A look at the 2014 Mac mini


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We’ve been working extensively with Mac minis for nearly 10 years. (Yes, we’re nearing the tenth anniversary for the more-popular-than-you-think Mac. They are great servers, come and try one.) When a new machine gets released, we often get asked for feedback and any opinions on the new hardware.  So below are ten things we noticed about the new Mac mini. We’ll add a tear down of the Mac mini on this post as well as update with benchmarks compared to all the past Mac minis. Be sure to follow us on twitter so you know when that’s posted.

1) The machine received a second thunderbolt 2 port and lost its Firewire 800 port. A few years ago, this would have been a big loss, but I don’t think it’s as big of a deal now. The Thunderbolt drives are getting less expensive and have more options available. And with the addition of USB 3 in the 2012 mini, that covers a lot of what people need for speed.

2) For home users, the increased Graphics will be a very welcomed upgrade. In a data center, that will be useful for those who process a lot of images and will likely help when screen sharing. (Speaking of screen sharing, these HDMI adapters have been very useful. I’ll be interested to see if they’re still needed for the 2014 Mac mini.)

3) It’s really looking like the RAM can no longer be upgraded by the user. We should have that confirmed soon. (Confirmed. See update below.) This option will be sorely missed by a lot of people. At least Apple has decreased the price of the RAM upgrades when you build and order a machine on the Apple Store. Also, nice to see the two higher versions come with 8GB of RAM by default now.

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4) Since the Mac mini still offers HDD drives, I’m hopeful that we’ll still be able to upgrade the storage. (Confirmed: if a hard drive is ordered in the Mac mini, you can get to it and replace an SSD but it won’t be easy. see Update below) As was before, replacing the hard drive is not covered under warranty.

Update:

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5) On the previous mini there was one Gigabit ethernet port, and to get a second one you’d have to take the only Thunderbolt port. Now that there are two, you can have a second Gigabit port and a Thunderbolt drive.

6) There is no more “Server” version, so no more dual-drive Mac mini. From our experience, nearly everyone used that second drive for a cloned backup. Very useful, but having a backup on the outside of the Mac mini can be useful too. (It’s much easier to plug that external drive into another Mac and boot from it. This makes for a quick recovery if needed.)

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7) The 2012 Mac mini will still be very popular, keeping the prices of used Mac minis high. That machine offers the SSD/RAM upgrade options, the quad-core processor, and can also run a number of past versions of OS X. (When we have used Mac minis, we list them here.)

8) It’s nice to see the return of the $499 Mac mini. It started there, then the base price went  to $599, $699, back to $599 and now a full circle back to $499. It’s still incredible having a Mac under $500.

9) When ordering an HDD option, it looks like it is still a 5400RPM drive. That’s too bad. The 2011 Mac mini had the faster 7200RPM and that was a nice bonus. I guess we’re living in an SSD world now. If you want speed, you know how to get it.

10) Overall it’s a nice upgrade. Though to be honest, with these components, it really should have happened about 6 months ago.

We look forward to getting our hands on the new Mac mini so we can see what’s possible with the new hardware. If you’d like to try a Mac mini as a server, we’re offering a promo right now for just $10/mo

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About Macminicolo

Macminicolo, a Las Vegas based company, has been hosting Mac minis since their introduction in January 2005. We are the leaders in this niche market and are known for our personal service and advanced data center. We currently host hundreds of Mac minis for satisfied customers located in 56 different countries around the world. Find us on Twitter @macminicolo or on our company blog.

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Quick look at the 4K HDMI Adapter

A while back, we wrote up a review about an HDMI adapter for a headless Mac mini and the post has been very popular. In fact, it has been so popular that the manufacturer of the adapter reached out to us to thank us for all the business we sent their way. These adapters really are great little units. 

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In our email exchange, they also mentioned their new product, a HDMI adapter that brings 4K. Wow. This would be ideal if you need to render for 4K, want a huge resolution for screen sharing, or you just need to test your software with 4K. 

We plugged one into a Mac mini, and sure enough, it gave the 4K option.(which looked huge on my 27in iMac) The adapter even showed the new generic 4K monitor that was improved with 10.9.3. 

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Around here, we use the regular HDMI adapter because it accelerates the GPU and brings great performance in Screen Sharing. But, if you want the adapter with the 4K option, it’s available on Amazon as well. 

Update: We’ve heard from some folks that their Mac won’t show all the resolutions that these screenshots show. We’ve heard from the manufacturer of the adapters and they mentioned that it is a limitation with the OS X display applet. As a work around, they suggest the free app called "Display Menu" from the Mac App Store

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About Macminicolo

Macminicolo, a Las Vegas based company, has been hosting Mac minis since their introduction in January 2005. We are the leaders in this niche market and are known for our personal service and advanced data center. We currently host hundreds of Mac minis for satisfied customers located in 56 different countries around the world. Find us on Twitter @macminicolo or on our company blog.

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Review: 4TB Backup Plus Fast Portable Drive

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One of the reasons people love a Mac mini server is they own the hardware and can upgrade or add-on as needed. We allow for BUS powered drives to be attached to Mac minis for extra storage or for backup of their Mac mini server. This is a great way to get large amounts of data to or from the data center quickly. For instance, a couple years ago we partnered with a Canon program where photographers would take photos in the field, overnight us a small external drive with hundreds of GBs of photos, and we’d plug it into their Mac mini so all the photos were available online very quickly. 

In our data center, we’ve always preferred BUS powered drives for a couple reasons. (In other words, drives that are powered by the port on the Mac.) First, they require less power and space (both of which are expensive in a data center.) Second, over the years we’ve seen a number of hard drive external power adapters burn out. It seems that much attention is given to the drive, but the quality isn’t there for the power adapters. 

The downside to BUS powered drives is that they usually aren’t as large in capacity. Up until recently, the maximum size of drive you could buy was 2TB. For most people this was plenty, but sometimes you just need more. 

In January, Seagate announced a new 4TB BUS powered drive and it looked great. This drive is called the “Backup Plus Fast Portable Drive.” Horrible name, but great potential. We now have one of the first drives shipped and we took a look for those interested in it. 

Here is the packaging:

Here is the drive in comparison to a WD My Passport Studio Firewire drive, a 9.5mm internal drive taken from a Mac mini, and an iPhone 5S:

And another one from the top:

The hard drive ships in NTFS format, which is ideal if you are going to use it between a Mac and a PC. However, Mac OS X Extended is preferred if you’re going to be on a Mac only. (This can be done in Disk Utility of course. A tip: I wasn’t able to partition the drive right away. First I had to use the “Erase” option, then the partition option worked fine. Maybe a little bug?) When formatted for a Mac, the drive shows 4TB available, and 1.11GB used, which is likely the amount needed to keep the two internal drives configured in RAID 0. 

The drive ships with both a USB 3.0 cable and a USB 3.0 Y-cable. The latter is need in case your computer doesn’t provide enough power from just one USB port. However, on the 2012 Mac mini and the 2013 MacBook Air, the single USB is sufficient. 

The transfer speed is fantastic. We used the great (and free) Blackmagic Disk Speed Test. For comparison, here is the WD Firewire drive pictured above:

Now here is the USB 3 Seagate drive:

Obviously, USB 3 is faster than Firewire in any situation. I mostly just wanted to show that it certainly lives up to those speeds. (Here is a handy comparison from Macworld on different speed options.)

Conclusion

When picking a drive to purchase, I think there are three things to look at: speed, capacity and convenience. For instance, you can buy a desktop drive like this one with great speed and capacity, but you’re stuck with a bigger drive and an external power unit. Another option is a portable small thunderbolt or small USB3 drive, but you’re limiting your capacity at 2TB. The amazing thing about this new drive from Seagate is you get great capacity, great speed, and it’s in a small form factor with no external drive. I think these drives will be very popular. The Seagate product page still lists them as “Not available” but you can buy one on Amazon right now. (Though, they’ve been selling out quickly so you may have to keep an eye on it.) 

If you want one for your Mac mini here, just contact us and we’ll get one lined up for you. IF you have any additional questions about the drive, you can reach us @macminicolo on twitter.

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About Macminicolo

Macminicolo, a Las Vegas based company, has been hosting Mac minis since their introduction in January 2005. We are the leaders in this niche market and are known for our personal service and advanced data center. We currently host hundreds of Mac minis for satisfied customers located in 56 different countries around the world. Find us on Twitter @macminicolo or on our company blog.

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Introducing MacProColo.net

We’ve been hosting Mac minis for 9 years now. They are incredible machines but we’re going to branch out a little. Today we also offer  colocation of the new Mac Pro. This service can be found at MacProColo.net

We tested the Mac Pro quite a bit in the data center. It performs incredible and there is no issue with heat. The Pro does pull quite a bit more power though. (And in a data center, power is one of the biggest expenses.)

For most people, the Mac mini will easily do the job and will also be less expensive for purchase and for colocation. In my opinion, I think most people will want the Mac Pro on their desk and the Mac mini in the data center. 

But for those who do need the power of a new Mac Pro, we’re happy to offer you a spot in one of the best data centers in the world

As usual, happy to answer any questions @macminicolo on twitter or send us a note.

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Starting up automatically in Mavericks

There is a bug in the upgrade to Mavericks where the Energy Saver settings are changed. We’ve seen a number of machines lose the setting to “Start up automatically after a power failure.” 

While the data center almost never loses power, this setting is critical in the control to remote reboot your Mac mini. If your machine was to freeze up, you can cycle the power outlet and the machine would come back. However, that won’t work if this setting is off. 

So, if you are running a Mac server here or in your office, take a minute to be sure this setting wasn’t lost in your upgrade to Mavericks. It can be found in System Preferences -> Energy Saver. 

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An HDMI adapter for a headless Mac mini

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About a year ago, we blogged about how to build a dummy dongle to use with a headless Mac mini. This has been a very popular post. Adapters like this trick the machine to behave as if a monitor is attached. This change makes much more use of the GPU. This hardware hack has been great for years but we have something even better that comes with some real benefits. 

The fit-headless adapter is  a better option in a number of ways: 

You don’t have to build adapter. It comes ready to plug into your Mac mini and is completely self-contained. (i.e., no wires hanging on the outside.) 

Another benefit is that this adapter uses the HDMI port, leaving your Thunderbolt port available for high speed external devices like a hard drive. 

Finally, Mavericks has really dumbed down support for VGA resolutions. Since the last dongle used VGA, you were very limited on the resolution choices and they were all quite small. Since this adapter uses HDMI, you can even choose a 16x9 1080p resolution. (Screenshot) Keep in mind, if you are accessing a server remotely, you might consider keeping it a bit smaller to speed transmission.

In short, this is a much better option in just about every single way. We have high stock here in the data center for our customers. If you’re running a server or media mini at home you might want to take a look. You can order one right on Amazon or buy a  five pack from the product site.

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About Macminicolo

Macminicolo, a Las Vegas based company, has been hosting Mac minis since their introduction in January 2005. We are the leaders in this niche market and are known for our personal service and advanced data center. We currently host hundreds of Mac minis for satisfied customers located in 56 different countries around the world. Find us on Twitter @macminicolo or on our company blog.

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Most popular posts from 2013


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This year is winding up and it’s been a good year for Macminicolo. Can you believe that next year will be our tenth year of hosting Mac minis? It doesn’t seem so long ago that we started this niche service of using a Mac mini as a server. It’s been great. 

Before we welcome 2014, we thought we’d look back at the five most popular blog posts from 2013:

50 ways to use your server : This post lists all sorts of ways to use a Mac mini as a server. The list includes free, open-source and paid software that makes it easy to get going. 

The market for used Mac minis: Since we’ve been buying and selling minis for 9 years, we’ve seen how they hold their value. This article breaks down the reasons they stay valuable. 

How to backup your Mac mini server: Another article that is written from many years of first-hand experience. The most important lesson from the article…just do something. 

Ten Alfred workflows for IT: Alfred is getting more and more popular. Here are ten workflows we use often around here. 

Setup a VPN server with Mavericks Server: This article is only 4 weeks old, but has become very popular from Google searches. It seems that many are trying to figure out the setup, and the little trick to make L2TP connections work.

Those are the five most popular articles this year, though the dummy dongle post from last year remains near the top overall. 

We’ll keep good content coming in 2014. Be sure to follow us on twitter @macminicolo to keep up with the posts and specials. 

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Some lessons on Mac minis and SSD options

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Over the years, we’ve installed hundreds of SSD drives into Mac minis. It’s always a great upgrade and can make an old mini feel like new again. Of course iFixit has all the Mac mini upgrade tutorials you’d need and the process isn’t as horrible as it seems at first. When you’ve done it enough times and have the right tools, the process takes less than a couple minutes.

Since we’ve installed so many different drives and brands over the years, we have experience with their longevity and some potential issues. I thought I’d write a few of these lessons we’ve learned in case it helps others:

First the bad: OCZ and Crucial SSD drives are fast, but they’ve been less reliable in our experience. The firmware upgrades require Windows or bootable CDs. Even worse than that, the return process for those drives are excruciating. There will be a ton of automated replies and waiting.

Second, a word of caution: If you are going to put an SSD drive into a Mac mini server or any other Mac with dual drives, be sure to clone the data using SuperDuper or CCC. There is a bug in Mavericks and Disk Utility. If you do a “Restore” to the drive and then install it into a Mac with dual drives, the OS will see it as a potentially broken Fusion drive the first time you boot up. Nine times out of ten, this will brick your SSD drive. (And I don’t mean “brick” in the way people refer to iPhones that just need to be restarted. This will most likely require a return with the manufacturer.)

Finally, the reason you probably started reading: The Samsung 840 EVO SSD is the best option on the market right now. We’ve installed 100+ of these drives, and near 300 if you count their predecessor the Samsung 830. I don’t know their RMA process yet because we’ve never had to return one. These drives are fast, have good P/E cycles and are very well priced. As of today, Amazon has the popular 250GB for just $173 and the 1TB version is just $524. With a drive that size, you don’t even have to mess with the Fusion setup. If you really want an ultimate setup, a 2012 Mac mini can handle a 1TB SSD and a 2TB HDD together

So if you’re looking to breath life into a Mac mini, and SSD upgrade is not too hard and not too expensive. (Of course, if you’re a Macminicolo customer that wants to upgrade your server, just let us know. Glad to help.)

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About Macminicolo

Macminicolo, a Las Vegas based company, has been hosting Mac minis since their introduction in January 2005. We are the leaders in this niche market and are known for our personal service and advanced data center. We currently host hundreds of Mac minis for satisfied customers located in 56 different countries around the world. Find us on Twitter @macminicolo or on our company blog.

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Setup a VPN server with Mavericks Server 10.9

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We have a lot of customers who use their Mac mini as a VPN server. This works great when you need an IP address in the US, or a secure internet connection on the road, or a number of other reasons. When Apple released Lion, they changed the setup a bit. This continued in Mountain Lion and remains in Mavericks. By default, Mavericks Server VPN will distribute IP addresses in the same range the Mac itself uses. This doesn’t work well in a facility like Macminicolo where each Mac mini has a static WAN IP address.

We asked Rusty Ross to help us put together a tutorial that will help Macminicolo customers setup their Mac minis to serve as VPNs. He’s broken it down in a few parts so be sure to take the steps that are best for your situation:

PART I: VLAN and DNS

PART II: Internet Routing (*OPTIONAL*)

PART III: VPN

PART IV: Client Setup

If you are simply looking to enable VPN service on your OS X Server for secure connection(s) between your server and client(s), you can skip PART II. That’s right: you can jump straight from PART I to PART III. The procedures discussed in PART II are intended for those who are looking to route internet traffic from their VPN clients over the VPN and out to the internet via their server’s public internet connection at Macminicolo.

Also, it should be mentioned that server administration (particularly at the command line level) can be tricky. If you do proceed beyond this point, which shall be exclusively at your own risk, then please proceed carefully, and as always, don’t ever proceed without a backup of your server and other irreplaceable data.

Another unpleasant warning label: The current version of Mavericks Server (3.0.1) has issues with L2TP VPN connectivity. That’s right, L2TP, the very type of VPN we are about to set up here. Apple is aware of this issue, but a fix has not yet been released. In the meantime, there are some potential workarounds, but they definitely exceed the scope of this tutorial. (If you are experiencing this issue, feeling hardcore, and looking for extracurricular activity, here’s a hint: Consider replacing the racoon binary in Mavericks Server with a copy from Mountain Lion Server.) Okay, let’s all wash our hands now.

Update: Apple released an update that basically does the same thing as the hint above. If you don’t see it automatically, it can be found here.

Still here? Okay, let’s get started.

PART I: VLAN and DNS

First, let’s set up a VLAN.

In System Preferences, go to Network, and choose “Manage Virtual Interfaces…”

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Then choose “New VLAN…”

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Let’s just name our VLAN something like “LAN”, and all other defaults here should be fine:

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After pressing “Create”, you’ll see this:

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After pressing “Done”, you’ll be able to enter network info for your new VLAN. Make sure to choose “Manually” for “Configure IPv4”, and set the IP Address, Subnet Mask, and Router as shown below.

(Advanced: We’ll be using a 10.0.0.1 private IP for the server and 10.0.0.0/24 private network in this walkthrough, but note that the technique documented here will work with any private IP addressing scheme. To accomplish that, you’d substitute that alternate network info here, as well as a few other places further along in this walkthrough.)

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After pressing “Apply”, you should see an something like this, indicating that your newly-created VLAN is active:

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Nice work. Now, let’s get basic DNS up and running. Launch Server.app, and click on the “DNS” section of the sidebar, under “Advanced”:

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Now press “Edit…” next to Forwarding Servers:

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…and add both Macminicolo DNS IP addresses:

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All other DNS defaults in Server.app should be fine, so let’s switch DNS service on:

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Great. Now, once again, if you are NOT interested in routing public internet traffic from your VPN client(s) over the VPN and out to the internet via your server’s public internet connection at Macminicolo, you should SKIP from here to PART III.

PART II: Internet Routing (*OPTIONAL*)

So far, so good. Now things get a little trickier, as we need to dive into the command line a bit to get NAT and routing set up. First, we’ll need to edit two privileged text files, so we are going use Terminal to summon TextEdit.app with root privileges. (Advanced: If you are comfortable with your own command line text editor, you can obviously make the next couple edits on your own.)

Launch Terminal.app, and inside the terminal window that appears, enter the following command (as a single line), and press return:

sudo killall TextEdit; sudo -b "/Applications/TextEdit.app/Contents/MacOS/TextEdit"

You’ll be prompted for your password, and if you’ve not used sudo on this Mac in the past, you may see a warning about using sudo, which is fine.

(This command first tries to quit any instances of TextEdit that are already running. If TextEdit isn’t already running, you’ll see a “No matching processes were found” message, which is fine.)

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Next, let’s open the first file we need to edit. In the same Terminal window you used before, enter this command (as a single line) and press return:

sudo open -t /etc/pf.anchors/com.apple

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Upon doing this, you should expect to see the following file, entitled com.apple, open in TextEdit.app:

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Okay, we are now going to add three custom lines to this document. Red arrows in the picture below indicate where these lines should go. The three lines you’ll be adding are:

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See here for location in document:

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Great. Now close the window of this “com.apple" document you’ve been editing so that TextEdit.app will save the changes you just made.

Okay, one more text file needs to be edited with TextEdit.app, and in fact, you’ll be creating this one from scratch. Back in your Terminal.app window, enter the following command (as a single line) and press return:

sudo touch /etc/pf.anchors/customNATRules; sudo open -t /etc/pf.anchors/customNATRules

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Upon doing this, you should expect to see an empty text file titled “customNATRules” open as a window in TextEdit.app. Enter the following two lines of text into this file (make sure to press return after the second line):

nat on en0 from 10.0.0.0/24 to any -> (en0)

pass from {lo0, 10.0.0.0/24} to any keep state

(Advanced: If you are using private IP addressing other than 10.0.0.0/24, you should customize these two lines to match your chosen network.)

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Nice. Now close the window of this “customNATRules" document you’ve been editing so that TextEdit.app will save the changes you just made.

Now, just a couple more commands in Terminal.app, and we’ll be done with the command line.

Enter this command (as a single line) into your Terminal.app window and press return:

sudo /usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c 'add :ProgramArguments:3 string -e' /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.pfctl.plist

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And finally, enter this command (as a single line) into your Terminal.app window and press return:

echo 'net.inet.ip.forwarding=1' | sudo tee -a /etc/sysctl.conf

The Terminal should respond with “net.inet.ip.forwarding=1”, which is what we want.

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Well done. You can now close your Terminal.app window entirely.

Okay, you have now set up NAT and routing for your private network. The last piece of the puzzle on the server will be to configure and enable VPN service.

Before you proceed, though: RESTART your server now. (We’ll wait…)

Now that you have restarted your server, let’s continue.

PART III: VPN

Whether or not you have just completed Part II or skipped to this point straight from Part I, rest assured that everyone is welcome here in Part III.

First, open Server.app and click on the “VPN” section of the sidebar:

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Several default settings here are already in place as we’d want them, so we’ll just edit a few.

Enter your Shared Secret as desired:

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Now press “Edit…” next to DNS Settings. You will likely see the Macminicolo DNS IP addresses here, which is NOT what we want in this particular place:

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Instead, change this to 10.0.0.1 as follows:

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(Advanced: If you are using an alternate private network, customize the above appropriately.)

Press “OK” and we’re back here:

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Now press “Edit…” next to Client Addresses, and enter settings as pictured below. (Advanced: If you are using an alternate private network, or have different needs in terms of address pool size, customize appropriately.)

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Press “OK” and you will likely see the following warning:

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Since this won’t actually be a problem, breathe easy, and press “Continue”. Now once again, we’re back here:

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…and should be all set to go. Switch the VPN service on:

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Brilliant. Wait about 30 seconds for the VPN service to become fully active, and your Mac mini server should now be ready to serve VPN clients and (optionally, if you completed Part II) route their public internet traffic over its connection.

PART IV: Client Setup

Now that your server’s VPN is configured, enabled, and (optionally) ready to route public internet traffic for its clients, you may want a little guidance on how best to configure a client.

Let’s set up a Mavericks client as an example.

In System Preferences, go to Network, and press the “+” in the lower-lefthand corner:

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Choose “VPN”, make sure you are using “L2TP over IPSec”, and give your service a name:

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Press “Create”, and then make sure your new VPN is selected in the sidebar on the left, so you can edit its details on the right:

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As shown above, enter the IP address or DNS name for your server in the “Server Address” field. In the “Account Name” field, enter the username for the account on the server that you want to use to log in from the client.

Press “Authentication Settings…” and you’ll see this:

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Enter the Password for the account you just specified, and the Shared Secret exactly as you set it up on the server.

Press “OK”, and you are back to:

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Now press “Advanced…” and you should see:

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If you chose to complete optional “Part II: Internet Routing” section earlier:

Then check the option to “Send all traffic over VPN connection” so that your client will, um, send all its traffic (including public internet-bound traffic) over the VPN when the VPN connection is active.

Otherwise, if you skipped the optional “Part II: Internet Routing” section, make sure to un-check “Send all traffic over VPN connection” (unlike the picture above).

Press “OK”, and you are back to:

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Press “Apply” to save changes.

And now your client should be ready to connect to your server’s VPN.

Just press “Connect” when you want make this happen.

Well done.

As I mentioned, this tutorial came from Rusty Ross, a great hands-on consultant that works with a bunch of happy MMC customers on a wide range of topics, including setup, migration, troubleshooting, maintenance, networking, strategic planning, and creative thinking. He’s available for a quick-fix, a specific project, or a longer-term relationship. If you have questions, you can find us on Twitter @macminicolo. And if you’re looking for somewhere safe and connected to place a VPN server, checkout our prices to host a Mac mini with us.

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XcodeServerHosting.com - A new service from Macminicolo

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We are happy to announce a new service from Macminicolo called XcodeServerHosting.com. With this service, we’ll provide a powerful Mac mini so developers can use it as a remote continuos integration server with the new Xcode server in Mavericks. All your developers and staff can work on your projects from anywhere in the world. You can also opt to attach an iPod Touch and iPad if you’d like to have your app built on real hardware.

Apple provides a free copy of OS X Server to all developers, iOS and Mac. Once Server.app is installed, the service “automates the integration process of building, analyzing, testing and archiving your app.” And since you have the server in a very high end data center, you’re welcome to setup the web, mail, or any other service you’d like to use.

To celebrate this new service, we’re giving away ten copies of Day One app for Mac and iOS. The developers behind this award-winning app have been using a CI server at Macminicolo for sometime. They’ve reported the server here as critical in their development. In fact, not too long ago, their webhost was having issues so they moved DayOneApp.com to their mini too and found a performance increase on serving up their site.

To enter you just need to retweet this message on Twitter. We’ll pick ten winners and DM you to let you know that you’ve won.

If you’re a developer or development team that would like streamline your development and testing, go check out XcodeServerHosting.com. And if you have any questions, you can send us a note or reach us on twitter @macminicolo.

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Macminicolo, a Las Vegas based company, has been hosting Mac minis since their introduction in January 2005. We are the leaders in this niche market and are known for our personal service and advanced data center. We currently host hundreds of Mac minis for satisfied customers located in 56 different countries around the world. Find us on Twitter @macminicolo or on our company blog.