Things Part 2: Workflows (My Favorite Task Management App

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In this screencast tutorial I continue my series on My Favorite Apps by looking at workflows associated with my favorite Task Management App: Things by Cultured Code (www.culturedcode.com).

I cover how to integrate things into the charing services and widgets on your Mac. I also show how to set up sync and use Things between your Mac and iOS devices including integrating Siri into your workflow.

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MacOS Sierra Server Part 16: VPN

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In this screencast tutorial I cover how to set up the VPN Service in Sierra Server. I cover all of the settings needed to set up your own VPN including the difference between setting up a .private and registered domain VPN. I also cover how to set up a client to use the VPN service.

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MacOS Sierra Server Part 15: Time Machine

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In this screencast tutorial I cover how to set up the Time Machine Service built into macOS Server. The service built into Server is to back up the client machines you have on your network to a central location. I cover how to set the service up and how to connect your clients to the server’s back up drive. I also cover how to monitor your client back ups using the server app.

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MacOS Sierra Server Part 14: Connect to File Shares-iOS

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In this screencast tutorial I cover how to connect to your file shares on iOS devices. I cover the new iOS share feature in macOS Server and how to set it up. I also cover how to connect to the new iOS sharing feature and how to connect using the old WebDAV standard.

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MacOS Sierra Server Part 13: Connect to File Shares-Mac

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In this screencast tutorial I cover how to connect to the file shares we set up in the previous screencast. I cover how to connect on a remote machine, how to add that share to your login items so it auto mounts each time you reboot, and how to monitor and disconnect those who are mounted to the shares on your server.

Sorry for the delay in getting a show out last week. I had my licensing exams this past week which I had to study for and got behind (I did pass though so yay for that!).

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MacOS Sierra Server Part 12: File Sharing Permissions

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In this screencast tutorial I cover how to work with file permissions in macOS Server. I walk through defining POSIX and ACL permissions and how they work. I then go through each of the permissions available to set in the macOS Server interface and some basic best practices for setting up your permissions.

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Things Part 1: My Favorite Task Management App

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In this screencast tutorial I start a series on the Apple Apps I like the best and use on a regular basis. You guys asked for it so I’m going to make it happen!

Today I start with my favorite Task Management Application called Things by Cultured Code. Things is a simple and elegant task management solution that fits my workflow. It has just enough organization and features but not too many to get me caught up spending too much time setting up my task management system instead of actually getting things done. I will cover things in a multiple part series to show you how to use the app and see how it plays out in a real workflow.

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MacOS Sierra Server Part 11: File Sharing

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In this screencast tutorial I cover how to set up the File Sharing Service on macOS Server. I cover how file sharing works, how to specify how you want to share your files, and who has permission to do what with those files and folders. I also cover how to set up home folders on the server so users can sign into any computer on your network and have their own home folders and desktop show.

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Eero Mesh Wireless Review

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I live in a home with three boys who are all tech savvy like their dad. They love to play online games and stream video at the same time. This takes a big toll on my network and I was having some major issues with slower speeds down by my television which has an Xbox One, AppleTV, Roku, Yamaha Receiver and Panasonic TV connected to an old AirPort Extreme Base Station what was extending my wireless network. Having read about mesh networks and after hearing that Apple was most likely no longer developing their router business, I decided to go on a search for a mesh system that would take care of all of my issues.

I read reviews about the various systems and had narrowed my search down to the Orbi by Netgear which was getting some great reviews for speed and throughput, and the Eero which was highly recommended by Dave Hamilton from the Mac Observer and by David Sparks and Katie Floyd over at the Mac Power Users Podcast. After much research and looking at the options, I decided to go with the Eero due to it's frequent updates, great customer service (which I called before I bought) and it's great configuration app (though it does have an issue which I hope will be resolved in the next update). I was able to get the Eero three pack for $100 off and had some Best Buy gift cards which brought the price down for me. It is the more expensive option at retail so keep that in mind as you research the various solutions.

Unboxing
The Eero's packaging is on par with something you would get from Apple. The nice slide out box with foam padding to protect the top of the Eero's along with the customized cut outs for each Eero that include a cover telling you more about the Eero and a premium looking power cable with an Ethernet cable thrown in really make a great first impression. The whole package screams premium device and does raise your expectations from the start.

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Installation and Set Up
Installation of the Eero's was a snap. You install the application on your iPhone or other device, create a login, verify your login with a code that is texted to you and then follow the onscreen directions to setting up your Eero network. The recommendation is that each Eero is either in line of site or that you limit the obstructions between Eeros to create the best coverage for your network. In my home my modem is on the second floor next to my computer desk on one side of my home. I put an Eero there, plugging in the modem to the Eero. I added a Netgear switch as, one of the disadvantages of the Eeros is that they each only have two ethernet ports. With the switch connected I could add all of my devices on desk but it does add an additional item to have on my desk.

Once the cables were all plugged in, I plugged the modem and the Eero back in and let them boot up. As soon as the devices were booted up, the app located the Eero and started the network set up. It was a breeze to set up my new network and the wizard made it something that my dad could do with little fuss or risk of getting stuck.

Once the network was set up the app asked if I had other Eeros to set up. I plugged the next Eero in downstairs in my front room right below my first Eero. The Eero system uses the location of your device that has the app to automatically locate the second and third Eeros. Once the second Eero booted up the app found it and started configuring it. Once done I was greeted by a screen that said, "Boom! Your Eero is set up." I then went and located the third Eero by myth television where I was having the issues. I went through the same process and got the same result. The app does a good job of helping you know if you are locating the Eero in a place that is optimized for your home. In a set up I did for my dad, we were told a couple of times that our location was not optimal and we were able to move the Eeros to get them to the right spot for them to connect. Having that kind of analysis and help without having to experiment yourself really is a nice feature of the system set up.

I did a video walk through of this set up process if you want to see what each step looked like on my iPhone as I did it. You can view the video below:



Testing My New Eero Network
Once I had everything set up I went to the spot where I was having the most issues and did a speed test. Before my speeds would be half the speeds I would get at my Mac Mini connected directly to the router by ethernet. With the Eeros I was getting just about full speed, I say just about because ethernet still is the fasted speed you can get compared to wireless. I was excited. I noticed that the app would track which Eero I was connected to which was great to see how my devices would automatically switch to the strongest signal which would be the closest Eero.

My speeds were not any faster than before but they were fast in every spot in my home which is what I was after. Another benefit has been almost no drop off's or lags like I experienced with my previous set up. One of the biggest evidence of the change Eero had made came from my boys who do online gaming. They all stated they could tell the difference and they were excited about not having to worry about the bandwidth while playing their online games.

One of the advantages of getting a system like this is the blanketing of your network speeds across your home without having to worry about who is online when. This certainly has been my experience so far and I will continue to test but so far I am impressed.

Managing Your Network with the Eero App
The Eero application is where you do all the work to manage your network. At a glance you get a built in speed test that can be re-run at anytime just by dragging down on the home screen. It also shows each of your Eeros with the status of each. You are also greeted with the number of devices you have on your network and can drill into that list and see how each device is connected, the local IP address, MAC address and a space where you can give each device a nickname to make it easier to identify your network devices.

On the side is a menu that allows for setting up a guest network with a slider and a button that allows you to share the SSID and password with your guests via text or email making it easier to get people on your network without having to repeat your login credentials for each device your family wants to connect.

There is also a Profiles area that allows you to set up different profiles for the devices you want to manage on your network. This comes in handy if you have kids like I do and you can't seem to get them off their devices to get them to dinner or to leave for school. With profiles, I set one up for the kids for instance and add each of their devices to the profile. I then had the ability to turn off network access for all of those devices or set time limits for when access is allowed. This can be done on a device by device basis as well, but it is nice to have a group where you can shut everything down for them at once while still keeping your own access working.

Finally there is an advanced area where you can do most of the things you would need to do for things like running a macOS Server. There is a space for DHCP reservations (which I promptly set up for my server). These reservations are limited to one local range so the 10.0.1.3 that I use in my server tutorials won't work and needs to be changed. There is also a place to set up custom DNS which I also did for my server as the primary DNS entry and OpenDNS for the second one which adds the filtering I use across my network. For port forwarding you do this on a per device basis so I used my server and forwarded the necessary ports needed for my various server services. There is also built in Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) which you can enable or disable as well which allows devices like game consoles to automatically configure the access they need.

Overall most of the settings I am used to using on a frequent basis are present in the Eero app. I do miss the integration of my Apple Router with the macOS Server app where ports are opened automatically. Radius is also not available as it is with the AirPort Extreme Base Station but I wasn't using that myself anyway.

In using the app I stumbled across the fact that I could remotely change ports or configure my server without having to be on my local network. Now that was an advantage on one hand especially where I forgot to forward a needed port while on the road and was able to just open it. On the other hand, this does pose a security issue in that losing your device could potentially lead to someone having control of your network but they would have to have your password to get in. I hope that Eero does implement Touch ID on the app itself instead of just relying on the main login for protection.

To give you an idea of how to each setting looks and work I did another video walk through. You can view that video below:



Conclusion
So far I would say the Eero system has lived up to the hype for me. I was so impressed with my own experience and the simplicity of set up and managing the network that I installed one in my dad's home the follow week while we were visiting as he was having terrible wifi issues. As I experienced in my own home, Eero took care of his issues and he was getting more than double the speeds he had previously in his trouble spots in his home.

So is Eero for you? Or should look into another system? That all depends on your situation and the issues you may be experiencing with your own network set up. If you like to tweak every setting and have more control over your network and router then Eero is not for you. They are rolling out features but so far there are still features missing from other modern routers. If you don't fit that category however, I would seriously consider giving Eero a try!


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MacOS Sierra Server Part 10: Bind Clients to the Server

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In this screencast tutorial I cover how to bind a Mac to your server. I walk through the settings you need to make sure are in place on your server to allow for an authenticated bind. Then I walk through the actual binding process and show what to put in each field to make the bind work.

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MacOS Sierra Server Part 9: Users & Groups

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In this screencast tutorial I cover how to set up the users and groups accounts on your server. I cover the difference between local and local network users, how to set up a new user, and the various settings for users and groups such as global password policies and access to services.

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MacOS Sierra Server Part 8: SSL Certificates

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In this screencast tutorial I cover the Certificates Service built into macOS Server. I cover what SSL certificates do, the differences between self-signed & verified certificates, how to secure your services with SSL, the different types of certificates you can create in macOS Server, and how to purchase and set up a third party verified SSL certificate.

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MacOS Sierra Server Part 7: Open Directory

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In this screencast tutorial I cover how to set up an Open Directory for your macOS Server. I cover why you might want to set up an Open Directory, how to set up an OD for the first time, how to back up your OD, and the difference between network and local accounts.

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MacOS Sierra Server Part 6: DNS

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In this screencast tutorial I cover how to set up custom DNS on macOS Server. This is different than past DNS screencasts in that I show how to change the DNS automatically set up by the server app so that you can have a primary host domain that will allow things like www without the server prefix after it. I also show how to use a Dynamic DNS provider to keep your public ip in sync with your server.

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MacOS Sierra Server Part 5: Port Forwarding

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In this screencast tutorial I cover how to set up port forwarding on macOS Server. I cover the basics of port forwarding and how it works on your network. I also cover how to set up and use port forwarding with the built in service with macOS Server and how to do it manually if you don’t have an Apple Router.

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MacOS Sierra Server Part 4: Network Configuration

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In this screencast tutorial I cover the basics of setting up some of your network settings to work with OS X Server. I cover router considerations, how to set up a static DHCP reservation for your server, & how to check to make sure that reservations shows up in the right DNS fields to allow your server to function properly on your network.

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MacOS Sierra Server Part 3: Server Install & Initial Set Up

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In this screencast tutorial I cover how to install Server 5.2 and walk through the initial set up. I cover the entire server tab including how to determine what kind of server you want to set up, either local, VPN remote access, or registered domain name access. I then cover the rest of the server tabs and get you ready to set up the other services on your server.

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MacOS Sierra Server Part 2: Complete Server Uninstall

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In this screencast tutorial I cover how to completely uninstall macOS Sierra Server. Simply dragging the server app to the trash does not uninstall all of the settings and components and will cause you to see a reinstall of server pick up previous settings. In this screencast I show you how to clean up all of the items server leaves behind so you truly start with a clean install of server without having to do a clean install of the whole OS.

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MacOS Sierra Part 3: Clean Install macOS

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In this screencast I walk you through how to do a clean install of macOS Sierra. For those of you who may want to start over due to either many years of upgrades or due to issues you may be experiencing, I show you how to do a clean install step by step. I show each of the screens as they come up as well as letting you know how long it takes for each step of the process to finish.

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MacOS Sierra Part 2: Cloud & Document Sync

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In this screencast tutorial I cover setting up and using the new iCloud Document Sync feature built into macOS Sierra. I cover how to prepare your Mac for the document sync, the other space saving features that are available on the About My Mac-Storage section and walk you through the process of a first time sync.

I did encounter some delays in uploading and had to restart my Mac several times to get the process to finish the original sync. So if you find it is not finishing with cloud icons next to your files and it saying it has to upload more files, then try a restart and see if that helps.

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MacOS Server 5 Part 1: Server Upgrade

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In this screencast tutorial I cover the upgrade to MacOS Server 5 on MacOS Sierra. In this screencast I previously upgraded to Sierra and I do a walkthrough of the upgrade process and cover some of the changes made in this release. I will do an in depth walkthrough of each of the services that received updates in future screencasts but wanted to make you aware of where the changes are.

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MacOS Sierra Part 1: Upgrade Walk Through

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In this screencast tutorial I walk through the upgrade to MacOS Sierra. With this being upgrade day I wanted to make sure I got a video out on day one of the upgrade process so you knew what to expect. I show you step by step my own experience and what you can expect from your own upgrade process.

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Upgrading to iOS 10: A Step by Step Walkthrough

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In this screencast tutorial I take you through a walkthrough of the upgrade to iOS 10. With this being launch day I wanted to get this out quickly so some of the live video recording is a little shaky so I apologize for that but hopefully the timing will help you get a good idea of what to expect when updating your iOS devices.

There has been some talk that doing an over the air upgrade could have some problems so you might want to plug it into your Mac to do the upgrade just in case. In my case over the air worked fine but thought I would report what I have heard.

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Mac Productivity Part 3: iOS to Mac Printing with Printopia

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In this screencast tutorial I cover a Mac System Preferences Application called Printopia. Printopia allows you to set up and manage different print options that will show up on your iOS devices and other Macs on your network. Not only does it allow for setting up physical printers, it also allows you to set up workflows for sending files to your desktop or to a specific folder or application. The great part about the app is that it is zero configuration on your iOS device. All of the places you set up to print show up automatically on your iOS device when on the same network. You can see more about Printopia here:

https://www.decisivetactics.com/products/printopia/

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Mac Productivity Part 2: Yoink 3

In this screencast tutorial I pick up a series I started over a year ago on Mac Productivity. This week I cover an application that improves on moving files around your Mac called Yoink. Yoink is a menubar application that allows you to have a holding place for the files you want to move so you can get to the place you want them to be and then easily move them into place. It also has other automated actions that make it a joy to work with.

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iOS 10 Beta Part 2: Home, Clock & News Apps

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In this screencast tutorial I continue my look at some of the new features of the iOS 10 beta. I cover the new Home app which brings Apple’s home kit to the front and gives it an app to allow for easy access. I also cover some interesting changes to the clock app that integrates with health kit and the changes to the News application.

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iOS 10 Beta Part 1: Installation & Set Up

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In this screencast tutorial I cover how to install the iOS 10 Beta on your device so you can test it out before it’s upcoming release this fall. I cover the importance of backing up your iOS device so you can restore later is needed. I also walk through the sign up and install process to get you up and running with Apple’s new OS for iOS devices.

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PLEX Part 8: PLEX Pass-Home & Parental Controls

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In this screencast tutorial I cover the home accounts and parental controls that come with the PLEX Pass. Having the ability to set up separate user accounts so thing like your viewing location and media you have or haven’t seen yet will be accurate. There is also the advantage of setting up managed account for kids and other users in your household that are limited to the content they are allowed to view by rating.

In this screencast I walk you through how to set up managed accounts, parental controls and how to enable guest access for when you have friends or family over.

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PLEX Part 7: PLEX Pass-Sync Features

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In this screencast tutorial I cover the sync features that are a part of the PLEX Pass. I cover the cloud sync features that would be used if you wanted to have access to your media but didn’t want to keep your PLEX Server running at home. I then cover the sync features that allow you to download content to your devices so you can view them offline. Finally I cover the photo upload feature of PLEX that will automatically upload your photos to your PLEX Server.


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PLEX Part 6: PLEX Pass-Music Features

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In this screencast tutorial I continue my look at PLEX and start the process of looking at some of the premium features that are a part of the paid PLEX Pass.

This week I start by looking at the more advanced music features included with a PLEX Pass including Audio fingerprinting, lyrics, plex mix, mood mix and mobile sync and cloud sync (which I will cover in more depth in a future screencast).

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PLEX Part 5: Accessing Your Media Remotely

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In this screencast tutorial I cover how to access your PLEX media when you are away from your PLEX Server. I show you how to make sure port forwarding is set up correctly. Then I walk you through the set up on your iOS device using the PLEX App.

Thanks so much for watching. As always if you have any questions feel free to leave them below.

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PLEX Part 4: Sharing Features

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In this screencast tutorial I cover some of the sharing features built into PLEX. I cover how to save media from the web to your PLEX server to watch later. I also cover how to invite friends to share your PLEX library or specific libraries you want to share.

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PLEX Part 3: Working with Metadata

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In this screencast tutorial I cover how to fix any metadata that may not have come out correctly or didn’t get a match from the PLEX data collectors. I walk through each of the settings in the edit pane and talk about the importance of file naming for creating a more accurate match.

In the next screencast I will look at the various settings available in the PLEX interface including how to set your PLEX Media Server to be accessible anywhere.

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PLEX Part 2: Adding Your Media

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In this screencast tutorial I cover how to add your media to PLEX. I walk your through adding movies, tv shows, music and photos as well as online channels that are included in PLEX. I also cover some the options available to for viewing and organizing your media in the PLEX Browser which makes your media available for online viewing.

In my next screencast I’ll cover how to work with metadata inside PLEX in case all of your media was not matched.

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PLEX Part 1: Media Prep & Install

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This week I decided to start a series on PLEX. PLEX is an application that works as a home media server. It takes all of your movies, TV shows, home movies, music, photos and other online media and pulls all of the metadata and presents them in an easy to use interface that is available not only at home but on all of your media devices. PLEX is available on Mac, PC's, iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and on many smart TV's. Just about anywhere you can think of you can access your media through PLEX. It really is an incredible app that solves most of the problems people have with accessing their media whenever and wherever they want.

In this screencast I show you how to prepare your media to be accessed by PLEX so that it can accurately read the file names and then apply the right metadata. I also walk you through the initial sign up and install of the PLEX Media Server which needs to run on your Mac for all of your media to accessible through all of the PLEX apps. This will the first in an in depth series on PLEX where I plan to cover all of the features and walk you through how to get started.

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OS X Server: Dynamic DNS Set Up

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One of the questions I have received from many viewers is what to do with Dynamic DNS. When you host a server you really need a reliable public ip address if you are ever to access your server remotely. Typically you have a static ip address that never changes and you create records at your domain provider for your address (i.e. example.com) that point to the public ip of your server. That works great for servers when you have a static ip that never changes, but what happens when you have a dynamic ip?

For those who are home users who don't have a business tier, their public ip is leased to them for a period of time. Then when something happens like a reboot of the modem or a random update at their ISP, their public ip changes and then they are stuck unable to access their server until the are able to get home, figure out what the new public ip is and then make the change at their domain provider to get everything up and running again. This leads to being locked out of the server and causes problems.

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There are a few services that provide updaters that run and update your ip address on a regular basis so they can keep your domain updated with your most current ip. This works great but then there is the confusion on how to set this up at the server level. So to help those of you with dynamic ip address get started and still run OS X Server, I decided to put together this tutorial. In this screencast I cover two types of services. The first, Dyndns provides a domain name that they let you set up and then provide services to allow remote access. There is a charge for this service and then they don't let you choose your own domain ending without paying an additional fee for hosted services.

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The second service by Namecheap, allows you to use any registered domain to handle updating your DNS and this service is free. Namecheap states they do this because they feel you will like their service and move your domain to them. It is a great service that does an excellent job of keeping things up to date and the best part is it's free and you can use your own domain name.

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I also cover a couple of apps you can run on your Mac that keeps your ip up to date with these services with IPMonitor being one of the best and easiest to set up for any of the services. I hope you enjoy this screencast and I will look at doing more on Dynamic DNS with things like mail and web hosting which normally isn't available as cleanly as it is when you have a static ip.

If you need any help with your own set up feel free to email me. I do server consulting and would love to help!



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El Capitan Server Part 36: Xcode

OS X Server
In this screencast tutorial I cover a new service to OS X Server and that's the Xcode Server. I cover how to set up the service, get enrolled in the developer program, set up bots to test your code, and setting up and managing git repositories. Since I am not a coder I don't go into detail on each but just walk you through how to set it up and get it running.

If you would like me to consult with you in setting up your server I can do that remotely. Just email me at todd@toddolthoff.com.

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El Capitan Server Part 35: NetInstall

OS X Server
In this screencast tutorial I cover how to set up the NetInstall service in OS X Server. I cover how to create a disk image, how to customize the image to fit your needs, and how to set up and use the service once you have everything configured.

If you would like me to consult with you in setting up your server I can do that remotely. Just email me at todd@toddolthoff.com.

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El Capitan Server Part 34: DHCP

OS X Server
In this screencast tutorial I cover how to set up the DHCP service in OS X Server. I cover pros and cons of using OS X Server's DHCP service as compared to a router. I also cover how to set up an Airport Extreme Base Station to work with server's DHCP service, walk you through all of the settings in the DHCP service, and cover how to set up static IP reservations for the clients on your network.

If you would like me to consult with you in setting up your server I can do that remotely. Just email me at todd@toddolthoff.com.

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El Capitan Server Part 33: Wiki

OS X Server
In this screencast tutorial I cover the wiki service built into OS X Server. I walk through the set up of your wiki webpage. Then I walk through the various screens and options found on the wiki website and give you an idea of how you might use this in your own server set up.

As always thanks for watching! If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them below and I’ll do my best to get back to you.

If you would like me to consult with you in setting up your server I can do that remotely. Just email me at todd@toddolthoff.com.

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El Capitan Server Part 32: FTP

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In this screencast tutorial I cover how to set up the FTP service in OS X Server. The FTP service is not as secure as using SFTP but it can still work to transfer non critical files if you need a quick set up. I cover how to set the service up, open the appropriate ports for remote access (20, 21), and how to access those shares using the terminal and an FTP client.

As always thanks for watching! If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them below and I’ll do my best to get back to you.

If you would like me to consult with you in setting up your server I can do that remotely. Just email me at todd@toddolthoff.com.

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El Capitan Server Part 31: Profile Manager Devices

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In this screencast tutorial I go over the Profile Manager Interface for managing devices and device groups. I cover each of the settings you can use to manage your devices and groups and walk through what each setting does. I also cover some basic strategies on when it is best to use groups to manage your settings instead of managing them on a per device basis.

As always thanks for watching! If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them below and I’ll do my best to get back to you.

If you would like me to consult with you in setting up your server I can do that remotely. Just email me at todd@toddolthoff.com.

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El Capitan Server Part 30: Profile Manager Users & Groups

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In this screencast tutorial I go over the Profile Manager Interface for managing users and groups. I cover each of the settings you can use to manage your users and groups and walk through what each setting does. I also cover some basic strategies on when it is best to use groups to manage your settings instead of managing them on a per user basis.

As always thanks for watching! If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them below and I’ll do my best to get back to you.

If you would like me to consult with you in setting up your server I can do that remotely. Just email me at todd@toddolthoff.com.

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El Capitan Server Part 29: Profile Manager Overview

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In this screencast tutorial I go over the Profile Manager Interface. I cover each of the tabs in the interface and explain what each section does. I then go through the restrictions and other settings you can use to fine tune your profiles and how they interact with your users and devices.

As always thanks for watching! If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them below and I’ll do my best to get back to you.

If you would like me to consult with you in setting up your server I can do that remotely. Just email me at todd@toddolthoff.com.

If you found this screencast helpful please like, favorite and share it so others can find it on the internet. Thanks so much for all of your supportHappy.