the process of fixing apache configuration files that have been manually modified to serve up Subversion repositories (per Nayan Hajratwala’s instructions) when they’re overwritten by Server Admin. This has made managing my apache install considerably easier, but upon rolling it out on a colleague’s server this afternoon I realized it was only ever a half solution. Sure, I had saved myself considerable time just by running fixDAVsvn, but others aren’t necessarily going to want to and there’s really no need. Time to add the second half.

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fixDAVsvn

Subversion, mod_dav, and mod_dav_svn are all pre-installed on Leopard Server, authentication via Open Directory is a piece of cake, and you can even mostly config & manage via Server Admin. Nayan Hajratwala has a good tutorial explaining the setup and the few lines you have to manually add to the apache config files, but there’s one problem: whenever you update any site using Server Admin, it replaces all occurrences of ‘DAV svn’ with ‘DAV Off’, completely defeating the purpose.

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Sysmon Startup Item with Leopard Launchd Support

I’ve been sitting on, and tweaking infrequently, a launchd plist for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard (and Server, of course) for launching the Sysmon daemon at boot and keeping it running. Well, it’s time to release it out into the wild, so without further ado:

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Securing Mac OS X Leopard (10.5) White Paper [PDF]

[A]n updated version of the Securing Mac OS X Tiger (10.4) and includes the new security features offered by Mac OS X Leopard (10.5).

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Snow Leopard Server

While Snow Leopard may be aimed at improving performance & stability and reducing its overall footprint, it appears that Snow Leopard Server will be getting some new features: the MobileMe -like calendar & contacts sharing (i.e. iCal Server 2, Address Book Server, and Remote Access) and read/write ZFS.

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Subversion on Leopard Server

[H]ere is how I got my subversion repository up and running with the built in Apache 2 and OpenDirectory.

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Unplanned Downtime; Tiger Server to Leopard Server Migration

I had planned the migration from Tiger Server to Leopard Server for this week, but hadn’t intended to do it today nor during daytime hours. Unfortunately, a DOS attack on UNNA prompted me to go ahead and upgrade so that I could work on alleviating that issue.

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Another mta_digg_it Textpattern Plug-in Release

Another year, another mta_digg_it Textpattern plug-in update. This time, version 0.3:

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Less Is More (Or, The Master Plan)

While I subscribe to the "Less is more" philosophy, I’m actually pretty poor at adhering to it. I have a major case of information overload in my digital life and junk clutters up both my digital and anolog lives. I’ve been pretty good with the RSS feeds that I subscribe to, I’ve slimmed down this site, and I’ve started attacking the piles of unused computer gear in my apartment.

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A Minor Sysmon Startup Item Update

I’ve released another minor update to my Sysmon StartupItem.

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mta_digg_it Textpattern Plug-in Update

I’ve updated my mta_digg_it Textpattern plug-in to v0.2 today.

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mta_digg_it "Digg This" Plug-in for Textpattern

I happened across the fact that Digg has implemented new ‘smart’ digg buttons on the 6th. The biggest new feature here is that you no longer have to first ‘submit’ an article to get its “digg url” to use with the “Digg This” buttons and can now just reference the article’s permalink instead.

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Sysmon Startup Item Update

It’s odd that I’ve done this seven months, to the day, since the initial release, but today I’ve released a minor update to my Sysmon StartupItem.

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Cookbook: OpenPBX RC2 on Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) Server

Quick instructions for building OpenPBX RC2 (a VoIP PBX) on Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) and Tiger Server.

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Cookbook: Asterisk 1.2 on Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) Server

Note: This cookbook is based on building Asterisk 1.2.10 on Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) Server somewhere as of August 15th, 2006. It should work for Tiger client as well, but I definitely won’t guarantee it.

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My mta_article_id Textpattern Plug-in

I wrote a quick Textpattern plug-in today to spit back a “URL title” for an article ID instead of the numerical “ID” that <txp:article_id /> does and called it mta_article_id. Basically it’s intended to be a replacement of article_id.

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Cookbook: MRTG 2.14 on Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger)

Note: This cookbook is based on building MRTG 2.14.7 on Mac OS X 10.4.8 (Tiger) client as of October 31st, 2006. It should work for Tiger Server as well, but you’ll want to check to see if libpng is pre-installed or not.

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Sysmon Startup Item for Darwin/Mac OS X

I’ve created a basic Darwin/Mac OS X Startup Item for the Sysmon (version 0.92.2, as of this writing) server monitoring and failure notification daemon.

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