Monthly Archives: April 2005

personal

Getting Married

Today I am getting married.  It’s awesome, scary, amazing and a little weird, but I am so excited.  My parents met Lisa’s parents yesterday and everything seems to be going according to plan.  We’re in Catalina, where we will be saying our vows and partying like rock stars later today!!!

Windows Server

ASP Defined

ASP stands for an Active Server Page, a type of web page that is hosted on a server that supports the ASP scripting engine.  ASP is a file that contains text, HTML, and/or ASP scripting commands. ASP files use/require the *.asp extension.  Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) supports ASP. You can also use ASP with varrying forms of (or add-ons for) Apache such as Apache::ASP::Install.
Mac OS X Uncategorized

Software Update Quits

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=25725

Business

Apple's Market Share

Originally posted at http://www.318.com/TechJournal

According to a report by JupiterMedia Corp, Mac OS X is becoming more and more of a standard in the small to Enterprise business categories. The report states that in organizations with 10,000 or more employees, 21% use Mac OS X on their desktops in the office. In businesses with 250 employees or more, 17% of the employees run Mac OS X on their desktop computers at work.

Mac OS X is taking market share aware from traditional Linux and Unix installations. One explanation for this is that Mac OS X is easier to use than Linux and Unix, especially for desktop computers. Another explanation is that the number of software packages available for Mac OS X is growing, with a focus on Enterprise applications such as Oracle. It has also become possible to buy corporate support packages through Apple, something that Enterprise customers typically require before allowing production deployment of software. Companies that were once considering Linux are now more likely to move forward with Mac OS X.

Although to a smaller degree, Mac OS X is taking market share away from Windows as well. Microsoft saw a slight decrease in its installation base last year. Although it is difficult to tell exactly why this shift is occurring, it is possible that in the server market this has a lot to do with software licensing costs.

Apple’s licensing scheme can, in some cases, save companies tens of thousands of dollars in licensing over traditional Windows servers. Nine percent of companies with 250 employees or more are now using Mac OS X Server. 14 percent of companies with 10,000 employees or more are now running Mac OS X Server. These are strong numbers for a relatively young Network Operating System. With the latest enhancements built into Mac OS X Server 10.4 it is likely that the numbers will grow more in Apple’s favor.

The single largest Network Operating System is still Windows NT 4.0 Server. UNIX, Linux, Windows 2003 Server and Mac OS X Server are all seeking to displace NT 4.0, which gained popularity due to its stability and scalability. A strong placement in the Network Operating System market can only help in gaining even more popularity in the desktop market.

sites

Stay Up-to-Date on Mac Software

Version Tracker has all the latest updates on what’s new with Apple and third party software updates for the Mac:

http://www.versiontracker.com

Mac OS X Server

DIsable Insecure Passwords in 10.4 Server

You can use the NeST command to control which protocols that Open Directory uses in Mac OS X 10.4 server. To do so you’re going to use the -setprotocols option from the command line, followed by the protocols you would like to disable and then the off string. For example, the following would disable APOP:

NeST -setprotocols APOP off

The following would then reenable it:

NeST -setprotocols APOP on

Mac OS X Xsan

Rebuilding Arrays on Xserve RAIDs

Sometimes a drive fails, or a RAID controller goes down on an array with a redundant drive (eg – RAID 5 or RAID 3) and the parity on a RAID must be rebuilt. This should happen as quickly as possible. However, it can result in data loss and in the event of a second drive failure on the array most of the data could be lost. The data may be safe, and should be backed up as quickly as possible. Once the data is backed up, then you should perform a rebuild of the parity for the array.

To do so open RAID Admin from /Applications/Server and click on the RAID containing the damagemed array and click on the Advanced button in the toolbar. Then enter the management password for the Xserve RAID you are rebuilding the parity for. Next, click on the button to Verify or Rebuild Parity and click on Continue, selecting the array. Now click Rebuild Array and wait a few hours during the rebuild process. Once the rebuild is complete, perform a Verify Array on the RAID. Finally, verify the data on the volumes.

If the rebuild of the data does not go well and the array is lost then you will likely need to delete the array and readd it. In many cases, this will cause you to loose the data that was stored on that array and therefore the data on the volume, one of the many good reasons for backup.

Mac OS X Server Xsan

Xserve RAID: Reset Controller

Unmount any Xserve RAID volumes hosted by the RAID (especially Xsan volumes).  Press the reset button  on the back of the controller module for about ten seconds.  You should see the controller restart and then the controller should be reset.  Sometimes you need to reset both controllers.  You don’t have to reset the whole controller to just reset the password.  To do that, you can press the reset button for about 1-2 seconds and then try to authenticate through RAID Admin to reset the password.  By default the password to view the Xserve RAID, once reset is public and to edit settings, the default password is private.  By default the IP address is DHCP.  If you plug directly into the RAID then provided you’re both on DHCP it should show up in your list in RAID Admin, which uses Rendezvous.  If you’re not on the same subnet though, it may not open up properly, even if it shows you the RAID in RAID Admin.

Mac OS X

April Fools – Trash Rather than Cut

You can set the cut function of the Finder to move items into the trash rather than into the clipboard:
defaults write com.apple.Finder AllowCutForItems true

It’s not the nicest of jokes to play on people though… So to undo it:
defaults write com.apple.Finder AllowCutForItems false

Happy April Fools Day