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Radmind questions

June 27, 2006

roles that need to be filled

  • create image
  • deploy images
  • restore images
  • update images

also

  • authentication
  • syncronize user files with server
  • save browser bookmarks

Tools available

  1. OSX server
    1. netboot
    2. netinstall
  2. apple remote desktop
  3. VNC
  4. radmind

I just need to figure out how all those tools relate to each other and what they do.

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Online fileservers

June 27, 2006

For sites that are not on our WAN, online file servers may be one solution for allowing them to back up and share their files. This is a summary of the PC World article Store it on the Web.

BACKUP

For online backup, PC World reviewed six services. Here is a summary of each

IBackup

  • Lowest price: $10 / month, $100 / year
  • Browser based access: yes
  • Mount as a network drive: yes

XDrive

  • Lowest price: $10 / month, $100 / year
  • Browser based access: yes
  • Mount as a network drive: yes

AmberWave FirstBackup

  • Lowest price: $4 / month, $39 / year
  • Browser based access: no
  • Mount as a network drive: no
  • comments: client access only, which avoids web security concerns

Acpana Data Deposit Box

  • Lowest price: $0.01 per meg
  • Browser based access: yes
  • Mount as a network drive: no

ElephantDrive

  • Lowest price: free
  • Browser based access: no
  • Mount as a network drive: no
  • comments: requires .Net framework in Windows

Mozy

  • Lowest price: free
  • Browser based access: for restore only
  • Mount as a network drive: no

STORAGE

Online storage can give you the space you need for large multimedia libraries without having to buy extra hard drives. PC World reviewed six services.

GoDaddy Online file folder

  • Lowest price: $5 / year for 50MB, $20 / year for GB
  • Max 10GB
  • Browser based access: yes
  • Mount as a network drive: yes

Streamload Mediamax

  • Lowest price: free with limitted file size and 25GB, $120/year for no file limits and 250GB
  • Browser based access: yes
  • Mount as a network drive: no
  • comments: downloads and sharing are limitted with free plan

Box.net

  • Lowest price: free for up to 1GB, $100/year for 15GB
  • Browser based access: yes
  • Mount as a network drive: no
  • comments: free service has file size limits

Simdesk

  • Lowest price: $3 month per 1GB, 10GB max
  • Browser based access: yes
  • Mount as a network drive: yes
  • comments: provides printer sharing and mobile access

FlipDrive

  • Lowest price: free up to 25MB, $100/year for 15GB with no limits
  • Browser based access: yes
  • Mount as a network drive: no
  • comments: has photo album feature; web interface is lacking

Online Storage Solutions

  • Lowest price: $5/month for 10GB, $35/month for 100GB
  • Browser based access: yes, limitted
  • Mount as a network drive: yes
  • comments: web interface is lacking

SHARING

Instead of attaching 15 documents to your email and sending it to a dozen people, why not put your documents on a sharing service web site and send everyone one URL? PC World reviewed five sharing services

GoDaddy Online file folder

  • Lowest price: $5 / year for 50MB, $20 / year for GB
  • Max 10GB
  • Browser based access: yes
  • Mount as a network drive: yes

Streamload Mediamax

  • Lowest price: free with limitted file size and 25GB, $120/year for no file limits and 250GB
  • Browser based access: yes
  • Mount as a network drive: no
  • comments: downloads and sharing are limitted with free plan

Box.net

  • Lowest price: free for up to 1GB, $100/year for 15GB
  • Browser based access: yes
  • Mount as a network drive: no
  • comments: free service has file size limits

Simdesk

  • Lowest price: $3 month per 1GB, 10GB max
  • Browser based access: yes
  • Mount as a network drive: yes
  • comments: provides printer sharing and mobile access

FlipDrive

  • Lowest price: free up to 25MB, $100/year for 15GB with no limits
  • Browser based access: yes
  • Mount as a network drive: no
  • comments: has photo album feature; web interface is lacking

Online Storage Solutions

  • Lowest price: $5/month for 10GB, $35/month for 100GB
  • Browser based access: yes, limitted
  • Mount as a network drive: yes
  • comments: web interface is lacking

Problems with OSX server in AD environment

June 15, 2006

I can easily set up an OSX server to handle file services for my Mac machines. But here are the problems I see with doing that in our current Active Directoroy environment.

  1. Seperate logins – no directory integration
  2. OSX file system is not backed up and not on SAN

That being said, there are some challenges that need to be addressed if I am not going to use the OSX server

  1. Automatically syncronize local hard disk with server
    1. bind mac to AD
    2. do the following at login
    3. mount shared volumes
    4. at logoff, sync desktop changes with server and delete desktop files
  2. Syncronize laptops with server
    1. similar to desktops, but first time machine is used, ask if it is a laptop.  If it is, copy entire contents of desktop folder to laptop