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MacWindows News Archives

News from January 2006 through June 2006


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June 2006

June 30

Apple 10.4.7 update addresses known cross-platform problems. June 30, 2006 -- Earlier this week, Apple released Mac OS X 10.4.7 for PowerPC and Intel Macs. Apple said that the update fixes a number of cross-platform problems, including problems with AFP file sharing, Active Directory, and uninstalling Virtual PC. The update also includes new security updates for the client and server versions of Mac OS X.

The 10.4.7 update includes several fixes to the AFP protocol. It fixes the 10.4.6 problem of Adobe Photoshop and Quark apps crashing (unexpectedly quitting) when saving files to an AFP server. The problem occurred on non-apple AFP servers, such as Microsoft’s Services for Macintosh for Windows servers.

The update also fixes a problem that deletes files on a mounted AFP volume when duplicating them in the Finder. Another AFP fix prevents a "Bad file descriptor" error when accessing an AFP volume in Terminal, copying a file using the cp command to copy a file to the server.

Apple also said that the 10.4.7 update has a few Active Directory fixes:

  • Resolves an issue that prevented users with Active Directory accounts from logging in if "Use UNC path from Active Directory" was enabled.
  • Resolves an issue in which Intel-based Macs could not bind to Active Directory when multiple domain controllers are available.

The built-in VPN client now supports group membership on Cisco VPN servers.

On PowerPC Macs, the upgrade fixes a problem with uninstalling Microsoft Virtual PC. Apple says the VPC installer will no longer unexpectedly quit during an uninstall.

Apple said that Mail now supports connecting to mail servers through a SOCKS proxy. It also improves the retrieval of IMAP messages with attachments over unreliable connections.

Apple article number 303771 lists the fixes since version 10.4.6.

Mac software will run Win apps without Windows. June 30, 2006 -- Next month, a company called CodeWeavers will ship Mac OS X software for Intel-powered Macs that will enable users to run Windows XP applications, but without running Windows itself. CrossOver will also be the first solution to run PC games on any Mac.

CrossOver will run each Windows application will in a Mac OS X Window. There is no Windows desktop or start menu; Windows programs can minimize in the Mac OS X Dock. CrossOver has a Programs menu in the Mac OS X menu bar that lists Windows applications.

Crossover is not a virtualization environment or an emulator. For instance, document files created by Windows applications are stored in Mac folders, not in a virtual disk image or a separate partition.

Jeremy White, CEO of CodeWeavers, said that CrossOver will not run every Windows application, but will focus on a set of tested applications. White said that the 1.0 version will be optimized for Outlook, Project, Visio, and HalfLife 2, but other applications should work. White also said that because CrossOver has support for the Intel Mac’s native graphics, it will be able to run PC games.

Because CrossOver doesn’t require the user to own a copy of Windows XP, the total cost of ownership will be lower than any emulator/virtualization solution, and lower than Apple’s free Boot Camp solution. CodeWeavers expects to sell CrossOver for US $50, and expects to ship it at the end of July.

CrossOver for Mac OS X is port of the Linux version that CodeWeaver now sells. CrossOver is a commercial version of the open source WINE software for Linux and Unix. White said that CodeWeaver is the leading sponsor of the WINE project. A Mac port of WINE, Darwine, is still in the early stages of development.

Another PC virtual machine for Intel Macs: iEmulator goes universal. June 30, 2006 -- iEmulator.com has released iEmulator 1.7.9 (US $24, free updates) of its x86 emulator/virtual machine environment for Macs. The new version is the first to be a universal binary, which runs on Intel-powered Macs as well as PowerPC Macs.

The 1.7.9 version also has a new user interface, is easier to customize, and has improved documentation, according to the company. iEmulator includes some of the features found in Virtual PC, including the ability to access Mac files and folders from Windows, the ability to run multiple virtual machines, and quick PC state saving. Unlike Virtual PC (and like Parallels Desktop), iEmulator requires that you own your own copy of Windows.

If you’ve tried iEmulator 1.7.9 on an Intel Mac





June 28

Guest PC 1.9.5 emulator improves video. June 28, 2006 – Yesterday, Lismore Software Systems released Guest PC 1.9.5 (US $70, free upgrade), a new version of the X86 emulator for running Windows on PowerPC G3, G4, and G5 Macs in Mac OS X.

The new version Guest PC adds a native Windows video driver that supports native Mac screen resolutions, higher resolutions than in previous versions. The new driver also supports wide screen displays.

Guest PC 1.9.5 also fixes a bug with incorrect detection of network adapters if a Mac had several active network interfaces, and fixes some FPU emulation errors.

Loren Olson has tried version Guest PC 1.9.5 and is pleased with it:

The new release of Guest PC now contains the Mac native video driver.  And it performs as it is supposed to.

Like Microsoft Virtual PC, Guest PC lets you switch between Windows and Mac OS X desktops at will.

Lismore has said that it is working on a universal binary version for Intel Macs, but has not announced a schedule for release. 

BetterZip offers Win, Linux compression on Macs. June 28, 2006 -- BetterZip is a new Mac OS X compression utility from MacItBetter ($20).

BetterZip is a Cocoa application that can archive and decompress in multiple Windows and Linux/Unix formats, including zip, jar, war, ear, tar (tar, tgz, tbz), gzip, and bzip2. Unlike the built-in zip feature of Mac OS X, BetterZip can handle multiple files.

The developer, Robert Rezabek, told us of another feature not found ZipIt, an older utility:

BetterZip has a function to "clean" archives: It will remove resource forks and Finder settings from the archive (those ugly  __MACOSX folders and ._ files) when you need to exchange data with Windows or Linux users..

For information on other cross-plaform compression tools for Mac OS X and for Windows, see our Compression product listings page.

e2Sync Tiger 2.8 fixes PalmOS bug. June 28, 2006 -- e2Sync Inc has released e2Sync Tiger 2.8 ($27.30), an update to the utility that syncs Microsoft Entourage with cell phones, PDAs, and iPods through the Mac OS X iSync utility. The new version fixes a bug that affected communications between a Mac and a PalmOS device.

Fix verified for Entourage password problem using calendar reminders. June 28, 2006 -- Lars Berger verified one of the suggestions for fixing password problems with Entourage logon. The suggestion that worked for Berger was the workaround we reported on Monday, regarding removing calendar reminders. Other workarounds we've reported didn't work for Berger:

I use one account for Entourage 11.2.3 an 11.2.4 on several machines with Exchange. On one computer it gives me the password problem; the other Macs work without problems. I tried deleting all Entourage and Microsoft files, synced again, the annoying password dialog popped up again and again. The suggestion with the deleted mails won't work, so I tried deleting a calendar reminder and finally it works.





June 26

TIP: Problem and fix with Office files in Entourage. June 26, 2006 -- Steve Neale found that the 11.2.4 Update to Entourage 2004 fixed a problem he was having with attached office files on an Intel Mac:

About two weeks ago I logged a comment at Mac Mend about Entourage's failure to download attachments, particularly PowerPoint (but often Word and Excel files too) onto my MacBook Pro. The response that I got was that this was a common problem and that no one seemed to have any answers.

I was about to switch back to Mac Mail and Safari, when I noticed the 11.2.4 update at Mactopia. I'm happy to report that Entourage now seems totally compatible and that I have had no such problems since.

If you've seen this

Reader fixes Entourage password problem using calendar reminders. June 26, 2006 -- We reported serveral workarounds suggested by readers for password problems with Entourage logon. For Matt Davies, one of the previously reported fixes did not work, but he found a fix of his own:

I was having exactly the same problem: Entourage kept telling me that the username password pair is not right, even though it is correct. It's not locking me out on the Active Directory. I've tried deleting all deleted items, no luck there.

I've solved the problem in my instance. It was something to do with the reminders I'd put into my Calendar. After I'd removed all the repeated reminders, the ones that happened every day, the system returned to normal.

If you've tried this

New Entourage, old problems. June 26, 2006 -- Mary Olive reports having Entourage problems we reported almost two years ago, but with the latest version:

I and a few other users are having problems similar to those reported (disappearing email, contacts, and calendar items) in the Entourage/Exchange page of MacWindows.com. The recommended fix in September 2004 was not to use Entourage. 

Unfortunately, the problems occurred after the Entourage 11.2.4 upgrade on two machines.

Reader says yes to SMB fix of digitally sign communications off. June 26, 2006 -- Alan Houtzer verified that turning off digitally sign communications fixes SMB problems, not just for 10.4.6, but for all Tiger versions:

Yes, this works. I have been using this setting to allow our Mac users to sign onto Windows 2003 Server ever since Tiger first came out…No problem since then.

VPN Tracker 4.7 adds support for Linksys. June 26, 2006 -- Equinux has released VPN Tracker 4.7 (free update), a new version of the universal virtual private network client for Mac OS X. The new version adds the ability to connect to several additional VPN devices: the Linksys RV042 and RV082 VPN routers the Netgear FVG318 ProSafe Wireless VPN Firewall. Version 4.7 also fixes several problems with DNS servers in certain circumstances. VPN Tracker supports over 250 VPN routers.





June 22

Groupcal 3.4: Exchange-iCal integrator is updated. June 22, 2006 – Yesterday Snerdware released Groupcal 3.4 (US $55), an update to the Mac OS X 10.4 application that lets you access and manage your Exchange Server calendars from Apple's iCal. Version 3.40 improves the integration of invitations, adds the ability to support customized Exchange Server logins, and fixes bugs.

Groupcal can synchronize iCal and Exchange events and tasks, book people and meeting resources, and view free and busy times, among other things.

Workaround for Exchange/Entourage password problem helps some. June 22, 2006 -- Matt Davies tried the suggested workaround from earlier this week for password problems with Entourage logon problem. It didn't work for him:

I'm having exactly the same problem as described: Entourage keeps telling me that the username password pair is not right. It is though, and it's not locking me out on the Active Directory. I've tried deleting all deleted items, no luck there.

Alex Foessel found that the suggestion of erasing previously delete mail helped:

Just to let you know that recently I was becoming frustrated because Entourage (v 11.2.3) was failing to communicate with exchange (Exchange 2000) via VPN (F5 FirePass).

The error message was something like "exchange can't receive mail, do you want to enter your password again". This would happen every few minutes and put Entourage in offline mode. Usually a painful restart of Entourage would fix this.

As the tip suggested, I erased the deleted folder (with 1200+ emails) from Outlook client on work laptop (connected via same VPN). After the usual short wait for everything to get synchronized, Entourage went through longer than usual sync of exchange data.

Now it stays connected (at least has for the last hour or so) and works fine. Thanks for the tip.

Just as a reference, I keep about 9000+ emails in my "processed" folder. But such large number of emails does not seem to bother exchange or entourage. It puzzles me why fewer emails in the deleted folder would make the connection brittle.

We note that Foessel was using Entourage 11.2.3; Microsoft released version 11.2.4 a little over a week ago.

Tip: Fixing password/username issue with Win 2003 Server. June 22, 2006 -- A reader in Switzerland could not login to his Windows server from his Mac until he made a configuration adjustment on the server. A reader in April came to the same conclusion.

I was unable to login my Mac 10.4.x into the Windows 2003 Server. I was keep getting Errors that either my Password or User Name is wrong although they were perfectly correct all the time when I tried. The only way it would work was when I installed a trial version of AdmitMac or DAVE. With this extra software I had basically no problem. Then one day I tried to Disable "Microsoft sign communications (always)" and what a surprise it worked. Even when this option is Not Defined my Mac would not login. So you really have to disable this option, Not Defined will not work.

You'll find this setting under: Default Domain Controller Policy \ Computer Configuration \ Windows Settings \ Security Settings \ Local Policies \ Security Options, find "Microsoft network server: Digitally sign communications (always)." Define this policy as "Disabled." ("Not Defined" will not work.)

If you've tried this





June 19

Tweaking SMB in Tiger Server. June 19, 2006 -- A reader named Mike believed that Mac OS X 10.4.x Tiger changed the way the Samba SMB file server worked. With previous versions of Mac OS X Server, he could do some standard tweaking of SAMBA by editing the smb.conf file. He found that with Tiger Server, the changes caused SMB to stop working. He found a solution, which we’ve posted on our Mac OS X Server Reports page.

TIP: Exchange/Entourage Password problem. June 19, 2006 -- Laura Lunetta sent us another workaround for password problems with Entourage logon:

I experienced this problem a few months ago, and resetting the passwords for the troubled accounts seemed to work. However, this week, I could not for the life of me resolve the password problem. When logging in, the mailbox would begin to download mail, then pop up with the "invalid password" problem.

In reading your page on this, I tried the things that I could do without involving the network administrator. The one that surprisingly worked? I logged into the account via a browser, and emptied the deleted items folder. Voila!

If you've tried this

Fix for 100s of SMBD processes also works for Tiger client. June 19, 2006 -- Marek Wawrzyniak saw the problem of slow Mac OS X 10.4 performance with Windows file sharing clients logged on, caused by hundreds of SMBD processes on Tiger. While previous users saw this on Tiger server, Wawrzyniak had the problem on the Tiger client. The fix for the server also worked on the client:

Tiger 10.4.6 client (not server) starting in Terminal:
smbclient -L localhost -U% and I have 500 smbd processes. The solution from Nouhaud fixed all problems (adding -F parameter).





June 16

Parallels Desktop virtualizer ships for Intel Macs. June 16, 2006 -- Yesterday, Parallels released the shipping version of Parallels Desktop, a virtual machine application for running Windows, Linux, and Unix on Intel-powered Macs.

Parallels Desktop has some of the Mac OS X integration features found in Microsoft Virtual PC, which runs on PowerPC Macs. When Parallels’ Parallels Tools is installed, users can cut and paste and move files between Mac OS X and Windows. Parallels Desktop can run Windows full screen or in a Mac application window. Parallels Desktop comes with a disk compression utility called Parallels Compressor that can compress virtual hard drives by over 50 percent.

The company says that performance is “near native,” partly do to the software’s support of the virtualization technology built Intel Core Duo processor.

Parallels Desktop can run any version of Windows, from 3.1-to- XP and Server 2003)in Mac OS X. It can also run Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris, OS/2, and eComStation.

Parallels Desktop is being offered for US $50 through July 15, and $80 after that. Users must supply their own copy of Windows.

Reader says avoid spaces in Active Directory login names. June 16, 2006 – An aonymous reader passed along this bit of advice for Mac login names in Active Directory:

Another thing to add regarding AD integration in general. We had a real cow trying to get our Macs working on AD with Tiger 10.4.6 (think it would happen though with all Tiger point releases).

Our AD domain uses friendly name for logins... i.e John Smith as opposed to John.smith or Johnsmith...

Spaces do not work and you end up getting a read-only profile if you login with it. It took us ages to work this out and solve it. We proceeded to get around it by giving all our user names a pre-Windows 2000 login, which doesn't have spaces.

Suggestion for Tiger printing problem with AD Windows 2003 printers. June 16, 2006 -- To prevent the problem with Mac OS X 10.4.x printing to Windows Server printers in Active Directory networks, Dan Ball suggests using Services for Unix on Windows Server 2003 to enable Macs to print to it:

We have always had a Windows server for printing. With OS 9 we used AppleTalk; when we switched to OS X we turned off AppleTalk and installed "Services for Unix" on our Windows 2003 print server.  Then to setup a printer in 10.4 you simply add an "IP Printer" and give the Server address and Queue name of the printer and you’re done. We have been running 10.3 and 10.4 like this for about two years now without any problem.

Ball also says the 10.4.6 update fixed an SMB file sharing problem;

For Mac users saving to network shares we use SMB and have two file servers. Without the 10.4.6 update, if share permissions were set to change/read on a Windows share, OS X couldn't save to that share.  Seems to be fixed now with 10.4.6.

Fix for Entourage email attachments not getting thru Exchange. June 16, 2006 --Rich Ailes was the first reader to report problem of Entourage email attachments failing to get through Exchange. Now he offers a solution:

Last week I reported an Entourage Exchange client failure sending large attachments. We are using version 11.2.3. I'm happy to report that the failure is now fixed, although the fix is a bit incomprehensible.

I had set up the Exchange client while we were still connected to our old corporate sponsor's Internet gateway. So our Exchange Server was on our new corporate network while our Internet access was using the old corporate proxy. (This is a WAN network connected thru VPN devices and we were transitioning away from a former corporate host).

This week we completed the final part of a network migration, switching Internet access to our new corporate proxy. When I went back to test the attachment issue again, the attachments went through fine.

So somehow having our corporate Exchange server and our corporate proxy all on the same network segment did the trick.

If you've tried this

Upgrade for AddressX, access Exchange GAL from Address Book. June 16, 2006 -- Snerdware has released AddressX 1.3 ($20), and upgrade to the Mac OS X software that enables Apple Address Book to access Microsoft Exchange’s Global Address List (GAL). Version 1.3 is now a universal binary for Intel and PowerPC Macs, adds the ability to control background processing, and fixes several bugs.





June 14

Microsoft releases Office 2004 Update 11.2.4; more updates on the way. June 14, 2006 -- Yesterday, Microsoft released Office 2004 for Mac Update 11.2.4. The update includes security improvements as well as other types of fixes for Entourage 2004 and PowerPoint 2004.

Microsoft warns that this update could cause data loss in certain situations with Entourage SP2 11.2.0. The website suggests some measures to take to prevent this problem.

( if this update addresses some of the recent problems we’ve reported on our Entourage/Exchange reports page.)

A Microsoft spokesperson also said that the company will be releasing two more updates over the next month: Office 2004 Update 11.2.5 and, for the older version of Office, Office X Update 10.1.7.

Readers confirm problem with Tiger printing to AD Windows Server printers. June 14, 2006 -- Two readers confirmed a problem with Mac OS X 10.4.x printing to Windows Server printers in Active Directory networks.

Christopher Cover:

I, too, have this problem. I would usually resort to direct IP printing for these clients. However, of late, specifically with various HP printers I have had even the IP printing go bad and had to resort to the HP Direct printing option. Glad to know I wasn't nuts. Sad to know there is no fix forthcoming.

Jay Valambhia

I would also like to confirm this problem. We have several sites running Active Directory on Macs with 10.4.x, and all of them fail to authenticate with network printers. So much so that we have had to revert to AppleTalk (shriek).

More on problems with Entourage/Exchange attachments. June 14, 2006 -- Several readers responded to our report about Entourage email attachments failing to get thru Exchange. Terry White wrote:

I have seen this problem with sending attachments over 300KB. It will hang right around 300KB during the sending process. If I stop it, disconnect from VPN, reconnect to VPN and wait for all my connections to start syncing up again (calendars and such) and then send, it will usually go through.

Ron Vyskocil:

We are having the same problem with Entourage and our Xserve. We recently installed a new Mac Mini Intel Core computer as our email station and loaded the latest Entourage and it's update. When we attached to the XServe over our network and try to attach a file for sending with the emails, Entourage locks up and does not continue making a force quit the only way out. If we copy the attachments to the Mac Mini desktop from the server first, then attach file, it sends fine.

Stephen Gageby is not seeing the problem:

Our company is using a 2003 Exchange Server and I'm running a G-5 Mac dual processor, with Mac OS X 10.4.6, and Entourage as my E-Mail application. I’ve had no problems moving files, mostly JPEG pictures, through our exchange and the Internet.  I do reduce each file to somewhere around 500k or 600K in size, but our folks send a lot of big graphic files and we are having no problems.

If you've seen this

Mac Server/AD expert dies in accident. June 14, 2006 -- Mac OS X Server expert Michael Bartosh died last weekend in an accident in Japan. Bartosh wrote about OS X Server and Active Directory, among other things, occasionally sending us tips and links to how-to articles that he authored. There are accounts here and here from people who knew him.

(Thanks to Santino Rizzo for alerting us to the sad news.)





June 12

DirectControl update adds AD Group Policy control of Macs. June 12, 2006 – Centrify has updated DirectControl 3.0 for Mac OS X, software for integrating Macs and Unix/Linux clients into Microsoft Active Directory. The update, which, like the previous build, is called "version 3.0," is a free download for existing customers.

The main new feature is the ability to centrally secure and configure Mac OS X systems through Microsoft Group Policy. The Admin software can now remotely configure 50 of Mac OS X settings, usually found in Mac OS X System Preferences; the company will add more in the future.

Through the domain controller, an administrator can set a policy for a user or for a computer. When set for a user, the Mac will check with the Domain for policies at login, so the pre-set Mac configuration will appear at whatever Mac the user is logged into. With computer policies, the Mac will check/update settings at bootup and at periodic intervals.

Like the previous 3.0 build, this DirectControl 3.0 build is for PowerPC Macs. Centrify said that it would release an Intel-ready version 3.0.1 by the end of June.

Centrify DirectControl for Mac OS X pricing begins at $50 per desktop or workstation and $300 per server.

Fix verified for Intel Mac UAM problem with Win Servers. June 12, 2006 -- Steve Baxter verified the tip we posted last Friday, that the UAM that comes with Mac OS X 10.4.6 fixes the UAM incompatibility with Intel Macs:

I noticed a couple of days ago that I could now connect to AFP shares on our W2K servers from my Intel iMac - we require the UAM, so this definitely works!

The previous reports on this issue are now on a new MacWindows report page called Cross-Platform Issues Specific to Intel Macs.

Remote control of a Win PC from a web browser. June 12, 2006 -- We’ve added UltraVNC (free) to our list of cross-platform remote control solutions. UltraVNC is based on the open source VNC cross-platform remote control software, but has some additional features. UltraVNC runs on Windows (95, 98, Me, NT4, 2000, XP, and 2003). It doesn't require you to install software on the Mac. UltraVNC includes an embedded JavaViewer that allows you to remotely control the Windows machine from a Mac (or other OS) using a web browser. UltraVNC also supports file transfer.

(Thanks to John Williams for the tip.) 

Tiger printing problem to AD Windows 2003 printers. June 9, 2006 -- A reader who wishes to remain anonymous reports a known problem with Tiger printing to Active Directory networks:

We have a problems connecting to Windows printers from Tiger over Active Directory on Windows 2003. This problem has been bugging us for some time now, as we have many hundreds of Macs in our company.

I've recently raised this with some senior Apple UK people and they confirm the issue will not be fixed in a point release. That says to me that we will be waiting for the next major OS release before it's fixed. I did raise the fact that it worked in Panther perfectly.

We have managed to briefly get around the NO_STATUS error, by connecting via Windows Printing.  The error seems to go away for us when we get the opportunity to enter an AD user name that doesn't have spaces in the name or special characters in the password.

There's an Apple article from last year that describes this.

If you've seen this





June 9

TIP: OS X 10.4.6 includes UAM that works with Intel Macs. June 9, 2006 -- Michael Perbix reports that a Microsoft UAM that comes with Mac OS X 10.4.6 works on Intel Macs to connect to Services for Macintosh on Windows servers:

It has been mentioned that the MSUAM to use Services For Macintosh on Windows 2000 servers does not work on Intel Macs. Interesting note in the 10.4.6 Server Knowledgebase is that Apple included an enhanced MSUAM for Intel machines.

There was no mention in the 10.4.6 client update, however, it does indeed work, for BOTH PPC and Intel machines. If you go to /Library/Filesystems/AppleShare/Authentication and remove the MicrosoftUAM.uamx you can STILL connect to SFM shares set to REQUIRE MSUAM.

If you use the GO and CONNECT TO SERVER and type in the server name, you are presents with a normal AppleShare authentication dialog.  However, I can confirm that I am connecting in the same manner as MSUAM....since the server does NOT support connections otherwise.

If you've tried this fix

EntourageABMenu 1.5. June 9, 2006 -- Jonathan Nathan has released EntourageABMenu 1.5 (US $10), an update to the Mac OS X software that provides system-wide access to Microsoft Entourage address book data. A menu provides phone numbers, email and postal addresses, URLs, and notes. From the menu, you can trigger an action such as creating a new email or displaying an address on a map. It supports long passwords and encrypted authentication.  No other details have surfaced yet.

Some of the new features include:

MountWatcher reconnects to file servers automatically. June 9, 2006 -- Script Software released a new Mac OS X application called MountWatcher (US $20), which can automatically mount volumes and SMB and AFP shares. MountWatcher provides a list of networked volumes with a stored username and password. You can mount volumes from this list. MountWatcher will also automatically reconnect to a server when it goes down and comes on line again, and will remount a volume after a Mac wakes from sleep stage. MountWatcher can also wake sleeping computers that you are trying to access on the network.

Entourage email attachments fail to get thru Exchange. June 9, 2006 -- Rich Ailes can't send Entourage messages with attachments. He gets a –3259 error instead. His report:

Our company now has its own Exchange 2003 system and the admins have tweaked settings to allow the Entourage Exchange client to work well. My particular site uses Public Folders extensively and the Entourage Exchange client allows us to see these and use them, something that was missing in the IMAP client.

Then I tried sending emails with attachments and to my dismay anything over a few hundred K would just hang for a few minutes and eventually fail, returning an error -3259 with the message "An operation on the server timed out. The server may be down, overloaded, or there may be too much net traffic", which is an obvious erroneous message because the server and client continue to sync up, displaying the same messages in my Inbox that I see on my PC Outlook side (I work on both platforms).

This is a real showstopper as our company is heavily graphics oriented with lots of PDFs traveling around via email.

If you've seen this problem





June 8

Guest PC 1.9.3 emulator adds performance, compatibility improvements. June 8, 2006 -- Lismore Software Systems has released Guest PC 1.9.3 (US $70, free upgrade), and update to the x86 emulator for running Windows on PowerPC G3, G4 and G5 Macs.

The company said that the update adds a 15 percent increased performance over the previous version, due to the addition of an MMX instruction set. Version 1.9.3 also improves printing to Mac printers and better stability and compatibility with Windows applications. The new version also fixes a number of bugs.

Lismore Systems has previously announced that it is creating a universal binary version that will run on Intel-powered Macs. The company has not issued a release date.

You can read more about Guest PC and other emulators for Power PC Macs on our Alternatives to Virtual PC special report page.

Groupcal 3, Exchange for iCal, now Intel Mac native. June 8, 2006 -- Snerdware has released Groupcal 3.33 (US $55), an update to the Mac OS X utility that enables Apple’s iCal to access and manage Microsoft Exchange calendars.

Version 3.33 is a universal binary, running natively on Intel-powered Macs. It also offers improved protection against a corrupted Mac OS X Sync Services, as well as provides several fixes.

Groupcal can synchronize iCal and Exchange Server events and enables iCal to book people or resources, among other things.

SMB/CIFS sensitivity on Intel Macs. June 8, 2006 -- A reader named David reported a problem with a MacBook accessing SMB servers. He change the “smb://” URL to “cifs://” and the problem disappeared:

I had two new Tiger users show up today. The G4 X.4 had no problem connecting, but the MacBook showd NO servers, SMB or Mac [AFP].

So why does the one G4 work OK? And why does the MacBook show NO servers?

The G4 user suggested something for the MacBook and it works. In the Go menu’s Connect to Server, don't use this: smb://192.168.1.8

But instead use this: cifs://192.168.1.8

And it does work.

CIFS stands for Common Internet File System, basically an updated SMB. Microsoft wanted to rename SMB and call it CIFS, but the name never really stuck. Sometimes the file sharing protocal is referred to as SMB/CIFS.

If you’ve seen this phenomenon

Reader verifies fix for Tiger problem with Linux Samba server. June 8, 2006 -- A reader named Tony verfied a fix to a problem with Tiger 10.4.6 not connecting to Linux SMB servers. The problem was caused by Linux Samba server 3.014; upgrading fixed the issue. Tony said:

Yep, this solved my problem on a company production server.

The Windows clients had no problems mounting SMB after the upgrade I did from woody to sarge, but the Macs wouldn't do it. Installing the "testing" version of samba (3.0.22) solved it for me.

Fix for 100’s of processes problem verified. June 8, 2006 -- Bill Raab verified the fix for the problem of hundreds of SMBD processes appearing on Mac OS X SMB file servers with Windows clients. The solution involves editing the launchd file.

In regards to your suggested solution I tip my hat. It worked wonderfully. This problem was easy to reproduce. I tried after implementing your fix and it worked. 

The fix is described on our Mac OS X Server reports page.





June 5

Fix for Exchange KB 911829 patch/Entourage bug. June 5, 2006 -- Last week, Microsoft has issued Version 2 of the KB 911829 patch for Exchange Server. The first version of the KB 911829 patch caused a problem with Entourage where users can’t see updates to recurring calendar events. It also causes a problem where Entourage users receive blank email messages.

James Caudill describes the "patch of the patch:"

You will notice that the download has been updated with a 'V2" in the binary name (Exchange2003-KB911829-v2-x86-ENU.exe). This was released on may 31.

Erik Bowling also tried it:

I just got word of the fix for issues with 911829.  I had to uninstall the patch to keep my 30 Mac users happy. Not a lot of fun!  Here is what Microsoft just sent me:

Dear Valued customer the release of the hotfix update to KB: 911829, is now available for download on the web… Mode of release: The Version 2 of KB 911829 can be downloaded from the download center…

Craig Chambers discribes one of the problems caused by the first patch:

We are having this problem as well and I can confirm that it happens after installing the KB 911829 patch. After we installed the patch, all our Entourage users reported getting blank emails. So far we haven’t found a fix and I am considering trying to uninstall the Exchange patch since we have no versions of the Vista beta in our office.

Another Ctrl-Alt-Delete mapper for Boot Camp. June 5, 2006 -- Input Remapper is another workaround for the lack of Ctrl-Alt-Delete keys in Apple’s Boot Camp for Intel Macs. Input Remapper is a Windows keyboard mapping utility similar to remapkey.exe, which we reported last week.

(Thanks to Michael Perbix for the tip.)

Novell Netware hangs Finder in OS X 10.4.6. June 5, 2006 -- Neil Gowran reported a problem with Mac OS X 10.4.6 and Netware for Mac. The web page is calls it "Finder Process Hanging with AFP - TID10101049." The workaround is to delete the fix the .ds_store file. From the Novell web site:

Symptom: A problem where Mac OS 10.4X workstations accessing a NetWare 6.5 SP5 server get a hung Finder process (Finder sits at 30% + CPU in Activity Monitor). Once the finder is hung, it doesn't refresh any folders when files are changed on the network volume. Testing with 10.4.5 & 10.4.6 of Mac OS have same problem. Exists with NW65 SP3, 4 and 5. The problem is NOT with MAC OS 10.3x

Cause: ...ds_store file in the root of the share was corrupt. (In one case had no rights.)

Fix: Delete or give rights to the .ds_store file

fact What is .DS_STORE file?: Under Macintosh OSX .DS_Store holds the information which controls the way a folder will be opened; i.e., the shape and size of the window, the position of the window on the desktop and whether file, folder or icon view has been selected. If you were to delete the .DS_Store the folder would revert to the system default next time it is opened and a new blank .DS_Store would appear (invisibly).





June 1

Parallels Desktop beta 2 is released. June 1, 2006 – Yesterday, Parallels shipped Parallels Desktop for Mac Release Candidate 2, the second pre-release version of the PC/Windows virtualization software for Intel-powered Macs. (See our Windows on Intel Mac reports page for more on Parallels.)

Parallels said that Release Candidate 2 is the “final test version” of the software before it is formally released as a shipping product, which the company said would ship in a few weeks. In addition to bug fixes and optimizations, the second beta adds some new features, including:

Supports Parallels Compressor Server technology, a disk management tool that reduces the size of the virtual drive by 50 percent or more. 

Parallels Desktop for Mac RC2 is a free download, good for 30 days. The official shipping version will cost US $80. Parallels is offering a US $50 pre-shipping price that includes the Compressor (which is also available as a separate product).

TIP: Sending QuickTime movies from Mac to Windows. June 1, 2006 -- Bruce Birnel described a problem he had, and how he resolved it:

I had problem sending a QuickTime file to my PC using friends that they could view in the PC version of QuickTime.

I created a video file in iMovie and exported and saved it to disk using Share/Compress Movie for Email specs.

Using Entourage, tried using AppleDouble as my encoding method; the Windows users couldn’t open the file. I then resent the file using Windows (MIME/Base 64) encoding in Entourage. This time they could open the file, but got an error message stating that a certain component was missing. Upon trying to play it, all they got was the audio. No video.

The problem was that the PC users had version 6.x of QuickTime. My version of QuickTime was 7.1. I found out that I was sending them a file encoded using the H.264 video codec. Version 6.x does not have the ability to decode files encoded with H.264. As soon as they upgraded to version 7.1, they were able to view my file.

Reader verifies fix for AD Firewall problem with Active Directory, OS X. June 1, 2006 -- Sebastian Hagedorn verified a fix listed on our Active Directory reports page. The problem is one of Mac OS X's Active Directory binding setup hanging with an unknown error in step 5 of 5. The problem occurs after a FireWall is installed.

Hagedorn said:

Opening port 464 UDP saved my day. After reading the entry at MacWindows I opened port 464 UDP in our Cisco ACLs and now I can bind our Macs to AD.

None of the Windows experts here were aware of this port, so it hadn't ever been opened.

MacTech to tap Intel expertise. June 1, 2006 -- MacTech magazine is partnering with Intel to publish a series of how-to articles for developers on optimizing software to run on Intel Core Duo-powered Macs. MacTech said that the articles will go beyond creating universal binaries. Topics will include vectorization, threading, and optimizing performance on each of the processor’s execution cores.

The series, called Optimizing and Peak Performance on Intel-based Macs, will begin in the July issue. For people who are not subscribers, MacTech is offering the six-issue set for $19.95 in the US. (US $25.95 in Canada, US $44.95 international.) A full year’s subscription in the US is normally $47.



May 2006




May 31

ADmitMac, DAVE updated for universal binaries and PPC enhancements. May 31, 2006 --Thursby Software Systems today released free updates to ADmitMac and DAVE, the company’s Mac software for compatibility with Windows networks. ADmitMac 3.2 and DAVE 6.2 are now universal binaries that run natively on Intel-powered Macs as well as PowerPC Macs. The new versions also include increased performance and stability on PowerPC Macs.

DAVE is an SMB file sharing and printing client/server. ADmitMac combines the SMB capabilities of DAVE with Active Directory integration features.

(For more on integrating Macs and Active Directory, see our Active Directory Reports page.)

More Entourage problems caused by Exchange KB 911829 update: blank email replies. May 31, 2006 -- Last week we reported that Exchange Server Update KB 911829 causes a problem with Entourage where users can’t see updates to recurring calendar events. Tom Francais reports that this isn’t the only problem caused by the update, which Microsoft released to support the Windows Vista beta. He says:

When an OWA user replies to an HTML email, the reply may appear blank to an Entourage user. Our Entourage users reported receiving blank email messages just hours after MS KB 911829 was applied to our Exchange server. We're still waiting for a fix from Microsoft.

Steps to reproduce the problem: 1) Send a new HTML email from Outlook 2003. 2) Reply to email from OWA using IE in Windows (the OWA Premium interface) 3) Open the reply in Entourage. Body of message appears as a horizontal line without text.

It appears the editor in OWA's Premium interface (available only through Internet Explorer in Windows) is generating bad HTML. Entourage doesn't know how to handle the bad code. The same HTML message is displayed correctly in other email clients (Apple Mail, Thunderbird, OWA, Outlook). If a reply is sent from OWA using Firefox or Safari (the OWA Basic interface), HTML is converted to plain text and is readable when opened in Entourage.

Here are a few links that I found helpful:

If you've had experience with this issue

See our Entourage/Exchange page for previously reported bugs and tips regarding the Mac client.

Low-cost ebooks cover Win XP on Intel Macs. May 31, 2006 -- Two publishers are offering downloadable PDF “ebook” files that describe some of the methods of installing Windows on Intel Macs.

Peachpit Press’ Apple Boot Camp Public Beta First Look by Ben Long (US $6.99) focuses on Boot Camp, but also describes the Parallels Desktop beta virtual machine software. The full-color book’s topics include how to use Windows XP on the Mac, getting peripherals to work with Windows in Boot Camp, moving data between Macs and Windows PCs, and a look at Windows virus protection.

Take Control Books has released Take Control of Running Windows on a Mac by Joe Kissell (US $10), which also covers Intel Macs only. The 104-page PDF file describes using Boot Camp, Parallels Desktop beta, and the open source Q virtual machine software. The book’s topics include installation, file sharing, and how to get a copy of Windows. The $10 book comes with a $10 credit towards the purchase of the upcoming shipping version of Parallels.





May 30

Boot Camp Tips, workaround for Ctrl-Alt-Delete. May 30, 2006 – Several readers shared tips for using Apple's Boot Camp Beta to run Windows XP on Intel-powered Macs.

Rob Groome discovered a workaround for the lack of the Ctrl-Alt-Delete keys in Boot Camp:

You can get the ctrl-alt-delete to work by using Microsoft’s remapkey.exe that comes with the Windows Resource kit, but you have to use the right meta key to do it.  Not perfect, but that does work.

Zachary Smith recommends using Service Pack 2: "You might want to mention SP2 being a requirement as the installer has problems with SP1."

Martin White has a suggestion for using the proper Windows XP media:

One thing that can trip you up: Make sure you are using Windows XP install media that directly boots into the setup. Initially I tried to use my MSDN DVD, which presents you with a boot menu, however the keyboard is not functional at this stage so I could not enter my choice. I had a Windows laptop to hand so was able to burn one of the MSDN ISO images to a disc and use that instead.

Lincoln Holbrook reports that like a user in a previous report, he remapkey.exe. He fixed it using Disk Utility:

This is in response to Zack about being unable to boot the Mac operating system after he installed Windows XP.

I had the exact same problem on my iMac 20" Intel Core Duo running 1 GB RAM with the upgraded video card. I was worried that I had lost all the data as well, but I decided to use the Tiger Installation Disc 1 to boot from and run Disk Utility. This fixed the problem and allows me to boot both operating systems with zero hassles. I did not lose any data on either system and both seem to be running stable.

When booting from this disk, don’t go through the Mac OS X install. Instead, when you get to the installation choices screen, go to the top of the screen and click on the menu items. One of the items allows you to get into Disc Utility where you have the option to "repair disk." Once that was completed, I took the DVD out and rebooted into Mac OS X with no problem.

You can read our could not boot into Mac OS X after installing Boot Camp our Windows-on-Intel Macs page.

If you care to comment

" + contact + "Northstar works for reader. May 30, 2006 -- Jeremy Matthews of the Apple Consultants Network has good things to say about , the service that lets you run Windows apps on a PowerPC or Intel Mac:

I have used it firsthand, and am pretty happy with it. I know several clients that are also happy, in fact.

You can work in the supplied applications they provide, but they also accommodate hosting other software packages (depending on licensing). For example, they said I could hand them over my copy of XYZ software; I could access it through their system. (They mentioned that Microsoft loved them, since they keep Microsoft constantly apprised of what licenses they hold.) You can work in those products just like in a remote desktop scenario, and even download saved files to your Mac.

Where there is little or no IT environment, Northstar can and will thrive.

Best yet, there is virtually nil for you to worry about; they maintain the environment. For many small businesses that I know, it’s a happy marriage. But, you should really have broadband.

For a Northstar, see our special report Running Windows on Intel Macs. This page also has previously published description of Northstar.





May 25

reader reports about the NorthstarReader report on Northstar Win-on-Mac solution. May 25, 2006 –An anonymous reader sent a report about the service for running Windows apps on a Mac.

I don't personally own a subscription of Northstar, but have a friend who does. He loves it, because it allows him to access websites for his real estate business that run software that will only function on Windows.  It also allows him to play those Internet games that are for Windows only, though the price is a bit steep if that was his only reason for buying the membership...

Basically, you are remote accessing their server the way some corporate environments do, using workstations with the software on a remote server, rather than loading the individual computers with the software.  Nice because it takes up very little space on your machine. But not-so-nice, because it means you cannot load software on it yourself.

See our special report Running Windows on Intel Macs for a Northstar.

If you’re subscribing to Northstar   what you think of it.

" + contact + "Microsoft ships Beta 2 of Vista and Longhorn. May 25, 2006 -- On Tuesday, Microsoft released and Longhorn Server Beta 2, as well as a beta for Office 2007 for Windows. (See also this Windows Vista Beta 2 on the announcements.)

Microsoft said the next-generation server will add improved policy-based network management, redesigned clustering, and new security features. Reviews of the Longhorn Server Beta from eWeek and eWeek story of the Longhorn Server beta were generable favorable.

Reviews of Windows Vista Beta 2 were mixed. An PC Magazine said “tests of Windows Vista Beta 2 show steady progress, but the new 3D Aero Glass user interface in particular still flakes out.” eWeek review that recent builds have “suffered from a variety of performance and compatibility problems.

Columnist Mary Jo Foley saidExchange update for Vista causes Entourage problem with recurring calendar events. May 25, 2006 -- Mario de Greef says that a Entourage calendar problem we reported on Monday is caused by an Exchange Server update that Microsoft issued to support Windows Vista beta. The symptom is that . The Microsoft update is called "Entourage users can’t see updates to recurring calendar events"

de Greef reports:

We also had the empty mails, calendar's etc. after installing MS KB911829 on our 2003 servers. The solution was removing the MS KB911829 until Microsoft Releases a patch.

Microsoft describes the update:

This update restores functionality to Microsoft Exchange Outlook Web Access due to changes being made to Internet Explorer in the upcoming Microsoft Windows Vista Beta release.

Update for Exchange 2003 (KB 911829).Fix for "NT access denied" error with Windows printers. May 25, 2006 -- Daniel Williams verified a fix we reported two years ago with . The problem yields the error message NT_STATUS_ACCESS_DENIED. The original solution we reported was for Panther; Williams told us that the old fix works on Tiger as well. Williams also added details of how he did it in Mac OS X 10.4.5:

Mark Edwards' solution dated March 30, 2004 definitely works. Using 10.4.5 and was able to enter smb://username:password@server.domain/printername using the CUPS webmin at http://localhost:631/admin (if prompted for password try your Mac login or root login). I setup the printer first in System Preferences. Then using the CUPS webin, I clicked this series of links: Administration -->Manage Printers-->select Modify Printer for the respective printer-->Configure-->choose Windows Printer via Samba, and Enter this: smb://username:password@server.domain/printername

For the username, I used a user my user name from the XP box, but when I was looking at the printer que on the actual XP box it showed guest---so you could probably use anything. Leave password blank (eg., smb://johnny:@server).  I have a domain setup on my network but I assume you could use smb://johnny:@server/printername

We also have discussions of solutions for the problem with Tiger on networks with Active Directory, on our Mac OS X and Windows printers page.

Tiger ReportsFix for Tiger problem connecting to Linux Samba server. May 25, 2006 -- Mark van Gaalen reports a fix to a problem with :

On April 20 I reported 10.4.6 having problems trying to connect to a Linux Samba server 3.014. I upgraded Samba to 3.022-1 and the problem seems to be solved. Browsing the server shares works.

Caveat: I'm running Samba on Debian Sarge stable. This release uses Samba 3.014a as default. I had to 'trick' the Debian package manager into installing this 'testing' version. Doing this could cause problems with keeping up security updates in the future. Not sure, though.

If you've tried this   how it worked.

" + contact + "Explanation of OS X Server Admin password and Win login. May 25, 2006 -- C.J. Zinngrabe explains why

The username/password you use to join the domain is only used to join the domain, but the username/password you use to set up samba is used to perform all kinds of operations in samba. If you change that password, windows clients can't log in. See this changing the administrator's password on Mac OS X Server prevents Windows clients from connecting: for more info.

See our thread from the Apple discussion lists page for information and tips on other issues with Windows clients.





May 19

New way to run Win apps on PPC, Intel Macs available at Apple Store. May 22, 2006 -- As tools for running Windows applications on Macs proliferate, newcomer True North Technology is taking a different approach. Mac OS X Server Reports is a service that lets Mac and PC users run Windows applications that run on the company's servers over the Internet. Windows applications run in the Northstar, a Unix graphical user interface that Apple includes on the installation discs of Mac OS X 10.3 and later.

You can buy a US $100 annual subscription at Apple’s online and retail stores. This gives a user access to a library of Windows software. For an extra fee, other Windows applications can be added. Users can also supply their own copy of a Windows application if the company doesn’t have it.

Northstar runs on G3, G4, G5, and Intel-powered Macs. The company says that Northstar does not use “significant resources” on the Mac.

A spokesperson described how Northstar works:

Apps are running on servers in our data centers. The network switch determines each user's privileges, subscriptions, and then provisions the appropriate server and other resources for that user. Our connection with the user has SSL security and compression.

If you’re subscribing to Northstar   what you think of it.

For information on other solutions, see our " + contact + " reports page; for PowerPC Macs, see our Running Windows on Intel Macs page and our Virtual PC Reports page.

VPC AlternativesTIP: checksum a key to Cisco VPN connection problem. May 22, 2006 -- Michael Colmorten reports how he solved a problem with the Cisco VPN Client for Mac OS X:

While trying to setup a Cisco VPN client 4.9005 on a MacBook Pro to connect to a Cisco concentrator 3000 I ran into problems: the client simply would not connect.

After days of trying, I stumbled on the solution: The password checksum is different on a Windows machine and a Mac, when your password contains either numbers or symbols or capital letters. Entering a password containing only letters makes the connection possible.

Suggestion for OS X Server Admin Password preventing Win login. May 22, 2006 -- Brian McCall has a suggestion for the problem where :

Here's my guess: If you change the admin password, it longer matches the (admin) password you (likely) used to join the client machines to the domain in Directory Access. You may be able to push the Directory Access.plist out to clients to solve it, but I doubt this is an Apple recommended solution.

If you’ve tried this

" + contact + "Can’t see updates to recurring calendar events on Exchange. May 22, 2006 -- Susan Frierson reports an Entourage problem with updates to recurring events:

We are having this problem: the update email comes through, but it is blank. I believe it is related to Exchange Server.

We are using Entourage 2004 and 10.4.6. If I remember correctly, the update feature worked a couple of months ago. Mac OS X may have been updated since then, so possibly the issue lies in this particular version.

If you’ve seen this problem





May 19

" + contact + "Fix for 100’s of SMBD processes on Tiger SMB servers. May 19, 2006 --Stéphane Nouhaud offers a fix for the problem of with Windows clients. Nouhaud edited the launchd file, which is a system daemon used to run scripts automatically. Nouhaud suggests:

I have the mysterious trouble with Samba and many, many SMBD processes who filled the process table of Tiger workstations when Windows sharing is on.

After some tests I think I’ve found solution.

I modify the launchd entry of SMBD process (org.samba.smbd) by adding a new program argument:
-F (newline after the /usr/sbin/smbd)

I made this modification with freeware hundreds of SMBD processes appearing on Mac OS X SMB file servers utility.

And after that: No more SMBD process overflows, and samba works okay for me.

whether this works for you.

" + contact + "Another outlet selling Macs with Win XP pre-installed. May 19, 2006 --Earlier this month, reported that retailers and MacMall are offering Intel-powered Macs with Windows XP preinstalled on the hard drive using Apple’s Boot Camp Beta. Jazmin Hupp reports another outfit doing the same:

ExperCom in New York City is also selling Windows XP Pro pre-installed for $200.  You can pick one up locally or call in through phone sales. I think they were the first retailer to do it because they made it available the day after boot camp release. 

TekserveBoot Camp display driver update problem, advice on other drivers. May 19, 2006-- Feisal Paruk updated the Windows video driver in Boot Camp, with bad results. (We’re not sure that Boot Camp supports this.) Paruk also describes how he got Bluetooth to work in Boot Camp:

I have an Apple MacBook Pro. I used the Boot Camp Beta to install Windows XP Pro. Had a problem playing Fifa06 on Windows so I tried updating the display drivers by installing the latest Catalyst driver software off the ATI website. (The MacBook Pro has a ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics adaptor). Gave me an error "INF Error: Video driver not found" and rejected the driver update. I find this weird because I did install the Mac drivers for Windows XP, which the Boot Camp software had previously burnt onto a CD during the setup process. How do I update my display driver?

I find that driver CD written by Boot Camp to be generally dodgy because my Eject button doesn’t work either on Windows. Apparently the driver for the Eject button is on the CD somewhere. Bluetooth also didn’t work until I manually installed the driver by pointing to the driver file on the Boot Camp driver CD. It seems as though all the drivers on the CD don’t auto install when you double-click the exe. Instead it seems that you must install each driver individually.

If you know the answer to the display driver update problem, or would like to comment on the other driver issues

" + contact + "Another case of Citrix client crashing and a workaround. May 19, 2006-- Brian McCarthy responded to our report earlier this week of the Citrix client crashing upon launch. (See our .) McCarthy’s crashing Citrix Client is a little different, but he found a workaround:

I have a similar but slightly different issue related to the Citrix Client on my G4 iMac running OS X 3.9. I find that if I launch the Citrix client manually before clicking the published app, it comes up fine. If I do not launch the Citrix client before clicking on the published app, the client launch but crash before I get all the way into the published app. I have no idea why, but it does seem to work for me.

If you've used this approach

" + contact + "OS X Server: Changing admin password disables domain login. May 19, 2006 --Adam Konner reports a problem where changing the administrator’s password on Mac OS X server prevents Windows clients from connecting:

I'm having a repeated problem where changing the directory administrator's password to anything other than what it is makes it so that Windows clients cannot connect to the domain for login. Mac clients can still log on just fine. Changing the password back to the old value fixes it. (Mac OS Server 10.3.2 AND 10.3.9, Windows XP SP2.)

If you’ve seen this problem

" + contact + "Group Logic offers new K-12 pricing for ExtremeZ-IP. May 19, 2006 -- Group Logic is offering new schools. ExtremeZ-IP File Server is an AFP 3.1 file server that installs on Windows servers, designed to support Mac clients. The new pricing adds an annual per-Mac license option, and includes support and upgrades. The older flat K-12 discount is still available.





May 17

ExtremeZ-IP pricing for K-through-12LaCie OEMs ExtremeZ-IP File Server with Ethernet Disk. May 17, 2006 -- Group Logic announced that LaCie is including on its ExtremeZ-IP File Server line of attached network storage. LaCie's Ethernet Disk runs Windows XP Embedded, and offers shared storage of up to 1 terabyte. ExtremeZ-IP File Server is an AFP 3.1 file server that installs on Windows servers, designed to support Mac clients. It supports the Windows permission model and security features.

Ethernet DiskTIP: OS X servers as PDC with a login.bat for Win clients via group membership. May 17, 2006 -- Paul McGrath discovered a way to use a login script for Windows clients mapping Panther and Tiger Server drives based on group membership. He told us:

I have spent a few hours in the last couple of days scratching my head trying to work this out and finally came up with a solution. I managed to get both of my Panther and Tiger servers to be Windows PDCs and have added loads of Windows XP and Windows 2k clients. I thought you might want to share it with the masses.

McGrath has posted a full at his website.

description of his procedureUpdate for SheepShaver, PPC G4 emulator for Windows, Classic for Intel Macs. May 17, 2006 – Gwenolé Beauchesne has posted a new version of the free , PowerMac G4 emulator various non-Power PC computers. SheepShaver can run Mac operating systems on Windows PCs. There is also a SheepShaver version for Intel-powered, Mac OS X Macs, where it can be used as a replacement for Classic to run Mac OS 9.

New features include support for using up to 1 GB of RAM for the emulated PPC operating system, faster graphics, and a number of bug fixes.

SheepShaver requies a user to have a copy of Mac OS and a PowerMacintosh ROM image.

SheepShaverReader reports Citrix client crashing. May 17, 2006 -- Kenneth Carlile reports a case of the Citrix client crashing upon launch:

I've got one user with a G4/733 who cannot get Citrix ICA client to run. Looking at the Citrix user forums, other people are having similar problems.

She goes to our Citrix server in Safari, logs in just fine, clicks the published app. It downloads and opens the Citrix ICA client, which then crashes. She upgraded from 10.3.9 to 10.4.6, but the problem persists. She's used 7.00.405, and I think she is now on .407. It works just fine on my Mac mini (G4) running 10.4.6.

I’ve tried uninstalling and reinstalling, trashing the Citrix preference files, repairing permissions, disabled Norton Antivirus, made sure Sophos was disabled (why she has both, I don't know), installed Firefox and attempted from there, checked her Client Editor settings (changed it to TCP/IP only instead of TCP/IP+HTTP), put the default server address in the default settings. I also tried creating a new user.

It still crashes immediately on launch. Doesn't even get to the contacting/loading screen. It's pretty much one bounce and then dead. There’s nothing in the console, and no other indication that anything is wrong.

If you’ve seen this problem  





May 11

" + contact + "Significant speed boost for Guest PC 1.9 emulator; Intel version in the works. May 11, 2006 – Yesterday, Lismore Software Systems released (US $70, free upgrade), and update to the x86 emulator/virtual machine for PowerPC Macs.

The new version increases the performance of Windows by up to 40 percent, according to the company. Guest PC 1.9 also improves USB functionality in Linux, provides better stability and compatibility when running Windows, and fixes some bugs.

Lismore also said that a universal binary version Intel Macs is underdevelopment. The company has not announced a release date.

For reader comments on previous versions of Guest PC, see our special reportGuest PC 1.9.

Alternatives to Virtual PCLast Exchange patch fixes Entourage delegation problem. May 11, 2006 -- Jenson Yu reports that a that Microsoft released last fall fixes the patch for Exchange Server that readers have been reporting.

Entourage problems with delegation the existence of this Exchange patch when Microsoft released it last fall along with Office 2004 Service Pack 2 for Mac OS X.

Microsoft describes the problem addressed by the patch:

Exchange folders that are not in your mailbox, such as delegated folders, shared folders, and public folders, are read-only unless the appropriate Microsoft Exchange Server update is installed.

We reportedWorkaround for multiple stranded SMBD processes on Tiger Server. May 11, 2006 -- Mark Fisher has a workaround for problem with Mac OS X Server 10.4.x where brings it to a crawl when a small number of Windows clients are connected:

We've had the same problem, as described by several users. One thing that helps, temporarily, for us is unbinding the MacOSX server from the Active Directory domain that it is using for authentication. Then we add it back again. Windows users can again log on and the SMBD processes are normal. Seems like we need to do it every so often and we have no idea what triggers the problem.

If you’ve try the fix

" + contact + "Readers have no luck with Win authentication problem with Tiger Sever. May 11, 2006 -- A pair a readers tolds us that the fix we posted earlier this week did not work for them. The problem was one of

An anonymous reader said, “I tried this tip and it didn't help.”

Fred Tsui provided some details of his situation:

So I ran into the same problem when I upgraded to 10.4.6. I tried Paul Rauschelbach idea. I looked at my server's smb.conf and found that lanman already had a yes by it. But "client ntlmv2 auth" had a no even though the checkbox was marked in the Settings page. Either way my Win 98 boot floppy was not able to connect to the Mac OS X Server with a local account.

What I mean by that is that I have a local account on the server that the boot floppy is using and the boot floppy returns an access denied message when trying to log in.

I didn't try guest as I don't allow guests to login.

If you’ve try the fix

" + contact + "Utility prevents “dot-underscore,” DS_Store files. May 11, 2006 -- (US $10) is a utility for Mac OS X 10.3.9, 10.4.x that prevents Mac OS X from creating resource fork (._ or BlueHarvest) that are created on the server when Macs copy files to SMB servers. It can also delete existing dot-underscore files.





May 8

dot-underscore filesTIP: Fixing authentication of Win 95/98 clients to Tiger Server 10.4.6. May 8, 2006 -- Paul Rauschelbach reports an authentication problem with old Windows clients and the most recent Tiger Server upgrade. He fixed it by editing Mac OS X’s smb.conf file (in the invisible /etc/ directory):

I had a problem where Windows 95/98 clients could not authenticate to Mac OS X Server 10.4.6. According to AppleCare Support, this is apparently a known issue, reported by several people, and Apple has an "engineer working on it."

I found an answer myself. Changing the "lanman auth = no" line (line 13 in mine) in the /etc/smb.conf file to "lanman auth = yes", then restarting the Windows service allowed my Windows 95/98 clients to connect as guests. The Server Admin application seems to have checkboxes for this setting, but checking or unchecking LANMAN in the Windows authentication options doesn't seem to affect it in 10.4.6.

If you’ve tried this

" + contact + "TIP: Installing Windows Mobile EXE apps from a Mac. May 8, 2006 – from Mark/Space is software for Mac OS X that will sync a Mac with a Pocket PC or Smartphone device. The Missing Sync enables you to install Windows Mobile applications from the Mac, as long as the app is in the .CAB format.

Some Windows Mobile applications are only offered as .EXE installers, which Missing Sync won’t handle.

Two Mac utilities are available that will extract the .CAB files from an .EXE installer. The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile (US $12) can also extract images and text from PDF and PowerPoint files, and has other features as well.

The other utility, File Juicer, is a free command-line program that runs in the Terminal. It has one purpose, extracting .CAB files from .EXE installers.

Once you’ve extracted the .CAB file, you can use Missing Sync for Windows Mobile in Mac OS X to install the software onto the Pocket PC or Smartphone device.

cabextractJPSoftware apps incompatible with Virtual PC. May 8, 2006 -- Gustavo Delfino reports two more Windows applications that won’t run in Virtual PC for Mac: 4NT 7.01 and Take Command 7.01, both from .

Delfino says:

I use Virtual PC 7.0.1 with Windows 2000. I confirmed the problem with the software maker.

We’ve added these programs to our JPSoftware.

If you tried to run these programs in Virtual PC

" + contact + "Another report of Entourage 11.2.1 problem with delegation. May 8, 2006 -- Karen Zander is another reader seeing the problem with :

We have the same problem. Exchange 2003 SP1, MAC OS 10.3.x, 2004 user can not delete as delegate. Still searching for an answer to this one.

If you've seen this problem or know of a workaround

" + contact + "zsCompare 3.0 offers cross-platform file syncing, file comparing. May 8, 2006 – Zizasoft has released , now available for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. ZsCompare can syncronize files on different computers, backup data, and compare different versions of files, among other things.

The Lite Edition (US $35) provides basic comparison and synchronization functionality for comparing directories, zip files, and text files.

The Standard Edition (US $100) can create and comparing snapshots and change attributes, timestamps, and file names. The Standard Edition also has more advanced text comparison options, and the ability to directly edit the text of a file from the results. 

The ZsCompare 3.0 Professional Edition (US $200) adds the ability to compare the text inside of Microsoft Word of and PDF files, and adds scripting..

A Zizasoft spokesperson explained how cross-platform syncing is conducted:

ZsCompare can synchronize files between different platforms without a problem. As long as you can see the files in the system's default file explorer, you can synchronize between any two machines. For example, if you want to synchronize between a Mac and Windows computer, and zsCompare is installed on the Mac computer, then you can synchronize between the two computers as long as you can see the files within Finder.





May 4

ZsCompare 3.0DirectControl 3 adds AD Group Policy for Macs. May 4, 2006 -- Centrify has released , the latest version of its software for integrating Mac OS X, Linux, and Unix clients into Microsoft Active Directory networks.

The new version enables IT managers to DirectControl 3. Normally, Microsoft's group policy provides bulk changes to registry settings on groups of Windows clients. DirectControl 3 places an agent on the Mac clients for authentication and to set policies, which are sent to Active Directory. IT managers can centrally apply security and configuration settings without knowing platform-specific details. This includes the ability to lock down system preferences and to enforce password lock on screensavers.

Centrify DirectControl Version 3 also provides other enhancements, including these:

If you've tried DirectControl 3

" + contact + "Automator action for binding to AD. May 4, 2006 -- The Apple web site has an . It will read the computer name from text, and will report the cause of a failure to bind.

Automator Action script that automates binding of a Mac to Active DirectoryVendors selling Macs with Windows pre-installed. May 4, 2006 -- You can now buy an Apple Macintosh computer with Windows preinstalled. Retailers and MacMall are offering Intel-powered Macs with Windows XP preinstalled on the hard drive using Apple’s Boot Camp Beta.

ExperComEntourageABMenu provides menu for Entourage data. May 4, 2006 -- Jonathan Nathan has released (US $10), an update to the Mac OS X software that provides system-wide access to Microsoft Entourage address book data. A menu provides phone numbers, email and postal addresses, URLs, and notes. From the menu, you can trigger an action such as creating a new email or displaying an address on a map.

The new version is now a PowerPC/Intel universal application and adds new options and fixes bugs.

EntourageABMenu 1.4VPC incompatibility list updated. May 4, 2006 -- We've added two Windows programs to our Virtual PC Incompatibilities list.

Al Zimmerman reports that won't run:

I was very disappointed that H & R Block decided to no longer provide TaxCut for Mac for the 2005 tax year. I was further disappointed that their PC version would not run on Virtual PC 7. I was told that the 2004 TaxCut for Windows would run on VPC 7. 

Peter Farrell-Vinay confirms a previous report that Mercury QuickTest Pro also doesn't run with VPC:

I have tried running Mercury QuickTest Pro version 9 on VPC 7.0.2. It installs and starts but hangs when (having created a script) you move between tabs to view it. I have reported this to Mercury.

If you've tried to use either of these programs in Virtual PC

" + contact + "Reader reports good experience with OpenVPN. May 5, 2006 -- Leandro Conde Trombini reports a positive experience with implementing in his office:

When I first arrived at the office where I work, a VPN was only a dream. I tried to use Mac OS X’s IPSec VPN with Microsoft Windows Server 2003, but it was difficult to create a VPN that really shared the entire intranet like a bridge.

So I found the OpenVPN, and with a little work I did it in bridge mode. Now all the employees can access the intranet from any place. I think this is the way that the offices will go.

OpenVPN is an open source VPN client. The Mac OS X version can be accessed with OpenVPN, a Mac front end to OpenVPN.

See our Tunnelblick 3.0RC2 for previous reader reports about OpenVPN.

VPN Reports pageProsoft Client not compatible with Intel Macs. May 4, 2006 -- Michael Campbell in Australia tells us that the current version of the Prosoft Netware Client for Mac OS X is not compatible with Intel Macs, and that Prosoft’s solution will be a paid upgrade.

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April 26

Centrify DirectControl 3Centrify and eXc expand support for Mac, Linux in Active Directory. April 26, 2006 -- Centrify Corporation and eXc Software yesterday announced that their products will work together to automate the deployment of DirectControl for Mac OS X through SMS 2003, and monitor its performance with MOM 2005.

Centrify DirectControl 3 integrates non-Microsoft systems, including Mac OS X and Linux, with Microsoft Active Directory. Mac OS X users can also use AD password to access applications, such as web-based applications, a feature previously available only to Windows clients.

DirectControl provides single sign-on for users and a single point of administration for administrators. (See also this page on .)

Within 60 days, eXc Software will offer software called Centrify Deployment Virtual Agent that will deploy that will deploy Centrify DirectControl onto the non-Windows systems. The Virtual Agent for SMS 2003 will enable customers to deploy and track DirectControl across multiple non-Microsoft servers using the standard Microsoft systems management solution they use for their Windows systems.

ThinkFree OnlineThinkFree launches free MS Office-compatible online suite. April 26, 2006 – ThinkFree has launched , a free web-based service that lets users create and share Microsoft Office-compatible documents. The service supports Windows, Mac OS X 10.4, and Linux, and a variety of web browsers. ThinkFree recommends PowerPC G4 and G5 for the Macs.

ThinkFree Online provides users with file sharing, blog publishing, 1 GB storage, as well as online versions of ThinkFree Write, ThinkFree Calc, ThinkFree Show, a PowerPoint-compatible presentation app. Subscribers can use existing Microsoft Office documents. Users can also insert photos into documents.

The services also provides group document editing between different operating systems and the ability to set levels of access.

Tweaking Windows XP in Virtual PC for Better PerformanceTIP: Another way to slim down Windows in VPC. April 26, 2006 -- A reader named Andy recommends a Windows program that works to improve the performance of Windows in Virtual PC. Our special report, , describes how to use a Windows utility called ASMW PC-Optimizer Pro. Andy recommends two others:

You might have heard already about these little programs that shrink Windows and make it perform better. I’d like to recommend two:, win98lite and xplite. http://www.litepc.com/index.html

They are small, approximately 650 kb, applications that help the user shrink Windows during and/or after installation. They delete hidden installation files and back-ups left behind by Windows. They get rid of all the unnecessary and mostly hidden slack that only clog up hard disk space and even might improve performance and speed once the registry has been cleaned up using a registry cleaner tool.

Smart Label Printer (SLP) 450Seiko label printer adds networking, 2-D bar coding. April 26, 2006 -- Seiko Instruments announced that in May, it will ship the (US $189), a new model in its line of label printers for Mac OS X and Windows 2000/XP. Users install Seiko software on the computers, which can automatically import text from Windows and Mac applications without the need to type text.I have tried them on my Virtual PC 6, running on Mac OS 9 iBook 333, and improved win98se slightly (performance has always been good ever since VPC 3) and improved significantly on Windows 2000.

The new printer enables a Mac OS X or Windows PC to share the printer over a network via a USB or serial port.  The 300 dpi label printer supports text and graphics, and adds support for 2-D barcodes, which hold more date than traditional vertical-line barcodes. The new model is also faster than previous models, can print one label per second.

The Seiko Smart Label printers don’t use ink, but instead use thermal printing paper.





April 24

Tiger Reports pageMacWindows Tiger Reports page updated. April 24, 2006 -- We’ve updated our with a description of the cross-platform fixes included in the Tiger 10.4.6 update. We've aded reports as problems and workarounds caused by 10.4.6 that readers have reported.

Groupcal 3.20GroupCal goes Universal Binary, fixes bugs. April 24, 2006 – Snerdware has released complete list of fixes, and update to the Mac software for managing Microsoft Exchange calendars from Apple iCal, including syncing events, booking and responding to meetings and viewing free and busy time.

The 3.20 update is now a universal binary (Intel and PowerPC) and fixes a number of issues. These include:

You can find a on the Snerdware site.

Tunnelblick 3.0RC2Tunnelblick update fixes problem with openVPN. April 24, 2006 -- Korbinian Riedhammer reports that problem we’ve previously reported on our VPN Reports page, an updated to the Mac front end to openVPN, fixes a . Riedhammer said:

I'm using openVPN with the Tunnelblick GUI on a MacBook Pro. I experienced the same problems as Anonymous on 2006 Mar 09 in combination with DHCP: When returning from stand-by Tunnelblick tried to reconnect before the network/DHCP was set up again which screwed up the whole network settings. The Tunnelblick team released the 3.0RC2 version on 2006 April 12 which seems to fix this issue, it works pretty fine now.

Tip on Java applets and Win authentication proxy servers. April 24, 2006 -- Derek Smith reports a workaround to a problem with Java applets in web browsers and Windows servers:

Background: We implemented a Windows 2003 ISA authenticating proxy Internet filtering server on our network for our Win XP Pro and OS X clients. After the change was made, Win XP users saw no difference in applications. A typical Mac OS X 10.4.5 user would get a proxy login prompt at 'first browse' with Safari, FireFox, or IE. The user could then save the username and password into their personal Keychain for future use by checking the 'Add to Keychain' checkbox. This was entirely expected.

Problem: Java applets in any Mac browser suddenly required a proxy server login. Worse, each java applet on a single web page required a separate proxy login! So, 15 applets on a page = 15 proxy logins.

More unfortunately, though, the proxy login windows did not contain the Add to Keychain‚ checkbox. For the lack of a checkbox, the headaches began.

Workaround:

In /Applications/Utilities/Java, the Java 1.3.1 & Java 1.4.2 Plugin Settings apps, and ../J2SE 5.0/Java Preferences app, all have Runtime Parameter text fields. Apple Developer Technical Q&A Technote QA1263 specifies a method for entering a secure proxy server‚s information using the Runtime Parameter text field.

We experimented and found that by entering our non-authenticating proxy server for the http protocol the Java applets did not request a proxy login. (QA1263 specifies parameters for the https protocol only, but apparently it works for http as well.)

Using the FQDN and port number (default is 80) of the non-authenticating proxy server available on your network, enter the following information into the Runtime Parameter field in all three Java preferences apps to stop the applet proxy logins.

-Dhttp.proxyHost=<nonauthproxy.school.edu>
-Dhttp.proxyPort=<port>

If any reader knows of any configuration on the Windows ISA server side to eliminate having to make any changes in OSX, I'll be very happy to know about it.





April 20

ExtremeZ-IP File Server 4.2.2ExtremeZ-IP 4.2.2 addresses conflict with OS X 10.4.6 and Photoshop and AFP. April 20, 2006 -- Group Logic has released problems with Photoshop and Apple’s 10.4.6 update, an update to the AFP server for Windows hosts, serving Mac clients. The update addresses an incompatibility between Mac OS X 10.4.6 and Adobe Photoshop, according to Group Logic.

User forums at Apple and around the web have been reporting workaround posted at Group Logic’s web site. Photoshop can crash when a Mac OS X 10.4.6 user tries to save a file from within Photoshop to an AFP server.

Group Logic said that although only Adobe or Apple can only fix the incompatibility, the ExtremeZ-IP 4.2.2 update enables users to prevent the Photoshop crash using a .

MacDrive 6 could be used with Apple’s Boot CampUpdate on use of MacDrive 6 and Boot Camp: problem and workarounds. April 20, 2006 -- We previously reported that Mediafour’s this page on Intel Macs to enable Windows XP to see the Mac partition. A reader reports a problem and a workaround. We also have a response from Mediafour.

Rafael Suchan reported the problem:

There is a problem where people still cannot see the Mac partition after the installation of MacDrive 6.1 in Windows XP on an Intel based Mac using Boot Camp.

The reason is actually very simple: image-mounting tools like DaemonTools, Alcohol 120%, etc. prevent you from seeing it. MacDrive seems to have problems with these tools' SPTD driver.

Thus, in order to see the Mac partition, you need to deinstall the image-mounting tool or at least get rid of the sptd.sys file and reboot your system. See this as well at DaemonTools, and knowledgebase article.

We asked Jeff Jorgensen of Mediafour Corporation to comment, who told us about another workaround:

We have heard from a few customers regarding Daemon Tools and Alcohol 120% and conflicts with these programs. We do have a on our web site giving a work around for this problem and we are currently looking into the situation and seeing what we can do to overcome the limitations. Hopefully we will be able to address it in the near future with an update.

problem with Ethernet duplexing. We also reported a workaroundReports of Tiger 10.4.6 not connecting to Linux SMB server. April 20, 2006 -- Several readers reported problems with Apple’s Mac OS X 10.4.6 update and Linux SMB (Samba) file servers.

Mark van Gaalen:

I also experience problems trying to connect 10.4.6 to a Linux Samba server. The server runs with password encryption = yes. The Finder sees the server, but hangs on browsing the shares.

Command-K works though using smb://server/share

I also experience verrrrry slow logoffs and shutdowns when the connected shares are not disconnected before logoff/shutdown.

RC Poirier:

Version 3.0.14a-2 of SMB on Linux is known to fail with some versions of Max OS X 10.4.x.

For example on our net, a MacBook Pro (Intel-Duo) running 10.4.5 connects with no problems; a Power Mac G4 running 10.3.9 connects with no problems; but a Mac G5 Dual (Power PC) running 10.4.6 fails; and the same machine connect ok when running 10.3.9.

Earlier this week, we reported that the Mac OS X 10.4.6 update created a .





April 18

" + contact + "Fix for SMB connection problems in Tiger 10.4.6. April 18, 2006 -- Gary in the United Kingdom describes how he fixed his Macs' problems with SMB connections to Windows servers:

I don't know if this is still an issue for many Tiger users, but I've had recent experience of attempting to connect 10.4.6 machines to MS Server 2003 shares.

All seems to work well if you do the following:

On the Mac, make sure you've set up SMB in Directory Access properly.

If the Server is a member server, make sure the following policy is set:

Go to Domain Security Policy, find Local Policies, then Security Options, and ensure the policy entitled "Microsoft Network Server: digitally sign communications (always) is DISABLED. (This will need a reboot, or, at least, run GPUPDATE).

Note that if the server is a Domain Controller, you will have to set the policy up in the Domain Controller Security Policy rather than the Domain Security Policy.

At any rate, this now works for me.

If this works for you

" + contact + "Fix for Ethernet problem caused by 10.4.6 Update. April 18, 2006 -- When Hansueli Schiller updated his Intel-powered iMac to Mac OS X 10.4.6, he could no longer connect to his Windows server because of an Ethernet duplex problem. The fix was to replace the 10.4.6 Ethernet driver with the 10.4.5 version:

We work in a Windows 2000 environment using an Intel iMac (with firmware update 1.0). The network connection worked well with manual Ethernet settings of 100BaseTX Full-Duplex. Our switches are set to full duplex and we are not authorized at all to change this setting.

After the 10.4.6 Update, the network-connections of the Intel iMac were completely broken. To get any connection we had to change the settings to autosense or half-duplex which made the network connections really SLOW. We were not able to communicate with our Servers at an appropriate speed.

We could fix the problem on our Intel iMac: Full Duplex can be enabled by replacing the new version of the networking extension, which includes the Ethernet driver with an older version of the same extension. E.g. the one that came with OS 10.4.5.

  1. Remove the newer IONetworkingFamily.kext from this location: System/Library/Extensions/ (but keep it safe for further use). If you are asked by this procedure for the admin-password, type it.
  2. Install the older IONetworkingFamily.kext to this location: System/ Library/Extensions/. If you are asked by this procedure for the admin- password, type it.
  3. Use Disk Utility to repair the admission-permissions on your hard drive.
  4. Restart the Mac.
  5. Open the network settings and set the parameters for the Ethernet manually to 100baseTX - Full Duplex. Activate this setting!

I do not like this fix, but it works! I hope I will not have any problems with system-updates in the future. I really hope Apple will fix this problem soon.

If you've seen this problem or the workaround

e2Sync 2.7Entourage syncing tool, e2Sync 2.7, gets universal binary. April 18, 2006 -- e2Sync.com has released Parallels trumps Apple, beats Microsoft, a universal binary (PowerPC/Intel) version of the Entourage sync tool. The new version also includes improvements for all Macs.

e2Sync synchronizes Entourage with any iSync-compatible device, including iPods. With e2Sync installed, iSync moves Entourage contact info into Mac OS X Address Book, and moves Entourage events into iCal. This also makes the contacts and events searchable by Spotlight.

Improvements include:

The developers are offering a 30 percent discount off of e2Sync’s US $39 price if you use the product code TASIB06 when ordering at the web site.





April 10

Parallels Workstation 2.1 Beta2 for Mac OS X on IntelParallels trumps Apple, beats Microsoft. April 10, 2006 -- The day after Apple announced Boot Camp, Parallels, a builder of virtualization software for Linux, surprised Apple-watchers by providing another way to run Windows on Intel-powered Macs. The company released a beta of download, which runs Windows in Mac OS X at near-native-PC speeds. Like Virtual PC, Parallels Workstation can run multiple instances of Windows and Linux in separate virtual machines.

Unlike Apple’s Boot Camp, Parallels Workstation gives users access to both Windows and Mac OS X environments without having to reboot the Mac. Parallels also beat Microsoft to market with Windows virtualization for Intel Duo Core Macs. Microsoft has not announced a ship date for an Intel-Mac version of Virtual PC.

The Parallels Workstation beta appears to be more advanced that the virtualization projects based on the open source QUME engine, including Q and WinTel. MacWindows readers report that installation of Parallels is quick and easy, support of Mac hardware is good, and that performance is at native speeds. (See Readers say Parallels beta is the tops below.)

The company said that the software will run “nearly any x86-compatible OS,” including Windows 3.1-through Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, as well as Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris, OS/2, eComStation, and MS-DOS.

Parallels Workstation 2.1 Beta2 for Mac OS X on Intel is a 30-day free trial available as a .

Parallels Workstation for Mac will sell for US $50 when the final version is released sometime within the next few weeks. Microsoft Windows is not included; Users must install their own copy of Windows.

a review of Boot Camp and Parallels WorkstationA review of Apple's Boot Camp and Parallels. April 10, 2006 -- We've published 2.1 Beta2 for Mac OS X on Intel. The review is written by Joshua Byers, a PC technician who likes the Intel-powered Mac as a Windows platform, using either sollution. In fact, he installed both beta versions on his machine. In his review, Joshua identifies the existing issues and some ways to work around some of them.

Readers say Parallels beta is the tops. April 10, 2006 -- MacWindows readers are impressed with the performance and functionality of Windows running in Parallel Workstation beta on Mac OS X Duo Core Macs. Edmund Lee describes the quick installation:

I installed the Parallels software in less than 5 minutes. Got a 30-day evaluation key. Installed XP and got it and up and running in less than 30 minutes. Works like a charm, and fast, too.

Mark Warren had some problem with VGA and sound in an iMac:

I downloaded the product this morning and installed it on my 17" Core Duo iMac and got right to work installing Windows XP SP2. Within 25 minutes I had XP up and running. This is far quicker than comparable Intel solutions such as Q. Windows XP seems stable and very quick. Networking seems to be present, however an updated VGA driver might be needed as Device Manager lists it as missing. Sound seems absent as well. These issues might be resolved by using the drivers from Apple's Boot Camp driver CD, and I'll be trying that later to see what happens.

I am also installing Windows 98 SE, as that is the version we'd initially migrate to. Install seems slower than for XP, however it is proceeding and once completed I'll see how things run.

Thomas Clifford, Jr., had no problems with sound, and was impressed by the performance:

I just installed beta 2.1 of the Parallels Virtualization (beta). I installed Windows 2000 as my guest OS and I must say it is stunning how fast it is. I am running it on an Intel 20" iMac with 1.5GB RAM. I have allotted 600 MB RAM to the software. Wow, is it fast. The software comes with all the video, sound and network drives to make this one sweet option. I'm amazed!

After installing all the updates and from a fresh start I can get Windows 2000 to boot from a stand still to desktop in 16 seconds. That's stunning. All while running garage band and iPhoto in the background. No dual boot for this boy--this is the way to go!

Bryan Everly found it faster than his ThinkPad:

The Parallels virtualization software for OS X on Intel is incredibly fast. I installed Windows in about 30 minutes and am feeling pretty safe to say that the speed on my iMac 17" Intel iMac is faster than my ThinkPad T43p.

Tobias Torres Soler is another user with audio problems:

I just installed Windows XP Pro SP2 on my Intel iMac 20" with the help of Parallels Workstation 2.1 beta. This works fine with the exception of a few things:

The Ethernet connection does not work.  (I know because I’ve tried over 100 settings) And, there is no audio device.

this web pageReader response to Boot Camp overwhelmingly positive; installation problems reported. April 10, 2006 --Dozens of MacWindows readers have written to report that Apple’s Boot Camp beta is easy to install and runs Windows quickly. A people few reported problems with installation.

First, here are just a few examples of the positive reports:

Tom Quinlan:

I have successfully gotten Windows running with Boot Camp on a 17" iMac. This was WAAAY easier than the hack that has been out for a few weeks. As far as I can tell everything except for the infrared remote is working great. I downloaded the Photoshop Trial and it is quite zippy, to use the technical term.

Rob Groome:

I installed windows on my MacBook and it runs really well. The Boot Camp install tool is very nice and seems to have been very well thought out. There are a few issues though:

  • No ctrl-alt-delete
  • No right click for the mouse

Windows runs very smoothly - fast even.  One of the nicer Windows  systems I have used and it's a Mac!  Crazy.

Mark Polzin:

I successfully installed XP on my MacBook Pro yesterday.  Installation was a breeze. Apple takes care of the hard part by creating the driver disk for you and then having it auto install the drivers when you pop it into your drive after the install.

I was able to install Office 2003 without a problem.  During the extraction of the FireFox package the window blinked and the speakers cracked repeatedly forcing me to reboot.  After the reboot FireFox installed fine.

I also installed and ran Call of Duty and it worked great.  Frame rates were impressive and there was no skips during a LAN game. I'm very impressed at this point.

Gary Kantz has a problem with the Apple Wireless Keyboard:

I set up Boot Camp in under 45 minutes.  I have an iMac 2.0 Core Duo, 1.5. GB RAM, partitioned 60GB for Windows.  Using a full version of Windows XP Professional it took advantage of both “processors” and runs FAST.  No graphics, sound, or speed degradation whatsoever.  Ran SQL Server apps with ease as well.

One issue is that my Apple Bluetooth keyboard only worked in Windows intermittently.  Sometimes it worked fine, others it did not work at all. Also time and date is not updated – need to do this in the Control Panel each time you boot into Windows (this is a known problem).

Otherwise you would not recognize the difference between this and a Dell in terms of performance.

Installation problems

Ace Underhill:

Yesterday I purchased a 20" Duo Core iMac for the purpose of seeing how XP runs on it. I followed Apple's instructions exactly, and all was fine until I ran the Mac driver installation app from the CD that Boot Camp created.  The installed died with a 1603 fatal error. I was able to find and install the ATI graphics and Marvell Ethernet drivers, and amazingly enough XP recognizes the Bluetooth mouse and keyboard, but I still need the remaining drivers, particularly the audio drivers.  I sure wish the drivers could be made downloadable separately from the Boot Camp CD, which lumps them together in the install app.

Would be fantastic if someone (who's driver install completed successfully) to make a list of the Mac hardware drivers that XP is using.  A zip file of the actual drivers would be killer, but I'd settle on just a list so I can search around the Net for them myself.

Zack can no longer boot from Mac OS X:

When I used Boot Camp, everything worked fine in Windows.  Then when I went to boot up in OS X the Apple would show up, then the progress indicator showed up, then black--the computer turned off.  So it boots Windows just fine, but Mac OS X doesn't work.  I lost all of my Mac data on my hard drive.

Brad Freeman:

I tried to install Boot Camp on my iMac Intel today and it keeps popping up a dialog telling me I must upgrade my system software first. I already was running 10.4.6 and installed the Firmware Update. I even tried downloading and reinstalling the Combo Update, repairing permissions, etc., but still get the same error message.

Kevin Kincaid:

I attempted to install on Boot Camp on a MacBook Pro running update 10.4.6 with latest firmware and got the error described at .

MacDrive 6MacDrive 6 fills hole in Boot Camp’s access to Mac partition. April 10, 2006 -- Mediafour points out that its (US $50) can enable an Intel-powered Mac running Windows XP to read and write to Mac-formatted hard drive partitions and other volumes. When Intel Macs are booted from Windows using Apple’s Boot Camp software, the Mac hard drive partition is invisible to Windows. With MacDrive 6 installed in Windows, Windows can read files from and copy files to the Mac-formatted volume.

MacDrive 6 can enable any PC running Windows to read and write to Mac-formatted media.

MassTransit 5.0MassTransit 5.0 enterprise file transfer is bigger, faster, scalable. April 10, 2006 – Last week, Group Logic release , a major new version of its enterprise-class, cross-platform file transfer solution. MassTransit provides secure transfer over the web and wide area networks, and is available for Windows servers and Mac OS X servers, and any web-based client. The file transfers are “Mac aware,” preserving resource forks and custom icons. File transfers can be automated into workflows.

Version 5 adds the MySQL as the database engine for cataloging files, user information, and file transfer transactions. Users can use a web-based interface to search the logs to track the progress of a file transfer. Group Logic said that the new database engine improves performance and reliability, and expands the number of items stored from 32,000 to millions.

The MassTransit-protocol file transfer engine now supports files over 4 GB in size, and supports long file names. A secure FTP server and automated client for Windows and Macs are also included in version 5.

Administrators can manage MassTransit 5 servers using a new administration client for Mac and Windows. Standard SNMP-based network tools can also be used.

PC-Mac-Net FileShare 6.0PC-Mac-Net FileShare 6.0 adds incremental backup. April 10, 2006 -- Lava Software has released press release (US $15 per user, free upgrade), a new version of the company’s cross-platform file sharing software targeted at home, school or office networks. PC-Mac-Net FileShare also works over the Internet, and is available for Windows, Mac OS X and earlier, and Linux.

This new version adds incremental, scheduled data backup and data recovery. Users can select a date of a backup for one or more files or folders that they’d like to recover.

(See also Lava Software's Apple press release.)





April 5

Apple's own dual-boot solution lacks the problems of other solutions. April 5, 2006 -- Today, Apple released a beta version of its own solution for booting Windows on Intel-based Macs. (See this Boot Camp.) The software, called other solutions, installs the required software to enable the user to install and boot Windows. (Apple does not include a copy of Windows.)

If it works as Apple claims, Boot Camp solves many of the problems found in the Running Windows on Intel-based Macs for running Windows on Intel Macs. For instance, Apple said that Boot Camp provides all of the drivers for Windows. Right now, other solutions don't yet support various hardware and peripherals from within Windows. Apple said that Boot Camp will run Windows "completely natively," will several of the other solutions still have some functions emulated.

Apple also said that users don't loose their Mac data because the Boot Camp installer assistant "dynamically creates" a hard drive partition for Windows.

With Boot Camp and Windows installed users, boot Windows the same way they now would boot the Mac from other Mac hard drives: hold the Option key down while restarting and then select the drive partition that contains Windows.

The Boot Camp beta is free. Boot Camp will be a built-in feature of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, which Apple has previously said will ship at the end of this year.

For our complete coverage of open source, hacks and other solutions to run Windows on Intel-based Macs, see our special report Mac OS X Tiger denying Windows clients SMB access.





April 3

Authentication workaround for "Tiger 10.4.5 denies Win client SMB access" problem. April 3, 2006 -- Andre Beckedorf found a workaround for the problem of " + contact + ":

I just wanted to let you know of a temporary workaround for the problem. Instead of fixing it on the OS X side, one has to change the authentication settings on the Windows boxes. Here is how to do that: 

Start -> Run "secpol.msc"
In the tree open and click Security Settings -> Local Policy -> Security Options
Scroll the left pane down to 'Network Security: LAN manager authentication level'
Change this to 'Send NTLMv2 response only' 

It works for me. Also, from my investigations I can say, that only Intel Macs (10.4.5) seem to be affected by the problem.

If you’ve tried this fix

We’ve previously reported other suggested workarounds on our Windows on Intel Macs Special Report page.

Readers report success running Windows in WinTel 2.1.3. April 3, 2006 -- Although many of our readers have had problems with the WinTel virtualization software (for running Windows in Intel-based Macs), two readers are reporting positive experiences with the latest version. Gary Meijer says that Windows XP is running as fast as his old PC:

I have tried Wintel 2.1.3 on my iMac Core Duo 2ghz. I see on your site that readers have had trouble with it, but for me all features are working perfectly. I created a disk image within minutes and had Windows XP installed in around 50 minutes. On this new iMac Core Duo, Windows XP runs at near full speed (compared to an Athlon XP 2200). I have now completely switched away from Windows, and have turned my old Windows PC into a Linux fileserver. My main systems are now the iMac Core Duo and a Mac Mini (G4 1.42GHz).

Bill Carter reports an improvement in installation over previous versions:

I installed WinXP on OpenOSX's WinTel program ver. 2.1.3. Took just under two hours.

(See our "Q" project for previous reports for WinTel and other solutions.)

A developer's perspective on Q is bullish. April 3, 2006 -- Developer Bryan Derman has been working with the Q virtualization software on an Intel-based MacBook. He is cautiously optimistic:

I've been participating a little in the VMware/adventure (an interface/packaging for the QEMU emulator. Though it's not quite ready for productization, for people capable of and willing to do a little digging, it's actually working quite a bit, now.

I currently have Rational Rose (and Office) running under Q with both Windows 2000 Pro SP4 and Windows XP Pro SP2. They seem to run a little faster than Virtual PC 7.02 on my AL PowerBook 1.67 GHz with 1 GB of RAM (and 256 MB allocated to the guest Windows OS).

The Q stuff is running native Intel, but it's still translating the code (i.e., it's still running Windows in emulation). Of course, given that the MacBook Pro is 2x 2.16 GHz with 2 GB of RAM (256 MB allocated to the guest Windows OS), this could be slow compared to Virtual PC on the same hardware. But we can't tell that 'till next year, apparently. I figure there'll be a native guest Windows OS running in a virtual partition within a few months.

Regardless, for me Q is a production-workable solution that's surprisingly quite acceptable in both usability and performance, and it's free.

There are also indications that the Entourage 2004 -17799 LDAP error people will deliver a Mac product, which would be just great! I say that based upon a query I made and was given the "we don't pre-announce products, but be sure to watch our web site" response.

Fix for Entourage -17799 LDAP error. April 3, 2006 -- Julie Soucek shares a fix for the " + contact + ", as well as a fix for login errors:

I was able to fix this problem in Entourage 2004 by removing the search base string (dc=company,dc=domain,dc=com) in the LDAP tab. This makes no sense incidentally, as earlier versions required this.

Also, adding my Exchange server in the "exclusions" list for our proxy eliminated the login errors that some users reported. (I've noticed that exclusions don't always work right away so be patient. Also, make sure to restart Entourage after each change that you make.)

If you’ve tried this fix

Groupcal 3.10, Exchange-to-iCal sync, fixes Tiger bugs. April 3, 2006 -- Snerdware has released here, an update to the Mac OS X software that lets you manage your Exchange Server calendar directly using Apple iCal, without the use of Entourage. The update fixes a number of bug and conflicts when run on Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger.

Groupcal works as an Exchange calendaring client for Mac OS X, using Tiger’s Sync Services. Groupcal can synchronize events and tasks, book people and resources for meetings, respond to meeting requests, view Free/Busy time, as well perform other tasks.

Events problem with Entourage 11.2.3 and Sync Services. April 3, 2006 -- Luis Antezana warns Exchange users to avoid Entourage 11.2.3’s new Sync Services feature. It duplicated his All Day events 5 times, and a manually fixing was the only way to repair it:

After enabling Sync Services in the new Entourage update, I had this problem: my All Day events were both duplicated and changed to start at 4:00 a.m. of the previous day. Duplication continued until I had five All Day events, with two of them appearing at the wrong time, for each All Day event on my calendar. No timed events were affected. My database has been with me and behaving fine since Entourage 2001.

Somehow the time zone of each All Day event had been changed to Casablanca, Monrovia (I live in Seattle). I had to either restore from backup or manually touch each All Day event and change its Time Zone.

I noticed this time zone change after making a change in Entourage and checking iCal to see what happened and going back and forth seeing the events get weird in iCal and then Entourage. I feel like iCal may handle All Day events differently than Entourage.

As for the duplication, I have a feeling that Exchange accounts may be causing some trouble. There’s good background here and " + contact + " that gives me reason believe that Entourage with Sync Services enabled may be doing a Bad Thing if it’s being used on more than one Mac and each has an Exchange account in Entourage and both .Mac and iCal synchronization enabled. Your data should be syncing to only one source, but in this scenario Entourage is syncing to two: Truth (this is the master database for all info handled by Sync Services) and Exchange, and it looks like there’s some room for error here.

An example flow would be as follows, given a Mac at work and one at home, with Sync Services, iCal, and .Mac enabled on both as under the scenario just mentioned:

  1. Change in calendar item in Entourage at work.
  2. Change goes from Entourage at work to Exchange Server 2003 at work and to Truth at work.
  3. Change goes from Exchange Server 2003 at work to Entourage at home AND change goes from Truth at work to .Mac online to Truth at home.
  4. Entourage at home wants to update Truth at home with the data it got from Exchange, while Truth at home wants to sync its new data to Entourage at home. Maybe they each update each other, and this is the source of the duplication.

Once I disabled the Sync Services in Entourage I had no more additional duplication, the All Day events I manually changed back stayed correct, and the duplicate All Day events that I manually deleted stayed deleted.

I would recommend at this point that Exchange users not enable Sync Services, or at least proceed with caution, if they use iCal and .Mac and Entourage with an Exchange account on more than one computer.

If you’ve seen this problem






March 31

Evidence that Apple may create its own Win virtualization solution. March 31, 2006 -- ExtremeTech reports that Apple has joined BAPco (Business Applications Performance Corporation), the industry group that creates standardized benchmark tests for PC performance. Publishers that review PCs, including PC Magazine and CNET, use the BAPco benchmarks suites. The testing suites are applications that run in Windows.

The news of Apple’s membership in the organization has fueled speculation that Apple is working on its own virtualization solution for running Windows on Intel-based Macs.

Reader has trouble installing WinTel 2.1.3. March 31, 2006 -- Kevin Loughin reports problems with the latest version of the WinTel virtualization software for Intel Macs:

I bought WinTel 2.1.3 yesterday. I have yet to get it working on my Core Duo Mac mini. The image creation tool within their GUI does nothing. Sure, the button recesses for a moment, the spinner symbol even spins once, but no image is created…

I have also installed the free "Q" project, an emulator that is also based on QEMU, as is WinTel.  Q works perfectly, installed Windows XP in under an hour, and runs at a usable speed.





March 29

Guest PC emulator gets USB support, bug fixes. March 29, 2006 -- Lismore Systems has released Guest PC 1.8 (US$70, free upgrade), an update to the x86 PC emulator for running Windows in Mac OS X on G3, G4, and G5 Macs. (Guest PC can also run other operating systems.) MacWindows readers have rated Guest PC as the next best emulator after Microsoft Virtual PC.

The new version of Guest PC adds support for USB devices in Windows, including USB printers, scanners, GPS devices, PDAs and Smartphones, and storage devices. Guest PC 1.8 also adds support for .fs floppy images.

The new version fixes bugs and improvements usage, including:

Loren Olson has tried Guest PC 1.8, and finds that he can't sync a USB Palm with an older Windows:

With Windows 98, a Palm Device will not work under this setup, either by using Active Sync or not. I ought to know, as none of my three Palm devices even attempt to work under this setup. Other than that, Guest PC 1.8 works just fine.

If you've tried Guest PC 1.8

WinTel 2.1.3 cuts Win installation time. March 29, 2006 -- OpenOSX today release WinTel 2.1.3, and update to the virtual machine software for running Windows on Intel-based Macs under Mac OS X. The main new feature is the reduction of installation time for Windows XP, which the company says is less than an hour. MacWindows readers have reported that installation of Windows XP in previous versions of WinTel have taken as much as 12 hours.

If you've tried WinTel 2.1.3

Business Week says Apple is Number 1. March 29, 2005 -- Business Week has named Apple as the number-one performing company, saying that the company "shows few signs of slowing down." Business Week pointed towards iPod sales and a 216 percent increase in profits.





March 27

Darwine plans to run Win apps on Intel Macs--without Windows. March 27, 2006 -- While several groups are trying to get Windows to run on Intel-based Macs, either through virtualization or native booting, one group is working on bypassing Windows altogether.

The Darwine project is porting open source Linux software called WinE (Wine Is Not an Emulator) to Mac OS X. The WinE environment enables Linux to run Windows applications directly, with Windows.

The name Darwine stands for WinE for Darwin, Apple’s version of the open-source version of FreeBSD Unix that is the core of Mac OS X. Darwine (WinE for Darwin) will do for Mac OS X what WinE does for Linux. Screenshots here and here show an early version of Darwine running Windows applications natively in Mac OS X, without Windows.

Darwine is in early stages of development, not ready for prime time. The Darwine FAQ warns users away at this point:

Currently the targeted audience is Developers or Hackers. Users are discouraged from running Darwine because it is still undergoing improvements on Mac OS X, and there is still much to do.

(Thanks to Dodger for the tip.)

The return of the Win server folder refresh problem. March 27, 2006 -- Nick Haughton found that Mac OS X updates giveth, but also take away:

I was delighted to find that the Tiger update 10.4.3, I think, fixed the problem whereby to view changes in a shared folder on a Win 2003 server, you had to click in and out of the Finder folder on the client to refresh it. I work with a constant flow of files each night, running close to 1000 file movements. It was a lot of clicks.

With the update to 10.4.5 the problem has mysteriously reappeared. For anyone who works with a large throughput of files, this is a real pain in the finger.

If you’ve seen this problem

SnapTalk office IM, file transfer app gets security, Bonjour. March 27, 2006 -- Bead Software release SnapTalk 4.1, and update to the cross-platform chat and file transfer software for Windows and Mac. Among the new features:

SnapTalk sells for US$16 per user, with volume discounts available.

Mac OS X Server list available at Apple site. March 27, 2006 -- Last Thursday, we reported a fix for problems saving Word and Excel files to Mac OS X Server 10.4. The reader said he saw the fix on a Mac OS X Server list. We didn't mention that you can sign up for the list at the Apple web site. Apple also has other server-related lists near the bottom right of its server resources page.





March 24

Hackers boot a Dell with Mac OS X (Intel). March 24, 2006 -- Unidentified programmers have hacked the Intel version of Mac OS X to enable it to boot a Dell PC. A file called the "JaS4.2b patch" can be used to create a customized installer DVD for installing on a Dell PC.

A website called MacaDell describes the patch. The MacDell site has also has a page that describes how to use the JaS4.2b patch to create a customized installer disc for Mac OS X.

Using the hack is illegal because it breaks Apple’s Mac OS X license agreement, which specifies that the operating system be run on an “Apple-labeled computer.”

According to MacaDell, work on the hack began when a Russian hacker known as Maxxuss cracked the encrypted security layer in Mac OS X that usually requires the software to be installed on a certain Mac model. Other hackers added to the work, and a programmer known as JaS put the work together in the JaS4.2b patch.

The hack emulates the EFI boot firmware found in Intel-based Macs. It also emulates an instruction set called SSE3 in order to support processors older than the Dual Core used in the Intel Macs. MacaDell reports that the hack doesn’t work on every computer, and doesn’t support some functions, such as wireless networking and certain audio and video cards.

At this point, the Intel version of Mac OS X is only available with the purchase of an Intel-based Mac.

Suggestions for Entourage 11.2.3 SSL/ certificate problems. March 24, 2006 – Two readers sent in suggestions regarding JaS4.2b patch regarding yesterday's report. Hemang Patel offered a workaround:

What worked for me was to make sure that in Entourage, I entered the same hostname as what is issued for the certificate. For example, if the certificate server name is owa.company.com, then I type the following in Entourage's server field: https://owa.company.com/exchange/

Dean Shavit has a detailed article called problems with Entourage SSL/certificates. The article includes a number of screen shots.

Mac file copies to AD/Win 2003 stop before finish. March 24, 2006 -- Jason Scott reports a problem he was having with file transfers, and the mysterious solution that fixed the problem:

Our Macs are bound to Active Directory, which worked great, except for copying files via SMB to the Windows 2003 servers. The file transfers started fine, but stopped at the last meg or so of the file. Then, the file transfer would finish or end with a -36 error saying we've been disconnected from the server. Sometimes small files seem to work better but not always. This was happening on OS X, from 10.3.9-to-10.4.5. It happened over gigabit, 100 base and wireless connections.

The solution doesn't make any sense but here it is. We changed the authentication method on the domain controller from NTLM/NTLMv2, to NT/NTLM and that got things working. We have since changed it back to NTLMv2 if negotiated.

I can't explain why an authentication method would affect file transfers but it looks like it did.

If you've seen this problem or solution

Workaround for Win Server ACCESS_DENIED printing problem. March 24, 2006 -- Eric Bozman has a simple workaround for a problem printing described on our " + contact + " page:

On this page they discuss connection problems involving the Panther Reports showing up when trying to print.

I also had a similar problem. I finally fixed the problem by entering a fake username (even though our network does not need a username or password for the PCs to connect to that printer) and checking to keep it in the keychain.

It consistently works with a username (any name) and does not work without a username.

The Panther Reports page also describes other workarounds for this problem.

Another instance of hundreds of SMBD processes on file sharing Mac. March 24, 2006 -- John Cheng is seeing the problem of hundreds of processes on a Mac that Windows PCs are trying to access via SMB. The processes consume the Mac’s CPU bandwidth, bringing it to a halt. We’ve NT_NETWORK_ACCESS_DENIED, but Cheng has the problem with a desktop Mac:

I'm experiencing the hundreds of stranded SMBD processes on my dual core 2.3 GHz when Windows Sharing is turned on. Each consumed about 0.5 percent of CPU, which, in turn, consumed the whole box.  In the midst of trying to troubleshoot I set the "max smbd processes = 10", and then Windows XP could not connect to the Mac at all.  I reverted back to the original smb.conf but still no luck. I restarted the service and Mac did not help either.

If you've seen this problem





" + contact + "March 23

Win XP on Intel Mac benchmarked: Apple makes a fast PC. March 23, 2006 -- A story at the Gearlog website reports the of booting an Intel Mac using the Blanka and Narf installer patch.

The team tested Windows XP running on the Intel versions of the iMac, Mac mini, and a MacBook Pro. The concluded that the MacBook ran Windows XP “faster than other laptops originally designed for Windows.”  The iMac and Mac mini

The report notes that video was slow due to the lack of Windows video drivers for the Intel-based Macs.

Tips for installing Win XP on a dual-boot Intel Mac. March 23, 2006 -- Kevin Boggs of Hawaii describes his installation of Windows XP on an Intel-based Mac mini and a MacBook Pro. One suggestion he provided:

The install seemed to go smoother once I created a slipstreamed XP installer with SP2 included. I had been trying to install with a Windows updater disk and a copy of Win98 in an attached USB DVD burner. Once I found my old, original XP installer, sans SP2, I was able to combine the new updater disk and create the slipstream that I needed.

This is part of Bogg's longer report, which you can read on our results of benchmark testing page.

Another way to stop Entourage spinning beach balls. March 23, 2006 -- Guillaume Brocard discovered that hisWindows on Intel Mac Reports problem was caused by Norton Antivirus. Here's his fix:

I have OSX 10.4 and Office 2004 SP2 installed. After I installed Norton Antivirus 10.1 Entourage started to pinwheel when it synchronizes with the Exchange server. If you are excluding the Main Identity folder from being scanned by Symantec. You will have resolved your issue. You can find it in Documents/Microsoft User Data. And Set up the exclusion within Symantec's preferences.

Previous reports have fingered Spotlight and Entourage's junk email feature.

Entourage SSL/ certificate problems with 11.2.3. March 23, 2006 -- Frederic Boldireff Vauhallan in France is seeing the Entourage-in-Tiger spinning beachball that we’ve previously report. He is using the most recent updated to version 10.2.3:

I have this problem of the error message "A secure connection cannot be established because the correct root certificate is not installed" appearing in Entourage (11.2.3) when I try to connect to the Exchange server of my employer. This problem appeared with the recent upgrade of their Exchange server. They used to run Exchange Server 5.5; it is now Outlook Web Access (or Exchange Server 6.5). I have contacted the IT department, but they are not willing to help. I have tried all possible tricks, but no joy. It seems I would need to provide Keychain with a Personal Information Exchange certificate (.pfx) that my IT department will not give away.

If you've seen this problem

Entourage update deletes reader’s contacts; 3rd party software needs updating. March 23, 2006 -- Jan Peter in Canada reports that he lost is contacts after he upgraded to Entourage 11.2.3:

The Entourage 11.2.3 upgrade deleted all of my Entourage contacts. Luckily I had a backup (nightly). I turned off sync with both iCal and Address Book, as I don’t trust it now.

I did some sleuthing, and I believe the problem occurred because I use " + contact + " by Mark/Space (Palm and Mac syncing software). Their current version is NOT compatible with the new office sync feature; you have to use a BETA version, and that supposedly works.

Fix for saving Word and Excel to OS X Tiger Server. March 23, 2006 -- Early this week we reported a Missing Sync from a Mac. Stud Duncan has a fix for problems saving Word and Excel files to Mac OS X Server 10.4:

Just wanted to let you know, I think the bug is partially Apple's fault.

As has been documented on the OS X Server email list, you need to comment out the following line in the smb.conf file for each share point:

vfs objects = darwin_acls

After doing this, my users were able to have full access to their files again.

If you've seen this problem





March 22

Installing the Win XP dual boot: heat problems, some glitches, and an installer movie. March 22, 2006 -- A number of readers report successful installations of Windows XP on an Intel Mac using the " + contact + ". Most confirm that Windows XP crashes when shutting down. The Blanka and Narf method is the first to enable Windows XP to boot an Intel Mac.

A website called Uneasy Silence has posted a Blanka and Narf dual-boot installer code and method. (Scroll down to “Feed [iTunes] or get the video via Direct Download.”)

The video shows using a PC to download the files from the onmac.com site, creating a customized Win XP installation disk, and installing on the Mac. The video is low resolution, so the text is not legible. Users should download the video tutorial of installing the Blanka and Narf solution.

Ken Anderson reports that Windows XP runs hotter on the MacBook than does Mac OS X:

I have Windows XP running dual boot on a 1.83 GHz MacBook Pro.  It runs extremely well.  My only problem was the different partition problem that many people are reporting on forum.onmac.net.  The initial partition table did not look right, but after the second time around, all went smoothly.

My big concern right now is with heat. It's pretty clear that Windows XP runs a lot hotter than OS X.  There's a lot of speculation about why this is, but I just know that I won't be running Windows XP for extended periods of time until the fan and power management issues are worked out.

Chris Jasper in the UK reports on his installation effort:

I installed Windows XP on a 20” iMac. It took a couple of attempts to get the slipstream right, and then I had to use the custom xom.efi file for the 20”. Once it finally installed I was very happy with the performance. It’s very good, much better than my HP P2.66 workstation.

I also have the shut down problem though, but as it states in the previous post, just turn off the Power button and there is no chkdsk on restart.

Olivier Pironneau of France repoqrts that there is no sound, and some applications won’t install in Windows:

I used the procedure to install Windows XP on an iMac Intel.

I got some reading errors when I installed XP and I had to do it twice; the second time, Outlook Express did not install because of a reading error (I had made a second boot XP disk), which is not limiting for me.

  • The network works with the Marvel driver
  • Windows XP hangs on shutdown but with no consequence.
  • There is no sound.

Only one strange thing: in the configuration panel if the  "system" icon is clicked the tab to see the hardware configuration is missing.

Also, some software, including FireFox, refuses to install.

Andrew Morrison reports a crash with MSN Messenger:

I successfully installed XP on MacBook Pro using the Blanka and Narf solution. I’m currently running basic apps, installed Office 2003 without a problem. The only issue I've had is a system crash when trying to log onto MSN Messenger 7.5. However this must be an isolated issue since I have not heard of anyone else experiencing it. Shutting down will crash the system as well, but holding the power button works just as well. Performance is well beyond a common work/office users' needs.

Windows in Q virtual machine: installation fixed in preview of next version. March 22, 2006 -- A pair of readers report that a new “unstable version” of the Q virtual machine fixes the problem of installation Windows in Q on Intel Macs. Dries Verbruggen reports:

I'd like to inform you that installing XP SP2 works with the latest unstable release of Q (0.8.0 d871).

Neil Lee also succeeded, and has instructions from onmac.net at his web site:

I just wrote up my experiences getting Windows XP (sp2) to install and run successfully using the latest "unstable" build of Q.

New PPD files fix cross-platform printing. March 22, 2006 -- Julian Poyntz from the UK solved a printing problem with new PPD files:

I have for ages been searching for a solution to the problem I have from OS X when printing to HP Printers. We are going via a Windows 2000 server, but this seems to be a red herring as I get the same problems when printing directly to the printer.  EPS files are seemingly a major culprit. Some users have files that will do one of two things:

a) the printer shows "Job Processing" or similar light, but then stops b) the printer will roll off reams of paper with rubbish on it.

I have tried the default drivers, HP downloaded drivers, trying to add the BINPS queue on the printer and even adding a dedicated card to run appletalk.  Nothing worked.

After a lot more searching I found some posted his experiences.

After upgrading all our Macs we are finding that all the problems we had before have now vanished.  It is also worth making sure that the driver is set to allow the printer to do the colour matching.

It took me months to find a solution that worked for me.





March 20

Hack of Win XP booting on MacBook Pro confirmed; good performance reported. March 20, 2006 -- Daryl Katauskas confirmed the updated PPD files are Linuxprinting.org with Windows XP that we reported on Friday. The method involves creating a customized Windows installation disk. Katauskas also reports that performance is good:

I can confirm that the Blanka and Narf method of booting Windows XP SP2 on the Intel MacBook Pro does, in fact, work as advertised. I was able to create a slip stream Windows XP installation CD; repartition my disk; install Mac OS X on the second partition; load the special boot loader file; and boot into the XP installation.

Installation was very quick, and performance is outstanding! I was able to load and run MS Office, Visio and ActiveSync with no issues.

Networking has to be enabled by downloading a Marvel Ethernet driver; but this works.

Only bug I've found was that XP hangs when shutting down. I was able to power off and reboot into XP with no issues. No CHKDSK required!

If you've tried this package to boot Windows XP on an Intel Mac

See our special report " + contact + " for more on this subject.

QEMU may be the source of install problems with Q and WinTel. March 20, 2006 -- Allen Murdock reports that WinTel for Intel Macs has the Running Windows on Intel-based Macs. (same installation problem that we have reported with Q and WinTel are virtualization environments for running Windows on Intel Macs.) Both are based on the open source QEMU engine. Murdock says:

Following the WinTel 2.1.2 instructions carefully, the installation of Windows XP (the third step in the process) went fine until it rebooted and went into the graphical mode. I then I got an error saying that the catalog files hadn't been copied, that this was a fatal error, and installation could not continue. A check of the QEMU forums told me that this error has been reported as early as this past January, but as yet no fix has been found.

There is a workaround, which involves doing the whole XP installation on a PPC Mac, then copying the resulting image file to the Intel Mac.  But if you do this, you cannot install any software in Windows on the Intel Mac. You have to run all updates and software installations on the PPC Mac first, then copy the whole file over. The PPC installation reportedly takes over 12 hours, so I'm not about to do it that way.

Larry Sclafani reports a 10-hour installation, fast boot, and performance similar to Virtual PC on a G5:

I downloaded OpenOSX WinTel 2.1.2 and started the installation on a MacBook Pro 2.16 GHz Intel with 2 GB RAM and a 7200 RPM 100 GB hard drive.

Following the included directions for Installing Windows XP Pro SP2, the complete install time from creatings the Win XP CD image to actually booting up … took a grand total of 10 hours, including all the "FOUND NEW HARDWARE WIZARD" Tasks. From Cold boot it gets to the Login Screen in about 20 seconds, but logging in takes about a minute. Performance seems comparable to Virtual PC 7 on a dual 2Ghz PM G5 with web surfing and word processing, in WordPad.

See our special report Q for our previous reports on Q and WinTel.

Microsoft dropping EFI from Vista may be good for Apple. March 20, 2006 -- In his Running Windows on Intel-based Macs, eWeek editor David Morgenstern describes Microsoft’s decision to drop support for Intel’s EFI in Windows Vista as being good for Apple.

Tip: Another fix for Tiger/Entourage spinning beach ball. March 20, 2006 -- Mike Scott offers another fix for the column last week:

I had a user experiencing consistent, several minute long beach ball interruptions when starting entourage. He set Entourage's junk email protection to none and it stopped.

We have previously reported that setting Spotlight to not index Entourage solved the problem.

If you've tried Scott's fix

" + contact + "TIP: Tiger problems saving files to Win Server: Virex is the culprit. March 20, 2006 – Throughout the years, we’ve reported Virex as the source of various cross-platform file-sharing problems. Karell Caldera reports that Virex was causing problems with Mac OS X 10.4.x and AFP file sharing:

My customer was running multiple Macs using 10.3.x with a Windows Server 2003 setup as the DC. Upgrading to 10.4.x caused several problems:

1. Searching from root level of the network shares on the server returned no results. The customer had to specifically open sub folders to get back search results.

2. Trying to save various files to the network share, Word, Excel, PDF, would error out. "Could not save as xxxx.xx, because write access was not granted."

These problems occurred only when saving over AFP connections, and not with SMB connections. The customer had no problems saving to a network share on any of the Windows XP SP2 workstations.

We tried installing the latest UAM plug-in from Microsoft, performing a clean install of the Tiger, and adding the domain name to the TCP/IP tab of the built in Ethernet in the network preferences. None of this fixed the problems.

After reading the information on your site, I had the customer remove Virex from one of the test machines. Immediately all of the issues were resolved.

Suggestion for Tiger 10.4.5 denial of Win client SMB access. March 20, 2006 -- Rob Campbell has a suggestion with the problem of

I had this problem, too, when I upgraded a client's Panther Server 10.3.9 directly to 10.4.5. You couldn't see the Mac server from the Windows XP Pro machines Then, I saw that the GUI for DNS was sort of blown, so I recreated and voila, I have connection again.

If you've tried this

Like some other readers, Brian Cohen sees the problem not with Mac OS X Server, but " + contact + ":

I am seeing this as well: I cannot connect to Mac mini 10.4.5 from Windows XP.

Corey Klass does not have the problem, which indicates that it’s not a universal bug:

With regard to "Readers verify problem with Tiger 10.4.5 denying Win client SMB access," I just wanted to report that I've been using the 10.4.5 update and haven't had any problems with accessing my Titanium PowerBook from Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.

Update on Tiger Excel and Word problems. March 20, 2006 -- Rob Campbell says that with Tiger 10.4.5 workstations is a know bug:

Apple has confirmed that Word and Excel files have issues on a Tiger Server, unless you run Access Control Lists (ACLs) on the volume (with proper ACEs).





March 17

Emulator solutions list updated. March 17, 2006 -- We've updated our Mac OS X 10.4.x problems with saving Excel and Word files to Windows Servers, which lists emulators, virtual machines, and remote control solutions that enable you to run Windows on a Mac. It also lists software that can run Mac OS on PCs.

If you see something missing from this list

Group posts code for booting Intel Mac with Win XP. March 17, 2006 -- Colin Nederkoorn has posted a download package that he claims will " + contact + ". The download includes files and instructions. Nederkoorn refers to the package as "Version 0.1."

Nederkoorn started a contest to encourage developers to come up with a boot solution. He said that the contest has now been one by a pair identified only as "Blanka and Narf."

The procedure has three basic parts:

  1. Create a specialized Windows XP installation CD using files provided, 2.
  2. Partition the Mac hard drive into an HFS+ partition and a FAT partition. Reinstall Mac OS X on one of the partitions. Windows XP will go on the other.
  3. Install Windows XP on the FAT partition from the special installation disk.

Nederkoorn has an FAQ page that describes what boot Windows XP SP2 on an Intel Mac. He claims that networking, USB, and FireWire all function under Windows XP on an Intel Mac, but that there are video problems in this version.

One of the purported authors of the solution, identified as Narf2006, has posted works and what doesn't.

If you've tried to boot Windows XP on your Intel Mac using this package

OpenOSX releases WinTel 2.1.2 update. March 17, 2006 -- OpenOSX has released " + contact + ", an update to its emulator/virtual machine for running Windows in Mac OS X on Intel and PowerPC Macs. The company claims that the new version boots Windows XP in a tenth of the time of previous versions. Version 2.1.2 also includes bug fixes.

WinTel is an stand-alone application for setting up and running QEMU and Bochs, which are open source virtual machine engines included with OpenOSX. The company is now saying that the slower Bochs is required for running on Intel-based Macs.

If you've tried version 2.1.2

Problems with Entourage syncing feature. March 17, 2006 -- Steven Deutsch has a problem with " + contact + " update that Microsoft released earlier this week:

Just a quick warning. I let the new Entourage update sync with iCal and Address Book and .mac. What a nightmare. It repeated all of my contacts and every event with no start time (birthdays and the sort).

If you've tried seen this problem

Cross-platform video conferencing system now available for Intel Macs. March 17, 2006 -- The " + contact + " is now available for Intel-based Macs. SightSpeed enables Macs and PCs to video conference together. SightSpeed offers a free subscription as well as a paid (US $50 a year) subscription. Each computer participating in a conference runs the SightSpeed software.

AD plugin problems with OS X 10.4.5. March 17, 2006 -- Adrian Cooke reports problems with the Active Directory Plug-in in Mac OS X 10.4.5:

1. I get an error 'An Unknown Error Occurred' when I bind to Active Directory. On a second attempt it binds without any errors. If the machine account is created in Active Directory first, this error doesn't occur.

2. The 'Allow admin groups' still doesn't work - This was the same all 10.4.x updates. This has always worked fine with 10.3.x.

3. When login items is selected, Systems preferences crashes.

4. Managed preference from Mac OSX Server Open Directory are not applied on the first login. They will only be applied on the second login when the Active Directory Plugin mobile account option is enabled.

I need solutions for problem 3 & 4, can any one help?

If you've seen these problems





March 15

Tip of the day; enabling the VPC keypad. March 15, 2006 -- A reader asks about getting the keyboard's keypad note working with Virtual PC:

I just installed Virtual PC 7 on my PowerBook G4, and it's working fine, with one exception: My Apple Wireless Keyboard's numeric keys area do not respond when doing anything within Windows XP. Is there a fix for this?

The fix: When Virtual PC is up and running, turn the keypad on by pressing the Clear key on the keypad. On the Mac, the keyboard is always on, but in Windows, you need to turn it on.

Tweaking Win XP for better performance in VPC 7. March 15, 2006 – Loren Olson uses a Windows utility called " + contact + " to boost the speed of Windows XP running in Virtual PC.

I get a speed of over 1.5 GHz speed under Virtual PC with Windows XP Pro. This speed is real, and I do mean real.  This is attained using a G5 Dual Core Quad 2.5 GHz machine, but the hardware is not all of it by any means. 

You can read Olson's full report, including the specific settings he used, on our ASMW PC-Optimizer Pro.

Problem running Win XP SP2 on Q for Intel Macs; Win 98 runs great. March 15, 2006 -- A pair of readers wrote with their experiences with Q, the free virtual machine software for Mac OS X.

Chuck Harrington could not install Service Pack 2 for Windows XP:

Yes, I have had Windows XP Home SP1 running in Q on my 20-inch Intel iMac for several weeks. I used the method of installing Windows with Q on a PowerPC Mac, then moving it over. I can not install SP2; this is a current problem with Q. I also have Windows 2000, Windows 98 and Windows 3.1 running this way, along with maybe 10 different live versions of Linux like Knoppix, Flak, Ubunto, etc. DSL Linux and older versions of Knoppix are especially fast.

I believe one can get the Windows Updates applied to the XP image by doing the installs in QEMU on a Windows machine, and then moving the image to the Intel Mac and Q. I read on a Q forum, that some people have done this and I expect it would work.

Heather Swan reports that Windows 98 runs will in Q:

I would like to report that Windows 98 in Q on my MacBook runs fairly fast compared to running Win 98 in Virtual PC 6 on my dual 867 MHz Power Mac. I wanted Windows to run on my Mac so that I can use Fritz 8, and so far I have not encountered any of the weird bugs, or crashes, or problems with Fritz 8 that I used to encounter when it was running on my Power Mac. Windows 98 (and Fritz 8) are very responsive, and I am quite happy with Q right now. I started with a fresh install of Windows 98 (because I couldn't figure out how to import old Virtual PC 6 files), and it didn't take forever to install on my MacBook.

For our previous reports on Q, see our Tweaking VPC Report special report.

ExtremeZ-IP gets around Intel Mac MS UAM problem. March 15, 2006 -- T. Reid Lewis of Group Logic tells us that replacing Services for Macintosh with Running Windows on Intel Macs gets around the incompatibility that the Microsoft SFM UAM has with Intel Macs:

I read your story “Microsoft may not fix UAM incompatibility with Intel Mac “ with interest.

Your readers should know that there is an solution. Mac OS X, on both PowerPC and Intel, supports encrypted logins with two built-in UAMs provided by Apple, DHX and Kerberos.

ExtremeZ-IP File Server supports both Apple provided secure UAMs offering a secure alternative to SFM for Intel Macs as well as many other advantages.

MS Office 11.2.3 Update adds Entourage Sync Services. March 15, 2006 -- Yesterday, Microsoft released ExtremeZ-IP, an update to the suite for Mac OS X. The update features improvements to Entourage and to Messenger for Mac. New features in Entourage include:

Messenger for Mac 5.1 improves use with Live Communications Server, including:

WinShortcutter simplifies working with Win nets. March 15, 2006 -- Office 2004 for Mac 11.2.3 from Lobotomo Software is a collection of Mac OS X utilities that helps integrate Mac users with Windows networks, including letting Mac users work with Windows shortcuts and paths. Matt Warren is a fan:

I just found this little utility and have yet to stop jumping up and down.

As the page says, WinShortcutter can follow Windows Shortcuts, copy Windows file paths, follow emailed Windows file paths -- even with mapped drive letters! And to top it all off, you can change your Windows domain password from Mac OS X. It single-handedly solves most of my Mac-to-Windows shared server integration problems right there.

Got to be one of the coolest Mac-to-Windows FREE utilities available. And now available as a universal binary.





March 13

Microsoft drops EFI support for Vista; could affect Intel Mac boot. March 13, 2006 -- Microsoft disclosed on Friday that the 32-bit versions of Windows Vista will not support the WinShortcutter used in Apple's Intel-based Macs, which use 32-bit processors. It was widely speculated that Windows Vista would natively boot the Intel Macs because of EMI. Without EMI support, Vista will need software to translated between EMI and the BIOS used by Windows.

The 64-bit version of Windows Vista may eventually support EMI booting, but not until well after product launch. None of Apple's Macs use 64-bit Intel processors at this point.

A Microsoft representative mentioned this in a session at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco on Friday. (See this EMI boot firmware page to listen to the IDF session.)

(Thanks for Burrell Clawson for the tip.)

Another workaround for installing Win XP in Q on Intel Macs. March 13, 2006 -- Edmund Lee sent us another workaround to deal with APC Magazine virtual machine environment on Intel-based Macs. Previous reports suggest creating a disk image with QEMU on PowerPC Macs. (Q is based on QEMU.) Lee had success using QEMU on an actual PC machine:

Just to let you know another workaround

I used QEMU on a PC to create a non-compressed image of 4 GB. I then proceeded to use QEMU on Windows XP to install Windows XP on the image.

I copied the image over to the MacBook and lo and behold, it booted up fine. However, using Q, I could not get WindowsUpdate to work. However, I ran WindowsUpdate using the QEMU on Windows XP and that worked fine.

For our previous reports about the Q, see our problems installing Windows XP in the Q.

If you've tried this approach, or have seen the problem with WindowsUpdate

Thursby releases Intel betas of ADmitMac, DAVE. March 13, 2006 -- Thursby Software has released " + contact + ", available as downloads. The current release versions of both programs, versions 3.1 and 6.1 respectively, do not run on Intel Macs.

GroupLogic to ship MassTransit 5 in April. March 13, 2006 -- Group Logic will ship MassTransit 5.0 on April 3. The major new version of the enterprise file transfer software will add new capabilities and improve current features, though the company did not release details. The current version, beta versions of ADmitMac 3.2 and DAVE 6.2 for Intel Macs, is often used in the printing and graphic arts industries.

Microsoft may not fix UAM incompatibility with Intel Mac. March 13, 2006 -- Kimberly Daboo was told by Microsoft that the company may not be making its Services for Macintosh User Authentication Module (UAM) compatible with Intel-based Macs.

We're seeing the problem with the UAM for Windows 2003 Server not working on Intel Macs. We reported this problem to Microsoft and spent a couple of weeks working on it with them. Today they called and told us they are no longer interested in coming up with a fix. Good night and good luck, essentially.

We have not confirmed this with Microsoft.

TIP: fix for Tiger AD binding problem. March 13, 2006 -- Shawn Post passed along a suggestion for fixing a problem with binding to Active Directory with Tiger:

I ran into a problem with getting Mac OS X 10.4.4 to bind and to keep connection to AD. The problem was I could get AD to work for authentication of the users but would drop connection for SAMBA as in being a member of the domain. After reviewing the situation in AD I deleted the entry and I tried binding the AD plugin and Samba using different names. This fixed the problem and seems to work great. Example:

  • Bind the AD plugin with computer name : Xserver
  • Bind the Samba with computer name : Xserve

Also made two DNS entries for both name to point to the same IP so you can use either name.

how this works for you.

Workaround for SMB problems with OS X 10.4.5. March 13, 2006 – Sean Wyatt sent us a workaround for the problem with Mac OS X 10.4.5 accessing SMB shares on Windows 2003 Server AD:

I searched your forum and several others looking for a reason why my Mac user could not access a share folder on the new Windows 2003 Server with Active Directory when there was no problem on the old 2000 server. There were several suggestions on your forum but none that worked for me. I found my solution on another forum but lost the link. Here is the pertinent info:

My file server is also an AD controller. From the Server open the "Domain Controller Security Policy" management console. This is typically located in the Administrative tools folder in the start menu.

Navigate to the Local Policies/Security options section.

Select the "Microsoft network server: Digitally sign communications (always)" policy. And change the value to "Disabled". Having "Not Defined" here is not good enough.

Obviously there are security caveats and connotations here that I will let the user determine but this worked for me.

how this works for you.

Some readers have found the SMB problem with the 10.4.5 Update occuring only on Intel-based Macs. From instance, Steven Imbimbo:

I am having the same issue after updating to OS X 10.4.5 on my Intel-based iMac. My SMB shares are on a NAS, My 10.4.5 Power PC Mac's can connect just fine, but the Intel ones do not.





March 9

New special report: Running Windows on Intel Macs. March 9, 2006 -- We've created a new page, " + contact + ", which tracks the latest developments in virtualization and in dual-booting. We'll also be posting our reader reports there.

WinTel issue with virtual drives over 4 GB; also problem with filename extension. March 9, 2006 -- Chris Boughton reports that OpenOSX has identified a problem with Running Windows Intel Macs with disk images over 4 GB. Boughton describes the problem: "I have a 10 GB disk and it only thinks there are 1.28 GB available."

This is the response he received from the company:

It has recently come to our attention that there is a potential issue with virtual drives over 4 GB with dynamic translation enabled.

Please create a 3.5 GB or smaller image and try again. You can have a second drive and you can also readily transfer images to and from Mac OS X, so the 4 GB limit should not present much a problem.

We are working on the issue and we apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.

Boughton was also having a problem installing Windows XP. He discovered that the OpenOSX software created the wrong file extension. He also discovered that he could use Disk Utility to create the disk image:

I have managed to get the XP installation to get through. I noticed that the disk image that the software creates has an extension of .img, but the tutorial and web site referred to a .ddimg. By manually renaming it to .ddimg I got it to see the disk after the initial copy.

Another thing for readers to note, OpenOSX make a big thing about creating a disk image of your XP install disk using their program. I did it using Disk Utility and it thinks the image is fine.

WinTel 2.1.1Intel Mac UAM and Windows 2003 Server. March 9, 2006 -- Byron Watanabe confirms the problem with Intel Macs not being able to run the Microsoft UAM for Services for Macintosh file sharing. He also found a case when signing on with the UAM, in cleartext, didn't work either. He found a way around the latter problem:

I just wanted to add my observations on the problem with the UAM.  After trying several different methods, I have found that if the Windows 2003 server is raised from the default Server 2000 native or mixed level to Windows Server 2003 domain functional level you can't connect to the server even if it is setup for clear text.  You can see the netlogon and Microsoft UAM Volume but none of the shares. 

I then pointed the Intel Mac to another Windows 2003 server that was still set at the default Windows 2000 mixed domain functional level and I could connect to the shares on that server without the MS UAM software.

If you have a fix or workaround

More problems accessing 10.4.5 from Windows PCs. March 9, 2006 -- Michel Burte is seeing the problem of " + contact + "

Since the update (done late, but not enough late it seems), I'm unable to access any folder containing over a hundred of files (number is approximative) from XP clients on a 10.4.5 server. All the smaller folders work fine.

It runs smoothly between Macs when using samba. Strangely I don't have this problem when the XP clients connect to a regular 10.4.5 Mac, even if the folder contain several thousands of picts or other folders.

If you have a fix or workaround

Reader reports problem with OpenVPN. March 9, 2006 -- A reader sent a report about OpenVPN, a virtual private network application for Mac OS X, which we " + contact + ". The new report is less positive than the previous one:

I have been using Tunnelblick on a PowerBook G4 867MHz for past 6 months. OpenVPN itself works well.

However, Tunnelblick/OpenVPN as a Mac application is not well integrated into the operating system.

The biggest problem for users is that when putting the computer to sleep, then waking it up again, Tunnelblick indicates that it is re-connecting and menu bar user interface indicates a connection, but checking IP address shows that the secure tunnel is NOT actually established. Thus, Tunnelblick consistently fails to provide security upon waking from sleep. That makes the program hard to recommend to novices.

I suspect that only Apple can do an adequate job of integrating OpenVPN onto the Mac in a way that would be guaranteed to be as reliable as the two alternatives already provided (L2TP over IPSec & PPTP).

FileMaker Migrator improves migration of MS Access data. March 9, 2006 -- The .com Solutions, Inc. company has released described earlier this week (US $100, free upgrade) Enterprise Edition for Mac OS X and Windows. The new version improves the Microsoft Access-to-FileMaker migration feature. It uses the FmPro Migrator 3.75 driver from Actual Technologies (purchased separately). The company describes it:

Dropping one or more Access 97, Access 2000, or Access 2003 database files onto FmPro Migrator reads the metadata from each Access database file and creates the required FileMaker migration scripts. On MacOS X, FmPro Migrator utilizes the Actual ODBC for Access driver to makes a DSN-less ODBC connection to each Access .mdb file to automate the mapping of Access to FileMaker fields, perform column name to field name conversions and generate FileMaker table creation SQL files.

Microsoft BU giving away $100k. March 9, 2006 -- Microsoft’s Macintosh Business Unit is giving away prizes with a promotion called the “Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Spring Cleaning Sweepstakes.” (The public can Actual ODBC for Access.) Microsoft is giving away over $100,000 in prizes, including four $10,000 home or work office "makeovers," as well as over 200 additional prizes.

A company spokesperson said “The sweepstakes is an opportunity for small-business and home-office workers to realize the benefits of Office 2004 and possibly win great prizes. It’s also a chance to receive timely tips to better manage work and life.”





March 7

More on Q with Win 98 and XP on Intel Macs. March 7, 2006 – Mark Warren verified last week’s report that in order to run Windows XP in Q on an Intel Mac, you first have to install Windows XP on a Power PC Mac. Warren also sent us some links about installing Windows 98:

I have been using Q since I obtained my 17" Core Duo iMac. It is not impossible to install Windows 98 on the Intel-based Mac, it just needs a little "persuasion" and this is mentioned on the Q for OS X section of enter here.

Being specific, the current the QEMU forum on the aforementioned forum states how to get Windows 9X installed on Intel. Essentially it is renaming the wininit.ini file, then rebooting (after the Windows 9X installer has completed). This has worked perfectly for me.

I have installed Office 2000 with no issues under Q on my iMac.

As for XP, ah, yes, it is impossible to currently install XP using Q on an Intel machine, it fails with a catalog error, or, if you manage to get past that, the Windows Product Activation system will refuse to let you login. The solution is to use a PPC based machine and Q (or Virtual PC) to install and update to XP SP2, then you can move the image over to the Intel based machine where it will work.

I'm sure that over time the Q team will resolve these issues, as it takes a very long time to install XP via Q on a PPC machine. However, thanks to the ability of being able to import Virtual PC guest PC's, it's not too much of an issue (if you have VPC that is) as VPC installs XP quickly on PPC, at which point you simply convert the guest over to Q.

Reader recommends openVPN for Mac OS X. March 7, 2006 -- Wolfgang Peschmann recommends a VPN client that we haven’t covered before:

I found a very stable and great working VPN solution for both Mac and Win platforms. It is the openVPN project. I have it installed on my Windows 2000advanced server and on various Windows 2000 and XP professional client notebooks and finally on my G4 PowerBook running Mac OS X 10.4.5. There is also a GUI available that also works stable. See Q FAQ and www.openvpn.net and www.openvpn.se for the mac GUI.

If you've tried openVPN

More reports of 10.4.5 SMB problems. March 7, 2006 – Several readers reported problems accessing SMB servers with Mac OS X 10.4.5. Bob Gobeille was trying to access a Linux Samba server:

I can also not connect to a Linux server with the OS X 10.4.5 Finder (or cmd K). The server’s Samba error log reports:

[2006/03/04 14:48:28, 0] rpc_parse/parse_prs.c:prs_mem_get(537)
   prs_mem_get: reading data of size 2 would overrun buffer.
[2006/03/04 14:48:28, 0] rpc_server/srv_pipe.c:api_pipe_bind_req(919)
   api_pipe_bind_req: unable to unmarshall RPC_HDR_RB struct.

Jeffrey Maass sees this on only some of his Macs:

We're having a similar problem in trying to mount Windows shares on OS X 10.4.5, via SMB. The shares mount but appear as being empty. We just bought 3 identical G5 Quads, and this happens on two of them but not the third.

Erik Tittle:

I too am having the same problems with the 10.4.5 update from Apple. I cannot access my shared folders on any of my PC's but I can access the shared folders through SMB on my iMac G3. 

" + contact + " Rosenberg has reported it to Apple:

We've had that problem with permissions on Windows shares too. This is mostly definitely a known issue by Apple. I filed a bug report (# 4412392) and it was almost immediately marked a duplicate.

 If you’ve seen this problem





March 3

Q virtual machine: install of Win on Intel requires PPC. March 3, 2006 – J. Alex reports that in order to use the " + contact + " virtual machine to run Windows in Mac OS X on an Intel Mac, you have to first install Q and Windows on a PowerPC Mac. Alex also reports that the performance of Q on an Intel Macs seems to be better than Virtual PC on his G4 Mac. Previous reader reports have suggested that Q on Intel Macs runs slower than Virtual PC on PowerPC Macs.

Alex’s report:

I've been using Q daily to run my share trading software, which is windows-only.

I used to run the software under Virtual PC7 on a PowerBook G4 1.25Ghz, and I also ran it on my 2Ghz G5 iMac. It was useable, but used to get bogged down under heavy network load conditions.

Running my trading software on a Windows 2000 installation, under Q on my new 20" iMac Core Duo I can honestly say it feels at least twice as responsive, if not more so. Windows under Q, on Intel Macs, is FAR more useable and responsive than VPC on a 2Ghz G5 machine. To date, it has not crashed once, nor given me any problems at all.

The only problem I had was that it seems virtually impossible to actually install either Windows, or applications within Windows, if running Q on an Intel Mac. What you have to do is create the hard drive image on a PPC Mac, and do the install there. Then when you've finished installing windows, and whatever other apps you want on your windows installation, you simply copy the hard drive image from the home/ Documents/QEMU/ folder on your hard drive on the PPC Mac to the same location on your Intel mac. When you start Q on your Intel Mac, the new "guest PC: you just copied from your PPC mac will show up on the list of saved PCs you can start up.

Its really very simple: use a PowerPC mac to do the virtual hard drive image creation and OS install, and then run that image on your Intel mac after copying it over.

The installer issue is something the Q team says they are aware of and working on, but in the meantime this simple, if slightly laborious, workaround has so far been met with 100 percent success. I can't thank the Q team enough for this..

If you’ve used Q and can comment on this installation procedure

OpenOSX catches up with orders for WinTel. March 3, 2006 – OpenOSX, the makers of, told us that they were behind on filling orders for the " + contact + " virtual machine software for Intel and PowerPC Macs, but are catching up.

Reader Stephen O'Neil, who previously reported not receiving the software, confirmed the company’s statement:

I may have jumped to quickly. I just received the software, bit delayed for downloadable software but it did arrive. I will be trying it on my MacBook Pro when it arrives and I am going to try it on my G5 iMac as well. 

The current version of WinTel is 2.1.1.

ExtremeZ-IP File and Print Server update adds secure authentication for Intel Macs. March 3, 2006 – Group Logic released WinTel, an update that includes full compatibility with Intel based Macs. ExtremeZ-IP is an AFP server that runs on Windows and services Mac clients. The new version is now completely compatible with Intel Macs.

ExtremeZ-IP 4.2.1 is the first AFP server that offer secure authentication for Intel Macs. This support includes single sign-on authentication using ExtremeZ-IP File and Print Server 4.2.1. ExtremeZ-IP File Server does not require a user authentication module (UAM) or other software to be installed on the Mac.

Services for Macintosh (SFM) currently only supports Intel Macs using insecure clear text password authentication. MacWindows readers have been reporting that the current Microsoft UAM for Services for Macintosh does not run on Intel Macs. Microsoft has not updated its UAM for Intel Macs.

Group Logic also said that the optional print client for the ExtremeZ-IP Print Server and the ExtremeZ-IP Print Accounting Add-on are now Universal Applications and run on both Intel Macs and PowerPC Macs.

Another report of MS UAM problems with Intel Macs. March 3, 2006 – Alexandre verifies previous reports of the Microsoft UAM on Intel Macs not being able to connect to Services for Macintosh:

We have the same problem on Intel iMac trying to connect to our Windows 2000 Advanced Server " error 22." It works without the UAM package but then you are not allowed to have long passwords.

Timbuktu Pro goes Intel ready, Skype-capable. March 3, 2006 -- Netopia, Inc. released Kerberos or DHX authentication, a new version of the cross-platform remote control and collaboration software. Both Mac OS X and Windows versions now include the Skype Internet telephone functionality. Mac and Windows users can speak to each other as well as use Timbuktu Pro’s collaboration features all through a Skype tunnel. Netopia describes the Skype integration in version 8.6.

Timbuktu Pro leverages Skype’s API to automatically navigate through routers, firewalls, and NAT devices. Users can now search for, speak to, and collaborate with other Timbuktu Pro users through their Skype contacts. They can even launch a Skype call from within Timbuktu Pro.

In addition, the 8.6 updated of Timbuktu Pro for Macintosh is now a universal binary that can be run on Intel-based Macs. The new Windows version also adds performance gains.





March 1

Reviews of Q (Win on Intel): imports VPC image, but still slower than VPC on PowerPC. March 1, 2006 – A pair of readers shared their experiences with Timbuktu Pro 8.6 for Macintosh and Windows, an open source virtualization environment that can run Windows on Intel-based Macs. Q uses the QEMU virtualization engine, the same as used in WinTel 2.1 and later.

Al Pawlowski describes how he got it to work with a Virtual PC Windows disk image:

Q worked for me with an imported Windows 98 SE Virtual PC 7 image. However, I did have to remove the VPC extensions from the image and shutdown (when opened in VP7) the PC without "saving." The same image with extensions and "saved" would not boot up after importing into Q, crashing with a message that a device driver is corrupted.

I might add that the Q image ran about 75-to-95 percent as fast as when in VPC7 on my iMac G4 running 10.4.5.

My Windows XP SP2 image also crashed with a driver problem.

Renaud Boisjoly compared Q to WinTel 2.1, and to Virtual PC on PowerPC Macs:

I've gotten all the updates from OpenOSX and although they've been quite professional about all this, I find their updates are quite buggy and not very elegant. Yes, now it uses QEMU as its engine, and it's amazingly fast compared to Bochs, but I've really been able to tell by using the excellent "Q" which offers a nicer interface for QEMU. WinTel is clunky for now, not recognizing disk images all the time. The latest version at least recognizes my XP CD and installs, but suffers from the same QEMU bugs as they start from the same code. So neither installs Windows XP correctly.

If you use the PowerPC version of Q, you can install Windows XP and it will then run under the Intel version with quite decent speed! Perhaps not quite as fast as VPC on a Quad G5, but certainly better than VPC on a G5 iMac. Compatibility is not there yet, installs do not always work, but browsing the web works most of the time. I've also used an older container for WinTel with 2.1 and it's the same speed as Q, of course. It’s almost the same underneath.

If you’ve used Q

Another update for " + contact + " March 1, 2006 – Last week, OpenOSX released WinTel 2.1.1 <http://OpenOSX.com/wintel/>, an update to the virtualization environment for running Windows in Mac OS X on Intel Macs. OpenOSX says the update includes these fixes:

If you’ve used WinTel 2.1.1







Feb. 24

Hack uses VMWare on Linux to run Windows on Intel Mac. February 24, 2006 – Programmer " + contact + " has enabled VMWare for Linux to run Windows XP on an Intel Mac. At his web site, Singh claims that performance is "quite amazing." Singh's solution is not available to the public, and does not run in Mac OS X.

is similar to Microsoft's Virtual PC for Windows, in that it's a virtual machine environment that can run multiple instances of Windows on a standard PC. VMWare runs on Linux or Windows on a standard x86 PC.

Singh has customized Linux to run on the Intel Mac. He booted the Intel Mac in Linux, and then ran VMWare for Linux on an Intel Mac, and ran Windows XP in VMWare.

Unlike the solutions we've previously reported, Singh's VMWare solution does not run on Mac OS X. The other solutions are the open (free) Amit Singh and VMWare, and the QEMU product, now based on QEMU.





Feb. 23

Cisco releases VPN Client for Intel Macs; kernel panics with AFP still a problem. February 23, 2006 – Cisco has released Q for Mac OS X, the first version to run on the Intel-based Macs.

The update (v. 4.9.00.0050), however, does not fix the problem of the WinTel file sharing. The readme file lists as an uresolved issue "Mac OS X 10.4 Server version kernel panic with AFP." The upgrade does fix a few minor bugs.

The Cisco VPN Client version 4.9 universal binary runs only on Mac OS X 10.4 and above.

Readers verify problem with Tiger 10.4.5 denying Win client SMB access. February 23, 2006 – Several readers wrote to confirm our report earlier this week of the Version 4.9 of the Cisco VPN Client. Margarita Gonzalez gives some more details:

I would to confirm what Fernando reported about not being able to access Mac files via SMB/CIFS from Windows or Linux station since the upgrade to 10.4.5.

Windows clients are unable to browse the Mac files, although the Mac server does appear in Windows. 10.4.5 does not answer to "smbclient -L" or smbmount requests from Linux client.

10.4.5 does not answer to its own "smbclient -L" requests either.

Andrew Kaufman sees the problem with an Intel Mac:

After updating to latest version of Mac OS X 10.4.5, I can no longer access my iMac Intel Duo from a Windows computer over home network.  It was previously working fine. 

If you’ve seen this problem

Readers tell of WinTel 2.1 woes. February 22, 2006 – We still haven’t heard how fast the new QEMU-based WinTel 2.1 environment runs Windows on an Intel Mac. Instead, we've received reports from readers who couldn’t past installation.

Goli Kaya of France reports:

I tried WinTel 2.1, several times using several methods. I never could install it on my iMac Intel 1.83. The hard disk image and CD-ROM are not recognized. I sent several emails to seller and asked help. They never responded.

Lynn Mauck bought the software, but did not receive the software:

Last week I purchased the downloadable version of Wintel 2.1 from the OpenOSX website, paying via Paypal. I received immediate confirmation from Paypal that payment had been made but so far, nothing whatsoever from OpenOSX. I have emailed their "Sales" and "Customer Service" departments with no response…I've gone ahead and filed a refund claim with Paypal.

If you've been able to get WinTel 2.1 up and running





Feb. 20

WinTel 2.1 switches to QEMU for running Win on Intel Macs; developer promises big performance gains. February 20, 2006 -- OpenOSX released " + contact + ", a new version of its software for running Windows on Intel Macs. The company claims performance gains of 300-to-600 percent over version 2.0 for Intel Macs. WinTel 2.1 now uses the QEMU virtual machine.

Last week we reported that open source developer Gwenolé Beauchesne had ported the open-source " + contact + " x86 virtual machine from PowerPC to Mac-Intel. OpenOSX is now using Beauchesne’s port of QEMU in WinTel 2.1.

OpenOSX claims that WinTel 2.1 can boot Windows XP in just over half a minute on the 2.0 GHz iMac Intel with the 512-MB of RAM installed. WinTel 2.1 is a “universal” Mac application that can also run on PowerPC G4 and G5 Macs.

MacWindows readers have reported that WinTel 2.0 running on Intel Macs was very slow. Previously, readers reported that WinTel 1.x was one of slowest x86 emulators available for PowerPC Macs.

If you’ve tried WinTel 2.1 on an Intel Mac

Another reader confirms Intel Mac UAM problem. February 20, 2006 -- Doug Ward responded to our recent reports of the AFP Microsoft UAM not working on Intel Macs. “We are also having this problem at a small college using Windows Server 2003.”

We’ve not heard of a solution yet, but if you have

DigiTunnel 1.4.3 VPN client runs on Intel Macs. February 20, 2006 – Gracion Software has released " + contact + ", a new version of the PPTP virtual private network client for Mac OS X. The new version is now a universal build, running on both Intel-based Macs and PowerPC Macs. The update also fixes a password-related bug and adds French localization.

DigiTunnel works with VPN servers including those on Windows 2000, Mac OS X Server, WatchGuard, Nortel, and others. DigiTunnel offers features not found in Mac OS X Tiger’s built-in PPTP VPN client. The company says that DigiTunnel “has more configurable split-routing to connect directly to Internet sites while on the VPN, proxy configuration, and PPP Options settings.”

TIP: Migrating Mail.app mail to other programs. February 20, 2006 -- Josh Turiel responded to last week’s report about moving email out of Mac OS X’s Mail application and into another mail program, Mac or Windows. Turiel recommended using " + contact + ", a free collection of AppleScripts from developer Andreas Amann. Turiel describes how he moves email out of Mail:

It's easy - just download MailScripts and use the Archive Messages script to take all your mail and export it in whatever format best suits the destination program. Problem solved, and it makes an elegant way to do a periodic backup as well. Just run the script and make an archive out of the resulting folder. MailScripts adds several other useful functions as well.

Tiger 10.4.5 denies Win client SMB access. February 20, 2006 -- Fernando found that after upgrading a Mac to Mac OS X 10.4.5, he is having problems accessing files on the Mac via SMB from Windows clients. He is using the workstation version of Tiger but is using it as a small server.

His first problem sounds like the problem of DigiTunnel 1.4.3, which we’ve previously reported for earlier versions of Tiger Server:

Although I'm not an expert, I have experienced problems with file sharing from my Mac mini via SMB protocol since Apple's 10.4.5 release. I have a Mac Mini acting as file server via SMB/CIFS protocol.

Keeping my old /etc/smb.conf file unchanged, I'm no longer able to browse these files from external clients (neither Windows nor Linux clients).

With Ethernet, I have checked the negotiation and I can see a NEGOTIATION_REQUEST arriving to the server from the client (either Linux or Windows). Then the server keeps in silence until the client times out with a "protocol negotiation error" message (Linux client).

From the logs in the server I can see the actual version of Samba installed is 3.0.10 (with file /usr/sbin/smbd dated from 01/04/2006).

He also reports seeing the previously reported MailScripts:

The bigger problem arrives from the fact that each new connection attempt from the clients, leaves a new instance of the SMBD process running on the server (I've been able to count 250 simultaneous instances in my 512 MB Mac mini), leaving the way opened for possible security issues.

I have tried to install a newer version of samba3, but it doesn't work, either. I think the problem is located further into the operating system.

If you’ve seen this problem

Add Windows’ right-click new file command to Mac OS X. February 20, 2006 – If you’re a Mac user who misses the right-click New File command, you can add the feature via problem of hundreds of processes running in Tiger Server (donation is requested by the developer). NuFile is a contextual menu plug-in for the Finder that adds a New File item to the Control-click (right-click) popup menu. The New File item gives you a submenu of file types that you can create in any folder that you right-click on.





Feb. 16

Tiger 10.4.5 update addresses Cisco VPN; Server update lists SMB fix. February 16, 2006 -- On Tuesday, Apple released the " + contact + ". There are updates for PowerPC Macs, Intel Macs, and Mac OS X Server.

Apple mentions a couple of cross-platform fixes in the update. The company said that the built-in “IPSec VPN client now works with Cisco servers whether or not NAT is used.”

Last week we reported that a Cisco readme file reported that the NuFile. Apple didn't mention if this problem was addressed.

For the Mac OS X Server update, Apple lists this cross-platform improvement: “SMB: Addresses an issue with using and mounting Windows-formatted storage devices.

Apple’s support page also lists this improvement:

Files copied across a network via Portable Home Directories are now copied as temporary files until the transfer is complete, in case the network connection is interrupted before the transfer finished.

The update also contains “operating system fixes.”

If you've found that this update fixes a current problem, or creates a new one,

Equinux releases Intel-compatible VPN Tracker. February 16, 2006 -- Equinux yesterday shipped Cisco VPN Client causing kernel panics with AFP (US $89, free upgrade), the company’s first Intel-Mac compatible version of its universal virtual private networking client for Mac OS X. The company said the new version adds support for several more VPN devices, the NetGear FVS338 and FVX538 routers and the Lynksys BEFVP41 VPN gateway.

More Windows for Intel Mac virtualizations. February 16, 2006 – There are more ports of x86 emulators to Intel Macs, which enable users to run Windows in Mac OS X. Gwenole Beauchesne reports that he has ported the open source " + contact + ".

However, Beauchesne says that he will not be maintaining the project. Beauchesne points us to VPN Tracker 4.6, which is based on QEMU.

Both are in early stages of development and are considered pre-release software.

Previously, we’ve reported that iEmulator, which is based on QEMU, expects to have a Mac-on-Intel version this month. We’ve also previously reported that OpenOSX had ported its QEMU to Mac OS X for Intel x86 emulator to Intel Macs. However, readers reported that speeds were still slower than native PCs.

Fix for VPC Prefs that won’t open. February 16, 2006 – Chris Phelps has a fix for the problem of Virtual PC Preference dialogs that won’t open:

I've run into this before. The problem I had was that the preferences file itself was corrupt, and an uninstall leaves the preferences file intact.

Go to you home folder and delete com.microsoft.VirtualPC.plist from the ~/ Library/Preferences folder.

10.4.5 doesn’t fix problem saving to a Win server. February 16, 2006 -- Dan Ball reports a problem saving a file to a Windows server under certain conditions. He also offers a workaround:

When Mac OS X 10.4.x saves to a Windows 2003 server with restricted Share Level permissions (Change/Read) set on the share you get an error saying you don't have enough Privileges to save to this location.  The only fix known is to give Full Control which isn't an option because it opens a security hole. Copying files using the Terminal works fine as well and seems to be a Finder ACL bug.

The issue has not been fixed in 10.4.5 released Tuesday 2.14.06.

If you've seen this problem





Feb. 13

Link of the Day: Setting up Tiger for Active Directory. February 13, 2006 -- Apple has an article called Wintel. The article describes using the Active Directory Plugin.

The article also includes links to more advanced Active Directory integration topics, including setting up mobile user accounts, setting up home folders, and controlling authentication from the Active Directory forest.

ExtremeZ-IP 4.2 update improves Win server-based home directories for Mac users. February 13, 2006 -- On Friday, Group Logic shipped " + contact + ", an update to the AFP 3.1 file server for Windows for supporting Mac clients. The update simplifies the configuration of home directories for administrators and eliminates user configuration of home directories.

The ExtremeZ-IP Administrator interface now enables system admins to mark a server-based directory as the user home directory, or use an Active Directory profile. The user will see only the home directory. In previous versions, users had to browse through a list to select the home directory.

The 4.2 update also adds to ability to automatically disconnect idle users, as well including various bug fixes.

Owners of version ExtremeZ-IP File Server 4.x who have a support contract can Server Admin 10.4 Help: Configuring Access to an Active Directory Domain for free at the Group Logic online store. Pricing starts at $675 for 10-client support. Clustering versions are also available.

Tip: Moving Tiger email to Thunderbird. February 13, 2006 -- Brian Durant asked us how to migrate data from Mac OS X Mail to Thunderbird. We found a method. He described the problem:

When Apple changed the mailbox format with Tiger (I am using 10.4.4), all migration paths to cross-platform e-mail programs, such as 

Thunderbird, seem to have been cut off. Even though I like the Mail.app very much, I would like to import all mail, Address Book contacts, etc. to a format that is usable by Thunderbird and other Open Source Internet programs…

The suggested import of contacts that is provided on the Thunderbird site only produces garbled contacts, despite aligning every field possible and nixing the one's that don' t match.

We found a ExtremeZ-IP File Server 4.2 that offers a procedure for migrating email to Thunderbird, but it doesn’t look easy.

If you know of another method

Another reader reports Intel Mac UAM Problems. February 13, 2006 -- Jason Martinez is having the previously reported problem of non-working AFP UAM on Intel Macs:

The first iMac Duo Core appeared at our school last week and we are having problems with them accessing our Windows 2003 file server. I can bind the machine to the windows domain and use it to authenticate my UAM login, but I cannot connect to the file server. When we try to connect we get "Connection Failed; error 2". 

If you’re having the problem

Reader can’t open VPC prefs in Tiger. February 13, 2006 -- Dave Townend can’t open Virtual PC preferences without crashing Virtual PC. Reinstalling doesn’t help:

Whenever I try to open the VPC preferences the application quits and the standard Apple report/cancel/reopen dialog box comes up. I've tried removing RAM, disabling Norton on the Mac and a full uninstall of VPC but still no look

VPC runs okay but obviously I can’t change any of the application prefs. The settings for each virtual machine open up fine.

I running Virtual PC 7.0.2 and Mac OS X 10.4.4 on a 1GHz PowerBook 17” with 1GB RAM.

I've seen one other report of the problem on the web but no solution - have tried new user, full un-install of VPC, switching off various bits of Mac OS X.

If you’ve seen this problem

More VPC incompatible Windows programs added to the list. February 13, 2006 -- Jamie Young reports two Windows programs that don’t run in Virtual PC.

Software that does not work in VPC:

I have not tried previous versions. 

I’m running Virtual PC 7.0.2 on Mac OS X 10.4.4 (15" 1.25Ghz PowerBook w/ 1.25Gb RAM). The Virtual PC image was Windows XP SP2

Both software packages work fine in the old Virtual PC 5.3.582.27 (the most current) on Windows XP SP 2.

We’ve added these two programs to our Mercury. If you can verify these incompatibilities

Reader reports ballooning Entourage files on server home folders. February 13, 2006 – An anonymous reader is having a problem with Entourage databases growing in size when located on a server-based home folder. Some users also can’t get their messages:

We use network homes for our users, which of course means the Entourage database is stored on the server. The Entourage database file grows very fast. We have seen instances where the database file is 2-to-4 gigs in size and the user only has 100 or so megabytes of Email in their Exchange account. We tried rebuild and compact but it does not seem to help. 

We also have a problem where users are unable to retrieve messages from the public folders. They can see the folders and the message header, however when you click "Get entire message" you get the dreaded unknown error 16008 message. 

We are currently using Entourage 2004 + SP2 and the 11.2.1 patch with Exchange 2003 + SP2.

If you’ve seen these problems

Outlook2Mac testimonial. February 13, 2006 -- Jeremy Matthews sent us a mini-review of Little Machines " + contact + ", a program that automates moving migrating data from Outlook for Windows to Mac OS X Mail:

It's a great program that only has a few bugs (in the past, receipts and some invitations would throw errors). We purchased this little $10 app and quickly made more than 10 hours worth of work look foolish: in little more than 10 minutes we had a usable (and Entourage-compatible) file!

After working with clients on the outside, I always recommend this program when MS's PST importer doesn't work.

Keyspan supports Intel Macs. February 13, 2006 – Keyspan has added " + contact + " in its cross-platform products, the USB PS/2 Adapter and serial adapters, and USB Server. The company also added Intel compatibility to its Mac software, IRremote controls (including support for Apple's Front Row), and the recently released Easy Presenter (RF).

The updates are available at as Outlook2Mac.





Feb. 9

support for Intel-based Macsfree downloads February 9, 2006 Unix techique for AD login spinning beach Fabien Hory uses Unix commands in Terminal to work around the problem of the ball.:

I also have sometimes this problem with 10.3.9 machines (not 10.4) and here is how I resolved it (for a while because it comes back sometimes).

To unlock the Mac : SSH with root from another machine and kill the loginwindow process ("ps -aux | grep login" to find the PID and then "kill -9 this PID").

Login with the local administrator on the Mac and delete the com.apple.LaunchServices.6B.csstore file in the /Library/Caches directory and reboot the Mac.

By “SSH with root from another machine” he means login to the Mac from another computer. Mac Help describes this (search for “SSH” in Mac Help).

Thursby updates ADmitMac and DAVE. February 9, 2006 – Thursby Systems has released updates for its ADmitMac and DAVE products. -- , software for Mac OS X that integrates Mac into Microsoft Active Directory, adds these and other improvements:

spinning beach ball at Active Directory login fixes a number of problems and bugs.

Both upgrades are free to users of the .0 versions.

Cisco VPN Client causes kernel panic with Tiger AFP. February 9, 2006 -- A ADmitMac 3.1 for version 4.8 says that the client causes a kernel panic in Mac OS X Server 10.4 when the Apple File Protocol (AFP) is used.

A source described when Cisco would issue a fix:

I was also told by another person Cisco support explained to them that v4.8 was the last of the 4.x series so that the fix would come in a v5.x under development for both Macintosh and Windows.

Adobe recommends PPC Macs to users; Intel versions still a year away. February 9, 2006 – a DAVE 6.1 reports that Adobe may not release an Intel-Mac version of its software until spring of 2007. The company is also recommending that Adobe users stick with PowerPC Macs for the time being.

PGP Desktop 9.0.5 adds Thunderbird 1.5 support. February 9, 2006 – PGP has released Cisco VPN Client readme file, a maintenance update to the Mac OS X and Windows versions of the cross-platform encryption software. The update adds support for Thunderbird 1.5 and fixes problems with certain mail servers, as well as fixing other problems. The company has Publish.com story at its support site.





Feb. 3

Workaround for AD login spinning beach ball. February 3, 2006 -- Henrik Ahlberg in Sweden reports a rough workaround for the problem of the PGP Desktop 9.0.5:

We see the exact same problem as Plain Rondel, though it's intermittent. Our setup is similar to his except that we use Windows 2003 Server, and local home folders.

One workaround is to unplug the network cable for a couple of seconds and then "replug." We've also tried (since late last week) with static IP's set on the clients and so far so good.

If you've tried this fix, or know of another

10.4.4 "Allow admin by" workaround confirmed. February 3, 2006 -- Nick Pitman affirmed the workaround we reported earlier this week for the problem of spinning beach ball at Active Directory login:

I have also found that if you add groups without the domain names the allow admin feature works correctly in 10.4.4. This also worked for one of the earlier revision of 10.4 but I cannot recall which.

AD in Tiger with groups. February 3, 2006 -- Joseph Oreste Bruni says that there is a bug in the Mac OS X 10.4.x that affects Active Directory groups:

There is a known bug in Tiger's Active Directory plug-in with regard to AD groups. In a word, they don't work. This includes setting domain admins as administrators of the system as well as using AD groups to control access to services on OS X. Groups worked in Panther, but they were broken in Tiger. The word from Apple is that the services are not using "memberd" like they are supposed to.

If you can confirm this, or want to refute it

Entourage can't set free/busy info. February 3, 2006 -- Shan Younker found a feature that users of Outlook for Windows have but which Entourage users don't:

I came across the fact that Entourage users can't set the number of months that their calendar is published for other users to see their availability. For some accounts the number of months is 3 and for others its 12. It's not available in Entourage or the Web Client. The only way to change it is to log into a Windows Outlook client. It's in Tools>Options> Calendar> Free/Busy.

If you've experienced this issue

Entourage 11.2.1, problem with deleting email in delegate mailboxes. February 3, 2006 -- Shan Younker is having the previously reported problem with " + contact + ":

I've seen the problem also. My user is set up as the owner of the account, but cannot delete mail from Entourage. He can log into a Windows computer and delete mail. At one point he was able to delete mail then that capability mysteriously went away even though he continued to show up with ‘owner’ permissions.

If you know of a fix

Nokia PC Suite no-go in VPC 7. February 3, 2006 -- Mike Lincoln reports another Windows program that won't run in Virtual PC:

Nokia PC Suite, version 6.70.22, does not run on VPC 7.02 under Mac OS X 10.4.4 running on a late model AL PowerBook 1.67 GHz with 1 MB memory. The program loads, but then the application's window colors become fouled up when clicking the buttons and it can never actually find the Nokia phone (N-90 in my case) over USB. Interestingly, Virtual PC sees the N90 over USB in “My Computer,” but Nokia PC Suite can't connect to it.

If you can confirm this

For a list of other Windows programs that have problems with Virtual PC, see our " + contact + " page.





Feb. 1

Outlook2Mac: and easy way to move email to Entourage. February 1, 2006 -- On Monday, we published likes to procedures for moving data from Outlook for Windows to Entourage. Sandy Hockenbury reminds that " + contact + " (US $10) from Little Machines will do the job for you. We've actually reported on it before, but we neglected to include it in Monday's report.

Hockenbury recommends the Outlook2Mac, calling it "a wonderful program that is very easy to use."

ExtremeZ-IP Print Server 4.2 adds Bonjour. February 1, 2006 --Group Logic today released VPC Incompatibilities an update to its print server software. The server runs on Windows and serves Mac and Windows clients.

ExtremeZ-IP Print Server 4.2 the first Windows-based print server to support the Outlook2Mac standard, which enables Mac users to locate Windows printers directly from the Mac OS X print dialog in any application. Bonjour automates printer setup for the user and enables network administrators to add printers to the network without having to configure or add software to the Macs.

ExtremeZ-IP 4.2 also simplifies printer setup for Windows users who install Apple's free Printer Installation Wizard with ExtremeZ-IP Print Server 4.2. This eliminates the need for the user to select a PPD file for each printer.

The free upgrade and the new product can be purchased at Group Logic's Bonjour.

Citrix GoToMyPC 5.0 remote control adds performace. February 1, 2006 -- Citrix has released Bonjour for Windows, a new version of the remote access web service that enables Mac and Windows users to remotely control a Windows PC from a web browser.

According to Citrix, the new version includes these improvements;

Intel-native version of Missing Sync for Palm OS. February 1, 2006 -- Yesterday, Mark/Space announced online store, a universal (Intel/PowerPC) version of the Mac-to-Palm syncing software. The new version will also include support for Mac OS X's Sync Services and Spotlight.

GoToMyPC 5.0January 2006


The Missing Sync for Palm OS 5.1December 2005

November 2005

Jan. 30

Link of the Day. January 30, 2006 -- We often get questions from readers on how to move Outlook Express for Windows mail to Entourage. Here are a couple of links:

Got a better way?

Suggestion for Entourage and certificates problem. January 30, 2006 -- A reader sent in another suggestion for dealing with the problem with SSL with Entourage/Exchange:

We were getting this error message, and traced it down to the mismatch between what the certificate thinks the server's name is (mail.mycompany.com for external access), and how the internal client was actually accessing it (mail.mycompany.local). To resolve, I believe we changed Entourage's account info to access mail.mycompany.com, and then (rather than having the traffic actually go out to the router), changed the clients' routing tables to map mycompany.com to mycompany.local .

If you've tried the fix

More AD problems in 10.4.4: "Allow admin by" groups , a suggested fix. January 30, 2006 -- Don Howdeshell responded to last week's report and suggestion for a problem with Active Directory passwords caused by the Mac OS X 10.4.4 update. Here he reports another problem:

I have a similar problem. In the AD plugin it has a list of groups that is titled "Allow administration by" and we have items like DOMAIN\domain admins. This worked perfectly on 10.4 up till 10.4.4. The fix of removing /Active Directory/All Domains did not work.

It does seem that entering the group's name without the domain fixes that problem.

If you've seen this problem (or this fix)

Spinning beach ball at AD login. January 30, 2006 -- Plain Rondel is getting the spinning beach ball of death when his Mac clients try to log onto Active Directory:

Description of our problem:

After a Mac client is restarted, when we try to login with a valid AD user, the spinning wheel appears and spins forever. The only way to stop the spinning wheel is to hit the power button and put the system into standby. Once we hit any key and get out of standby, 2 things can happen. Either the login succeeds within a couple of seconds or the login prompt shakes and denies the user. If the login is denied, we can re-login and the login process is successful. Then, we can log any AD user without a problem until the system is restarted. Description of our Set-up:

(A) Windows 2000 server with SP4: DHCP service is provided from this machine to all computers in the school DNS service is provided from this machine Active directory authentication to all the computers in the school (all windows and Mac computers) The network home folders are stored on this machine. The home folder is defined in the AD's user profile such as \\winserver\users\username

(B) Mac OS X Server 10.4.3: Provides preferences to all the Mac clients in the school

(C) 26 Mac OS X 10.4.3 (iMac and eMac) Configuration of Directory Access: AD service enabled and bound with this option: Use UNC path from Active Directory... network protocol to be used: smb

If you've seen this problem or know of a fix

Modem not working through VPC7. January 30, 2006 -- Malcolm Souness reports a problem with Virtual PC 7 that readers were reporting a year ago, in which the modem won't work from VPC:

Hi, I'm also having difficulty getting the modem in my 12” PowerBook to work under Virtual PC7. When viewing communications to the modem, empty square “character outlines” appear in front of commands returning from the modem when addressing it with a particular software package. Diagnostics when run suggest that the modem is in use by something else – VERY confusing.

We never found an answer. If you know of one





Jan. 27

In today's news:

More reports on WinTel on Intel Macs: Win XP slow, Win 98 better. January 27, 2006 -- We've received more reports of the performance of OpenOSX's WinTel 2.0.1, which is currently the only way to run Windows on an Intel-based Mac. Renaud Boisjoly believes that running Windows XP, WinTel is slower than Lismore Systems' Guest PC emulator running on a G5 Mac. With Windows 98, performance is usable, though still not running at "native" speeds:

WinTel version 2.0.1 seems somewhat faster than 2.0.0, but it's still light years away from anything usable at this point. It does run on Intel, not Rosetta (confirmed by the Get Info and Activity Monitor) but is still terribly slow running Windows XP. It took me 48 hours to install Windows XP Pro on it and it's flaky to run. Colors are screwed up and the mouse is slow and disconnected from the Mac mouse. Fortunately, you can hide the Mac mouse, which helps.

Gestapo on my iMac G5 is faster than this and is way more useable. Virtual PC on my PowerBook was way more useable too. I've been trying all sorts of settings too, but to no avail.

With Windows 98 under Wintel 2.0.1, it's a LOT better. Installing and configuring took only a number of minutes. I was not able to verify exactly as there are so many pauses during the install that I went away and when I came back the screen was waiting for my input. But it took less than 2 hours in between other things and felt like a somewhat slow but useable PC. I have some older PCs which are slower. Booting into Windows 98 takes about 45 seconds. Not the 15 seconds claimed, but maybe I can tweak some settings.

Not a truly speedy machine, by no means what I would define as "native" which to me means running the same version of Windows on a PC using a Core Duo... so its not that fast. It feels about as fast as Virtual PC running Win 98 on my G5 iMac... but that's not a scientific comparison here...

Loren Olson agrees WinTel on Intel with XP is slower than other emulators on a G5 Mac:

On a G5, Guest PC is considerably closer to having a real PC than is WinTel on an Intel iMac. However, running multiple programs will definitely choke [the G5], particularly if those things are running in the background...

But, generally speaking with the G5 it's not bad at all. And of course with the Mactel machines it should be even better eventually but, obviously not with the OpenOSX product. That one is a major disappointment.

Reader reports problem with 10.4.4 and Guest PC. January 27, 2006 -- Loren Olson reports that the Guest PC x86 emulator from Lismore Systems may have a conflict with the Mac OS X 10.4.4:

I wanted to alert you to the fact that there might be some problems installing or reinstalling Guest PC under 10.4.4. The problem I had was it would not recognize the Windows CD in the DVD-R drive that I have.

Guest PC, like iEmulator and WinTel, is an alternative to Microsoft's Virtual PC.

If you're seeing this problem

VPC incompatibility. January 27, 2006 -- We've added ACDSee to our list of Windows programs that are incompatible with with Virtual PC. Kris Spizewski reports that ACDSee 7.0, 8.0, and 8.0 Pro won't run in Virtual PC 6 or 7. Spizewski reports:

ACDSee lunches, then quits immediately. There is a way to view photos and that's all. Nothing else works.

I consider ACDSee to be the best small and powerful software to work with photos. I have contacted ACDSee developer asking for any newer version than 1.6 for Mac. Unfortunately they stopped at that stage.

Microsoft to license Windows source code. January 27, 2006 -- eWeek reports that Microsoft will licences parts of Windows in order to avoid European anti-trust restrictions.

The European Union was skeptical, however, that the move would be enough to head of a fine of 2 million euros per day.

New OS X Server book covers Win clients, AD. January 27, 2006 -- On February 1, Paraglyph Press will release The Mac Tiger Server Black Book by Charles Edge. The author says he's included material on cross-platform networks:

One reason that I felt your [readers might interested] is the amount of time in the book I spent specifically teaching how to link Windows workstations with Tiger Server and add Tiger Server into an Active Directory environment. From iChat to Kerberos, there is a lot of Windows client information that was previously undocumented.

Fix for Entourage 11.2.1 login failures. January 27, 2006 -- Will Moore offers a fix for a previously reported problem of logon failure with Entourage 2004 11.2:

This is in reference to the problem of Entourage asking for login credentials repeatedly while connected to an exchange account. We found the problem to be a corrupt binhex file attachment in the entourage users mailbox. Any time we tried to remove the file either through Outlook or Entourage the client software would lock up. Eventually we ended up exporting the users mailbox to a PST, purging the mailbox from the server, and recreating the mailbox. We have 3 other entourage users that have never had this problem so I don't think it is an actual entourage problem but a problem with certain message types.

Mike Rose is one reader who is not seeing the problem:

Not to tempt fate, but we have not seen this issue at all in the course of an ongoing, substantial Entourage 11.2.1/Exchange 2003 SP2 rollout. Users are consistently able to log on as expected, even with exceptionally large mailboxes (over 2 GB).

In general, since Entourage is using the HTTP/WebDAV protocols to talk to Exchange, it should work adequately in any configuration where Outlook Web Access is up and running. It might be helpful to have some details about the server configurations at the problem sites (is Exchange in a front-end/back-end config, is SSL in use, etc.) to puzzle out some commonality for those who are having problems.

Workaround and MS advice for Entourage SSL problem. January 27, 2006 -- Two readers wrote in about the previously reported problem with SSL with Entourage and Exchange Server, and with Outlook Web Access. One reader sent us a workaround. The other sent us the help he received from Microsoft.

C. Royall discovered a workaround:

I'm getting the error message "A secure connection cannot be established because the incorrect root certificate is not installed" message when trying to connect to a Exchange 2003 server from the latest version of Entourage. However, I just went into the edit account menu and checked "This DAV service requires a secure connection..." under my Exchange account. After that, it connected into the Exchange server just fine. Admittedly, I still get the warning each time I start Entourage but now I just click OK and it connects to the Exchange server fine as well.

Kevin Ledgiste offered a long report with advice from Microsoft, which we've posted on our Entourage Reports page.




Jan. 25

Win-on-Intel-Mac prize grows to $5000. January 25, 2006 -- Colin Nederkoorn's cash prize for the first enabler of Windows XP to boot the Intel Mac has grown to over US $5000, as users contribute money to the prize pot. On Monday, we reported that the prize was US $352.

So far no one has enabled Windows to boot the Intel Macs. The emulator-type solutions such as WinTel and the upcoming iEmulator run Windows in Mac OS X, enabling users to switch between the OS environments.

WinTel releases speed upgrade to Win-on-Intel Mac; users not enthusiastic. January 25, 2006 -- OpenOSX issued WinTel 2.0.1 (US $30), an upgrade to its "emulator product" for running Windows on the Intel Macs in Mac OS X. WinTel is based on the open-source Bochs emulator. The company issued its first Intel-compatible version last week.

The update includes performance increases of 200-to-400 percent over the 2.0 version, according to the company. OpenOSX claims that WinTel 2.0.1 can boot Windows 98 in 15 seconds on a 2 GHz iMac Intel with 512 MB RAM. The company also said that the "Cocoa WinTel frontend is now also a Universal Binary in addition to the included Bochs backend." There were also some bug fixes.

Some users, however, are reporting less-than-optimal experiences, and are disputing some of OpenOSX's claims.

Loren Olsen is found problems with performance and stability:

The claims here are not well founded. As I have run this on the new machine as I have one. It is somewhat pokey yet and crashing is one this piece of software's strongest points.

Toshimitsu Tanaka, who ported the Basilisk II 680x0 emulator to Intel Macs using Rosetta, points out that a user forum at VersionTracker.com is decidedly negative. One user disputed OpenOSX claim of universal binary for version 2.0.1, saying that the Bochs emulator still runs in Rosetta, and that it's only the front-end that is universal.

Tanaka also quotes a user forum at MacNN, where users report that the upgrade does boost performance.

If you've tried out WinTel 2.0.1 on your Intel Mac

IBM Lotus will enhance Mac support, add Intel-Mac. January 25, 2006 -- IBM's Lotus Software division announced that the next update to Lotus Notes 7 will enhance support of Mac OS X clients. The new version will integrate support of Lotus Sametime instant messaging for Mac OS X Tiger. Notes is a groupware environment that provides email, calendaring, and instant messaging.

IBM also said that it intends to enable its software to run on Intel-based Macs.

The company said that Mac OS X users will also be able to use FireFox to access IBM's Domino Web Access browser-based messaging client.

(See also this report from eWeek.)

WinOSX makes Win XP look like a Mac. January 25, 2006 -- WinOSX 2.1 is software for Windows XP that can change the look and feel of Windows to that of Mac OS X. It can add a Dock, and mimic the Finder's windows and shadows.

We have a listing of other Mac-like front ends for Windows on our User Interface Products page, but from the screenshots at the WinOSX site, WinOSX is the most complete, and the first that we are aware of reproduces the Dock functionality.

(Thanks to Chris Rupp for the tip.)

Another suggestion for Entourage login failure. January 25, 2006 --Mihailo Despotovic offers another suggestion for the problem of logon failure with Entourage 2004 11.2:

I upgraded from Office X to Office 2004 and got the same problem. The mail worked for several hours then I started getting "bad login" messages. Retyping of the password would work 10% of the time. Sometime it would work during the day but the next morning the "bad login" window would wait for me.

I tried using OWA address instead of Exchange server in the settings. Same problems. I tried all tricks -- reinstalled Office, did not apply patches after installation, applied only the SP, applied SP + the latest hot fix (which *does* update the Entourage) from the Microsoft site. I tried rebuilding the account -- this seems to help for a while but the error kept coming back. Sometimes it would work, I would restart the Entourage and then it would not. I tried deleting keys in the Keychain. I tried rebooting Microsoft Database Daemons. Nothing helped.

Finally, I solved it by switching to IMAP (which is, fortunately, also available in the company). The only caveat here is that I had to use <domainName>/<windowsName>/<emailAlias> syntax for the IMAP Account ID to make it work (this took some time do discover by trial and error).

My final conclusion is that Entourage 2004 simply does not work with Exchange (at least with the Exchange setup in my company). This is a huge disappointment since the 2004 version is a great visual and functional improvement upon the X version.

Mark Cole has the problem, which he can only workaround by creating a new account:

I can reproducibly create an Entourage login failure problem by deleting a large number of files from my “Deleted Items” folder. After this problem occurs, the only way to get an active account is to create a whole new one.

I have had this problem since switching to Entourage from Outlook 2001 two months ago. The only way around it is to create another account, but then you lose your settings, personal data, etc. Funny thing is that the account allows you to log in once, updates everything from the Exchange server, then logs you off and wont reconnect again until Entourage is relaunched.

Very frustrating exporting all personal files from the old account, reimporting into a new account, resetting all user preferences, etc.

Kerio replaces 4D Mail with Kerio MailServer. January 25, 2006 -- Kerio Technologies announced that it will replace the 4D Mail portion of its recently acquired WebSTAR web and mail suite. The company has replaced 4D Mail with Kerio MailServer, which now runs on multiple platforms. The Kerio MailServer groupware server includes a Microsoft Entourage Exchange mode and integrates with Open Directory and Active Directory.

Kerio has also changed the name of the suite to Kerio WebSTAR 5. The company will offer a free migration tool to move existing WebSTAR customers to the new suite.





Jan. 23

Mac Classic emulators for OSX/Intel in Beta. January 23, 2006 -- Gwenole Beauchesne has made available ports of a 680x0 emulator and a PowerPC emulator for Intel Macs. The free emulators provide some of the functionality of the Classic environment by running pre-Mac OS X Mac operating systems, which the Intel Macs no longer support. The emulators are Basilisk II 1.0-Pre (2006/01/21) and SheepShaver 2.3-Pre (2006/01/21). That latter will run Mac OS 9 on Intel Macs.

Beauchesne describes the ports as pre-release versions:

Ports of are now available to Mac OS X for Intel platforms. However, please bear in mind those ports are fully developed remotely so they are of Beta quality and minimally tested (and I don't understand Japanese anyway -- I am using Toshimitsu Tanaka's iMac [remotely from France to Japan].

Basilisk II is a Mac 68040 emulator running Mac OS X 7.x up to 8.1. It includes a fast Just-in-Time (JIT) compiler for improved performance.

SheepShaver is a Mac PowerPC G4 emulator running Mac OS 7.5.2 up to 9.0.4. It includes a basic but portable JIT compiler.

If you've tried out one of these emulators on your new Intel Mac

Reader starts contest for Win on Intel Mac. January 23, 2006 -- Colin Nederkoorn is offering a cash prize for the first person or group who can get Windows XP to boot the new Intel Macs. It's not a huge prize—US $352 as of yesterday—but he is seeking contributions to increase the size of the prize pot.

It seems Nederkoorn's job may depend on it:

My MacBook is shipping on the 15th of February. I told my boss that this would replace my IBM desktop and I could boot Windows XP on it.

Intel Macs play nice with wireless Windows. January 23, 2006 -- David Low was having trouble setting up a wireless network with his new Intel iMac and a PC running Windows XP Home—that is, until he solved the problem:

I added the iMac’s physical address to my router and could access the Internet fine using the Mac (via Airport), but it wasn't enough. I could ping the Mac from the PC but I couldn't ping the PC from the Mac. I tried changing the Mac’s workgroup name, but no go.

I got it working: I had to put the Mac’s IP address into Zonealarm on the PC as a trusted IP. Now file and printer sharing is working sweet.

Fix for 10.4.4 problem changing AD password. January 23, 2006 -- Bruce Carillon found a fix for a problem he reported to us last week regarding being unable to change Active Directory passwords with the Mac OS X 10.4.4 update. The solution:

I had tried "unbinding" and "rebinding" the machine to AD, which didn't work.

The fix is to open Directory Access, click on the Authentication tab, remove the Active Directory Domain, hit Apply, then add back the Active Directory Domain, hit Apply, and now it all works!

This may also fix some other AD anomalies they have popped up after the 10.4.4 upgrade.

If you've seen this problem or can confirm the fix





Jan. 20

PC-Mac-Net FileShare 5.5 adds remote movie control. January 20, 2006 -- Lava Software released PC-Mac-Net FileShare 5.5, a new version of the file sharing software for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. The new version enables a computer (such as a laptop) to control movie and music playback on multiple remote computers over network or the Internet.

PC-Mac-Net FileShare 5.5 is aimed at enabling users to convert existing computer hardware into a media center and file server. The server machine does not need a monitor or keyboard; only output to TV is required.

Suggestion for problem with Intel Macs and Win servers. January 20, 2006 -- Many readers responded to Wednesday's report of a reader whose new Intel iMacs could not connect to a Windows 2003 file server. All reported being able to connect via SMB to Windows servers. No AFP (Services for Mac) users responded, however, to the report's claim that the Microsoft User Authentication Module was incompatible with the new Macs.

One anonymous reader had a suggestion:

Has the reader used /Applications/Utilities/Directory Access to set the correct workgroup for these new Macs ? I have found that can make the difference (between able to connect or not, even pre Intel Macs.)

An error "2" is likely, "2 dsAddressErr address error"

The admin should issue the following command on the Mac in Terminal and then check the log:

sudo killall -USR1 DirectoryService

The resulting log should be found at:

/Library/Logs/DirectoryService/

They should be sure to issue that same command to shut off the verbose logging.

sudo killall -USR2 DirectoryService

will be REALLY verbose.

Tiger AFP file copy problem with AD. January 20, 2006 -- An anonymous reader reports a problem copying files to an AFP file server on an Xserve connected to Active Directory. His users can't copy nested folders levels at once. He describes the problem and has some suspicions of where the problem might lie:

This just started happening only for Tiger users that log in via AD authentication – all Panther users are fine.

The user logs into his Tiger machine with an AD username and password. An Xserve (with Panther) AFP server is linked to an AD server for usernames and passwords, and is auto-mounted via a login item and the same AD password info.

Any attempt to upload nested folders will fail with an error stating the user does not have sufficient access privileges to complete the operation. They can upload any number of files within the first level of the main folder being uploaded, but loading any folder that contains anything else halts the upload with the error message. The balked nested folder does get uploaded but with nothing in it. Oddly enough, the user can upload the contents of the balked folder directly into it on the server, so it’s not like they don’t actually have permissions to write to it. They just can't write multiple levels at one time.

I have saw this same issue discussed on MacWindows regarding SMB volumes on Windows servers, but again this is an AFP share on a Panther-based Xserve.

If I create a local user on the Tiger machine the problem goes away, even though they are logging into the same server using the same AD authenticated username and password. The only difference is the login process to the local machine is to a local account instead of an AD authenticated account.

In trying to figure this out, I looked in the Groups list in Workgroup Manager on the Xserve, selected the AD domain, and noticed that just one AD group was not properly populated with user IDs: a group called Domain Users. This happens to be the name of the default group all users are assigned to when they are created on the AD server, and is the default group used for permissions on the AFP server volume in question. Checking the AD server directly shows the Domain Users group is properly populated, so something is fishy here. I am reluctant to try to populate the group form the Xserve side of things since it's OK on the AD side of things.

Is there a way to get the Xserve to refresh its AD group list or its entire database of AD information? This may be the answer.

If you've seen this problem





Jan. 18

Reader's Intel Macs can't connect to Win servers. January 18, 2006 -- Scott Archer reports that none of his new Intel-based iMacs can connect to his Windows file server. He says the Services for Macintosh User Authentication Module (UAM) doesn't run, and SMB doesn't work:

We have discovered that our new Intel based Macs will not connected to our Windows 2003 server. The Microsoft UAM is not compatible with the new OS version and SMB is unsuccessful.

Since the UAM is not an option, at this point, using SMB continually gives us an error "2".

If you've tried to access Windows-based file shares with us.

Another Win emulator goes Intel-Mac native. January 18, 2006 -- OpenOSX has released WinTel 2.0 (US $25 download, $30 CD) a new version of the x86 emulator that now includes binaries for both Intel Macs and PowerPC. WinTel 2.0 is a commercial package based on the open-source Bochs x86 emulator.

The web site is a bit unclear on what is exactly in this version. It describes the product as having "full Pentium emulation," though x86 emulation would not be required on an Intel Mac. The web site also doesn't mention whether the graphics card is still emulator, or whether WinTel accesses the iMac's graphics hardware.

The company says WinTel 2.0 allows users to copy files from a Virtual PC disk image by mounting it and the WinTel disk image in the Finder and dragging and dropping files over. Virtual PC currently doesn't run on the Intel Macs.

Last week we reported that iEmulator.com announced that it would release an Intel-Mac version in February. Microsoft is looking at Virtual PC to the Intel Macs but has not announced a time frame for shipping.

Our Virtual PC Alternatives page has reader reports on previous PowerPC versions of WinTel, iEmulator, and Guest PC, which has not yet announced an Intel Mac version.

If you've tried out WinTel 2.0 on an Intel iMac what you think.

(Thanks to Mark Guertin for alerting us to the WinTel update.)

Third-party apps to bring Classic to Intel Macs. January 18, 2006 -- Although Apple has abandoned the Classic environment for the Intel Macs, but several open source developers are working to port their 68x00 emulators to Intel Macs. This emulators will enable pre-OS X software to run in Mac OS X on Intel Macs, reproducing the functionality of Classic on PowerPC Macs.

Jim Watters reports

Toshimitsu Tanaka has been able to port Basilisk II to Macintel from CVS using Rosetta. Here is a quick screenshot made two days ago.

Toshimitsu says he used Rosetta to get Basilisk II (the Mac OS X port) running. Gwenole, the main developer of these Mac emulators, says he got [the emulator] working by accessing Toshimitsu's Macintel over the Internet (France<=>Japan).

Watters added that Gwenole Beauchesne has also ported SheepShaver, a PowerPC emulator, to the Intel Mac. This would provide functionality that is similar to Apple's Rosetta.

(Thanks to Jim Watters for the tipThe compiled binaries of these emulators are not yet available on the Basilisk II web site.

Reader can't change AD passwords with 10.4.4. January 18, 2006 -- Bruce Carillon reports that updating to Mac OS X 10.4.4 has caused a problem with Active Directory passwords:

This is a show stopper for us! I just updated to 10.4.4 and can no longer change AD passwords. I'm not sure if it's unique to me or a bug in 10.4.4. Up until 10.4.4 all releases of Tiger have allowed the user to change their password in our AD network. All of our Macs are bound to our AD and logins are validated through our domain controller.





Jan. 16

BlackBerry/Mac syncing software now free. January 16, 2006 -- Research In Motion, the maker or the BlackBerry handheld devices, has licensed PocketMac for BlackBerry from Information Appliance Associates (IAA). Research in Motion is making the Mac-to-Blackberry syncing software available for free. The PocketMac is now available as a free download from the PocketMac site, but will be soon available at the Blackberry site.

PocketMac for BlackBerry can synchronize email, contacts, calendar, tasks and notes with Address Book and iCal, Microsoft Entourage, Now Contact and Now Up-to-Date and other Mac OS X applications.

An IAA spokesperson said that within the next few months, PocketMac for BlackBerry will add features now available only to Windows users. Most notably:

A spokesperson from IAA said that the two companies are working to integrate some of the PocketMac functionality into the Blackberry device itself for a future release.

More Intel Mac universal binaries. January 16, 2006 -- At Macworld Expo last week, several software companies made announcements about porting their software to run natively on the new Intel-based Macs, or running natively on both x86 and PowerPC Macs, know as a universal binary.

Last week, we reported that Netopia would ship Timbuktu Pro in February. Here are two more announcements from the Expo last week.

Quark Universal QuarkXPress 7 beta

Quark edged ahead of Adobe in the race to the Intel Mac by announcing a pre-release universal binary of QuarkXPress 7, the company's next-generation page layout software. A pre-release beta version of the universal binary will be available as a download from Quark's site later this month. Quark plans the full release for the second quarter of 2006.

Quark also made public beta versions of QuarkXPress 7 for Power PC-based Macs and Windows available for downloading now.

QuarkXPress 7 will add transparency, improved workflow features, and support of the Microsoft/Adobe OpenType font standard.

VersaCAD 2006

Archway Systems announced that its upcoming VersaCAD 2006 for Macintosh will run on the Intel-based Macs and will ship later this quarter. VersaCAD 2006 for Macintosh (US $795) will be the latest version of the design/drafting software. (As of this publication, VersaCAD's web site has not been updated.) VersaCAD 2006 for Windows is already shipping.

Equinux lets Macs use PC-only 'net cameras. January 16, 2006 -- Last week at Macworld Expo, Equinux released On Air (US $40), software that enables Mac OS X to use Internet cameras developed for Windows. The software supports broadcasting and recording of video.

e2Sync Entourage syncing discount promotion. January 16, 2006 -- e2Sync, Inc. is running a promotion for its Entourage syncing software, e2Sync for Mac OS X. If you visit the online store and use the coupon code "TASIB05" the $39 price is reduced 30 percent to $27.30.

e2Sync synchronizes Entourage with any iSync-compatible device, including iPods.

AD/SMB problem still exists in Mac OS X 10.4.4. January 16, 2006 -- Jay Christianson reports that last week's Mac OS X 10.4.4 update does not solve the problem with SMB shares in Active Directory networks:

p>10.4.4 does not solve problems with AD-bound computers and Windows SMB shares. Confirmed this morning that 10.4.4 has not addressed the problem with Apple’s AD plugin and connecting to SMB shares on Windows servers. You still have to open the share to full share-level control to get the Macs operating correctly.

If you've tried to fix this problem with the 10.4.4 upgrade

Reader reports Entourage SSL problems. January 16, 2006 -- Kevin Ledgister reports a problem using SSL with Entourage and Exchange Server, and with Outlook Web Access:

I'm running Entourage 2004 with all the latest patches connecting to an Exchange 2003 Server. We are using SSL with a certificate created from Exchange. But our internally created certificate has a hostname mismatch so I get the error "A secure connection cannot be established because the incorrect root certificate is not installed."

I've tried manually setting up the account, using IP addresses instead of https:// and confirming the address with our IT staff.

Entourage will access our Exchange server using IMAP for email only.

The same problem also affects Safari when using Outlook Web Access: it chokes on the certificate and I get a "Cannot establish a secure connection" error. Firefox, Camino, and Internet Explorer (Windows) all note the hostname mismatch in the certificate but allow you to continue just fine to access my email.

If you've seen this problem





Jan. 12: More news from Macworld Expo

iEmulator to be the first to put x86-native Windows
on Intel Macs.
January 12, 2006 -- Next month iEmulator.com will ship a new version iEmulator that will run Windows on the new Intel-based Macs. This will be the first piece of software to enable Windows to run on the Intel Macs.

In iEmulator 1.7.9, the x86 processor will no longer be emulated and will no longer translate between PowerPC and x86 instructions. A spokesperson for the developer told us that native access to the Intel processor will result in large performance gains for running Windows. iEmulator is based on the QEMU engine.

"Initial testing is going quite well, and the performance increase is stunning," said Richard Peters of iEmulator.com

Although the processor is now native, not all emulation is eliminated in this release. The PC BIOS, video hardware, and Ethernet card will still be emulated in version 1.7.9.

The 1.7.9 release will be a free upgrade to iEmulator owners.

Currently, there is now way to run Windows on the first-generation Intel Macs, making them less Windows-compatible than PowerPC Macs: x86 emulators won't run in Rosetta and the lack of a PC BIOS gives Windows no way to boot natively at this point in time.

(Yesterday we reported Microsoft's intention to port Virtual PC to the Intel Mac.)

Netopia will ship Intel-ready Timbuktu next month. January 12, 2006 -- Yesterday, Netopia announced that Timbuktu Pro 8.6 will be one of the first Mac applications to run natively on both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs. (Apple calls this a "universal binary" application.) Netopia will ship the new version of the remote control and collaboration software next month.

The new version will also adds support for voice-over-IP by integrating support of Skype, which the company envisions for use by admins and help staff. Timbuktu Pro will tell users which of the other users are VoIP enabled.

Timbuktu Pro runs on Mac and Windows, providing cross-platform, high-quality remote control, collaboration, and file transfer with notification and invitation features.

The 8.6 upgrade is free to owners of Timbuktu Pro 8.x.

EZ-IP now configures home directories, supports Bonjour printing. January 12, 2006 -- Group Logic showed upcoming updates to its ExtremeZ-IP File Server, and Print Server, and MassTransit at Macworld Expo. The company said the updates are expected to be released in the near future.

A free upgrade to ExtremeZ-IP File Server will support configuration of home directories on the server. When configured, users will only see their home directory when they log on. Currently, the user has to browse through a list to selected the home directory. The administrator can mark a volume as a home directory. You can also use the Active Directory profile.

ExtremeZ-IP File Server is an AFP server that runs on Windows servers and Windows workstations. The version 4.1 upgrade of last fall added a Spotlight-like filename search feature that returns results in seconds after searching through hundreds of thousands of files. (Spotlight does not search through network volumes.)

ExtremeZ-IP Print Server will add support for Bonjour printing for greatly reduced configuration by users. The Server already enables Mac users to print to printers attached to Windows PCs using SMB and LPR. Bonjour printers will show up in the Mac OS X Tiger Print dialog.

The Print Server upgrade will also be free, and will be released at the same time as the File Server upgrade.

Group Logic also demonstrated an upgrade to its MassTransit web-based, secure file transfer product. The new version now works with Safari and FireFox on Mac clients, and FireFox on Windows clients. Previously, MassTransit users were required to use Internet Explorer.

Zimbra for OS X Server offers alternative to Exchange. January 12, 2006 -- Zimbra announced a new commercial version of its free open source messaging server for Mac OS X and Linux. The new server, the Zimbra Collaboration Suite Network Edition, will ship during the first quarter and provide features not found in the free version. Zimbra Collaboration Suite Network Edition will be available for annual subscription fee of $28 per user per year, which includes support.

The system will provide calendaring, contacts, and email to Mac, Windows, and Linux clients using one of several different clients. All users can run Zimbra’s web-based client, which offers the most features. Windows users can also run Outlook for Windows, and Mac OS X users can run Apple Mail, iCal, and Address Book. Zimbra will include an iSync plug-in to sync calendars and contacts.

The Zimbra web-based client can provide information from a database or the web when the user moves the cursor over a part number, word, URL, or address. A popup window will provide information and graphics, which can be live links to the web.

Zimbra will also provide migration tools for moving off of Microsoft Exchange version 5.5 and later. The Collaboration Suite Network Edition also can obtain user IDs from Microsoft Active Directory.

Microsoft announces Mac-specific keyboard. January 12, 2006 -- Microsoft will ship next month a Mac-specific version of its Wireless Optical Desktop keyboard, a wireless keyboard that comes with a wireless mouse. The keyboard has a slight ergonomic curve to it and an assortment of special keys The Mac version will include Command (Apple) and Option keys instead of Windows and Alt keys, located in the correct place. The keyboard will also have other special function keys for tasks such as reading email.

At its booth at Macworld Expo, Microsoft had one of the new keyboards on display.

Low-cost KVM switch puts control in Mac, Win software. January 12, 2006 -- Belkin showed Flip, a low-cost (US $80) KVM switch that enables two computers to share a VGA monitor, USB keyboard/mouse, and audio. The switch comes with software for Mac OS X and Windows that enables users to switch between the two computers directly from the computer screen.

The Flip switch fits under a Mac Mini, but Belkin is preparing another model. A Belkin spokesperson also said that the company would release a version later this year that support DVI displays.

Seiko's popular label printer comes to Macs. January 12, 2006 -- At its booth at Macworld Expo, Seiko demonstrated the Mac version of its popular Smart Label Printers released several months ago. In recent years the printer line was available for Windows only.

Seiko's software includes drivers and an print application that you can use to create labels with text, barcodes, and graphics, and which can import addresses from Address Book and other apps. You can also print from other applications.

The printers can connect to a Mac (via USB) and a Windows PC (via a serial port) at the same time, and are also networkable.

The Smart Label Printers use a thermal process that doesn't use ink or ribbons.





Jan. 11

The Cross-platform Story from Macworld Expo San Francisco

They're heeere. Intel Macs hit the ground running. January 11, 2006 -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs surprised users, administrators, and developers by announcing that it is now shipping the iMac with an Intel Core Duo processor. An Intel-powered PowerBook—redubbed the MacBook Pro—will follow right behind next month. Intel

Some initial observations:

Microsoft to pursue VPC for Intel Macs. January 11, 2006 -- Microsoft executives said yesterday that the current version of Virtual PC for Mac will not run in Rosetta on the Intel Macs. The company's Macintosh Business Unit, however, is investigating porting the emulator to the Intel Mac platform. Microsoft would not give a time frame, however, when it would release the product.

The Intel version of Virtual PC for Mac holds out the possibility of running Windows with native-performance on a Mac, with the ability to access graphics hardware, while being able to run both OS's at once and switch between operating systems on the fly. A source said that one of the performance bottlenecks of today's Virtual PC, the translation of PowerPC and Intel calls, could be discarded on the Intel Mac.

(For more, see eWeek.com for John Rizzo's coverage of Microsoft's announcements and other enterprise developments at Macworld Expo. Also, eWeek editor David Morgenstern speculates about a multi-booting Mac.)

MS to keep Office Mac compatible with Office Win. January 11, 2006 -- To keep Microsoft Office for Mac compatible with the upcoming Office 12 for Windows, Microsoft will issue file converters for Mac OS X when Office 12 Windows ships later this year.

Mac users will experience a period when Office for Mac OS X does not support the file formats used by Office for Windows. Office 12 for Windows will switch to new XML-based file formats when it ships later this year. Microsoft said that next version of Office for Mac OS X will also support the new XML formats, but probably won't ship until after 2006.

The current version of Office will run on the Intel Macs under the Rosetta, Apple's Mac OS X environment for running current PowerPC Mac software, but the next version of Office Mac will be Intel-native.

Microsoft also announced that it has signed an agreement with Apple that commits Microsoft to keep developing Office for Mac OS X for at least five years.

Apple releases Mac OS X 10.4.4 update. January 11, 2006 -- Apple released the Mac OS X 10.4.4 update. Apple's description of what has been changed since 10.4.3 is here. While there are no specific references to fixes of cross-platform problems, one improvement could address some Tiger problems on Windows networks:

Improves stability when third-party networking kernel extensions are installed

When 10.4.0 was released, developers of network software, including virtual private network clients, blamed incompatibles with problems in the Mac OS X kernel.





Jan. 5

TIP of the day: decoding winmail.dat attachments.
January 5, 2006

Q: Markus Lange asked us about a problem receiving email attachments from some Windows users:

I work as a translator with Word 2004 for Mac OS X version 11.2 (050714) and have many customers using MS-Word. Up to now there were but a few compatibility problems. But now, I suddenly get MS-Word files send to me by MS-machines in MS-Word as "winmail.dat" files which my Word version or any other program I have can't read.

A: Email attachments sent from Outlook for Windows through Exchange Server will sometimes show up as a "winmail.dat" file in Mac users' inboxes. The actual attachment is wrapped up inside the winmail.dat file, which the Mac can't decode.

At least, not without TNEF's Enough, a free utility by developer Josh Jacob that can decode the winmail.dat file and extract the actual attachment. Jacob offers versions for Mac OS X and Mac OS 9.

Dashboard widget for Cisco VPN. January 5, 2006 --VPN Starter 1.1 is a free Dashboard widget for Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger that starts and stops (connects and disconnects) the Cisco VPN Client (version 4.7.0.510 has been tested). Developer Andree Radloff says:

May switch your network location if you add "do shell script" “scselect yourlocation” to the AppleScript inside the widget package. Assumes you to have auto-connect disabled.

Suggestions for Entourage logon failure. January 5, 2006 -- Several people wrote in response to our report earlier this week about logon failure with Entourage 2004. Several readers report that the problem only occurs after upgrading to version 11.2. The reader who first report the problem told us that Microsoft suggested that Active Directory was mismatching names with Entourage.

Michael Perbix says that Service Pack 2 fixes the issue. He also offers some suggestions:

We have seen this and here are some things to test for.

Install Both SP2 and hotfix for Entourage available from Microsoft's Mactopia site.

Very Large inbox/sent items/deleted items. Try to par these folders down as much as possible.

If running Exchange only, turn off all send/receive schedules. I talked to MS tech support about this, and supposedly SP2 fixes the issue.

We have a number of faculty that have seen this issue, SP2 apparently does resolve it, as well as give you better GAL support and Calendars in Public Folders support. Worth the upgrade.

Tom Krebs of Melbourne, Australia, also found a way to fix the problem:

Just wanted to respond regarding the problem with Entourage problem with mismatched username or password.

When updating to Entourage 11.2 in our Organisation I had a similar problem. You have to ensure that the account field reflects the full path to the username eg.

Previously (Entourage 11.0) the account field was:

https://<path of outlook web access server>/exchange

When updating to 11.2 I had to change this to:

https://<path of outlook web access server>/exchange/<username>

This resolved the problem for me. The user should ensure that the clients PowerBook reflects this change.

Alex Zaleski didn't know what the answer was, but, like other readers, had the problem only after upgrading Office 2004;

I had the same problem after applying the patches to Office 2004. Once I rolled them back to the .0 release of 2004 the problem went away.

Spent many hours on the phone with MS tech and they were no help. I use entourage in a corporate environment, Tiger 10.4.3, Exchange 5.5.

Thanks to everyone else who wrote in as well.





Jan. 3

Intuit describes moving Quicken files Win-to-Mac. January 3, 2006 -- Moving Quicken for Windows data to Mac has always been an arduous task. It still is, but Intuit's support site has a description of the process. It involves exporting the data from Quicken for Windows and then importing it from the Mac version. This page is for Quicken 2006.

Reader solves his VPC print problem. January 3, 2006 -- Erik Scheirer resolved his problem Virtual PC disk image corruption and crashing when printing:

Since I about removed the shared printer entries VPC has not crashed at all.

On Mac 1 I deleted the shared printers that are actually being served by Mac 2 and not physically connected to Mac 1. I took them out via the Printer setup utility. Also, Mac is OS X 10.3.9 and Mac 1 is 10.4.3.

MS Exchange Server 12 in the works. January 3, 2006 -- eWeek has a rundown of the features in Microsoft's beta of Exchange Server 12, which is due for release in late 2006 or early 2007.

Reader: Entourage logon failure may or may not be AD related. January 3, 2006 -- Ryan Hobus is having a problem with Entourage logging on to Exchange that he can't track down:

I have been trying to track down a solution to a problem I am having with a client's PowerBook and Entourage 2004 11.2.1 interfacing to a Exchange 2003 server. Basically what happens is that when you go to connect, it gives this:

Logon failure: unknown username or bad password -17900 no matter what you do, it won't connect. I personally have the same setup and it works just fine (PowerBook, Entourage 2004 11.2.1, and Exchange 2003).

Both myself and my client's email works great in MS Outlook 2003. Both work great with Outlook 2001 for the Mac running in classic mode. Entourage 2004 works great for me, but it doesn't work for my client.

According to Microsoft, the issue is due to Active Directory mismatching names with Entourage, but I have double checked that, and it doesn't work. I also tried about every possible combination of username, email address, prewin2k username/domain but it doesn't work. My only thought is that there is something in remote access which isn't working or blocking the access.

If you've seen this problem

PCI-E networking products coming to Power Mac. January 3, 2006 -- Small Tree Communications announced last week that it would be the first company to offer networking cards for the PCI Express bus expansion slots in the latest Power Mac G5. The company said it will make products available "early in the first quarter."

PCI Express is a new high-speed bus standard that is on track for becoming the dominant local bus in personal computers. For networking, can support 10 gigabit Ethernet. (For more on the technology, see this Ars Technica description of PCI Express).

Yellow Dog Linux update improves peripheral support. January 3, 2006 -- Terra Soft Solutions announced that by the end of tomorrow it will release Yellow Dog Linux v4.1, an update to the company's Linux implementation for Mac hardware. The company described the new features of the update:

Sound, dual-head monitors (including laptops), PCMCIA wi-fi and cell phone cards just work. We now support installation to FireWire drives and iPods. Auto-mounting of USB is supported under both KDE and Gnome. And with the reconstruction of the entire Y-Menu (KDE/Gnome Menus), the end-user experience is greatly enhanced.

Java office app ported to Mac. January 3, 2006 -- Evermore Software is creating a Mac OS X version of EIOffice (US $99), the company's Office application written in Java. The company already ships Windows and Linux versions.

EIOffice is a single application that includes Word processing, spreadsheet, and business graphics, that can open, edit, and save, Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files. Evermore will be showing beta version of EIOffice next week at Macworld Expo in San Francisco.






December 2005

Dec. 28

PC-Mac-Net FileShare adds remote media control. December 28, 2005 -- Lava Software has released PC-Mac-Net FileShare v5.4 (free upgrade) a new version of its cross-platform file sharing software for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux. PC-Mac-Net FileShare can also play movies and music over local networks and the Internet.

This new version includes remote media player capabilities and searching of remote files and folders. It also includes the open-source VLC player which supports a variety of media formats.

Pricing starts at US $15. A free Lite Edition has file size limits of 10 MB download and 2 MB upload file size limits, as well as other limits.

QuickSynergy for keyboard sharing over a network. December 28, 2005 -- QuickSynergy is a free application for Mac OS X and Linux that allows multiple computers to share a keyboard and mouse without a KVM box. It's a graphical front end that uses Synergy2 to share a keyboard and mouse between Windows, Mac, and Linux computers over an IP network.

Readers says Cisco 4.8 client doesn't fix DNS issue. December 28, 2005 -- Duncan Crawford says that the Cisco VPN Client 4.8 update does not fix the DNS problem with Tiger, as reported last week:

I see no improvement from the 4.8 client. Home machine is a new dual-core 2.3 GHz G5, Mac OS X 10.4.3, no Airport/Bluetooth, on a DSL connection serviced by a Westell 2200 modem that NATs and provides a 192.168.x address to the Mac. A Cisco 4.7.x client on this machine would connect to a Cisco 3000-series concentrator properly, but would not provide any DNS, regardless of 'local' or explicit server IP entries in the name server/domain fields of the Network control panel.

The 4.8 client exhibits exactly the same behavior-- I can authenticate to the concentrator, then get no visibility into the remote network. A previous machine, a G4 2002 Quicksilver with assorted mods and CPU upgrade, same OS version and network connection, worked just fine with the 4.6.x and 4.7.x clients. Can't test it with the 4.8 client as the logic board failed (hence new machine).

PGP Desktop 9.0.4 Ships. December 28, 2005 -- PGP Corporation has released PGP Desktop 9.0.4, an update to the encryption software for Mac OS X. The new version includes a fix for SSL connections that were creating multiple messaging services with changes to account settings.

Advice Mac Active Directory binding problems. December 28, 2005 -- Nick Vrtis describes a problem with Active Directory binding and how he got around the issue:

I ran across your nice list of Active Directory/10.3.3/Bind problems. I was having something similar. I had Macs in remote offices that would work fine. People could authenticate with Active Directory and do their work fine. Then the clocks would drift far enough apart that Kerberos would complain and we would have to fix the clock and hope that get things back working. Sometimes it would. Sometimes we still couldn't get them logged in. What we needed to do was Unbind from Active Directory, then Bind again.

This would work fine with the machines in the local office. But all the ones in the remote office would hang during Step 5 of the bind process. If we unplugged the machines, carried them to the local office, plugged them in, did the bind at the local office, unplug and carry them back to the remote office. Things were fine and everybody was happy (except yours truly who was the guy who did the carting back and forth).

I must have Googled for a couple of days trying to find out what was going on. Tried all the suggestions... Looked at firewall logs (the remote Macs were connected through a VPN/firewall), even installed a firewall in our local office with just about everything turned off. It still worked.

To make a long story short, I finally looked at the complete network trace and noticed that the VPN router was returning an ICMP "The datagram is too big. Packet fragmentation is required but the DF bit in the IP header is set."

Both the router and the Mac had the MTU at 1500. and for the stuff that was headed out over the non-VPN path, that worked fine... but the VPN path could not handle the full 1500 byes (somewhere around 143x it dies). So the router pitched the packet and told the Mac. Unfortunately, the Mac ignored it and just kept trying to resend the packet and waiting for a response. The Active Directory plugin would look like it was hung and about the only thing you could do with it was Force Quit.

I manually configured the Ethernet port to an MTU of 1400, and both the Mac and the VPN were happy campers... FYI.. the Sonic firewall/router/VPN also had a "Ignore Do not fragment" setting that also seemed to fix the problem (not sure what else is going to fall out from that yet).

This might help others figure out why it works "sometimes" or "some places" and not others. Or even why it might depend on the computer name (which I assume would contribute to longer packets).





Dec. 20

Kerio MailServer update supports Entourage SP2 features. December 20, 2005 -- Kerio Technologies released Kerio MailServer 6.1.2 (US $499 and up), an update to the email/groupware server for Windows 2000/XP/2003, Mac OS X, and Linux servers, supporting Entourage and Outlook clients. Kerio refers to MailServer as an alternative to Microsoft Exchange.

The new version adds support for the added collaboration capabilities of Microsoft's Entourage 2004 Service Pack 2 (SP2), including support for multiple calendars, support of Global Address List (GAL), and folder delegation.

Kerio Technologies says of the updated server "Now Entourage users can view and share calendars in their workgroup without having to open a second application like iCal or our WebMail client."

Cisco VPN 3000 client 4.8 fixes DNS issue. December 20, 2005 -- Micah Cox reports that Cisco has fixed the DNS issues of the Cisco VPN Client 4.7 and Tiger:

On your site there is a post concerning name resolution with Cisco's VPN client version 4.7. The problem is fixed in Cisco's client version 4.8 released December 9, 2005. I have tested it and it fixes the problem.

If you can verify or refute this fix

Meanwhile, Adam Grant verified a suggested workaround we reported last month that adds an explicit DNS server and search domain. Grant said:

I added "local" to the "search domains" field in networking and now my DNS works on Cisco VPN ver 7.0.

VPC vs GuestPC vs iEmulator. December 20, 2005 -- Al Fasoldt has a short report comparing the performance three PC emulators for Mac OS X: Virtual PC, GuestPC, and iEmulator. He concludes that Virtual PC was the fastest, followed by GuestPC, with iEmulator coming in last. Fasoldt also makes some other comparisons of the emulators.

Tiger Server 10.4: Group members can't save to a CIFS share. December 20, 2005 -- Apple Support has published an article called Mac OS X Server 10.4: Group members can't save to a CIFS share.

When using certain applications, group members cannot save to a CIFS share; they get a permissions error.

This happens on volumes that don't have ACLs enabled. The solution is to either enable ACLs or to disable the ACLs in /etc/smb.conf. Follow the steps below to disable the ACL support for the shares in question.

The article describes how to do this.

MS will stop offering IE at Mactopia. December 20, 2005 -- Microsoft announced that as of January 31, 2006, it will no longer offer Internet Explorer for Mac at its Mactopia web site. (Microsoft currently offers Internet Explorer 5.2.3 for Mac OS X and Internet Explorer 5.1.7 for Mac OS 8.1 to 9.x.) Microsoft also said that it will end support for IE for Mac on December 31, 2005.

MS release new Longhorn Server beta. December 20, 2005 -- Yesterday, Microsoft released new beta code for Longhorn Server, the eventual successor to Windows 2003 Server. (See this eWeek report.) The company also released updated beta code for Windows Vista, the next version of the Windows client, scheduled for shipping a year from now.





Dec. 16

Virtual PC network setup & troubleshooting. December 16, 2005 -- Microsoft has an article called Virtual PC Internet connection setup and troubleshooting. It provides a detailed account of setting up networking in Virtual PC as well as troubleshooting and testing.

VPC 7 disk corruption, crashing in Tiger 10.4.3. December 16, 2005 -- Erik Scheirer reports a strange problem with Virtual PC 7.0.2 and Mac OS X 10.4.3. The strange bit are the conditions under which the problems occur:

I am having all sorts of problems with 'disk' corruption, and often it crashes my Mac as well. Seems to happen any time that I 'empty the recycling' or heavy-duty file transfer.

I have found the pattern that crashes my Power Mac dual G5:

  • VPC is running and one of the 'machines' must be Windows. This doesn't happen when running freeBSD, for example.
  • Another mac on the local net is sleeping and is sharing its printer.
  • VPC is in foreground on non-printer Power Mac G5. The printer Mac wakes, and bang! the PowerPC forces restart. This, even though I have removed all shared printer entries from the Power Mac G5.

Happens every time. Only when running VPC with Windows.

If you've seen this problem

More on the Tiger AD/SMB folder-copy problem. December 16, 2005 -- Dan Ball is experience the previously reported SMB folder copy problem with Mac OS X 10.4.3 and Windows server and has more details on the problem:

Logging in as an Active Directory user and saving to an SMB Windows share on Windows Server 2003 has a bug.

When trying to copy a folder with files in it, the folder is created on the file server, but it is empty.

When trying to copy multiple files, only the first one is copied and you get the permission denied error again.

You get a permission denied error: "The operation cannot be completed because you do not have sufficient privileges for some of the items."

The issue isn't a permissions issue, well with Security Permissions anyway. The problem is the Share Level Permissions.

We have our shares setup with the groups that should have access to the shares, but with only Change and Read access, which should be enough access. Works fine with Windows and 10.3 clients.

With 10.4 you have to give the group or everyone Full Control, then everything works as expected. So I think its a bug in Mac OS X10.4.

But that seems to be the problem is the share level permissions on the Windows share.

If you've seen this problem or know how to fix it

Logging into remote servers. December 16, 2005 -- Big Nerd Ranch has an article on configuring Windows and Mac remote servers and having Mac and Windows clients log into them.

More suggestions for Tiger Server "100's of processes" problem. December 16, 2005 -- Galen Sprague offered some more suggestions for the problem of Tiger Server spawning hundreds of processes, which slows server performance:

Do you have a maximum client connection limit set on your Windows Services? I have had problems with this and had to set it to unlimited. Also could you have PC clients running an app that is calling the server or running an App off of the server?

More on IE spinning beach balls with MSN.com. December 16, 2005 -- Dozens of reader have confirmed last week's report of Internet Explorer in Tiger being frozen with a spinning beach ball when trying to access MSN.com.

If you have MSN.com set as your home page, the only way to use IE is to set the home page to something else. When you first open IE, immediately close the window. Go to Preferences and change the home page to anything other then msn.com, or set it to no home page.

Ryan Steckert has another way to do it:

An easier solution is to disconnect the network cable, open up Internet Explorer, change the default home page, and then reconnect the network cable.

Teun de Boer see the problem with Mac OS X 10.4.3, and with another web site:

Same here, I got a beach ball when starting IE after updating to 10.4.3. But I'm not so sure the problem lies with msn.com. In my situation I had another site set as home page (www.rtlnieuws.nl) which gave the same problem. After reinstalling IE the problem persisted. When I disconnect AirPort and start IE, there's no problem, only a message that the server can't be found. In the end, I de-selected "open this home page in every new window" in Preferences, which kind of solved the problem because IE now starts as usual.





Dec. 12

Workaround for Tiger Sever 100's of processes. December 12, 2005 -- Douglas DiBella offers a workaround for the problem of Tiger Server spawning hundreds of processes, slowing server performance:

I've seen this problem and it really sucks! I can write a ton about the problem and would be glad to share the details. I noticed two problems.

1. SMBD log would grow and fill the entire system volume overnight and crash the system

2. SMBD spawning... to eventually halt the system.

I narrowed it down to unnecessary login attempts, my solution was to use firewall service to block samba/cifs access from external sources. This has resolved the problem, but I still don't consider it solved.

Better workaround for Cisco VPN 4.7 DNS problems. December 12, 2005 -- Stephen Gilardi has a new-and-improved workaround for the problem with DNS issues and the Cisco VPN Client 4.7. He says it is better than the previous workaround he shared with us:

I have some more info on the VPN 4.7 DNS problem and a method of debugging it.

The domain name resolver's operation is based on entries in the configuration file "/etc/resolv.conf". It's useful to view the contents of that file both before and after connecting to the VPN.

The contents of that file are normally controlled by Apple's "Network" System Preference (under the TCP/IP tab for the interface in question). If "Configure IPv4: Using DHCP" is selected there, the contents of the configuration file are a combination of static entries in Network System Preference UI and information gathered by DHCP.

The configuration file is changed by the VPN software when it makes a connection and restored when it disconnects. Specifically, the VPN replaces the "DNS Servers" with those appropriate for the remote network and adds the "Search Domains" for the remote network to the static entries in the System Preference.

There appears to be a bug in the addition of Search Domains in Cisco VPN 4.7: If the "Search Domains" entry in the Network System Preference is empty, there will be no search domains listed in "/etc/resolv.conf" after connecting to the VPN. Only fully qualified domain names will be resolved. If "Search Domains" entry is not empty, the VPN client correctly changes the configuration file to add the search domains appropriate for the remote network.

The workaround is to make sure the "Search Domains" entry is not blank. I believe that entering "local" as a "Search Domain" is harmless and correct both for the VPN and non-VPN case. In my case, after adding "local" to "Search Domains", the VPN client software correctly adds the search domain for the remote network to /etc/resolv.conf when it connects and I am able to work with simple machine names on the remote network as I have with prior versions of the VPN client.

This workaround is an improvement on the one I gave previously because it doesn't include any static nameservers or search domains for the remote network in the local network configuration. I had noticed delays in resolving names when using the previous workaround because the name resolver was trying (and failing) to reach the remote network's nameservers before trying the correct one that was now third on the list. The combination of two timeouts led to noticeable delays in resolving.

RDC file transfer problem. December 12, 2005 -- John Critzos is having a problem moving files to the Mac using Remote Desktop Client:

When using my Mac with Microsoft's Remote Desktop Client, I can easily control my office computer remotely. I am also able to transfer files from the Mac to the windows office computer. I cannot, however, transfer from the office to my Mac. I get an error message that says "the parameter is incorrect" and "could not copy."

If you've seen this problem or know how to fix it

Price discount on e2Sync for Entourage syncing. December 12, 2005 -- e2Sync, Inc. has lowered the price of e2Sync until December 26th. e2sync enables Entourage to sync with iSync-compatible devices. The sale price is now US$27.30, which is 30 precent lower than the regular $39. This discount can only be obtained using the discount code TASIB05.





Dec. 8

TIP: Fixing Entourage, Exchange and Shared Calendars. December 8, 2005 -- Jason Meyer reports a problem with Entourage and the Exchange LockDown tool. He also provided a fix:

Not sure if you have posted about this yet but for those out there (or their exchange admins) that have run the IIS LockDown tool on their Exchange/OWA server will probably discover that they can't access other users shared folders even though they followed the directions here to the letter.

The problem is that urlscan, the meat of the LockDown tool, has a list of allowed verbs. If you look in the urlscan logs you will find that BPROPFIND is being used by the clients trying to connect. Just add the verb to the allowed list and then restart the w3svc on your server. Obviously, if you aren't the admin of the server you have to convince your admins to make the changes for you.

IE problem with Tiger 10.4.3. December 8, 2005 -- A couple of readers reported that Internet Explorer has problems with the Mac OS X 10.4.3 update. Thomas Low:

After the update was installed Internet Explorer for Mac will not open. Continuing beach ball.

Carrie Sherman also saw the problem, though in a specific circumstance, and tracked down the cause:

I have tried reinstalling. The home page was set to www.msn.com. I did get it working. Here's what I did. I have debug activated on Safari so I went to the nwmls.com site and then went to the debug menu and asked it to open in Explorer, it opened in Explorer just fine, then I reset the home page to be nwmls.com, now it opens just fine. For some reason it had a problem with msn.com, though msn.com opens fine in Safari.

We haven't seen this problem, but if you have

Update on Safari's problem with Yahoo. December 8, 2005 --A reader named Siglo responded to our report earlier this week of Safari crashing when the user tries to access Yahoo email. Siglo said:

Perhaps with 10.2.8 and older safari versions, but not with 10.4.3 and newer safari versions. Yahoo mail works fine. I wonder if the 10.2.8 users could try turning off Javascript and accessing the 'old' yahoo mail that way.

Sheepshaver PPC emulator for Windows updated. December 8, 2005 -- Gwenolé Beauchesne has released a new version of SheepShaver, a PowerPC Open Source PowerPC Mac OS run-time environment for x86 PCs and also Mac hardware. (When running in Mac OS X, Sheepshaver functions similarly to Classic.) Sheepshaver runs Mac OS 7.5.2 through Mac OS 9.0.4 on these systems.

Another unhappy iEmulator/Tiger user. December 8, 2005 -- Dick Sampson echoes our report earlier this week about the iEmulator, a x86 emulator for Mac OS X:

I have a G5 1.28 single processor with 10.4.3 installed and iEmulator is exactly that, unusable.





Dec. 6

TIP: MS page on Entourage maintenance. December 6, 2005 -- A Microsoft web page called Configuring Entourage X provides procedures for maintaining and fixing Entourage problems. For instance, it describes how to rebuild the database to fix slow performance (spinning beach balls) and other problems. There's also information several topics related to setting up Entourage, with explanation of protocols and technical terms.

More on Entourage delegates and deleting email. December 6, 2005 -- Steven Deutsch is having the previously reported problem with Entourage 11.2.1 problem with deleting email in delegate mailboxes:

I have the same issue of being unable to delete email in a delegate box. That said, sometimes I can delete email in the delegate box, sometimes I can't. And I cannot find anything consistent as to when I can and when I can't. All I know is that when I can, I try to take advantage of the window and clear out as much as I can.

If you know of a fix

Reader verifies fix for firewall, AD binding issue. December 6, 2005 -- Steve Kimberley verified a fix for the Firewall problem with Active Directory, where OS X gives an "unknown error" at step five of the binding process:

I found the same problems as others: OS-X 10.4 client would not connect to a Windows 2003 server which had the firewall up, although it connected OK without the firewall.

Cut to the chase: I found the suggested fix by Scott Dungan (November 28, 2005), tried it and it worked! I now have a firewalled 2003 Server allowing kpasswd through on UDP 464 and no more connection hangups. Thanks, Scott!

Reader reports on latest iEmulator performance. December 6, 2005 -- Kiran Madabhushi is having problems with the recently released iEmulator 1.7.8, the latest version of the x86 emulator for Mac OS X:

I used iEmulator 1.7.8 on a PowerBook 15" 1.5 GHz 1GB RAM. Installed Windows 2000 on it and its almost unusable. This was with Panther.

If you've tried this version of iEmulator how performance is for you.

For reports on previous versions of iEmulator, see our Alternative PC Emulator Reports page.

More on 100s of SMBD processes on OS X Server. December 6, 2005 -- Steve Fair reports having the previously reported problem of Tiger Server spawning hundreds of processes when only a few Windows clients are connected.

We are also having the problem of hundreds of SMBD processes bringing our print server to a screeching halt. The print server is a Tiger 10.4.3 client fully patched and updated. It has been running great for months until about a week ago when I noticed the complete unresponsiveness of the machine. I tracked down the spawning of SMBD through Activity Monitor. As soon as the machine was rebooted, the processes would take down the computer within 2 minutes.

Once Windows sharing was disabled, everything works fine. I have created another 10.4.3 client with Windows sharing enabled that currently works fine. No solution has been found, yet.

If you have a solution

Safari incompatible with Yahoo email. December 6, 2005 -- User forums around the web are reporting an incompatibility with Safari and Yahoo Mail that doesn't seem to affect other browsers.

Clayton Mansfield believes that Safari's handling of JavaScript is involved:

For the past two days Safari crashed every time I tried opening Yahoo Mail. Thanks to Google I found out I wasn't the only one. (See this thread.) Seems Yahoo made a change in its JavaScript that freaks out the browser. I had to disable Java to get into email tonight.





Dec. 2

Tip: preventing dot-underscore files. December 2, 2005 -- Earlier this week, we posted some tips on deleting the dot-underscore files that are created on the server when Macs copy files to SMB servers. A couple of readers sent in suggestions on how to prevent Mac OS X from creating the files in the first place.

Readers Arve Knudsen and Ben Roche both told us about a System Preferences plugin for Panther and Tiger called BlueHarvest that prevents Mac OS X from creating resource fork (._) files in specific locations. It can also delete existing dot-underscore files.

Developer Ross Tulloch asks for a voluntary donation for using BlueHarvest.

Tip: moving Entourage data to PC & vice versa. December 2, 2005 -- A web site called the Entourage Help Page has directions on questions that readers frequently ask us. One page describes how to copy messages or contacts from Entourage to Outlook for Windows.

Another page at this site describes several methods of moving mail from Outlook for Windows to Entourage.

A third page on cross-platform Entourage issues describes these tasks:

For our previously reported tips and reader reports, see our Entourage and Exchange page.

Guest PC 1.7 emulator adds shared networking. December 2, 2005 -- Lismore Software Systems yesterday released Guest PC 1.7 (US$ 70, free update) a new version of the x86 emulator for Mac OS X. New features include:

For more information on Guest PC and other alternatives to Virtual PC, see our Alternative PC Emulators page.

CDFinder update. December 2, 2005 -- West-Forest-Systems has released CDFinder 4.5.1, (US $30), a disk cataloging tool for Mac OS X. CDFinder can work together with CDWinder for Windows as a cross-platform, network solution to catalog disks and CDs and DVDs on a Mac and a PC. CDFinder can also catalog the contents of archive files, including, StuffIt, Compact Pro, ZIP, TAR, .rar, and Apple Installer files.

Among the improvements in version 4.5.1:

Tiger-compatible Palm Desktop. December 2, 2005 -- Palm Desktop was incompatible with Mac OS 10.4 until September, when Palm released Palm Desktop 4.2.1 Rev D.





November 2005

Nov. 28

Tip: deleting d0t-underscore files. November 28, 2005 -- We often get email asking how to delete the dot-underscore files that are created on the server when Macs copy files to SMB servers.

These are the resource forks of Mac files. For most files, they only store type, creator and Finder information, among other data. Windows can't see the files because of the dot at the begining.

There are several Mac utilities that can delete all of these files at once. WinFSCleanser a free utility for Mac OS X that can delete these files.

The Macs can delete the files from the Unix command line in Terminal. There's a page at Mac OS X Hints that describes scripts for doing this.

Fix for AD binding problem (unknown error) with firewall . November 28, 2005 -- Scott Dungan believes he has a fix for the Mac OS X problem of binding to Active Directory with a firewall, which causes a problem at Step 5 of the binding process. His fix:

I have seen this behavior as well and I believe I have a fix.

Microsoft has a Knowledge Base article that discusses exactly which ports to open on a firewall to allow for, among other things, clients to join and authenticate with the domain. After setting up the firewall and the needed ports, all our Windows clients joined to the domain and authenticate fine. Any Mac OS X 10.4 client (we have not tried any down level clients like 10.3 yet) will begin to bind (join) to the domain as the previous reports explain, but it will crash on Step 5 of 5.

After setting up a test environment and a packet sniffer, I noticed that the OS X 10.4 client was requesting kpasswd on UDP port 464. This port was not specified in the Microsoft KB as needing to be open. I opened the port on the firewall and it worked! The 10.4 client bound to the domain and continued to authenticate just fine.

If you've tried this

Alvin Bridges describes the problem:

We have been battling this unknown error in binding our Tiger workstations. It has really prominent since the implementation of 10.4.3.

During step 5 of the binding process in the directory access utility you receive the error "unknown error". The machine is not bound at to AD at this point. But if you go through the process one more time right after that. The process goes twice as fast and succeeds. But it is hit or miss if the machine is actually bound completely or not.

Workaround, reports of Cisco VPN 4.7 DNS problems. November 28, 2005 -- Several readers verified having the problem we reported last week with DNS issues and the Cisco VPN Client 4.7.

Stephen Gilardi has a workaround:

I'm seeing the same issue. As a workaround, I added an explicit DNS server and search domain (for my work network) to my "System Preferences/Network/AirPort/TCP/IP" configuration. The previous versions of the VPN client that I've used haven't required this workaround.

If you've tried this

A reader who wishes to remain anonymous also describes the issue:

I too have seen DNS issues with 4.7 under Tiger, but it is not consistent. Some times I get a connection and local DNS services for Safari seem to work.

Remote DNS usually needs fully qualified names but this is not consistent either.

Can't really explain what conditions cause the failure but I can totally understand how beta testing could miss this because I've had some connections to the same firewall that works like a charm.

Michael Murphy has seen it:

Yep, I see this as well. I am running 10.4.3 with Cisco VPN client 4.7.00 Build 0510. I have tried changing the settings for the DNS server in networking but it does not seem to help.

Fix for VPC 6.1/Tiger 10.4.3 problem. November 28 , 2005 -- Mardi Kennedy reports that the old Virtual PC stopped working when the Mac was updated to Tiger 10.4.3. Kennedy fixed the problem by installing the VPC 6.1.1 updater, which is still available from Microsoft.

Virtual PC 6.1 has been working well for me from OS X 10.3.x to 10.4.2. I installed 10.4.3 and lost all useful VPC/ XP functionality.

Got to the XP desktop and clicked my shortcut to Windows Explorer. Nothing. Went to the Start menu to access My Computer. Nothing. In other words, I have an initial display but no actual functionality. Can't get into other Control Panel items etc.

I solved the problem by installing the VPC 6.1.1 updater.

For our archive of VPC 6 problems and fixes, see our Virtual PC 6 Reports page.

More on SMB/AD Finder file copy problem . November 28, 2005 -- James Robertson in Australia reports seeing the Finder copy problem with SMB files servers in Active Directory:

You wanted to know if others had seen this - Yes, we have. Assorted Linux servers running Samba 3. Same symptoms as the original poster, copies using terminal work fine, etc.

One of our clients is actually a Mac shop, and they have not been able to give any help either.

This occurs with OS X 10.3 and 10.4, but does not fail all the time. It does seem to be dependant on the files/filenames though.

If you've seen this

Theories on Windows users locked out of Tiger Server. November 28, 2005 -- Bob Sneidar has some theories about the problem of Windows clients locked out of Tiger Server. (We have a suggestion posted on our Mac OS X Server page). Sneidar also reports on the response from Apple:

Concerning the problem of Windows Users getting locked out of SMB, I too am experiencing this. I believe it's a bug in the server. I do not have to reconfigure anything. I just stop and start the server and all is well.

It should be noted that when browsing the network neighborhood the server does not show up for Windows Users until after I restart the Windows service. Once I do that the server is browsable again. I have to think the Windows stack is crashing somehow.

I contacted Apple tech about this problem. They are aware there is a problem but they have so little feedback on the issue that they have nothing to work from as yet. I would suggest encouraging those in the discussion to contact Apple especially if they can reproduce the problem, or if the problem occurs frequently.

One of the things that seems to be a part of the problem is that numerous SMBD processes are spawned and stranded, that is there are no logged in SMB users to account for them. One theory is that when users disconnect the processes are not terminated, however when I try to reproduce this the processes terminate normally.

Another theory is that a Windows virus or worm that attacks Windows servers may be using aggressive brute force tactics to gain access to the server from a PC on the same LAN as the server. The repeated attempts to log in to the server may be overwhelming it. What would be especially useful is to know if the problem goes away for anyone right after patching their PC's or running a virus sweep that detects a virus or worm infection.

Basilisk II JIT, 680x0 emulator for Windows, updated. November 28 , 2005 -- Gwenolé Beauchesne has posted an updated version of Basilisk II JIT, a 680x0 (pre-PowerPC) Mac emulator for Windows. Basilisk JIT is a performance-enhanced version of Basilisk II is an open Source 680x0 by Christian Bauer.

Maintenance update for Slide Show. November 28 , 2005 -- Apimac has released version 7.0.2 of Slide Show for Mac and Windows, a cross-platform slide show create for Mac OS X and Windows. The update fixes a couple of bugs and improves presentations on in Windows.





Nov. 21

iEmulator update adds audio playback. November 21, 2005 -- Today, iEmulator.com released iEmulator 1.7.8 (US $24, free update), an update to the Windows-PC emulator for Mac OS X 10.3 and 10.4.

The update adds the ability to play audio from within Windows on the emulated PC. The update also improves iEmulator's ability to import PC profiles from Virtual PC 7, and improves the way the emulator handles CD-ROMs.

If you've tried this new version,

For more on iEmulator and other altenratives to Virtual PC, see our VPC Alternatives page.

A fix for binding and home folders. November 21, 2005 -- James Doty has a fix for the problem reported with Active Directory binding and home folders in Tiger 10.4.3:

I wrote last week about home folder issues and logging Mac Tiger clients into a Windows Server 2003 Active Directory. I've come upon a fix that works for us.

I did some research and discovered that our Tech Director had turned off NetBIOS on the server we use for home folders. We turned NetBIOS back on for the home folder server and on the Mac clients enabled UNC path from AD to derive network home location and set it to SMB.

So far I've logged on with a teacher account, a student account and an admin account and all were successful.

The Macs will not properly authenticate at logon to a server who's port 139 is not active.

To test this theory I created a dummy account and set it's home folder up on a server we have that did have port 139 active. This worked great and gave me the info I needed to bring to our Tech Director to get permission to turn NetBIOS over TCP/IP turned back on.

Cisco VPN Client 4.7 works better on Tiger . November 21, 2005 -- A couple of readers report that a new Cisco VPN Client 4.7 solves some problems with the previous version and Tiger.

Phil Truesdale said the newer version is better in a solution we reported last week:

I had to do the same thing under the Cisco 4.6 client. Cisco, however, has a newer 4.7 client that does not require restarting the VPN service to resuscitate the GUI.

Another reader reports success:

I am using cisco VPN client 4.7 on Mac OS X 10.4.2 without issue. I connect to a Cisco concentrator with Remote Desktop to my Windows XP box at work--no issues.

Another reader, however, has a problem with DNS, as reported in the next item.

DNS issue with Cisco VPN 4.7. November 21, 2005 -- A reader named Colomb is having trouble with DNS with the new Cisco VPN Client:

I'm having some DNS resolution issues using 10.4 and version 4.7 of the Cisco VPN client. Everything works fine when using the fully qualified server name, but as soon I try and use other names, I get a host not found error. I've read through a lot of the literature regarding this on your site and I've tried turning hardware checksum off and UDP checksums off, but it still doesn't work correctly.

If you've seen this

Entourage 11.2.1, new problem with delegation option. November 21, 2005 -- Aaron Kirkland reports this problem with the most recent Entourage update and delegation:

We are seeing the same problem here I have verified that on pre 11.2.1Entourage clients I can delete mail in Delegated mailboxes but not with thenew update. I am using the webmail client to delete items until I find a better solution.





Nov. 17

MassTransit updated for Tiger, Safari and Firefox for web-based file transfer. November 17, 2005 -- Group announced that its MassTransit file and print server software for Mac and Windows clients now supports the features of Safari, Firefox and Tiger. This enables Mac users to transfer files using Safari and Firefox. Mass Transit includes a web client plugin for these browsers. Previously, MassTransit supported only Internet Explorer for web-based file transfers. MassTransit is designed as a solution for enterprise businesses.

The Mass Transit servers run on Windows, Mac OS X, and Mac OS 9.

Helios "Unbreakable Server" includes Web-based file sharing. November 17, 2005 -- Helios Software has shipped the next generation of its cross-platform enterprise servers. It is now calling the product line Helios UB Unbreakable Server Solutions. The product line includes web-based file transfer, file sharing for Mac and Windows clients, and print and prepress servers. The software runs on Unix-based servers, including Mac OS X, Linux, Sun Solaris, HP-UX, IBM AIX, and others.

The Unbreakable Server Solutions line includes the following:

TIP: Using Cisco VPN Client for Mac 4.6.03 in Tiger. November 17, 2005 -- Clinton Fisher describes how he got around a problem with the Cisco VPN client in Tiger:

After installing the Cisco VPN client 4.6.03 and getting it to work twice, again it failed to start by clicking the GUI. I get the same messages about kernel module not loaded, similar to other reports.

I ran these two commands in Mac OS X 10.4.1:

sudo /System/Library/StartupItems/CiscoVPN/CiscoVPN restart

sudo /usr/local/bin/vpnclient autoinit

After that, I was able to click the VPN GUI in my Applications folder and connect successfully again.

If you've tried this

See our Tiger Reports page for previous report so Cisco problems with Tiger.

10.4.3 update fixed cascading ACL permissions problem. November 17, 2005 -- Michael O'Lear reports that the Tiger 10.4.3 update fixed a problem caused by the Tiger 10.4.2 update with access control lists (ACL) not cascading:

Back when 10.4.2 was released, I reported to your site that our XServe (acting as a member server attached to a Windows 2000 Active Directory Domain) was not cascading permissions from the ACLs on its SMB shares.

I am happy to report that on updating to 10.4.3, ACLs now work for our Windows users accessing the XServe's SMB shares. I am also happy to report that the network services no longer go unresponsive every 24 hours. The XServe has stayed up since Saturday. My hope has returned.

Active Directory tutorial describes single sign-on. November 17, 2005 -- Big Nerd Ranch, Inc. has posted a tutorial called Mac OS/Linux/Windows Single Sign-On. It describers how to use Active Directory to handle logins on Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. There are three pages, each with directions and screenshots for each of the operating systems.

TIP: Use Panther Classic to run Outlook 2001 on Tiger. November 17, 2005 -- Manuel Hernandez from Spain recommends using the Panther's Classic to run Outlook 2001 in Tiger:

I had the same reported problem when I attempt run Outlook 2001 over iMacs G5 with Tiger.

My solution: Install again Tiger erasing the disk, and install the version of Classic from Panther, Mac OS X 10.3.x.

It was not necessary to do with the last version of Tiger (10.4.2) is not necesary that.

If you've tried this

Duplicate Junk Mail Folder in Entourage. November 17, 2005 -- Michael Wilmar now has two Entourage junk mail folders; he'd like get rid of one of them:

I have picked up a duplicate Junk Mail folder in my folder list which is supposed to replicate my folders on our Exchange Server. It’s just there; it doesn’t synchronize with the Exchange Server; all junk mail goes to the other Junk Mail folder. So I would like to get rid of it without doing a complete rebuild of my database, which takes forever.

If you've seen this





Nov. 11

Fix for running Outlook 2001 on Panther/Tiger. November 11, 2005 -- Jeff Pollard passed along a solution for running Outlook 2001 (in Classic) on Mac OS X 10.3 and 10.4:

Someone named Tilmon Wooden posted what I have found to be THE fix for folks who haven't been able to run Outlook 2001 since Jaguar. Many of us have been struggling with trying to even log in once since upgrading. Error messages about "folders cannot be opened", duplicate login screens, and the inability to use the GAL have plagued those of us still clinging on to Outlook 2001. Like many other administrators, I've spent countless hours troubleshooting permissions and preference files, only to find that running Outlook 2001 from a disk image (or another partition) was the best fix. Until now. Here's the fix that Tilmon posted to the Microsoft Outlook newsgroup:

  1. Clear all of the Outlook/Exchange preferences from the System Folder. (You want to start from scratch)
  2. Launch "Outlook Settings" from Control Panels or inside of "Outlook Files"
  3. Set up the user account and check name.
  4. Copy the Exchange Preferences and Outlook Services file from the Outlook Files folder into the Preference folder of the System Folder
  5. Launch Outlook and you are done.

So far, this has worked for me on all five of the machines I've tried it on. It's simply amazing to finally have a solution to such a frustrating problem. My hat's off to Tilmon Wooden for figuring this one out.

Here's a link to the original post.

Insights into Tiger AD binding problems. November 11, 2005 -- James Doty has some insights into problems with Active Directory binding from Tiger:

I've been having issues with Tiger 10.4.3 and Active Directory on a Windows NAS File Server 2003 SP1. I'm able to bind the client computers to our Active Directory domain without issue. Here's where I run into trouble.

If I set up Active Directory on the Tiger client computers to use UNC path from AD to derive network home location and set it to SMB the Tiger users can not log onto the network. If I leave that box unchecked they can, but then have to select the Go menu and connect to the server from there to find their home folder.

Panther 10.3.9 ignores this error and will log the user in, but not give the AD home folder.

Also, on Tiger, if I select SMB in the Directory Access application and select the drop down I do not see our domain listed. But in Panther I do.

I still haven't solved this issue, but it may be what's causing other people here AD connectivity grief.

WebDrive gives Win drive letter access iDisk. November 11, 2005 -- South River Technologies has a product called WebDrive, a utility that allows Windows users to map their iDisk storage to a standard windows drive letter. Apple's Windows iDisk utility does not enable mapping of the iDisk volume.

With WebDrive, users can upload, download, edit, and even stream video from their iDisk account on to a Windows box.

Build a Google Earth overlay on a Mac. November 11, 2005 -- And a Software 4 Free article describes how Mac users can build an overlay for Google Earth, which is not yet available for Mac. The method uses a web application called CommunityWalk.





Nov. 9

Binding issue with AD. November 7, 2005 -- Chris Windham ran into Active Directory binding problems with Tiger:

We've seen the same problem where our G5 just quits allowing anyone to authenticate from AD. This originally surfaced in 10.3 after applying an 'Active Directory' enhancement update. After getting nowhere with Apple's support, I reinstalled 10.3 without updates and it worked again. After the release, we tested 10.4 and had no issues so we upgraded. After several months, it quit authenticating out of the blue again. The first time I resolved by setting it to be a standalone server and then going back to the domain member role. This did not work the second time. I had to unbind and re-bind to Active Directory before getting it back online again.

Apple doesn't mention it on their website and their 'Premium' support doesn't cover this. They consider it to be 3rd party integration and want $700 to fix. Wow! Microsoft will resolve all kinds of issues for $250. Look for a G5 Xserve on Ebay soon. I am not a fan.

VPC Quicken Medical Manager incompatible. November 7, 2005 -- Stuart Berwick reports that Quicken Medical Manager will not on Virtual PC 7:

Quicken has come out with a new program for tracking medical expenses and it works great on my Windows machines but I get nowhere in VPC 7.02 I keep trying it and it worked only once immediately after install. I keep my data on a thumb drive and plug into the machine I am using at the time. I have an iMac G5 2.0 ghz and 1 gig of RAM, 250 gig hard drive.

If you've tried running this program in VPC

Bug fix update for Missing Sync for Win Mobile. November 7, 2005 -- Mark/Space has released The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile 2.0.2, an upgrade to the Mac OS X utility that syncs Macs with Pocket PC and Smartphone devices. The 2.0.2 update is a free download and includes the several fixes:

Mark/Space noted that this update does not add compatibility with Windows Mobile 5.0, but the company will supply a free update in the future.

TIP: Fix for Slow Windows Logon to a OS X Server Acting as a PDC. November 7, 2005 -- Louis Gephardt found the cause and fix for the problem of slow authentication of Win clients to OS X Server:

I ran into this same issue, the issue was bad DNS resolution. Make sure you server has a DNS entry and that it will resolve the hostname and IP address BEFORE promoting your server to an Open Directory Master. If DNS is not working correctly, you will have ALL sorts of problems and will likely have to rebuild the LDAP. Once I got DNS running correctly and rebuilt the LDAP, the login time dropped to less than a second.

If you've tried this approach

AD home directories with ExtremeZ-IP. November 7, 2005 -- Dedrick Allen solved his Mac file sharing problems on Active Directory/Open Directory by using Group Logic's ExtremeZ-IP on the servers:

I have been reading about the SMB issues people have been having with OS X since SMB support was added in Jaguar.

We recently deployed 150 Mac's running Tiger and decided to use Open Directory+Active Directory integration with network home folders stored on our Windows domain controller. We knew Windows Services for Macintosh would not support network home directories because it does not support AFP 3.1 and we did not want to use SMB because of all the problems with data loss, file locking etc...

We even had issues with Windows Services for Macintosh and OS X clients on stand-alone file servers. Many times opening files from the server would lock up apps and other strange issues like files disappearing etc...

We finally broke down and purchased ExtremeZ-IP 4 and those problems went away for good. ExtremeZ-IP is a great for server based storage with Mac OS X and OS 9 clients.

NOTE: Group Logic has an article called Creating Active Directory Integrated Home Directories.

Work around (sort of) for Entourage 11.2.1, problem with delegation option. November 9, 2005 -- Jay Christianson a bit of a "temporary and flaky" workaround for the problem with Entourage 11.2.1 delegation:

We've seen this problem too. Currently, I only have one person and myself set up to use delegated mail accounts (we were the guinea pigs).

Anyway, by default, while the Exchange admins have us set for proper permissions (that work in Windows Outlook and old Mac Outlook for OS 9), we can not delete mail from these delegated accounts.

We have found, though, that if you log in to a Windows machine, and open the account from there, you can get properties of the mailbox and change yourself to owner, or whatever and then you can deleted files, etc.

BUT, we've found the effect is very temporary and flaky. The other person we have testing the delegated folder has to reset the permissions from the PC fairly often because they keep reverting to not letting him in. I, on the other hand, have been able to set the permissions once from Mac Outlook, and then once my permissions reverted, I can't get them to change to allow me to delete again. Oh, this applies to individual emails in there. I've noticed that it appears I can create and delete folders from within the mailbox at will.

Hotfix fixes Macs hanging while searching Win 2003 SP1 . November 7, 2005 -- Frederic Pognant verified that the Microsoft hotfix does indeed address the problem of Macs hang while searching Win 2003 SP1, reported on our Windows 2003 reports page:

I had the same case when I migrated file servers using Windows NT4.0SP6/MAc Server IP to Windows 2003 Server SP1 without any add-ons for now. Searching files from Mac resulted in crashes at any time. Contacted Microsoft: they sent a hot-fix which you can't download from their sites ( a beta patch created on October 06). Works fine!





Nov. 7

Tiger 10.4.3 fixes AD, LDAP problems. November 7, 2005 -- A pair of readers report that last week's Tiger 10.4.3 Update fixes two problems with Active Directory. Dedrick Allen has two:

Active Directory lockout with password change:

When an Active Directory user's account has been flagged by an admin to force the user to change their password at next login previously, the user could successfully change their AD password but it would leave the keychain password out of sync with the new AD password and the user would be locked out. This has been fixed in 10.4.3 update.

Power Mac G5 problem logging into Open Directory:

Power Mac G5's (I think it's just the Power Mac G5's with this issue not sure) had a problem connecting to the Open Directory LDAP Server at startup and would display the empty blue screen for up to 10 minutes or more in some cases before it eventually continued and the login window was displayed. This has been fixed in 10.4.3.

Adrian Cooke said that 10.4.3 fixes an account locking problem:

The account locking problem when a Windows UNC path SMB home folder is automatically mounted has been resolved. However, there is a problem accessing Login Items. This is caused by use Windows UNC path for home with SMB as the path is added into the login items in Systems Preferences / Account. When login items is selected, Systems preferences crashes. I think that this has something to do with the path name which is "SMB//server.domain/share$" as it generates entries in the Console with "[NSUL initFileURLWithPath:] nil string parameter."

If you can comment on these fixes

Reader verifies 10.4.3 fix of InDesign bug. November 7, 2005 -- Luis Menoyo as verified that the Mac OS X 10.4.3 Update fixes the problem of Adobe InDesign Crashing in Tiger 10.4.2 on Windows networks:

The problem in OS-X 10.4.2, of InDesign crashing when opening a file on an SMB server, have been resolved in OS-X 10.4.3. Now I can work on InDesign files residing on a Windows server.

We first reported the fix last week from another source.

Reader reports 10.4.3 still has SMB/AD Finder file copy problem. November 7, 2005 -- After upgrading to the Tiger 10.4.3 Update, Hory Fabien is still seeing a problem with SMB file coping from the Finder, but not from, Terminal with Active Directory users, and only in some logon conditions:

The 10.4.3 version still doesn't solve the following problem for us. With an Active Directory user logged on the Mac and a Windows 2003 share mounted via SMB, if I try to a Finder copy of files to the SMB share, only the first file is copied. A message says there are not enough permissions to write the file. (The permissions on the Windows 2003 server are read/write and not 'total control' for the user.) If I copy files with the Terminal, there are no problems.

If I login with the local administrator of the Mac and mount the Windows 2003 share with the active directory user, I can copy files with the Finder.

If you've seen this problem

Reader says AD binding problem remains in 10.4.3. November 7, 2005 -- Adrian Cooke of the U. K. reports that a problem with Active Directory binding that began with Tiger is still not fixed in 10.4.3:

There are still problems with and generated by the Active Directory Plug-in with 10.4.3. I get an error "An Unknown Error Occurred" when I bind to Active Directory. On a second attempt it binds without any errors.

The "Allow admin groups" doesn't work. This was the same in 10.4.2. This has always worked fine with 10.3 with our network.

TIP: Importing Outlook for Win email into Entourage. November 7, 2005 -- A reader posting at the O'Reilly web site describes how to move Outlook for Windows email messages to Entourage.

Entourage permission problem not fixed in 11.2.1. November 7, 2005 -- Terry Brink reports that the most recent Entourage 11.2.1 update does not fix a problem with permissions caused by Service Pack 2:

My Entourage problem sounds familiar.

Last week the auto updater for Office 2004 ran in the middle of the day upgrading to 11.2.1. When I restarted Entourage it began constantly asking me to re enter the password. Even if I check the box to remember the password it will ask again a few minutes later. I can get new mail by quitting and restarting entourage, but within a few minutes it will start asking for the password again.

Am I stuck with removing it and reinstalling and not upgrading, or is there a way to fix it?

Entourage 11.2.1, new problem with delegation option. November 7, 2005 -- Brad Boots found a new problem with delegating mailboxes caused by the Entourage 11.2.1 update:

Many people in our organization used the delegate option to access shared email accounts. We are a magazine publisher and these mail boxes are an important tool for filtering mail coming into the various titles. Many editors will monitor the same mailbox on the Exchange server for stories or feedback that relates to their work.

After upgrading to Entourage 11.2.1, these people can no longer delete mail in the delegate mailboxes. This is a huge problem. I have not found a workable solution.

I did open a shared mailbox as a stand alone account and set several users with the new delegated mailbox user option. This works fine for the mail that existed up until I closed the mailbox but any new mail that arrives is not available to manage.

If you've seen this problem





Nov. 3

Long list of cross-platform fixes in OS X 10.4.3 Update; bugs still remain. November 3, 2005 -- The long-awaited Mac OS X 10.4.3 Update that Apple released this week has a long list of dozens of bug fixes and improvements, including several related to cross-platform issues. Apple's bug fix list includes these cross-platform topics:

Readers are reporting that while some problems are fixed, others remain, including some problems that began with Mac OS X 10.4.0.

Win Server-based Adobe InDesign incompatibility fixed

A reader who wishes to remain anonymous reports that Tiger incompatibility with Adobe InDesign has been fixed:

The InDesign crash problem (when using SMB/CIFS) seems to be fixed in the upcoming 10.4.3 update of Tiger. At least it works OK in the recent beta.

SMB Issues/ Active Directory

Jay Christianson said that the update did not fix one SMB problem:

10.4.3 does not solve SMB access problem to W2K3 servers. On our first, quickie tests, it appears that 10.4.3 does not solve the problems we've seen trying to utilize SMB shares on our w2k3 server.

Eric Stewart reports that Tiger problem with Active Directory is not fixed in 10.4.3:

From 10.4 - 10.4.3, the "Allow Administration by ..." check box has not worked. I've gone as far as to open a call with Apple, and they still haven't fixed it.

The only workaround I've discovered so far is manually granting the account admin status in the account properties, validating as another (i.e. local) admin user.

Brad Price reports that the Updated fixed an SMB bug, but that it still has an Active Directory issue:

10.4.3 appears to fix a six-month bug in mounting SMB shares that required port 137 on the Windows server.

As previously reported, Mac OS X Tiger introduced a change from Panther in that ports 139 (netbios-ssn) AND 137 (netbios-ns) were required to mount via SMB in the Finder. Panther required only port 139.

(Interestingly, Windows has been able to "direct-hosted" SMB over port 445 for many years. I'm not sure why Apple won't modernize this critical cross-platform aspect of Mac OS X.) So this is good news for folks at institutions that have firewalled port 137 on their server (for whatever reason...)

The AD Plugin for Directory Access still requires port 137 in order to use an SMB share for the login home directory, via unchecking the "Force local home directory on startup disk" box in the AD Plugin configuration GUI (This is the same as the "dsconfidad -localhome disable" parameter.)

Price also said that 10.4.3 fixes one problem with the Active Directory plugin:

Coincidentally, the AD plugin doesn't require port 137 for a simple automatic mounting of the SMB share. This is the "Use UNC path from AD to derive network home location", or "dsconfigad -useuncpath enable -protocol smb". So if your Mac lab is using local homes but you want the logged in AD user's LAN drive to be mounted automatically, 10.4.3 does the trick!

Virtual PC 7

Loren Olson reports that the update fixed one VPC bug but not another:

I can confirm absolutely that Virtual Switch does work and works just fine. Why, I have no idea. One thing that has never worked with Virtual PC 7 and continues to not work is Palm Syncing.

Mac OS X Server 10.4.3 problem

Loren Olson is not happy with the Server, with new problems:

The Server version of 10.4.3 is the worst of the two and actually for me it's the pits. I appear to have to reinstall everything which is not one of my favorite subject.

One thing this turkey had the nerve to do that it has never done before is trash all my mail.

Microsoft Exchange Server

Jay Christianson reports on a problem with Mail and Exchange Server:

We've just run a quick test to see if Mail 2.0.5 has resolved the issue where when Mail connects to an Exchange server, things appear fine on the client side and mail downloads/syncs/etc., but on the server, millions of error messages flood the event logs.

Apple was aware of this problem with the last version of Mail... and may need to be made aware that it still is not resolved.

Dave Brady has a problem with OWA & Safari 2.0.x that the upgrade didn't fix:

We're using Microsoft Exchange with Outlook Web Access for email throughout the district. We haven't had a serious problem until Tiger and Safari 2.0.x Users are required to re-authenticate to open mail, close mail, send mail, open folders, save messages, attach files, etc.

I must say it happens on MOST (1000+) machines. There are a couple where something has happened that the issue doesn't exist. Unfortunately, we can't figure out what that is.

I just upgraded to Safari 2.0.2 this morning (fresh yesterday with OS 10.4.3) and the issue is still there.

Does 10.4.3 fix cross-platform problems for you?


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