Posts Tagged ‘sync’

Restart time syncing in Mac OS X with Remote Desktop

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

As batteries die in older Macs their ability to keep the computer’s clock ticking dies with them. Slight interruptions in power can reset the date to January 1, 1970, or January 1, 2000, for newer machines.

Syncing the computer’s clock to a network NTP time server can quickly return it to current time without any effort. However, Macs may not begin syncing right away. That’s a problem for users in Active Directory environments where a discrepancy in time of more than five minutes won’t allow them to log in.

Using Apple Remote Desktop (or an SSH connection to the computer), a remote administrator can issue two simple commands to restart time syncing.

First, verify the time of the remote computer using ARD’s Send UNIX command to get the current time and date. Simply enter the date command and run it as root.

Date command in ARD

This will return something like: Thr Jan 1 10:56:37 CDT 1970. Active Directory won’t allow any logins.

To correct the time use the systemsetup command to turn time syncing off and then turn it on again:

systemsetup -setusingnetworktime off
systemsetup -setusingnetworktime on


Run the date command again and the clock should now show the current time: Tue Oct 30 11:09:26 CDT 2012. Active Directory users should be able to log in immediately.

To store this quick command for later select Save as Template… from the Template drop down menu and assign it a name.

Emailing A File To

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 has a number of features that can be used for workflow automation. One such feature is the ability to have an email address that is tied to a folder. Most services support the ability for that email address to be used to inform users of updates to directories. However, a somewhat unique feature is that has the ability to assign an email address to the folder so that any time you send mail to the folder, that file is added to the folder. For example, I scan a contract and email it to a vendor, I can also bcc a folder called contracts and the contract will appear in the folder.

To setup an email address for a folder, open and click on a folder that you’d like to get an email address assigned to. Then click on the disclosure triangle on the right side of the screen for Folder Options and click on Email Options.

At the Email Options tab of the Folder Properties overlay screen, check the box for Allow uploads to this folder via email. Here, you can also use the Only allow uploads from collaborators in this folder checkbox to restrict who is able to email files to the folder.

While emailing files to get them into a folder isn’t for everyone, it is a great new take on a dropbox type of folder. You can also then sync these folders with folders in Mac OS X and Windows. This type of functionality is also a great way to do student submissions of coursework, file-based workflows for iOS and various automated workflows based on emails.

Troubleshooting File Replication Pro

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

Check the Web GUI.

To Check the logs via the Web Gui
- On the server, open Safari and go to http://localhost:9100 and authenticate
- Go To Scheduled Jobs and view the Logs for the 2 Way Replication Job

You can also tail the logs on the server. They are in /Applications/FileReplicationPro/logs and among the various logs in that location, the most useful log would be the syncronization log.

Many times the logs show that the server TimeSync is to fare between, the date and time are not correct. Each Server has a script you can run to resync the time. To Run this Script
Open Terminal on both First and Second servers and run
sudo /scripts/

You should see output in the terminal window and in the Console related to the time&date are now in sync with the time server.

To Stop and Restart the Replication Service

Open Terminal and run the following commands as sudo
systemstarter stop FRPRep
systemstarter stop FRPHelp
systemstarter stop FRPMgmt
once the services are stopped, start them up again in the following order
systemstarter start FRPRep
systemstarter start FRPHelp
systemstarter start FRPMgmt

You also should restart the second (or tertiary) Client:
Open Terminal and run the following commands as sudo
systemstarter stop FRPRep
wait for the service to stop and then start it again with this command
systemstarter start FRPRep

Using LCR for Exchange 2007 Disaster Recovery

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Local Continuous Replication (LCR) is a high availability feature built into Exchange Server 2007.  LCR allows admins to create and maintain a replica of a storage group to a SAN or DAS volume.  This can be anything from a NetApp to an inexpensive jump drive or even a removable sled. In Exchange 2007, log file sizes have been increased, and those logs are copied to the LCR location (known as log shipping) and then used to “replay” data into the replica database (aka change propagation).

LCR can be used to reduce the recovery time in disaster recovery scenarios for the whole database, instead of restoring a database you can simply mount the replica.  However, this is not to be used for day-to-day mailbox recovery, message restores, etc.  It’s there to end those horrific eseutil /rebuild and eseutil /defrag scenarios.  Given the sizes that Exchange environments are able to get in Exchange 2003 R2 and Exchange 2007, this alone is worth the drive space used.

Like with many other things in Windows, LCR can be configured using a wizard.  The Local Continuous Backup wizard (I know, it should be the LCR wizard) can be accessed using the Exchange Management Console.  From here, browse to the storage group you would like to replicate and then click on the Enable Local Continuous Backup button.  The wizard will then ask you for the path to back up to and allow you to set a schedule.  Once done, the changes will replicate, but the initial copy will not.  This is known as seeding and will require a little PowerShell to get going.  Using the name of the Storage Group (in this example “First Storage Group”) you will stop LCR, manually update the seed, then start it again, commands respectively being:

Suspend-StorageGroupCopy –identity “First Storage Group”

Update-StorageGroupCopy –identity “First StorageGroup”

Resume-StorageGroupCopy –identity “First StorageGroup”

Now that your database is seeded, click on the Storage Group in the Exchange Management Console and you should see Healthy listed in the Copy Status column for the database you’re using LCR with.  Loop through this process with all of your databases and you’ll have a nice disaster recovery option to use next time you would have instead done a time consuming defrag of the database.

File Replication Pro Story About 318

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

The File Replication Pro folks have published a customer success story outlining some of the ways we’re using their product. Check it out and if you have any questions about what we’re doing with it feel free to drop us a line!

File Replication

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Performing replication between physical locations is always an interesting task. Perhaps you’re only using your second location for a hot/cold site or maybe it’s a full blown branch office. In many cases, file replication can be achieved with no scripting, using off the shelf products such as Retrospect or even Carbon Copy Cloner. Other times, the needs are more granular and you may choose to script a solutions, as is often done using rsync.

However, a number of customers have found these solutions to leave something to be desired. Enter File Replication Pro. File Replication Pro allows administrators to replicate data between two locations in a variety of fashions and across a variety of operating systems in a highly configurable manner. Furthermore, File Replication Pro provides delta synchronization rather than full file copies, which means that you’re only pushing changes to files and not the full file over your replication medium, greatly reducing required bandwidth. File Replication Pro is also multi-platform (built on Java), allowing administrators to synchronize Sun, Windows, Mac OS X, etc.

If you struggle with File Replication issues, then we can help. Whatever the medium may be, give us a call and we can help you to determine the best solution for your needs!