Unifi Cloud Key Can’t Connect to Cloud

My own Cloud Key Gen2 Plus had a problem recently, and would not show up in my dashboard at ubnt.com and locally said ‘managed by other’ I could still log in locally but could not upgrade firmware etc. Because I’ve been having problems with my DNS...

Mac Pro 2013 Upgrading SSD

First some background- the ‘trash can’ Mac Pro from 2013 has not been upgraded much over the years. In fact the only thing that I can remember is that the internal SSDs basically doubled in speed very early on. Early versions had around 800MB/s transfer,...

Mail on Mac OS Server v10.13.4

I’ve been trying to get a new client on board and as part of that I’ve made a list of things that need to get fixed for that business to operate reliably. One of the dangerous things they are doing is running Mail Server on a Mac. This is about to become...

Managing Mail Storage- cPanel

One common issue for clients is the limited amount of storage available with cPanel based hosting. However it isn’t really a problem if you learn how to manage it properly. This means you need to take action when you get one of those ‘Mailbox quota...

Increasing Disk Space to a Mac VM in ESXi 6.5

I typically allocate my Mac VM’s 40GB of drive space which is fine for most normal operations. Unfortunately I recently came across a situation where I needed more space for an existing VM. I knew that ESXi could do this, and I knew that Mac OS can do this, but...

Cloudberry Fail

One of the things that keeps us awake at nights is the fear that a ransomware attack will take out one or more of our clients. They don’t seem quite as worried as us, maybe because they have us to worry? But really the only sure fire way of having your backups...

Pi-Hole on Synology in Docker

This is just a short note on installing this. It is a very quick process, but it took me way longer than it should have because I misunderstood a couple of things.   Why? Pi-Hole is a very lightweight DNS server that you can place on your network. It will ignore calls...

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...

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...

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...