13 October 2016
As we continue the merge with MacStadium
, most of the new blog posts have been written on the MacStadium blog
. Here are a few you may have missed if you aren't following over there:Tips on upgrading from OS X 10.11 to macOS 10.12
: For the most part, things have been smooth but there are some things to watch for in the upgrade. And get a good backup. A review of a "New Mac" scented candle
: Yes, you read that right. It's what we all said we'd do some day but never got around to doing. How to setup a Mac server as an MDM using Profile Manager
: Super useful for small businesses, or even families that are starting to get a lot of iOS devices in the home. Setup a file server with Resilio on a Mac mini
: It's a secure and simple file sync server. It's much like running Dropbox on your own hardware.
We've written VPN tutorials for the last 5 releases of OS X and we'll soon be posting the tutorial for macOS Sierra. Keep an eye on the Macstadium twitter account
for that and other future posts.
08 August 2016
When we announced our merger with MacStadium, we told you there would be a lot of new and exciting features. Things are coming along.
We’ve just updated our pricing page with all sorts of options. You can now choose between hosting in three locations: Las Vegas, Atlanta and Dublin. These US locations help us cover coast to coast here in the States. The Dublin location is perfect for those in the UK, Europe and into North Africa.
Of course we still offer Mac mini colocation. Now we also have options for renting a Mac mini and renting a Mac Pro. (On a geeky sidenote, we were also recently awarded a patent for our custom built Mac Pro racks. Now we can scale, quickly, in nearly any location if needed.)
If you'd like to see all the new options in once place, just take a look at our new pricing page
As always, if you have any questions, just send us a message
. We're happy to help.
04 April 2016
One of the more common requests from potential customers is to have a server to "host a bunch of wordpress sites." Often it is a small hosting company that just needs a server that they own and control to host the sites of their customers. This is definitely possible on OS X with a LAMP install, or you can even do it manually. (Though, that takes some skill.)
If you’re looking for a rock solid Wordpress server on a Mac mini, ServerPilot plus Ubuntu is a great option. (Remember, you can run Ubuntu natively on a Mac mini, or as a virtual machine.)
ServerPilot is a service that will optimize an Ubuntu server for Wordpress as well as any other PHP application. It goes really well with services like DigitalOcean or Rackspace as that’s what it’s mostly designed to do.
Why would you want to use a Mac mini for this?
We are an OS X heavy company for sure. We love it. But sometimes there’s a single purpose for a server here. If that purpose is wordpress hosting, this is a great option.
The main reason is that it will be on a machine that you own and control. When you or your customer has data on the machine, it’s good to be in control of the machine.
Pricing is another consideration. DigitalOcean is great. You have a lot of options for service levels. If you look at the pricing, it’d be pretty easy to match or exceed many of the available hardware plans. For instance, a server with 8GB of RAM and an 80GB SSD would be $80/mo. You could put your upgraded Mac mini in a data center with 16GB of RAM and 1TB SSD and host it for as low as $35/mo.
With Rackspace, well, who knows really. I tried to look at pricing and options but I was lost in the site and mostly just backed away from my browser.
More on ServerPilot and a Mac mini
If you have a Mac mini with Ubuntu installed, you can have ServerPilot log into the machine and automate the setup on a number of things. From their site:
What ServerPilot Does
- Software Installation – ServerPilot installs all of the software your server needs, including PHP, MySQL, Nginx, and Apache.
- Firewall Configuration – ServerPilot secures your server with an iptables firewall.
- Automatic Updates – ServerPilot keeps your server's packages updated.
- Simple Control Panel – ServerPilot's control panel makes it easy to host multiple sites on a server, manage databases, change PHP versions, deploy SSL, and more.
- AutoSSL – With AutoSSL, ServerPilot enables free SSL certicates for your apps' domains.
- Stats and Monitoring – ServerPilot provides stats and monitoring for your servers and apps. (Paid)
How to get started
When you signup with Macminicolo, we'll put OS X on the machine by default. From there, you can install a VM of Ubuntu. If you prefer to have Ubuntu boot natively, just mention it when you signup and we'll take care of it for you at no cost. Once the machine is live, follow the tutorial below:
First you need to get the Mac mini ready. To do this, you have to enable the root user for SSH with a password. Don’t be afraid. We’re jumping in terminal:
Connect to your machine with your regular user in SSH
First we’ll enable it in sshd_config
sudo nano -w /etc/ssh/sshd_config
comment out the following line:
Just below it, add the following line:
Writeout with Control-O and then exit
Then set a password for root
sudo passwd root
And then finally, reload the SSH service
sudo service ssh reload
Then you can exit terminal.
Now it’s over to ServerPilot where you can create an account.
Once you login, you’ll be able to add a server to your account.
It’s pretty simple by filling in the IP address, the root password, and the password that you’d like server pilot to use.
The machine will run through the automated process
And it will confirm when the machine is ready
When it’s done going through the process, then you're all set to create your first app. (You can also log back into your server and change the root password if you’d like. Serverpilot no long needs it for access.)
It will confirm the install
And you can add multiple domains for that install
Then you can go to your URL and it'll show you the default install of Wordpress
Then you can go back and add as many domains as you'd like to run on your server
One of the benefits of a Mac mini is that there are so many ways to use one in a data center. IF you're looking for dead simple wordpress installation and hosting, this is a great route to take. As usual, if you have anything to add to this tutorial or other tips on running a Mac mini server, you can find us on Twitter @macminicolo
A helpful tweet from a Macminicolo customer
30 March 2016
We try to keep the big posts and interesting topics here on the company blog. However, not everything deserves a full post. In those cases, we will tweet it out.
The problem with Twitter is that not everyone uses it on a regular basis. Also, the tweets kind of disappear as they travel down the timeline.
Here are some tweets that you might have missed over the last few months. If you'd like to keep up with new ones, be sure to follow us on Twitter @macminicolo
. You can also fine me @brianstucki
. Keep up by putting the official Twitter for iPhone app
on your phone, or my personal favorite, Tweetbot
Here are some tweets of interest, in reverse chronological order: