Mac OS X





Mac OS X is the desktop operating system from Apple Inc., found on Macintosh computers. OS X consists of a Mach/BSD-based kernel, operating system interfaces primarily based on FreeBSD and additional frameworks (written in C, C++ and Objective-C providing user interface and application-level services.

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Dear experts,
We are testing a MAC with OneDrive client installed locally (with production AD credentials sync'd/sso), it is asking to login to choose between "Personal" or "Work or School" and when we choose Personal, it works, and "Work or School" it does not work and and produces--> "your OneDrive has not been set up..for help, contact your IT department"

We tried:
Syncing the folders manually on the impacted mac (client -> preferences -> account tab -> sync your existing folder (did not work)
Resetting OneDrive app locally via app folders (did not work).

hi i am seeking help with connecting to ipsec vpn
my vpn was working until i upgraded my macbook to High Sierra 10.13.14
now when i try to VPN i get this error "An unexpected error occurred, Try reconnecting if the problem continues verify the setting and contact your administrator"
i checked the ppp.log and the last date was May 8th with an error IPSec connection failed <IKE Error 65535 ()xFFFF) Unknown error>

nothing really is showing up in system.log when i try to connect to vpn

i have other MacBooks in my environment and they can connect via VPN, i reset the PR RAM and tried testing in verbose mode but stll same result

any help would be great-fully appreciated
hi Excel folks

i am looking for the right way to tell Excel VBA a pathname and show the picture given by the pathname.

please see attached the Excel Macro file for the simple macro - click a button to show a picture.

i don't know why the picture cannot be shown though the correct pathname has been hard-coded in the macro. the same issue applies to both High Sierra and Mojave, though i did see the picture shown under Mojave for once. just once and couldn't be reproduced.

No picture shown in HS after pressing the button.
No picture shown after pressing the button on Mojave.
another issue is, for some reasons the Shapes.AddPicture method doesn't work and report runtime error "104" when LinkToFile parameter is False.when LinkToFile is True, there is no runtime error but also no picture.

can anyone light me up?

I have a 2012 MacBook Air that I tried to get boot camp going on an external hard drive.
It’s failed completely and have reset the external hard drive back to factory, but now my MacBook can’t get back to macOS, I’ve tried all the key combinations but it just doesn’t want to work and comes up with.... unable to start. Please try another bootable device and try again or similar..

Pls help
When I insert my Transcend 64GB thumb drive & Western Dig 4TB USB HDD to my teen kid's
Macbook Pro running OSX 10.11.6, both devices are auto-mounted as I can see from  Unix
command "df "

However, I can't copy files into the Western Digital USB HDD (it's partitioned into 2x 2TB)
though I could copy files into the thumb drive.  Both USB devices are formatted as NTFS.
Can't recall the error message that I got but I can test it out again in 3 hrs time.

What's the reason & how can I fix it such that I could copy to the WD HDD?

Basically I just issue the Unix "cp " or "mv " to copy files from the MAC to the /mount
names of the USB devices.
One of our users has a personal Macintosh computer that can't access any regular external Web sites when on our corporate network.

In Safari, she gets the message:

Access Denied.
Access control configuration prevents your request from being allowed at this time. Please contact your service provider if you feel this is incorrect.

Other browsers produce a similar result.
Ping and DNS resolution work when the computer is connected to the corporate network.

The computer works can access Web sites normally when on a non-corporate network.

All other Macs on the network function corectly. We don't use a proxy server.

Panda antimalware turned off.

Any thoughts?

As a recently new macOS user, just started using the Calendar built into macOS Mojave (10.14.4) I am a bit annoyed by the rather small size of event windows.
I'd thus be happy for a way to increase the size thereof.
Unfortunately neither the built-in nor the online "Calendar User Guide" provides a solution, nor could I find one searching the Internet.
Changing screen resolution, switching to another Calendar application are not feasible options to me.

I normally use the following workaround
to  solve MS VSTO "certificate not trusted" issue when installing on a Windows Machine

I am now trying to use Crossover by code weavers which allows you to install Windpows Add-in on a Mac. How do I do
something similar on a Mac because it does not work in the same way in windows when you right
click on the setup.exe file

I am hoping that someone has done something similar
On a mac, I have a program that can send an email of some date. We are trying to use Thunderbird instead of macMail. I have the default email client set in Mail's preferences as Thunderbird but the program keeps grabbing the macMail client for sending this information. This is happening on all workstations (this is a dental practice management piece of software.) I checked with the software company and there are not settings within the program that control what program is used for email and is selected through the defaults. I have not been able to find anything on this via Google. Any help with this would be appreciated.

BTW: The OS is Sierra,10.12.6


Hi Experts;
I have a complex .xlsb file with many macros, pivot tables, VBA function, external sql connections, controls.
My managers would like this file to be runnable on a Mac.
I've searched EE and i-net. The conventional wisdom appears to be that Excel and macros can run on a Mac.
I had a friend test the file and invoke some of the macros on his Mac - he was able to open the file in Read Only, but invoking the macros gave him 'Security Warning - External Data Connections have been disabled'.

He does not have 'Developer' enabled on his Excel version, so that may account for some of the issues.

What I have been asked to do is find out what is needed to run this file on a Mac,
I have not been able to find definitive answers for:
1. What version/OS on the Mac is required. Is there a minimum version of Mac Excel version?
2. Would enabling Developer allow for the external data connections?
3. Would enabling Developer allow for the VBA macros?
4. Maybe there is an emulator I can try?
5. Running Windows in a VM or bootstrap partition is not an option for our customers.

I suspect we will need trial-and-error to ensure all pieces of this file run, but I am a tad handicapped as I don't have a Mac, and outside of begging my family and friends to compromise security on their apple devices (not going to do that), I don't have access to a Mac.

If helpful, an abbreviated version of the Excel file is attached. It has all the bells and whistles but the data is less…

All my Mac Users (Outlook) facing connectivity issue with Exchange server 2016 (Hosted-Tenant).
Please review the below images.
I checked My Microsoft server and Microsoft Exchange Server Auth Certificate was expired so i renew it via this article:

We are running exchange servers on DAG. I was in hurry as client mac outlook is not connected so I create the certificate server on both exchange servers and publish it.

Now both certificate start showing in ECP: Please review the below images.
If I remove the GTE16 Microsoft Exchange Server Auth Certificate from GTE16V2 than i receive the warning message in event viewer: "Unable to find the certificate with thumbprint 8ABFFC9B4B46BEE5EE2D82980E57366BB3FB8CC5 in the current computer or the certificate is missing private key. The certificate is needed to sign the outgoing token."
If I leave the certificate on both servers than there is no warning message.

1. Whats the best practice for certificate? Can I remove the GTE16 Certificate (Microsoft Exchange Server Auth) from GTE16V2 and Remove GTE16V2 certificate from GTE16.
2. All Mac users still facing the same issue. Outlook connected and again try to connected... It will happen every 5 or 10 minutes.

Windows/IOS/Android users is not facing this issue. Their…
Mac keep getting disconnected on Windows Server 2008 R2 Shared Folder.
I have 2 Macs/Mojave and one account. I updated App ID password on Mac #1 (Why? because previous password no longer worked - Why ???)

Now the fun begins [read torture]...

1. Change password on Mac mini/Mojave #1...
2. Spend time entering 2-factor ID 6-digit code (Wait! - do I have iPhone at hand? - yes, whew!)
3. Ok, now able to open account with new password

4. Go to Mac mini/Mojave #2...
5. Login to is NoGo using password as updated (changed) in 1-3. above

This is the second time I have been down this road. I don’t know why new password (#1) was required, and worse working iCloud password on Mojave #1 again does not work on Mojave #2.

It gets worse…

Any ideas why this password is not valid on second Mac?

[Next Day] - Any ideas why Password (see 3, above) is ‘invalid’ next day on Mac#1?

That is, I cannot login to from Mojave #1 or Mojave #2

Of course, I can (I assume) create a new Apple ID / Password - is this good idea?
Hello Everyone,

can someone give me step by step how to show email in Mac Mail that goes earlier than 3 months.

right now the mac Mail is setup with a verizon email and we can see only email back to march . how can i set it up to see emails back to 1 year or more please
How do I make a website a trust side in the Safari web browser?
Question about apple ids

We've generally just setup people with their own apple id, but now we are using apple business manager, should I setup these users in apple business manager and give them a new user id? since I cannot re-use their other one? or can apple attach their user id to my business manager account? Do I set them up as staff?

Not sure the best way to manage my organizations apple ids
I have a MacBook Pro (2017) running 10.14.4.

For the first time in a month I shut it down on Friday. I went to start it up on Sunday morning and haven’t been able to boot.

After going through a couple restore attempts, and with the latest one saying it was successful, I am still getting the same results: a Black Screen with a White listing bar and the white “dot circle”. This eventually got to flashing between the black screen and a cursor in the upper left.

Please help me. I have time machine backups as event as Thursday. Any suggestions would be immensely helpful.
I have a Macbook Air mid 2011 (model A1369) and a MacBook Pro 2017.  I would like the MB pro to connect to the old MBA (which has a broken LCD screen so cannot view it properly) and see the display contents.

Can I do this wirelessly.
Refer to attached screen.  Majority of the storage utilization is under  "Others".

My teen kid's Macbook Pro  ran out of storage space & she can't install a new dmg.
She doesn't store much video, some photos.

She watches a lot of movies, could it be there are lots of temp files under "others"?
How can we housekeep / free up more space on the 250GB drive?

OSX version 12.11.6
I have a 2012 MacBook Air which will not power on normally. If the case is removed and the battery is disconnected then it can be powered on when running on AC power. Once successfully powered on, the laptop can be shut down and the battery reconnected, then it will power on from battery power once. The battery holds a charge and seems fine. It discharges at a normal rate and charges normally if connected to AC power. If powered down on battery power, then the laptop will not power on till the battery is disconnected and it is connected to AC power.

Troubleshooting done:
I have reset the SMC (After your Mac shuts down, press Shift-Control-Option on the left side of the built-in keyboard, then press the power button at the same time. Hold these keys and the power button for 10 seconds.) and I've reset the NVRAM (Locate the following keys on the keyboard: Command (⌘), Option, P, and R. Turn on your Mac. Press and hold the Command-Option-P-R keys immediately after you hear the startup sound. Hold these keys until the computer restarts and you hear the startup sound for a second time.)

Has anyone come across this issue and know what the possible cause/fix is? Thanks
There is a need to copy the contents of the desktop contents of MAC to a Synology Server.
All on the same internal network.
When using software such as SyncBack Pro, it produces various errors which prevent some but not all files to be copied.
Access is denied for some files, since they cannot be copied I believe due to permissions.
How can I copy the files without it's permissions,  using either SyncBack Pro or another software program which runs on a Windows computer to backup those desktop MAC files to a Synology share?
Thank you.
Update to Office Mac Mini systems

I am looking for general office update info. I am the only user of these systems

Currently I have 2 Mac mini (late 2012 & late 2014) both running macOS Mojave

Late 2014 has 2 non-4k displays from earlier Windows PCs & 8Gb RAM

Late 2012 has 1 non-4k display  from earlier Windows PC & 8Gb RAM

Each has Acronis backup to local 2TB HD and Apple Time Machine Backup

My computer work is > 95% working with text documents (Pages, Word) and email.
Image work is limited to infrequent iPhone image touchup with Affinity Photo + output to SmugMug.
Swift Publisher is also used to enhance document layout.

My thought is to have 1 Mac Mini with more than 8Gb RAM [16 Gb?) and using all 3 displays for multitasking Pages/Word/etc. documents. I am looking for faster response time to input which is currently *very* slow to activate. System startup time is minutes…

Seems a 2018 Mac Mini has considerably more processing power than I need

I would appreciate Mac Mini model (Year) and Memory (RAM) recommendations.
I'm looking for a good way to periodically update the password for a local admin on the Macs across the enterprise. We have a local user created as a backup in case there are issues. We want to change that password every few months in case someone gets a hold of it.
When I get outlook meetings via email or when I register to an event (*.ics), it get placed to a calendar not my own (I have my calendar and icloud calendar).  I want to always have them place in iCloud calendar; how can do this?
Hello - I am having trouble syncing my Mac photo albums with my iPhone 8. It was syncing a few weeks ago, but now appears to have stopped syncing updates to my photo albums and photo library from Mac to iPhone. The calendar still syncs, but photos do not. I have no idea why this could be. I have everything turned on (i.e. Photo Stream and iCloud Photos) on both my Mac and iPhone. Both area also completely up to date. The Mac just suddenly stopped syncing my photo album updates with my iPhone. Do you have ANY idea whatsoever why this might be? Help!

Mac OS X





Mac OS X is the desktop operating system from Apple Inc., found on Macintosh computers. OS X consists of a Mach/BSD-based kernel, operating system interfaces primarily based on FreeBSD and additional frameworks (written in C, C++ and Objective-C providing user interface and application-level services.