Archive for the ‘OSX Server’ category

Leopard Server Virtualization

November 7, 2007

Sounds like Apple is finally actively pursuing a virtual machine strategy on Leopard Server we can all be proud of.

Leopard 9A466

June 13, 2007

Looks like the WWDC seed is 9A466 and Apple is on a takedown tear.I’m taking bets on how long MacShrine’s posting of the “grass” background (taken directly from the WWDC disc apparently) will be online. Anyone willing to bet it lasts beyond 3 p.m. central today?NEWEST EDIT: Some of you might like to know where the Leopard screenshot galleries are… EDIT: Let’s make this EVEN WORSE Apple! You just posted the Java SE6 Release 1 Developer Preview 7 to the ADC Member Site. It explicitly states the WWDC 2007 Mac OS X v10.5 distro is required! Now… you tell me… how the heck am I supposed to help YOU evaluate the DP7 release with no 9A466 distro!? Makes no sense. You’ve essentially limited your helpful audience to your internal panel and the 5,000 or so in-person attendees.Yep. Cupertino’s pinged this page in the night. I’m sure they’ll be back. Opportunist that I am: Will you guys PLEASE make the 9A466 image available to the rest of us ADC Select members? Not all of us could make WWDC you know…Please, consider adding the gwhiz blog to your RSS feed reading. Thanks!

Apple – Seminars Training & Events

September 22, 2006

Free Apple Seminars online? You bet and they’re fantastic! Click for all the details

Server Admin Tools versioned to 10.4.7

August 7, 2006

I’m downloading in the background. But, we got versioned today folks! Not even on the Apple updates page yet (I think they’re a little busy today. You think so too?)

Leopard Server at WWDC?

August 4, 2006

Please, anyone going to WWDC will you consider going to session 501? I know you can’t reveal anything you’ve learned once you’ve signed your NDA But wait, there’s more!

The Banner is Done!

August 3, 2006

OK the banner/masthead of the g-WH!Z blog is now complete. Drop in and let me know what you think. Lots of obscure application logos in there. How many can you name from memory?

We Return to Our Regularly Scheduled Programming.

July 17, 2006

OS X Leopard (10.5?) is still right around the corner. Lots of speculation of what’s in, what’s out. Only the WWDC will tell us and most (if not all) of that is going to be released in the keynote: Attendees sign non-disclosure agreements.

Sounds like people in the know are putting the Bittorrent stuff in Leopard Server only. Operating three of those myself, probably to add another two. So, even if it’s only in the server distribution… I’ll get a go at it.

I’ll be interested to see how Spotlight morphs into something more central and useful across all the Apple apps. I’m beginning to really like the tagging aspects of photos, emails and calendar entries.

Syncing has been a bit of a pain. Hope that gets a well thought out labotomy.

I’m thinking Leopard is going to have some pretty meaty minimum requirements. Hope it’s not so minimum as to bump out my old dual processor G4 XServe. That would stink.

This Is INSANELY Great Service

June 21, 2006

Some people root for Brazil. Some for Ireland… Not me. GO CUPERTINO!!!

This is why I LOVE Apple. Because when they’re on their game… they’re unstoppable.

I don’t know how I missed this post by Dan Dickinson about his XServe RAID drive taking a dive on him and the two HOURS (yes, sparky… hours!) it took Apple to get him his replacement drive by way of courier.

I have three XServes and an XServe RAID in a rack across town. I can only hope and pray nothing foul happens to any of that gear. If it does I have physical spares in close proximity. But, in the event something really foul happens with my spare parachutes… seems Apple can do right by me.

MySQL, Tiger Server 10.4.5 and mysqlManager.plist

March 2, 2006

A bit more technical than my usual posting and most definitely over my own head. But, there will be those of you out there (if not now, soon) who will face this very problem:

I just upgraded all three of my Tiger Server boxes to 10.4.5 from 10.4.3.

All but one of them made the transition beautifully. The problem child has JBoss and MySQL driving a vertical search site pushing over 800,000 documents. Well, after reving to 10.4.5 this server decided to no longer respond as before. So, for those of of you out there who have yet to bite the bullet and go to 10.4.5 (or for those who are researching what has gone wrong after your upgrade) here’s what got me out of the weeds. A VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO MY MIRACLE WORKER – FRED TOTH! Who loves ya baby!?

Ok, so after your upgrade, jboss was reporting

“can’t connect…”, and “connection refused” when it tried to
talk to mysql.

mysql command line connections worked fine.

The java connection information (within the jboss config) looks like


Note that this specfies a TCP/IP connection to localhost, port 3306. Manually
testing that port also yielded “connection refused”.

However, on the dev system, I can connect to port 3306 with no problem.

I noticed in the process table that mysqld was running with “–skip-networking”.
That didn’t sound right! Documentation says “don’t listen to network ports at all”.
Again, the dev server did not have “–skip networking”.

So somehow the upgrade changed the mysqld startup options.

Finally, and partly by luck, I found the file “/etc/mysqlManager.plist”. It was timestamped
today and contained:


Changing the “no” to “yes” and rebooting (because I don’t know how to start/stop
mysqld) cured the problem.



This indeed, fixed the problem and all is well in my world again. And, I sincerely hope it serves to help some poor schmo out there wondering how he’s going to fare when his boss invariably delivers the evil eye. Never fear. Solution is here!

iPod HiFi

February 28, 2006

Not to burst anyone’s bubble (as if I could)… But, just why the hell am I supposed to get excited about APPLE coming out with a speaker?

Nope. Boring!

But, Gerald… It’s integrated soooo nicely and sounds soooo good!

So friggin what!? Has there EVER been any question the iPod was capable of HiFi? Did Apple feel compelled to PROVE something here? Sure feels like it.

Now, the Mac mini… I get excited about. Spotlight I get excited about. XServe I get excited about. OS X I get excited about. Tablets I get excited about. Hell, the iPod I was excited about from the get go (having been a Newton die hard) because of the small form factor and the nifty as hell OS.

But, wireless mice. Wireless keyboards. Speakers. C’mon guys. “Focus” not “Fiddle”