Virtualising Your Physical Mac Assets- P2V

So I hope you haven’t bothered to read my 2000 word epic about this that I’ve been working on for weeks. It’s essentially a very long laundry list of things that don’t work. After getting VMWare involved I did think however that we might both figure it out, or at least get some pointers. This was until today, when they said ‘oh no, you can’t do that….’ To which I replied ‘yes you can, several people have done it. I just want you to tell me what the easiest or recommended way...

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Virtualising Servers on a Mac ESXi Host

I’m writing this one because I’ve faced quite a few gotchas, and I’m still not there yet. The basic theory is to take a whole bunch of servers that I currently run and make them into virtual machines that can be moved around and generally make more efficient use of the infrastructure we currently have. None of the current servers have a heavy workload so it makes sense to do this. Also it might be my last chance to do it in a sensible way with Macs- since Apple introduced the new Mac Mini with only a dual core i5, your...

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Netgear and VPN Passthrough

I’ve just spent a couple of weeks fighting with a very frustrating problem- setting up VPN passthrough on a Netgear DGND3700v2. This is a reasonably high end device (for Netgear) and actually contains the ability to terminate VPN endpoints. However the built in VPN server does not support the built in VPN software in the Mac OS, and you have to use something like VPN Tracker (up to $20 Aus per month) or IPSecuritas (free, but difficult to configure and support). I decided that the best option here would be to port forward the...

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Malwarebytes Anti Malware

This product used to be known as Adware Medic but has recently been acquired by Malwarebytes. They now have a free home use version and several different paid products for business. I used the home version to test. I don’t currently use antivirus on my machine- Sophos was the last product used but it was removed when it went crazy around the time that Yosemite was introduced. I mostly rely on my good sense to stop bad things getting on my computer, with the knowledge that I am well backed up and can restore easily if I really cack...

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When your Internet Dies

What do you do when your internet connection goes down? Do you sit and twiddle your thumbs until it comes back up? Or do you realise how much it is costing you in lost productivity and yell at people until something is done?   Recently my ISP (who shall remain nameless) caused me a great deal of heartache and a few more grey hairs by disabling my internet connection when I was trying to get an upgrade. That’s right- I went from dreaming of unicorns and hi speed connections to the soup Nazi saying ‘no internet for you!’ If you just have 1...

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WordPress Backups

This might seem like a pretty boring subject for a post, but if you spend time on the internet (we all do!) then you may have noticed that the WordPress platform is getting more and more popular. It uses templates for general look and feel, widgets to extend capabilities and an SQL database backend to store content. It all works awesomely well, and you don’t have to know anything about HTML, CSS or other arcane arts. This site is a WordPress site. The problem comes with backups. In general we require a backup to be 1. Automatically...

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