Upgrading Mac Server 10.8.5 to 10.13.1

I recently had to upgrade a couple of servers running 10.8.5 to High Sierra. And found that it had to be done in stages- you can only go up 2 version of operating system at a time- try 3 and you’re SOL. but 10.8 to 10.13 is 5 versions of upgrade? So how did we do it?   Backup, Upgrade to Yosemite 10.10.5, then log in to App Store. Click ‘install’ for Server. It will ask if you want to download an older compatible version, say yes. Install, test. Backup Upgrade to Sierra 10.12.6. Install Server.app v5 and test. Backup Upgrade...

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Installing ESXi on a Mac- The Basics

I’ve written a number of other articles about ESXi, but I’m trying to deploy a 2013 Mac Pro into my lab and realised I was back to square one because I hadn’t documented the first, baby steps. So here we go- Download the latest .ISO from VMWare. You need to register to be able to do this Get 2x 8GB USB sticks, and format both to FAT32 using SDFormatter. One is for the installer .ISO and the other is your installation target- it will boot your host, leaving the internal drive available for VM storage. Use different brands if...

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Making a Digital Info Sign

My son has a habit of asking what’s on about 15 times day, and if that weren’t bad enough, he often comes into my office and uses my work computer to look at the calendar. Something had to be done. I’ve seen a lot of digital signage projects (and ‘magic mirror’ projects) on Reddit so I started planning. A Raspberry Pi would easily display the data, and I wondered if I could get a display with a built in USB port to make the wiring neat. It turns out you can, as long as you’re prepared to settle for a...

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Credit Card Payment Providers

I’ve just spent some time comparing payment providers in an attempt to Get a better deal than I currently get from the bank reduce the ongoing costs from the bank Just to be clear, I’ve been using Xero for some time to do all of my invoicing (I moved over from Lightspeed because they started removing features from the software and tried to move me to their cloud hosted product which would have doubled my yearly spend) Obviously making it easy for your clients to pay your invoices has a lot of benefits for both you and your...

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How to Free up Space on Your Mac- 2017

This is one of the most popular posts we have, especially now that low capacity SSDs are everywhere. It’s been updated from the 2013 version to reflect the current state of play with tips for Sierra etc. Enjoy!   This article came about because of a client who is overseas. He wrote me an email saying that he couldn’t figure out where all of the space on his MacBook Air SSD had gone. This question doesn’t have a simple answer, so I’m writing this to help him, and everyone else out. Here’s the problem- There are...

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