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OSX High Sierra - the missing utils

The missing utilities


Following the official demise of PPTP a few updates ago Apple seems to have continued retiring features in High Sierra. In particular High Sierra has dropped a couple of utilities that we dinosaurs still use:
  • telnet
  • ftp
Whilst old and not supporting the shiniest security models they are still needed for debugging and ensuring that backward compatible systems remain that way. Read More...

SCM Manager on a Mac with a Letsencrypt certificate

SCM Manager



SCM Manager (https://www.scm-manager.org) manages source code repositories. It support GIT, Mercurial and SVN. Whilst initial installation on OS X was simple there were a number of difficulties in getting to a best practice installation. In particular using external certificates from Lets Encrypt (https://letsencrypt.org) was non-trivial. Read More...

Proxying internal websites via OS X Server

Proxying internal websites via OS X Server



After rearranging my network to use an OS X server for my main web server there were a few web based systems that I need to expose to the outside world. The advice on Reverse Proxy with macOS Server (http://stationinthemetro.com/2017/05/02/reverse-proxy-with-macos-server) by Mark Boszko worked for me. Read More...

Real SSL Certificates for OS X Server

Real SSL Certificates for OS X Server



LetsEncrypt (https://letsencrypt.org) has a mission of moving unencrypted Internet traffic to encrypted Internet traffic. They do this through relatively short lived SSL certificates. So an automated process for setting up and maintaining them is vital.

On shifting my web site to OS X server I also adopted LetsEncrypt and its Certbot. Read More...

OS X Server

OS X Server



While configuring OS X server (Sierra) I had to gather together a fair number of additional facts to finish configuration:
  • Port forwarding
  • Disabling default wiki

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