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More OS X Server resources than you can shake a grep at

Note: This story has not been updated for several years.

Folks have been pretty positive about my adventures with OS X Server, and several readers sent in some great resources for further projects that one could attempt once Server is set up. I’ll probably look into a few of these when I have a little less on my plate, but in the meantime I figured that I’d pass along these links for your own further edification:

  • How I use my Mac Mini Server on Macminicolo: A great breakdown of a variety of server-related tasks from Ryan M., an engineer at Dropbox.
  • A power user’s guide to OS X Server, Yosemite edition: From last year, a solid top-level overview on Ars Technica of the features available on OS X Server.

  • OS X Server 4 (Yosemite 10.10): Todd Olthoff has a number of video tutorials on setting up OS X Server features. Bonus: Todd’s also guested on a couple episodes of Mac Power Users (#189 and #229) discussing Server.

  • AFP548: This site’s mainly targeted at OS X-using system administrators, and, as such, is written for a more technical audience, but it’s a useful resource if you’re looking to dive into the more nitty-gritty aspects.

  • 50 ways to use your server: Macminicolo, to whose excellent VPN walkthrough I linked in my first post, also has this extensive listing of things to do with your OS X Server. Some are more appropriate for a co-hosted setup like Macminicolo’s, but there’s plenty to dig through.

To those of you interested in OS X Server, I’d imagine the above will keep you busy for a while. Good luck, and don’t forget to, uh, tip your server.

[Dan Moren is the East Coast Bureau Chief of Six Colors. You can find him on Mastodon at or reach him by email at His latest novel, the supernatural detective story All Souls Lost, is now available for pre-order.]

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