Archive for November, 2009

New CLI Options in Final Cut Server

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

For those of us who thought that the Final Cut Server 1.5.1 update was just a couple of minor bug fixes, there’s a little more than meets the eye. If you run /Library/Application Support/Final Cut Server/Final Cut Server.bundle/Contents/MacOS/fcsvr_client then you’ll note that there are a few fun new features. While there hasn’t been enough time to thoroughly put the new options through their paces, we do hope to do further reporting on them as we become more comfortable with leveraging them for automations. Stay tuned!

ATTO Fibre Channel + Snow Leopard

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

If you’re using the ATTO card along with Snow Leopard then the 2.41MP driver on their website is compatible with 10.6, but they have yet to update the website to reflect that it is. These are the drivers for 42ES coupled with the EMC Clarion system:
http://attotech.com/product.php?model=80

You may want to check with Tech Support, but it appears the latest 10.5 drivers will work with 10.6

Tier Zero Asset Development

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

The staff at 318 is responsible for developing over 75 courses, 40 exams and thousands of pages of assets for ourselves and our customers, including vendors that you may have obtained certifications through. 318 is a firm believer in education, developing a substantial amount of documentation and testing materials for our own internal use and exclusive use for various customers. We are able to do this because we have a strong emphasis on education, which can be seen by the fact that 7 of our staff have become technical authors publishing books while at 318.

But developing assets that can be leveraged to decrease Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for an organization is arguably a different beast. FAQs, knowledge base articles and pre-populated wiki entries are only the beginning to the self-servicing power that can be unleashed for your users. Concerned that you don’t have the deep technical backgrounds, the time to develop the required assets or the writing experience on staff, then let 318 work with you to develop a plan and assets that can be provided in a variety of means to meet the needs of your dynamically changing user base.

Contact 318 today for more on leveraging our experience to help you with your emerging zero asset needs.

Kerio Beta Released

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

The next version of Kerio, Kerio Connect, has now gone into Beta. The most impressive addition is the ability to have multiple servers, which will help to scale Kerio further both in terms of geography and in terms of total user count. For more on the update:

As Kerio 7 continues to move forward in development, we look forward to seeing how the other new features perform and work with our customers to develop strategies for the newly supported features. If you were thinking about Kerio, but the scalability was a barrier for you in the past, then contact us now and we can work with you to determine if Kerio is a good fit for your organization and if so, develop a strategy for integration!

Mac OS X 10.6.2 Server Available

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Mac OS X 10.6.2 Server is now available. This update represents a great step for environments that have either already made to, or are preparing/planning the upgrade to, Snow Leopard Server. In this update, Apple addresses the following issues (from Apple.com):

  • adding and removing imported users in Server Preferences
  • synchronizing Portable Home Directory content
  • using iCal web interface within select time zones
  • previewing and capturing dual-source video in Podcast Capture
  • server-side filtering of incoming mail messages
  • using chained digital certificates for mail services
  • creating images with System Image Utility
  • automating installation of NetRestore images
  • preventing brute force password attacks
  • using sudo command with authenticated Open Directory binding
  • binding to Active Directory domains with invalid service records
  • creation of mobile accounts for Active Directory users
  • correcting a problem that would cause the Software Update cache to grow excessively

Mac OS X 10.6.2 Now Available

Monday, November 9th, 2009

For those considering a migration for Snow Leopard or those who have already moved into Snow Leopard, you will be interested to know that Apple has released the 10.6.2 update that has been in progress for some time. Updates and issue resolutions that are included (from Apple):

  • an issue that might cause your system to logout unexpectedly
  • a graphics distortion in Safari Top Sites
  • Spotlight search results not showing Exchange contacts
  • a problem that prevented authenticating as an administrative user
  • issues when using NTFS and WebDAV file servers
  • the reliability of menu extras
  • an issue with the 4-finger swipe gesture
  • an issue that causes Mail to quit unexpectedly when setting up an Exchange server Address Book becoming unresponsive when editing
  • a problem adding images to contacts in Address Book
  • an issue that prevented opening files downloaded from the Internet
  • Safari plug-in reliability
  • general reliability improvements for iWork, iLife, Aperture, Final Cut Studio, MobileMe, and iDisk
  • an issue that caused data to be deleted when using a guest account

Mac OS X 10.6.2 represents Apple coming another step to making Snow Leopard ready for mass integration in most any environment. If you have not already done so, consider contacting your 318 representative now to start planning for your migration!

Mail Archival

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

There are a number of messaging solutions that allow for automated message archiving. Message archiving can save space, while freeing up valuable resources and can also help to maintain Sarbanes-Oxley compliance (as well as achieve a number of other objectives). But not all messaging solutions allow for automated archival. Enter Mail Archiva into the picture.

Mail Archiva is an open source project aimed at bringing messaging archival to Microsoft Exchange, Zimbra, Mac OS X Server, Postfix, SendMail, IpSwitch, Axigen and a number of other messaging servers.

If you are in need of mail archival then feel free to reach out to us for more information on Mail Archiva today!

Resolving Qmaster Problems with Xsan

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

When using qmaster in an Xsan environment, it is often desirable to use the Xsan volume for qmaster cluster storage, this allows all qmaster render nodes on the xsan to directly access assets for rendering, rather than having to pull the assets over NFS. However, a race condition exists where when qmasterd fires prior to an xsan volume being mounted, qmaster will create a folder structure at the Volume’s mount path, which prevents proper mounting of the Xsan volume.

To resolve the issue, you can set a delay on the qmaster daemon to give sufficient time for the Xsan volumes to properly mount. This can be done by editing the file located at /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.qmasterd.plist and changing it’s contents to match the following, which adds a 60 second delay prior to qmasterd starting:



Label
com.apple.qmaster.qmasterd
ProgramArguments

/bin/bash
-c
/bin/sleep 60; /usr/sbin/qmasterd

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Non-profits in Need of GroupWare?

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Not-for-profit and looking at options for messaging and groupware moving forward? Then you need to take a 2nd or even a 3rd look at Google Apps! Not-for-profit organizations with less than 3,000 users can get Google Apps Education Edition for free! For a not-for-profit with more than 3,000 users you can get Google Apps Premier Edition at a 40% discount.

Imagine all the infrastructure that can be repurposed, all the networking and message hygiene that you won’t have to do any more and most importantly, how happy the users will be. If your interest is piqued, give 318 a call today and we’ll be happy to work with you on a strategy, whether it’s Google Apps, Microsoft Exchange, Zimbra, Mac OS X Server, etc – 318 is platform-agnostic and here to help!