Apple Networking

Apple devices including Macs, iPhones, iPods and iPad support standard wired and wireless networking technologies, but they also utilize custom applications and some special techniques for networking with each other and with non-Apple devices. Apple manufacturers the AirPort line of wireless networking products, and has its own networking protocols, AppleTalk and AFP (Apple Filing Protocol).

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Mac laptops cannot map to printer

i have a mixed network between mac & windows laptops with a Windows 2008 Print server

when i try to browse to the windows server on the macs its not browsing - its unable to find that specific server
if i map the printer by IP address it does not print

Please help
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What's the best way to update Mac mini "Core 2 Duo" 2.4 (Mid-2010) from 10.6.8 to either El Capitan or Sierra or at least something newer than 10.6.8. We do not mind doing fresh install. We have other El Capitan Mac which we could use to create an installation image. Can we just install El Capitan and will it automatically activate and not ask for licence serial number? Will drivers still be available?

Regards,
Tom
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Mac OSX question

I have a large library of digital media. Most of it is kept "offline" but the library software I use (Plex) uses media files to build the library and so I need to use placeholder files.

Using 30 second "this file is archived" videos I can easily catalog offline movies in Plex. I "rsync" the directory structure without files and then "do cp" a placeholder into each movie directory and rename using the parent folder name.

For TV shows this isn't practical as there can be hundreds of episodes per show. I would like to know if there is a way to duplicate the folder/file structure of a tv show, with many episodes under a single folder, using the same placeholder file.

To reiterate, the ultimate goal is to take a placeholder file eg. "placeholder720p.mkv" and use this file to recreate the source directory with the same filenames. So in the end I will have a folder that looks identical to the source, but consists of this placeholder file duplicated over and over. Also, there are non-alphanumeric characters and spaces in the filenames to be duplicated.
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Hello I have a Macintosh MacBook with latest Sierra OS and I configured the basic to acces it via VNC. It works, the problem is that the computer doesn’t look the screen when you are using VNC. How can be locked the screen while you are using via remote the Macintosh via VNC?
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I really know very little about Macs.

A friend sent me this about his macBook laptop

I was updating my hard drive with my external hard drive this morning and the computer froze midway through. I turned the computer off and unplugged the external hard drive which may have been my first mistake. The entire hard drive seems to be deleted and I have no operating system. The computer starts up and goes to a list of OSX reinstallation options. At this point I don’t want screw anything else up. I last backed up in mid April so I won’t lose that much considering I send most files out by email.  Can you help get me going?

Anyone know where to start with this? He was using time machine - is that an  image of the hard drive / we restore the image and we're done?  Or is it just backup of certain files / folders? We'd have to install the OS, apps, configuration, .etc?  HGe talked of removing the external hard drive... not sure if he corrupted that too?

Would anyone care to share some advice where to start to get that machine going again?

The machine is only a couple years old.

Somehow, I have a 'mac os and install disk 1' for 10.5.4.  taht's copyright date of 2008.  (NOT from his machine, just a disk I have on my shelf.

And I have a bunch of USB disks if there's a place / need to download the OS.

But I have no clue where to start.

Thanks!
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How can certain usernames be hidden from the Mac OS X logon screen window when the login window is displayed as a list of users?

We want to keep the list of users view (and not switch to the "Name and password" option and want to simply be able to hide certain usernames from appearing in this list.

How can this be done?

This needs to be done within a macOS High Sierra version 10.13.4 OS.
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How can I script:

Install all PKG in /foldername

Maybe write log somewhere too....

Thanks
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I have a client running Windows Server 2016 Standard. We're mostly PCs but have been slowly adding some Macs (currently have 5). Two of the Mac users are Graphic Designers that often work with large files (10 - 15GB+) and Folders (20 - 40 GB). They work wired (not wireless). They also always transfer the files they need to work on from the Server to their Mac, then move/copy them back when done.

They often have problems with slow file move/copy operations and also experience occasional data corruption and files that 'seem' to copy OK but then magically 'disappear' from the Server folder.

I've read that there are problems between Macs and Windows Server when communicating via the SMB protocol. One solution that seems to be mentioned often is Files Connect by Acronis.

Another option we are considering is getting a dedicated Mac to act as a 'File Server', so the Art people can stay completely in a Mac 'world'.

Looking for anyone who has experienced this first hand and how they solved it. I'm not a Mac expert at all, so any advice is greatly appreciated!!
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What are the best software programs for performing file comparisons between 2 different folder locations within a Mac OS X computer?

I need to find out which files and folders exist in one location that don't exist in the other location and if there are any differences between the files within the two folder locations.
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I need to find out how often a user has been rebooting or shutting down her Mac laptop.

How can I query the Mac logs to determine the dates and times when a Mac OS X computer has been rebooted or shut down?
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How can I determine the last time that a Mac OS X computer was rebooted or shut down?
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On a Mac OS X computer how can I add a Mac folder location to the Favorites list within Finder?

I would like to add the "My Drive" folder to this Favorites list (see the screenshot). How can this be done?

Mac folders
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Anyone know how I open these ports locally on a Windows Server 2008 or 2012?

2195      TCP            Apple Push Notification Service[7][129]      Unofficial
2196      TCP            Apple Push Notification Service, feedback service[7][129]
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PArdon the dumb question.  Not really an Apple Person. I have to install an IMAC w/ an Airport Time Capsule at a client's location tomorrow. They have an existing wireless network but, I'm not sure if it is Apple or not. How do you configure the Airport to use the existing wireless network?  Of note. the location is very large and the Time Capsule won't be near the Modem or router.
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What are the shortcut keys or method that can be used on Mac OS X  High Sierra v. 10.13.3 computer to switch from displaying the standard Mac login screen (which displays the usernames & their icons as a list of users to logging on using a User Name and password (so a user can login with an Active Directory account)?

This is something that needs to be done before logging onto the Mac.

The option to display the login windows as: Name and password (instead of list of users) has already been selected (see the screenshot).

For whatever reason when this computer powers up it displays the logins as the list of users. These users are local administrator accounts that only IT should have access to; we don't want the users using or accessing local accounts. The users should only login using their Active Directory usernames and passwords.

So what are the shortcut keys or method that can be used on Mac OS X  High Sierra v. 10.13.3 computer to switch from displaying the standard Mac login screen (which displays the usernames & their icons as a list of users to logging on using a User Name and password (so a user can login with an Active Directory account)?

Let me know if any further information is needed.

Users-And-Groups
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setting up AirPort Time Capsule to only work as backup disk (and not as wifi router)

I want to use my Apple Time Capsule just as a network attached backup drive and not a router.

This what I have done:

(I got the following instructions off of apple.stackexchange.com)

To prevent the Time Capsule from acting as a WiFi access point or router, and use it only as a backup disk, just open the AirPort Utility app on a Mac (Applications -> Utilities -> AirPort Utility) and do the following:

1. Select your Time Capsule and hit Edit.
2. Go to the tab labeled Wireless
3. From the Network Mode pop-up menu, choose Off.
4. Click Update, and the base station will restart and load the new settings.

-  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  

OK. So I did all that. The AirPort Time Capsule restarted. But now the computer cannot find it when I go in to the AirPort Utility.

See screenshot:
screenshot
Oh boy. So now what did I do?

I think that the instructions that I got from that website lead me on the wrong path.
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A company I am working at has Mac laptops that all have local user logon accounts.

We have added a Server 2016 domain controller and the users will now be signing onto Active Directory to log in to their Macs.

What utilities or methods are available to migrate all current settings and data from these user's local Mac logon accounts into their new Server 2016 domain logon profiles on these Macs?
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Currently experiencing an issue with access to mapped drives using SMB protocol with a MacBook Pro running High Sierra, we only see this issue with that machine. The problem effects the user when attempting to move or rename a file in on the share, the MacBook becomes hung up, showing only the spinning pin wheel and needs to be completely restarted in order to allow the user to use the computer. I found the article below attempted recommended changes (no resolution) also opened a ticket with apple support and was directed to open a pay per incident ticket because the technician had no insight other then what I performed on the issue other thanking for directing him to apples article and saying that what he recommends I should attempt.

[url="https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208209"]
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Does Apple have any utilities that enable the browsing of Mac OS X backups to view which folders and files are backed up  and to do things such as perform manual restores of Apple OS backups to original or alternate locations which a Mac admin can perform from a centralized location rather than having to do this from each individual Mac user's machine?

My organization has several Mac OS X laptops which are all backed up using Time Machine to a Network Attached Storage device (NAS).

We are interested in any centralized management solutions for administering the Time Machine backups if possible.
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Here are two Macs running macOS 10.13 in a WLAN, sharing a freshly installed QNAP NAS box for SMB file storage and Time Machine. While Mac A is behaving perfectly normal, Mac B can't see any of the services on the NAS: neither the SMB shares nor the Time Machine show up. Pinging the QNAP works, though.
Plug in an Ethernet cable in Mac B and all is fine, just like Mac A.

I've checked just about anything about the WLAN I can think of: firewall and misc. TCP/IP settings, DHCP, duplicate addresses, ARP and DNS caches, VLANs, 802.1X etc. - to no avail. Why in the world can Mac B ping the QNAP box but not see any of its services? Why is only WLAN impaired, why does the cable work?

Quite bizarre. Any suggestions what else I could check? I'm just one step from re-installing macOS ...
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I work in a hospital. We use the Stratus iPad app for interpretation.  We have a guest internet circuit that these iPads are on.  The circuit was recently upgraded from 35 Mbps to 100 Mbps. No other changes that i know of. Around that time the Stratus app stopped connecting. There is an asa 5505 on this circuit, but only default config is enabled.

 I took the ipad home and the app worked fine on my home wifi.  I ahve contacted the vendor and our ISP. Both claim it must be a firewall issue, but nothing has changed.  Any ideas?
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Hi Experts
My Mac Book system start with question mark on  afolder
i trying to use recovery mode but it asking about a password and i did't remember it
Please help
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I had created metadata tags for all of my photos before I had them imported into photos for the Mac. I would like to auto create albums based on the tags in the photos.

I know I can do this with SmartAlbums, but those don’t transfer to mobile or other Macs so I need real albums.

I was thinking with AppleScript I could do something but not proficient there.  Maybe created the Smart Albums from the tags then create albums from all the smart albums?
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User has a Macbook Pro that will only attach to a single access point in the building and will not roam from one access point to another.  There are 1700 devices that work just fine and are very mobile.  This device drops the connection and shows that WIFI is on but not connected.  Attempts to connect pops up the connection and asks for a password but will not accept it with an error invalid password.  I have tested it as well in other buildings which all use the same wireless access SSID and pw.  It will connect to the first access point it finds in the building but will not roam to another.  

I updated the OS to High Sierra to see if that would make a difference but the results have been the same.
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Hi all - I have a small office network ... 1 room, 2 computers (Macs), 2 printers, and an IPhone.
All connected via Fiber Modem (Arris NVG595) & separate WiFi router (ASUS TM-AC-1900).
For the past several months, I have been pulling my hair out, with printers "sometimes" seen my the Mac, Airplay printer "sometimes" being seen by the iPhone, etc.
Fortunately, I have the issue narrowed down to this (assuming this is the cause):
When one of my Macs/Ptrs is connected to the LAN via Ethernet, it uses the internal IP of 192.168.7.xxx
When one of my Macs/Ptrs is connected to the LAN via Wireless, it uses the internal IP of 192.168.29.xxx
(FWIW I only use band 2.4GHz. I have nothing using band 5.0 GHz).
Can anyone direct me from here? Do I need to have everything on the same subnet?
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Apple Networking

Apple devices including Macs, iPhones, iPods and iPad support standard wired and wireless networking technologies, but they also utilize custom applications and some special techniques for networking with each other and with non-Apple devices. Apple manufacturers the AirPort line of wireless networking products, and has its own networking protocols, AppleTalk and AFP (Apple Filing Protocol).

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