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News from January 2011 through December 2012

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  • December 2012
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    Most recent content first. (For older or more recent content see MacWindows News Archives.)

    December 2012

    Parallels warns Mac users on upgrading VMs to Windows 8

    A Parallels technical article entitled Critical and Urgent Windows 8 Service Advisory warns users of Parallels 8 for Mac that upgrading virtual machines to Windows 8 could result in data loss. The company advises that users should run the latest update of Parallels 8 before upgrading, and to make a…

    Reader reports Mountain Lion problem printing to Windows print queues

    Anne Balish is seeing printing errors when printing to Windows print queues from Mountain Lion: I have a printing problem that has vexed me for years. I stumbled on a work around that's done the job until Mountain Lion came along. When setting up Macs to print to Canon ImageRunner series printers…

    Reader says OS X 10.8.2 will not connect to Windows shares

    Delarado can't connect to Windows SMB file servers and clients from the Mountain Lion 10.8.2 Finder. He gets a permissions error. He can, however, connect using Terminal to type a mount command. He posted his report in the MacWindows Forum. We post it here as well: I've been trying for a while now…

    eWeek gives 10 reasons to pick Mountain Lion over Windows 8

    An eWeek article postulates that Windows 8 dramatic departure from previous versions might cause some buyers of new computers to switch to a Mac and OS X Mountain Lion. The article by Don Reisinger lists ten reasons why new computer buyers should do so. Reisinger puts the interface at the top of…


    October 2012

    OS X Server 2.1.1 plugs DHCP hole, adds iOS 6 support

    Monday, October 8, 2012

    Apple released an update to Mountain Lion Server called OS X Server 2.1.1, which adds several features and fixes related to DHCP, DNS, and Active Directory. It also updates Profile Manager to add support for managing iOS 6 devices.

    The update enables you to administer DHCP service from the Server app. DHCP service had long been part of OS X Server, but Apple removed it from the first Mountain Lion Server builds. Previous to the 2.1.1 update only way to set DHCP was using System Preferences or the command line......Read entire story here

    Mac with Windows/Boot Camp can't save Word to Mac Server

    Monday, October 8, 2012

    Jim Valentine has a file sharing problem with a Mac mini booted from Windows XP with Boot Camp. Word for Window can't save files to a Mac OS X 10.6.8 file share from within Word. The user can copy the file to the server. Other Macs running Windows, including one using Parallels 7, don't have this problem.

    If you've seen this problem . Read Valentine's full report is here.

    Centrify offers free Centrify Express for Smart Card

    Monday, October 8, 2012

    Centrify has released a Centrify Express for Smart Card, a free utility for that enables Macs to securely access web sites (with Safari and Chrome), virtual private networks, and encrypted email (Mail and Outlook) that require smart card authentication. Supported smart cards include the Personal Identity Verification (PIV) card, the Common Access Card (CAC) and the CAC Next Generation (CAC NG) card, which are used by U.S. government and military agencies.

    Centrify Express for Smart Card runs on Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, and 10.7 (Snow Leopard, Lion, and Mountain Lion).

    Thursby brings smart card authentication to iOS

    Monday, October 8, 2012

    Thursby Software and Precise Biometrics teamed up to release a hardware/software bundle that provides secure smart card authentication for iPhones and iPads. The Tactivo case and PKard Reader app enable users to swipe a CAC or PIV smart card to authenticate US federal agency and Department of Defense web sites. The Tactivo case also includes a fingerprint reader. FIPS 140-2 security is supported.

    The bundle is available at introductory pricing of $249 for the iPhone and $299 for the iPad bundle, $50 off the regular bundle price.

  • Mountain Lion Server hosts Sage accounts data

    Monday, October 8, 2012

    Dave Hall reports that Mountain Lion Server unexpectedly can host Sage data:

    Once upon a time I used to host a Sage (the UK accounts package) data folder on a Mac Leopard server and it worked. Snow Leopard and Lion killed this. However, i am happy to report that it appears to be fixed in Mountain Lion server. I look forward to test the SMB sharing with AIO copiers and the re-introduced FTP service in Server GUI.

    If you've tried this


    August 2012

    OS X 10.8.1 fixes Active Directory, Exchange, SMB problems

    Tuesday, August 28, 2012

    Apple has issued its first Mountain Lion update, OS X 10.8.1, which addresses several issues with Macs in Windows environments. Apple said the update improves compatibility when using Mail to connect to Microsoft Exchange Server. The update also improves 802.1X authentication with Active Directory credentials and resolve an issue when connecting to SMB file sharing servers with long names. Other fixes include......Read entire story here

    VMware Fusion 5 integrates with Mountain Lion, Win 8, boosts speed

    Tuesday, August 28, 2012

    VMware released VMware Fusion 5 ($50), a major new version of the virtualization software for OS X. The company said that the new version runs up to 40 percent faster than version 4.x, and incorporates many of Mountain Lion's new features. VMware Fusion 5 also adds support for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. A Professional edition for administrators is available for $100 for deploying to multiple clients......Read entire story here

    Reinstalling Outlook to fix crashing in Mountain Lion; more readers report problems

    Tuesday, August 28, 2012

    A number of readers responded to our report "Outlook crashing, problems with Mountain Lion," all verifying the issues, some describing different issues. Andy Burrows fixed the problem by deleting and reinstalling Office after updating to Mountain Lion:

    I have experienced similar problems with Outlook crashing after updating to Mountain Lion. These happen seemingly randomly when choosing tabs like "Organize" or "Tools". Furthermore, I could not make appointments or meetings in my calendar as the two tabs are greyed out and double clicking a time slot in the calendar does absolutely nothing. This is infuriating especially as I was careful to apply all updates to Office before "upgrading" to Mountain Lion......Read entire story here


    August 20

    Parallels Desktop 7 and Parallels Mobile update for Retina and Mountain Lion

    Monday, August 20, 2012

    Parallels has updated Parallels Desktop 7 and Parallels Mobile for iOS devices to take advantage of Apple's high-resolution Retina display, used in Apple's highest-end MacBook Pro and on current iOS devices. Both now work with OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. Parallels Desktop is virtualization software that enables Windows to run on Macs. Parallels Mobile enables iOS users to access Windows installed in a virtual machine on a Mac. For the Mac, Parallels released three quick updates......Read entire story here

    Thursby ships PKard for Mountain Lion CAC/PIV smart cards

    Monday, August 20, 2012

    Thursby Software Systems has upgraded its software for using CAC/PIV smart cards on Macs with PKard for Mac v1.2. The main new feature is support for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. The update is free to existing customers and $30 for new customers.

    To enable Macs to authenticate using smart cards, PKard for Mac includes drivers for US Department of Defense-compliant CAC, PIV, PIV-I or CIV smart cards. The smart card authentication can provide access to secure web sites, web VPN and secure Apple mail. The software works with a card reader plugged into the Mac.

    Thursby also offers PKard Reader, a solution for Apple iOS devices.

    GroupLogic updates activEcho, enterprise file sharing

    Monday, August 20, 2012

    GroupLogic has released activEcho 2.5, an update to the secure, enterprise file sharing and syncing solution for any OS. The update focuses on storage administration, security and compliance, scalability and deployment, end-user functionality and enhanced integration, according to the company. Unlike a browser-based solution like DropBox, activEcho 2.5 is managed, controlled, and monitored by IT. New features and improvements include......Read entire story here


    July 2012

    Apple ships Mountain Lion - does it fix Lion cross-platform issues?

    Monday, July 30, 2012

    With the Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8) now shipping, we'd like to know if it fixes some of the problems that Lion has, including SMB file sharing problems, Active Directory binding problems, or Outlook for Mac issues. what you think.

    Mountain Lion Server improves on Lion Server

    Workgroup Manager shipped in last minute surprise

    Monday, July 30, 2012

    Apple's new Mountain Lion Server can be thought of as a new, improved version of Lion Server, but one that continues to shift away from enterprise uses and towards workgroup and even home use. OS X Server 10.8 brings more functionality to its simpler Server app, but drops the advanced GUI administration tools of Server Admin, as well as and some features, most notably Podcast Producer has also been dropped. But the surprise release of Workgroup Manager 10.8 restores some advanced administration features thought to have been deleted...... Read entire story here

    Outlook crashing, problems with Mountain Lion

    Monday, July 30, 2012

    Mike Cox reports that upgrading to Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8) broke Outlook for Mac, causing crashes when trying to create a new folder, and disabling the ability to move messages into folders:

    I installed Mountain Lion on my MB Pro with no problems. I had already loaded the most recent updates to MS Office for Mac. The only problems I have seen so far have been with Outlook. Two things: I can no longer move messages from the Inbox to a sub folder. No errors, it just doesn't move. Now everything piles up in my Inbox--kind of annoying. The work around for now is my iPhone. It will let me move messages to sub folders from the inbox. Still annoying.

    The othe problem: If I try to use the "New" icon on the toolbar, it crashes Outlook. I tried to use this to create a new folder, hoping it would resolve the first problem. A hard crash every time I click on the icon or use the "File/New" drop down.

    I can't find any solution on the web yet and all other Office apps work fine.

    If you've seen this problem


    Mountain Lion Server for Dummies completed

    Monday, July 23, 2012

    No, I haven't been on vacation. I've been writing Mountain Lion Server For Dummies, my latest book from Wiley Publishing. I've now finished the book, which has an estimated publishing date of September 25. Mountain Lion Server differs from it's predecessor, Lion Server, with more features and settings accessable from the Server app. At $20, OS X Mountain Lion Server now costs less the book. I'll have more on Mountain Lion Server after Apple releases it.


    June 2012

    TIP: Scanning with Parallels Desktop and Windows 7 VM

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

    Two readers replied to the report "Reader seeks scanner for Parallels Windows 7 VM," in which a readers says that the Canon MX870 scanner doesn't work.

    Frank Carlet said:

    I've got a positively ancient CanonScan 4200F working fine in Windows 7/Parallels 7.0. I just need to select it in Devices under USB

    Don Hayes sent us a link to the Parallels web site:

    FWIW, this Parallels KB article shows a CanonScan 4200F device in its illustration, How to set up a scanner or a multifunctional printer in a virtual machine.

    If you've tried the Parallels procedure

    Accidental solution to Lion 10.7.4 problem with AFP shares?

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

    Two readers confirmed a previous report of the Lion 10.7.4 update no longer working with older AFP file shares. One reader accidently found a way to get it working again. The other reader works around it with a Parallels virtual machine. Peter Wojciechowski got AFP working with his network attached storage device by accident:

    Yes, I have the problem connecting with my QNAP NAS from my iMac that I keep up to date with patches. It was all working fine after I updated the firmware on my QNAP NAS, then after months of happy use it stopped working and I cannot connect to it via the normal Apple AFP, SAMBA, TIME MACHINE. I can only assume this was because of the Apple patch.

    The really weird thing is when I boot my old Windows machine on the network up the SMB share to my old PC and a SMB share to the NAS pop up so I am able to access it via that, but the AFP doesn't work. Really weird thing is Time Machine still seems to be backing up to my NAS -- but doesn't that use AFP?

    Actually an interesting development today is that from the Mac QNAP GET app (torrent download) when you right click to open the download folder it opens via AFP (I only just tried using this app). After that the Apple AFP server connection from Finder seems to start working (that is the first time in weeks and I have been trying it almost daily). The SAMBA in Finder still fails to connect, but that explains how Time Machine does kick in via AFP most times. Nasty little bug.

    Jeffrey Mehlhorn ditched the Finder for file transfer and when to a Windows virtual machine:

    I found a temporary solution. Since SMB is way too slow, and AFP does not work anymore, we decided to use Parallels with Windows XP (using SMB). We connect to the Windows server to drag files off of it into a Mac layout program. It works great. All you have is a search window open from Windows, and that's it. You search the file, and drag it over. You don't even realize your using Windows. It is efficient for now. We are using a Mac mini with 8GB of RAM, 4GB devoted to Parallels.

    It does not work in the coherence mode. But when Parallels is not in the coherence mode, it works great.

    If you've tried either of these approaches

    Reader says update cripples Outlook Mac

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

    Rob Hayes is not happy with the last Outlook 2011 update:

    After the last update, my calendar stopped syncing with the Exchange Server and now I get a pinwheel every time I do anything in the app. Click, type, open, whatever. This is awful.

    If you've seen this problem

    Reader says Outlook Mac time stamps in the future

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

    Mindy Musumeci finds that Outlook thinks mail is 5 hours later than reality:

    I log into our company's server via a window remote connection. On my Mac laptop, the Outlook timestamp is 5 hours later than the current time. It gets very confusing for our customers and very frustrating for me when I look in Sent Items and the email isn't there. It isn't there because the computer doesn't think the email has been sent yet since the date on the email is 5 hours in the future. If i search, Outlook will find the email but still frustrating. Our IT guys hasn't heard of this issue.

    If you've seen this problem

    Outlook 2011 blocks Word files -- attachment empty

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

    A reader in our forums wrote about a problem with Outlook for Mac problems attached Word files:

    I am using MS-Outlook:Mac 2011 and am experiencing weird behaviour. Somebody tried to send me a *.doc file. When I get it in my Inbox it is shown with a size 700kb. If I open it (preview/doubleklick) it says it's 0 kb.

    The same when I try to safe the file. The file is being saved on HHD but also 0kb big.

    If Iaccess my inbox via Webmail i can download and open the file correctly.

    If the sender renames (not reformat! not export in another format) the file into *.docx the file arrives right and i can open it.

    If the doc is zipped, received in outlook, saved and unzipped it works too.

    So the outlook seems to block exactly some files having .doc extension although MS claims not to block *.doc

    Since I can not influence all my contacts to rename their docs, it's not helping to talk about the format of the file. I really just want to safe/open it as it arrives on the Mailserver.

    If you've seen this problem

    iPhone smart forward/reply problem seen in iOS 5

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

    Joshua Curry commented on a two-year-old report about an iOS problem with Exchange Server where icons for replied and forwarded messages don't sync:

    The smart forward / reply issue still exists on iOS 5 and Exchange 2007. I'd love to see a fix for this, so if you have any further information, please pass it along.

    We don't, but if you do


    May 2012

    May 31

    TIP: Reader verifies IPv6 DNS fix for slow AD binding, with suggestion

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

    Wolf-Dieter Seeau in Austria verified the tip "DNS workaround for slow AD binding with Lion and 10.6.8 in .local domains." He also ran into a problem with the fix and passed along a suggestion. His report:

    Many thank for your great website! After long searching I found the article on your website. The problem with the long login times occurred in our environment after the update to 10.6.8. In many user groups I've found the problem. But the hint on your site was the solution.

    It's not so easy to implement IPv6 in an enterprise environment. But it seems that this is the only working solution. At first we tried to register the self-generated link local IPv6 addresses......Read entire story here

    Outlook Mac causes high net bandwidth use

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

    Jodie Morgan reports that a single copy of Outlook 2011 for Mac is slowing down the network when it downloads mail and syncs. (We wonder if this is related to the reports of slow syncing.) Here's Morgan's report:

    We have a woman in our office who uses a Mac as it gives her the design capability she requires. The rest of the office are all on PCs, all of us have email through an exchange server. Whenever she has Outlook open on her PC we periodically lose up to 50 percent of our bandwidth while it downloads and synchronizes. It is making working very difficult for the entire office.

    If you've seen this problem please

    Another report of slow Outlook Mac syncing with Exchange

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

    Lars Knakkergaard has the problem of slow syncing of Outlook Mac and Exchange:

    Outlook 2011 is still very slow for syncing against Exchange 2007. The initial sync was fast. Afterwards, it seems like it's reading with really slow speeds, like 3kb/s via RPC. There dosen't seem to be any solution yet.

    If you're seeing this issue please

    Another reader with Lion file sharing error code - 36

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

    Danny Kwong responded to previous reports of -36 errors and slow performance when copying files to a share with Lion:

    I have same issue after update to Lion. Even upgrade to 10.7.4, it still has very slow connections with SMB and AFP when copying large files ( above 400MB), and it still has error code 36. I am using QNAP TS-210 and latest firmware 3.6.1.

    If you've seen this problem with Lion please Our Snow Leopard File Sharing Tips page had a number of verified workaround for the problem in OS X 10.6.x, though we haven't heard if any work for Lion.

    Reader seeks scanner for Parallels Windows 7 VM

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

    Canon told Kathy Hiller that her Canon MX870 scanner won't work with a Parallels Desktop 7 Windows 7 virtual machine. She asks if anyone knows of a scanner that will work with Parallels. We suggested the Fujitstu SnapScan feed-through line, or the Epson 3170 flatbed scanner. Here is Hiller's report:

    I spent over 5 hours trying to get my Canon MX870 scanner to work on my Windows program that I am running through Parallels Desktop 7 on my Mac computer. I bought the Parallels program so I could have access to edible cake images from Photocake.com.......Read entire story here

    Reader verifies Boot Camp 3 fix for wireless networking

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

    Randy Brodeur said simply, "Worked perfectly," regarding "TIP: A fix for Windows 7 wireless drivers on a MacBook Boot Camp 3." Does it work for you? Please


    May 23

    CrossOver 11.1 adds support for Diablo III on Mac

    Wednesday, May 23, 2012

    CodeWeavers has released CrossOver 11.1, an update to the Mac software that enables for Mac OS X to run Windows applications natively, without the use of Windows. The 11.1 update adds support for the Windows game Diablo III as well as some enhancements. There is now a smoother installation process for some versions of Microsoft Office and fixes for Excel 2010 and Project 2007, as well as various other bug fixes.

    If you're using CrossOver 11.x what you think of it.

    VMware Fusion beta runs OS X 10.8, Win 8 in VM

    Wednesday, May 23, 2012

    VMware is offering VMware Fusion Technology Preview 2012, a free pre-release version of an upcoming version of its virtualization software for Mac OS X. The Tech Preview can run Apple's OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Developer Preview in a virtual machine, as well as the Windows 8 Community Preview. VMware says that the Tech Preview does not include major new features, but does include "changes to the underlying virtualization platform that are under active development and investigation." The Tech Preview can be installed alongside a released, stable version of VMware Fusion, although only one copy can be run at a time.

    If you've tried VMware Fusion Technology Preview 2012 what you think of it.

    VirtualBox 4.1.16 can run Mountain Lion in VM

    Wednesday, May 23, 2012

    Oracle has released VirtualBox 4.1.16, a maintenance update to the virtualization software for Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, and Solaris. The update fixes several bugs and addresses some issues with running Mountain Lion Developer Preview 3 in a virtual machine on a Mac OS X host. VirtualBox is free for personal use.

    If you've tried VirtualBox 4.x what you think of it.

    TIP: Special password characters may cause Outlook Mac authentication problem

    Wednesday, May 23, 2012

    Alie Jallow has a suggestion for authentication problems with Outlook for Mac accounts, which several readers have reported:

    I had this problem and it was due to a special character included in the password. Make sure you have at least one Uppercase character and avoid using these £, ?, & in your password.

    If you've tried this suggestion

    Lion 10.7.4 update didn't fix error -36

    Wednesday, May 23, 2012

    Louie Campagna updated his previous report about a file sharing error in Lion:

    Just so the info is out there, 10.7.4 has not fixed the SMB issue I reported to you (error -36 when copying).

    If you've seen this problem

    Lion 10.7.4 does not connect to old AFP shares

    Wednesday, May 23, 2012

    Jeffrey Mehlhorn reports that the recently released Lion 10.7.4 update still has the problem with connecting to older AFP Windows servers (with Services for Macintosh):

    I too have just got a new Lion machine running 10.7.4. It will not connect to Windows Server via AFP, although, all the pre-Lion machines have no problem connecting via AFP. I tried Apple's suggestion over and over and it does not work. Even talked to Apple support and they didn't have faith in the solution either. They just said upgrade the PC server. Arrrgh!

    Note that we also have another suggestion here. If you've seen this problem


    May 10

    Version 10.7.4 of Lion, Lion Server contain SMB, AD fixes

    Thursday, May 10, 2012

    Apple released version 10.7.4 maintenance updates to Lion, Lion Server, and the Server Admin Tools. The Lion client update fixes a problem that "may prevent files from being saved to an SMB server," according to Apple, and improves printing to an SMB print queue. The update also improves the "reliability of binding and logging into Active Directory accounts." Version 10.7.4 also plugs a security hole...Read entire story here

    Reader gets Error -50 with Lion-to-Windows file copy

    Thursday, May 10, 2012

    Ateet Dave reports a problem with Lion 10.7.3 not being able to copy files to a Windows server:

    My friend is running a server using Windows Home Server 2011. After a recent update to OSX Lion 10.7.3 he can no longer copy files to the SMB share on the server. He get's this error: "The operation can't be completed because an unexpected error occurred (error code -50)." He and I have exhausted all ideas on how to fix the problem.

    He can still read from the server and even create folders on the server from his MacBook Pro running 10.7.3. However he cannot copy any files over from his MBP to the WHS.

    Note that the new Lion 10.7.4 update fixes a problem "that may prevent files from being saved to an SMB server," according to Apple. If you've seen this problem

    Readers says Outlook Outbox folder disappeared

    Thursday, May 10, 2012

    David Hall reports that his Outlook Mac Outbox folder has disappears and reappears randomly:

    I have lost the Outlook for Mac (14.2.1) Outbox folder in the folder window pane and can't seem to get it back. I would like to be able to stop emails being sent.

    I am running Mac OS X 10.5.8. For a while, before the last Microsoft Office for Mac update I could see the outbox show up in the left hand folder panel while something was being sent out. If I caught the email while it was in that folder, I could stop sending it. However, that "Outbox" folder disappeared after an email was sent. After the last upgrade this folder in the folder window no longer showed up, but a sending 'progress' bar at the right-hand bottom part of the Outlook screen showed up. There was no way I could stop sending an email from that bar.

    However, yesterday, the Outbox showed up in the left hand folder window again while I was sending a picture. I do not believe we have received a Microsoft update this last week. So, I am not sure why it shows up sometimes and not others.

    If you've seen this problem

    EAE 3.0 generates address lists from Entourage, adds IMAP

    Thursday, May 10, 2012

    Softhing has released Entourage Address Extractor 3, an new version of Mac OS X software for quickly generating a list of email addresses with names from Entourage email messages. The software can export a list of customers to a Tab-Text file, vCard, XML, and now HTML formats. The new version adds support for IMAP email accounts in addition to POP and SMTP, and is now compatible with OS X Lion.


    May 1

    MokaFive for iOS access corporate data, syncs with Mac/PC

    Tuesday, May 1, 2012

    MokaFive has released MokaFive for iOS, a solution for secure access of enterprise data from an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch. Described by a company spokespersons as a "DropBox for the enterprise," MokaFive for iOS uses an encrypted container on the device to secure and isolate corporate data from other content on a personal iPad or iPhone. Users can browse and view data, but for this first release, cannot edit files on the iOS device. MokaFive for iOS caches files for offline use, enabling user access to files without a network connection......Read entire story here

    Thursby releases PKard Reader for iOS

    Tuesday, May 1, 2012

    Thursby Software Systems has released PKard Reader, the first secure smart-card reader solution for Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. The product consists of a $150 card reader the plugs into the 30-pin connector on the bottom of the device, and includes a free iOS app. PKard reader enables people to access web portals, collaboration sites and email from their iPads and iPhones with secure authentication to their personal smart cards. PKard Reader works with CAC, PIV, PIV-I or CIV smart cards, and includes built-in mini USB and micro SD ports for future expansion......Read entire story here

    Port 139 tip for slow file sharing works for Lion

    Tuesday, May 1, 2012

    Darryl Luther reports that a suggestion for SMB file sharing in Snow Leopard also works in Lion to speed up SMB access to a network attached storage device:

    I ran across your site today while searching for a solution to a problem that I've had with OS X (Snow Leopard and now Lion) ever since I got a Netgear ReadyNAS NV+. My Windows PCs can access any of the shares I have on it at lightning speed, but until today OS X connections were slow. Very slow. I tried both AFP and CIFS and found AFP to be marginally better. In all instances Lion was faster than Snow Leopard, but still painfully slow.

    Today I happened to find your site and the tip about accessing SMB shares on port 139. I figured I'd give it a try and, wow! The speed difference in OS X is incredible. I haven't tested Snow Leopard yet, but my Lion installation can now access the ReadyNAS with the same lightning speed as Windows.

    One easy example: before accessing the ReadyNAS via port 139 I could not browse through a folder of pictures with spacebar preview. The pictures would never load in the preview window. Now when accessing via port 139 previewing is nearly as fast as viewing pictures locally. I should note that the ReadyNAS and the OS X iMac are on a gigabit LAN so that definitely helps, but the biggest factor was your port 139 tip. Thanks!

    If you've seen this work with Lion

    Exchange events don't sync in iPhone and Android calendars

    Tuesday, May 1, 2012

    Simon Angulo has the problem of Exchange Server appointments not synching with iPhone. He also see the problem with Android phones as well:

    I'm having the same issue with Exchange 2003 SBS and iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, and Android. I can add appointments from the phone, and they sync with OWA and Outlook, i can then delete the appointment from outlook and it will remove it from the phone. However, if I add anything on outlook or OWA it does not show up on the phones.

    If you've seen this problem


    April 2012

    April 23

    TIP: Answer regarding NetExtender VPN, resetting chmod permissions

    Monday, April 23, 2012

    Jamie Pruden responded to the report, "Reader says 10.6.3 broke NetExtender VPN, but tip fixed it," answering the question of how to undo the change the fixed the issue:

    OK, Matt Fischer asked how to change back the chmod permission change. Simple: Run Disk Utility and fix permissions. It changes the permissions back to the correct settings for the pppd folder.

    VMware Fusion 4.1.2 fixes 20 bugs

    Monday, April 23, 2012

    VMware released Fusion 4.1.2, a maintenance update for the virtualization software for running Windows and other OS's on a Mac. The update fixes over 20 bugs, including problems with virtual memory errors ("The Virtual Machine is unable to reserve memory") and a problem printing in Lion. Version 4.1.2 also includes and update to the McAfee VirusScan software for Windows. See also the change log for more details. VMware Fusion 4 runs on Mac OS X 10.6.7 and later.

    -36 file copy error seen with Lion

    Monday, April 23, 2012

    Louie Campagna is getting Error -36 when copying a file on an SMB share with Lion. This was a widely reported Snow Leopard problem, but we haven't heard of it with Lion. Campagna reports:

    I've been running into a problem with copying files on SMB shares. This could be creating a duplicate in the same directory, or even copying a file from one share to another. The file copy will always complete, and the file will be usable, but the following error is always thrown......Read entire story here

    Reader says Lion Mail crashes with column view attachment

    Monday, April 23, 2012

    Brett Rutherford verified "Lion issue with SMB Windows share in column view":

    Confirmed, 10.7.3. Was crashing mail.app when trying to attach a file from a network share in column view. IMHO most ridiculous bug EVER.

    If you've seen this problem


    April 16

    Reader verifies SonicWall NetExtender v5 for Snow Leopard VPN

    Monday, April 16, 2012

    Diane found that the tip "GUI version of Snow Leopard/Net Extender VPN" fixed her problem with OS X 10.6.x and VPN, but with a later version of NetExtender than the article described:

    Following these instructions updated my 4.x version (from Feb) to a 5.5.707 version, which allowed me to login without errors.

    See Snow Leopard VPN Tips and Reports for more reports like this.

    TIP: Fix for Parallels VM after Lion upgrade

    Monday, April 16, 2012

    The Parallels support site has an article about fixing a virtual machine after updating Mac OS X from Snow Leopard to Lion. For virtual machines based on a Boot Camp partition, the upgrade to Lion may cause the VM to start with an error message, "The Boot Camp partition "/dev/disk0s3" used by Hard Disk 1 is not supported........Read entire story here


    April 13

    CrossOver 11.0.3 fixes bugs with Win apps on Mac

    Friday, April 13, 2012

    CodeWeavers released CrossOver 11.0.3, and maintenance update for the software that enables Mac OS X to run Windows applications natively, with using the Windows OS. The update fixes serveral bugs, including a problem installing Microsoft Office 2010, Service Pack 1, and a problem with Quicken 2012 hanging online. The update also fixes a problem with PowerPoint 2010 not being able to paly slideshows.

    Last month, CodeWeavers released CrossOver 11, which was a major upgrade to the software. CrossOver starts at US $40 with one month of support.

    Thursby releases ADmitMac PKI 4.0

    Friday, April 13, 2012

    Thursby Software has released ADmitMac PKI 4.0 , a new version of its secure Active Directory integration software for Mac OS X where Common Access Card (CAC), Personal Identity Verification (PIV), or similar smart cards are used to secure access to Windows networks. The new version provides true two-factor authentication with CAC and PIV smart cards in Lion. Upgrades to version 4 are available for free to all customers under a current support contract....Read entire story here

    More on Outlook Mac's slow loading of shared contacts

    Friday, April 13, 2012

    Cami Winikoff reports a problem that is similar to some previous reports about slow loading of contacts in Outlook 2011:

    I saw that you've been updating on the Outlook 2011 issues with Macs. It takes about 5-12 seconds to load shared contacts (I don't have any contacts of my own, as I work as an assistant). I don't have workaround for this issue. I get the spinning wheel and Outlook is unusable any time I try to load contacts. On a PC it's not an issue, apparently because Windows downloads contacts to your computer, so it used to take me about 1-2 seconds for me to load everything via PC. Via this Mac, it's a pain. I have no alternative to switch to another system, so I'm living with it, but it drives me nuts and slows down my entire day.

    Previously, only one reader has said he fixed the problem, by using a new user account. If you've seen this problem


    April 10

    More on Lion 10.7.2 not letting user log in with local account

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

    Another reader wrote to report not being able to login to Lion 10.7.2 with a local account:

    We are having the same problem, can't login in the morning when the (local) user on Mac OS X has logged off in the afternoon.The network users (mac) still can logon.The network users windows can't login either.If you found a solution already, I would be very, very happy to hear it from you.

    So far, no one using 10.7.3 has reported the problem to us, so it's possible the new version of Lion fixed it. If you've seen this issue, or believed the 10.7.3 update fixed it,

    Parallels update improves 3D, supports new Ubuntu

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

    Parallels released Parallels Desktop for Mac 7 Build 15094, a maintenance update for the virtualization application for running Windows and Linux on a Mac. The update makes some improvements in 3D graphics and fixes a problem synchronizing time settings between Windows and Mac OS X. The new build also adds some Linux features, including "experimental" support for the prerelease version of Ubuntu 12.04 Linux build, which will be released on April 26. The ability to install Fedora 16 Linux from the Parallels Wizard was also added, as was support for keyboard support for additional languages. (See also the change log for this release.)

    Win 7 can't connect to an external SMB Mac partition

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

    Mark P.'s Windows 7 PC yields an error code 0x80070035 when he tries to connect to a Mac's USB drive shared with SMB:

    I have an old Mirror-door Power Mac G4 running 10.4.11 and I have had no success at getting a partition on an external USB drive to show up on the W7 Network list. I have sharing and SMB working, apparently, because my user folder is visible under the PowerPC icon on my HP/W7. I think it is just a minor syntax issue, but not sure.......Read entire story here


    April 2

    TIP: DNS issue slows Lion access to .local domain

    Monday, April 2, 2012

    Lee Lepkowski commented on the tip "Fix for slow Lion access to SMB home directory in .local domain," and described how he solved the problem:

    Hello and thank you for the article! I was pulling my hair out trying to resolve the slow server connection in Finder after upgrading my MacBook to Lion. Your description of why the problem occurs helped me figure out my issue.......Read entire story here

    Boot Camp 3.3 fixed Apple keyboard problems in Windows

    Monday, April 2, 2012

    Kevin Sydor just updated Windows on his Mac to Boot Camp 3.3, the most recent version that comes with Snow Leopard, and reports that it fixes problems with the Apple keyboard in Windows: For me, Boot Camp 3.3 fixed two problems, on a fresh Windows 7 64 bit install using Boot Camp:

    1. Fixed Apple wired aluminum keyboard support for function keys, and disk eject.
    2. Probably related, but also fixed a HUGE problem where wired aluminum keyboard was not recognized after booting from Windows to Mac OS X.I am very pleased with 3.3 due to the above.
    Related: Boot Camp 3 Tips and Reports; Boot Camp 4 Tips and Reports

    Reader can't cut and paste with Parallels 6, Lion

    Monday, April 2, 2012

    Jim Halcro can't cut between Windows and Mac with Parallels Desktop 6 and OS X 10.7.3 Lion. (The latest version of Parallels is version 6.) Halcro reports: I am having an issue cutting and pasting from my Mac to Parallels 6. I have Mac OS X Lion 10.7.3, with Windows 7 in Parallels 6. I reinstalled Tools and with no resolution. The problem still exists. If you've seen this problem

    Related: Parallels Desktop Tips and Reports

    Reader reports email not downloading to iOS from Exchange 2010

    Monday, April 2, 2012

    A reader in our forums reports a problem where iOS devices are not downloading email message to iOS devices, and the devices can't send email. The reader also found an article about it at Microsoft called "iPhone, OWA Premium and POP3 & IMAP4 issues due to invalid accepted domain," which describes a text command to run in the Exchange Management Shell. Here's part of the post.......Read entire story here

    VPN Tracker 6.4 adds import of Cisco PCF files

    Monday, April 2, 2012

    Equinux has released VPN Tracker 6.4 (US $129), virtual private network (VPN) software for Mac OS X that can connect to a large number of third-party VPN servers or gateways, as well as can be used by itself. The new version adds the ability to import Cisco VPN Client configuration files (.pcf files) that use group password authentication, as well as a generic device profile for Cisco EasyVPN-capable Cisco VPN gateways. There are also improved device profiles to simplify the setup of group password based connections and a device profile for sipgate VPN. Version 6.4 also contains more than a dozen bug fixes.


    March 2012

    March 26

    Apple Configurator sets up multiple iOS devices without Server

    Monday, March 26, 2012

    Apple has released Apple Configurator 1.0, a new application for OS X Lion that can configure settings and apps on up to 30 iOS devices at a time. It can limit the functionality of iOS devices, such as turning off cameras or FaceTime chats. Configurator has much of the functionality and user interface of Apple's Profile Manager, which is part of Lion Server. Configurator does not require the server version of Lion......Read entire story here

    Reader problem with 2nd display in Boot Camp 3.3 and Windows

    Monday, March 26, 2012

    A reader in our forums reports that a second display does not work when booted from Windows 7 with Boot Camp 3.3:

    The Displays control panel behaves as if the monitor is there -- it shows that there are 2 active mionitors and I get to choose either extended display or mirroring. Neither work -- my TV has no input signal at all. The driver also has its own control panel and which shows that the VGA device is connected and working -- it also gives me extended and mirroring options, but the result is the same.

    If you've seen this problem , or post a note in our forum.

    Reader can't open .XLSX files in Lion

    Monday, March 26, 2012

    A reader in our forums reports that he can't open .XLSX Excel files in Lion:

    I have encountered an issue with the shared workbook feature in Microsoft Excel 2008 on Mac OS X 10.7.2. Shared workbooks are .XLSX files stored on any network volume. Open as Read Only is not working and I encounter the following error: "Excel cannot open this file. The file might have been damaged or modified from its original format."

    Issue does not occur for shared workbooks that are in the older .XLS format.

    If you've seen this problem , or post a note in our forum.

    Outlook Email Archive X 1.4.0 adds IMAP support

    Monday, March 26, 2012

    Softhing has released Outlook Email Archive X 1.4.0 (US $30), an update to the Mac OS X utility for archiving email and attachments sent and received from Microsoft Outlook for Mac. The update adds IMAP account support, improved error checking if OEAX find corrupted emails in Outlook DB, and bug fixes.

    Outlook Email Archive X can archive email in different formats, including the native Outlook file format. These files with .eml extensions give you the possibility to restore one email or group of emails simply drop them back to Outlook at any time. Email archives and attachments are searchable with Spotlight.


    March 22

    Microsoft tells employees "no more Apple products"

    Thursday, March 22, 2012

    ZDnet blogger Mary Jo Foley described a Microsoft email memo telling 46,000 employees in marketing and sales that they can no longer use company funds to purchase Macs and iPads. The memo, which Foley says is from an inside source, included this language:

    ...we are putting in place a new policy that says that Apple products (Mac & iPad) should not be purchased with company funds.

    In the US we will be turning off the Apple products from the Zones Catalog next week, which is the standard purchasing mechanism for these products.Foley also reported Microsoft's response to her inquire about the memo......Read entire story here


    March 19

    Group Logic activeEcho new file sharing for enterprise

    Monday, March 19, 2012

    Group Logic has released a new file sharing solution called activeEcho, which the company sees as an alternative to DropBox, but with features aimed at enterprise. activeEcho provides sharing and collaborating on files as well as synching files between Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, and Android devices. activeEcho uses LDAP for authenticating users, and can integrate with Active Directory for permission access. activeEcho can be deployed in a public cloud or in on-site file servers......Read entire story here

    Oracle issues VirtualBox 4.1.10 maintenance release

    Monday, March 19, 2012

    Oracle released VirtualBox 4.1.10, a maintenance update for the free-for-personal-use virtualization software for Mac OS X and other platforms. The update improves stability a fixes a number of small bugs. VirtualBox for Mac and run Windows, Linux, and other OS's in a virtual machine.

    If you've used VirtualBox what you think of it.

    iOS 5.1 update stops reader's incoming Exchange email

    Monday, March 19, 2012

    Phil Berg reports that since updating his iPhone to iOS 5.1 he has problems getting email from Exchange Server:

    Since 4 of us at our office updated our iPhone 4 and 4S to iOS 5.1, we're all having problems receiving IMAP email from Exchange Server. Some emails are okay, but some we never get. It seems to be random. I can access the messages in Outlook on my PC. We haven't changed Exchange, only the iPhones were updated.

    If you've seen this problem


    March 13

    TIP: SMB permissions for Lion users

    Tuesday, March 13, 2012

    Britt Dennis figured out how to set SMB permissions to allow Lion users permission to "traverse" a directory to get to a directory inside nested folders, but with permissions to see the upper level directory:

    We have some users accessing a NetApp SMB/CIFS share with Mac clients. With OS X clients prior to version 10.7 we were able to set upper level directory security permissions to traverse and allow people to access subdirectories that they had explicit permission to. The users would connect just fine. With Lion this came to a screeching halt.......Read entire story here

    TIP: Workaround with Boot Camp Bluetooth drivers for Windows 7

    Tuesday, March 13, 2012

    A reader in our forums has posted a workaround to a problem with Boot Camp Bluetooth drivers for Windows 7. The problem appears with audio devices. (Note that the reader has two posts describing the workaround with links.) The reader suggests downloading and installing other Windows drivers.

    If you've tried this or post a reply in the forum.

    Reader reports OS X 10.6 problem with Juniper SSL VPN

    Tuesday, March 13, 2012

    Randall Gellens confirms a previous report of a problem with Snow Leopard using the Juniper SSL Network client for virtual private networks:

    I'm running into the exact issue reported: "A software error caused the tunneling service to terminate" as reported on your Snow Leopard VPN Tips page. Other reports are at Juniper's forums. I've repeatedly uninstalled the Juniper VPN client, nuked all traces of its files, rebooted, then re-connected and let it re-install, to no avail.

    If you've seen this problem


    March 9

    Crossover XI merges Pro and Games, runs more Windows apps on Mac

    Friday, March 9, 2012

    CodeWeavers has released Crossover XI, a major new version of software that runs Windows applications directly in Mac OS X and Linux, without using Windows itself. The new version merges CrossOver Games and CrossOver Pro, supporting all of the Windows applications and games of both former editions. Crossover XI also adds support for dozens of additional Windows applications, according to CodeWeavers, including Quicken 2012 and Microsoft Office 2010......Read entire story here

    Parallels Desktop 7 updates for Windows 8 and Mountain Lion

    Friday, March 9, 2012

    Parallels has released Parallels 7 Desktop for Mac Build 7.0.15055, an update for the virtualization software for Macs. The update adds "experimental support" for running the new Windows 8 Consumer Preview in a virtual machine. It also adds the ability to run Apple's Mountain Lion Developer Preview (OS X 10.8) in a virtual machine, as well as run on a Mountain Lion host OS. Since both new preview OS's are still early pre-release versions and prone to bugs, running them in a virtual machine is a safe and easy way to install and run......Read entire story here

    Lion 10.7.3 disconnects from Windows shares

    Friday, March 9, 2012

    Banu Tanguler reports a file sharing problem with Lion losing connection to Windows shares:

    I have a small workgroup set up at my office. The PC is Windows 7 and the MacBook Pro is running Mac OS X 10.7.3. The Mac keeps losing the connection to the shared folders on the PC and I can only restore the connection by rebooting both machines.

    If you've seen this problem (More reports like this on Lion File Sharing Tips and Reports.)

    Reader says Lion file sharing worse than Snow Leopard

    Friday, March 9, 2012

    Eelko de Groot is not having luck with file sharing in Lion:

    I read your article "Apple ships Lion with new Windows-compatibility features" on where you ask our experience with Lions new SMB file sharing engine. Alright a bit late since you wrote it July 22th, 2011. Anyhow I wanna share my experience.

    As up to this moment I'm not very fond of this new SMB engine. With Snow Leopard I never had problems, but since my upgrade (some months ago) I cannot connect to any of the Windows shares from my Mac. But from Windows towards the Mac I don't have any problems. I have to say that I did not investigate the problem in depth until now. I hope I will find the cause of the problem soon.

    Our Lion File Sharing Tips and Reports page contains suggestions for fixing Lion problems.


    March 5

    TIP: Workaround for Exchange/iPhone calendar sync problem

    Monday, March 5, 2012

    Irit Rosdeutscher sent us a workaround for the problem of Exchange appointments not appearing in the iPhone calendar:

    I have iPhone 4 version 4.3.1 connected to an Exchange account. The calendar on Exchange is only partly synced. I can't determine why some appointments are synced and others are not. To fix it, I did the following:

    1. I turned the Calendars in this account OFF (deleting all entries).
    2. I turned it back ON.

    This caused the calendar to re-sync and now it works fine (at least so far), i.e. any new/deleted/updated appointments are getting synced instantly.

    If you've tried this suggestion

    TIP: Changing Lion Server's data storage location

    Monday, March 5, 2012

    When Mac OS X Server 10.7 first shipped, you could not change the location of the data store for multiple services, including email, Address Book, iCal, and the Wiki. There were stored on the boot drive or partition, which is not ideal for performance, security, or storage space if you have a large number of users.

    With Mac OS X Server 10.7.2, Apple added a provision in the Server app to let you copy the data store to a new location. Here's how to access it in the Server app:

    1. Choose the server's name under the Hardware heading in the sidebar.
    2. Click the Settings tab.
    3. In the Service Data line, click the Edit button.
    4. Select the volume you want to store the data.

    A copy of the data will be placed in a Library folder on the drive or partition you select. The data on the boot partition remains but won't be updated.

    Apple updates Windows-Mac interface comparison

    Monday, March 5, 2012

    Apple has updated its article called Switch 101: On Windows, I Used To..., a reference for Windows users switching to Mac OS X. It lists several dozen tasks in Windows 7 and describes how to perform the same in Mac OS X 10.5, Mac OS X 10.6, and OS X Lion. The article includes Mac OS screen shots.

    Note that recently Apple dropped the "Mac" in "Mac OS X" for Lion and the upcoming Mountain Lion. Apple is also no longer using the version numbers (10.7 and 10.8) in the official product names for Lion and Mountain Lion. The same is true for the server versions.

    Mac malware steals passwords for banking, shopping

    Monday, March 5, 2012

    ComputerWorld reports that a Mac trojan horse can steal user passwords and usernames for online payment, banking and credit card websites. ComputerWorld said:

    Flashback.G is the first variant of the Trojan horse to use an attack vector that doesn't require any user interaction, said Intego Security, a French firm that specializes in Mac antivirus software. Most Mac malware needs help from users to get on a machine, if only to okay an installation by entering the system password......Read entire story here


    February 2012

    February 27

    Centrify adds iOS, Android to it Active Directory control line-up

    Monday, February 27, 2012

    Centrify has released DirectControl for Mobile, a cloud-based service that manages iOS and Android using Microsoft Active Directory. It enables administrators to apply Active Directory security group policies to smartphones and tablets, including remotely locking and wiping devices and password authentication for company networks and services, Wi-Fi, and remote VPN access. DirectControl for Mobile also provides information about what software is running on the devices and whether the devices have been jail-broken. The data is stored in Active Directory, and management is done from within the standard Active Directory consoles......Read entire story here

    Google encryption fills holes in Lion Server encryption

    Monday, February 27, 2012

    Last week Google said Apple's Lion Server disk encryption isn't good enough for enterprise and provided its own open source add-on. Google released Cauliflower Vest, an open source tool specifically for automating the enabling of FileVault 2 encryption in enterprise settings for Lion Server and its clients. At its open source blog, Google described why Lion Server's disk encryption inadequate for enterprise:

    While the new FileVault 2 offering is very well suited to consumers, some enterprises may equire additional features that are not provided out of the box. For example, FileVault 2 encryption is initiated voluntarily by users, lacks enforcement, and, by default, escrows recovery keys to Apple's central server. It also relies on individual Apple IDs, which cannot be managed as a group......Read entire story here

    Workaround for Parallels/Boot Camp Windows activation problem

    Monday, February 27, 2012

    Parallels has posted a workaround for a problem with Parallels Desktop using a virtual machine on a Boot Camp partition. The issue is that Windows ask to be activated every time the virtual machine starts up.

    The article applies to both versions 6 and 7 of Parallels Desktop. The workaround involved reinstalling the latest version, re-installing Parallels Tools in Windows, activating Windows in the Virtual Machine (and verifying after restart), then booting the Mac from Windows and activating Windows from there.

    This workaround will prevent the reactivation request in Boot Camp and in the virtual machine run from Parallels Desktop.

    If you've seen this problem (Related: Parallels Desktop Tips and Reports)

    Apple updates Windows 7 Boot Camp FAQ

    Monday, February 27, 2012

    Apple updated its Boot Camp FAQ for running Windows 7 on Macs with Lion and Snow Leopard. The page describes which Mac models can run Windows 7 and includes links to help articles for several different common problems. These include a problem with a black screen during Windows 7 installation on some Mac models, and a blue screen problem on other Mac models.

    Note that Apple has not updated a related FAQ on Boot Camp 4.0, OS X Lion.


    February 21

    One enterprise can't keep up with Apple OS rev

    Tuesday, February 21, 2012

    Mark Lewis in London answered my Friday blog post, Is consumer-focused Mountain Lion too soon for enterprise? Lewis says it is for his outfit:

    I just read your post and whole-heartedly agree. A one-year release cycle for operating systems is ludicrous in an enterprise environment. We have over 14,000 Macs in our global estate and only authorised Lion deployment in December. There is no conceivable way we will be ready to migrate to Mountain Lion by the summer.

    Each new OS release means our Applications Group must re-test all our enterprise apps for compatibility- no small feat considering we have over 200 bespoke apps along with the normal set of off-the-shelf software like Office and Casper. If 10.5, 10.6 and 10.7 are any indication we fully expect Active Directory integration to be broken when 10.8 rolls out. This means weeks or months of waiting for a patch while new computers sit in their boxes.

    For our PC users we are going about a slow and steady deployment of Windows 7 and are under no pressure to rush into Windows 8. At least Microsoft doesn't force us to upgrade by making it difficult or impossible to downgrade OSes on new computers. In these difficult economic times there is simply no ROI for upgrading operating systems every year.

    Care to comment? or post a response in our forums.

    Windows 7 install in Boot Camp 4 hangs at last stage

    Tuesday, February 21, 2012

    Alakh Deora reports a problem installing Windows 7 in Boot Camp 4:

    I tried installing Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on my MacBook Pro 13-inch (mid 2010) having OS X Lion 10.7.2, using Boot Camp 4.0.1. The installation carries on smoothly till creating a Boot Camp Partition, collecting information for installing Windows, and the first 4 steps of installing Windows. After this, the system restarts, gets onto the 5th step (i.e. "Completing Installation"), and hangs. I have tried different versions of Windows, different setups, but none of them have worked, and all get stuck at the same point.

    If you've seen this problem .


    February 17

    Is consumer-focused Mountain Lion too soon for enterprise?

    Friday, February 17, 2012

    Taking many by surprise, Apple yesterday announced Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and Mac OS X Server 10.8 and released a beta to developers. Apple announced new features, mostly in the form of iPad apps and features ported to Mac. Apple did not announce any new features in Mac OS X Server 10.8.

    Coming only seven months after the release of Lion, and due for release this summer, Mountain Lion is moving faster than it usually takes for many businesses to update to a new OS. Enterprise organizations typically take 2 or 3 years to fully transition to a major new Windows release. Not only has it not been 3 years since Lion shipped, but it has not yet been 3 years since the release of Snow Leopard, Lion's predecessor.

    Caution is not unwarranted, even for Macs. For instance, it took almost seven months for Apple to fix Lion's Active Directory bugs, with the release of Mac OS X 10.7.3 Lion two weeks ago. But the cost of upgrading hundreds or thousands computers in enterprise is significant, in terms of the price of the upgrade and the labor to test, install, and troubleshoot problems......Read entire story here


    February 13

    Reader sees Parallels/Lion wake from sleep issue

    Monday, February 13, 2012

    Jo-Ann Cook is another reader reporting slow performance of Windows application in Parallels Desktop 7 under Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. She also reports a new problem after the Mac wakes from sleep:

    I am just adding to this thread that I was working with Parallels Desktop 6 and Snow Leopard. When I upgraded to Parallels 7 and Lion OS, the Windows applications are painfully slow and hang a great deal. Also virtual machine will not wake up after MacBook Pro has been closed (asleep).

    If you've seen either of these problems

    Reader verifies VMware tip for unsticking caps lock

    Monday, February 13, 2012

    Marc Sylvain confirmed our suggestion for fixing VMware Fusion caps lock sticking in a Windows virtual machine:

    Thanks for this tip! I finally got fed up with this happening regularly and searched the net for a solution. Yours works brilliantly! Any idea what the keystroke combo is that initiates the freeze? I've not be able to catch myself doing it.

    We don't know why the caps lock gets stuck. If you have an idea

    TIP: workaround for Lion Server 10.7.3 Profile Manager bug

    Monday, February 13, 2012

    Apple has posted a tech article describing with a command line fix for a problem with Lion Server 10.7.3 and Profile Manager. The article is entitled "Server app unable to display Profile Manager settings after updating to Lion Server v10.7.3." The fix is to edit the following configuration file: /usr/share/devicemgr/backend/app/models/interface_knob_set.rb with changes described in the article.

    If you've seen this problem

    Microsoft to release another Windows 8 beta this month

    Monday, February 13, 2012

    Microsoft will release a Windows 8 Consumer Preview later this month, which is expected to be a more fleshed-out version than the skeletal Developer Preview of last fall. The Developer Preview (which we ran on a Mac with VMware Fusion), was a radical departure from current Windows OS. eWeek reported that the Consumer Preview will contain even more big changes:

    Chief among these, possibly, is the loss of the Start button that long occupied the left-bottom corner of the Windows desktop. According to The Verge, which cited anonymous sources "close to Microsoft's Windows 8 development," the Start button that first appeared in Windows 95 is gone, having been replaced by a "hot corner" and a "thumbnail-like user interface" that offers previews of "where you will navigate to after clicking on the new visual element......Read entire story here


    February 9

    Boot Camp Bluetooth drivers incompatible with latest Macs

    Wednesday, February 8, 2012

    Apple's Boot Camp Bluetooth drivers for Windows 7 don't work with Bluetooth audio devices when a new-model Mac is booted with Windows 7, according to a reader post in our discussion forums:

    Boot Camp bluetooth drivers for Windows 7 of the new BCM20702 card are faulty you will notice mainly if you try to pair a Bluetooth Audio Device. Forums are seeded with topics reporting different issues.

    With previous versions (BCM2070 MBA2010, etc) you may get a workaround installing the latest Broadcom drivers, but that is not the case for the latest BT card.

    Please help pushing some pressure on Apple to provide appropriate bluetooth drivers for the new bluetooth card: BCM20702 BT V4 + HS, built in Macbook Air MID2011, MacBook Pro 2011, iMAC and mini. Broadcom drivers will not install properly either.

    If you've seen this problem or post a reply in the forum.


    February 6

    Enterprise to sink $47 billion into Apple hardware during next 2 years

    Monday, February 6, 2012

    Business enterprise is expected to buy $19 billion worth of Macs and iPads this year, and $28 billion in 2013, according to a report by Forrester Research last month. Reports of Apple growing in the business have been around for some time, but this kind of money could shore up Greece's economy.

    "A year ago, 'Macs in enterprise' wasn't real," said Dale Fuller, former Apple General Manager and Senior Vice President of the PowerBook Division. "Now it's real."

    Fuller, who is now CEO of MokaFive, a developer of virtual desktop deployment solutions for Mac and Windows, recalls a time when business wasn't interested in Macs.......Read entire story here

    Reader says Mac 10.7.3 fixes AD .local binding

    Monday, February 6, 2012

    A reader in our forums posted a note saying that the Mac OS X 10.7.3 update fixed problems binding to Active Directory in a .local domain:

    I did give it a shot yesterday night in my test lab. At my great surprise, looks like it is fixed! Could bind the Mac in like 20 seconds. Reboot and try to log on the AD Domain. But it's not like on a Windows machine.

    I still have to wait like 20-30 seconds before the red dot disappear. But it's much better than before.

    If you've applied the 10.7.3 update

    TIP: AD smart card login with Centrify and Lion 10.7.3

    Monday, February 6, 2012

    Centrify posted a workaround to an issue with last weeks Mac OS X 10.7.3 update and Centrify's smart card Active Directory support. Apple stripped smart card support out of Mac OS X with Lion. Centrify's DirectControl product included smart card login support, but with Lion, there was a problem with the OS prompting for the smart card PIN. With the Lion 10.7.3 update, the issue is partially resolved, but Centrify says there's a trick to getting it to work. You can read Centrify's article about it here.

    MokaFive's Mac in Minutes deploys Windows VMs on Macs

    Monday, February 6, 2012

    MokaFive has released Mac In Minutes for MokaFive Suite, a new method of to deploy a fully configured corporate Windows desktop to up to thousands of Macs in an hour. The three-step Mac in Minutes deploys the company's system for secure, managed virtual Windows desktops on a Mac.

    The MokaFive Suite, available for Windows and Mac OS X, includes client software called a LivePC, which packages MokaFive's software with a hypervisor (VMware Fusion or VirtualBox on Macs) with the virtual machine. Users don't need to launch the hypervisor or any VPN connections separately. For the user, one click on the MokaFive Player brings it all up.......Read entire story here

    Lion 10.7.3 causes CUI crashing error

    Monday, February 6, 2012

    Hundreds of users have reported in Apple's discussion forums that Lion is crashing after updating to last week's version 10.7.3 release. The reports state that any time any application launches, it crashes with a cryptic error message reporting "CUI CUI CUI." Multiple posts state that the problem also occurs while running in Safe Mode.

    Reinstalling the OS from the Recovery partition has been reported to fix the problem. (Restart the Mac while holding the Command-R keys to boot in to the Recovery partition and access Utilities). Restoring Mac OS X 10.7.2 from Time Machine has also been reported to work. Another method reported to work isdownloading the 10.7.3 Combo Update from Apple and install that.

    If you've seen this problem


    February 2

    Lion 10.7.3 update focuses on Active Directory, file sharing bugs

    Thursday, February 2, 2012

    Apple released Mac OS X 10.7.3, an update that fixes a number of bugs that been plaguing MacWindows readers since Lion's release, including several Active Directory and file sharing problems. In fact, yesterday's update appears to be focused on these areas.

    Apple says the update fixes Active Directory problems for .local domains, including slow Active Directory binding and other binding problems. Last November, Apple recommended using IPv6 records in a DNS server as a workaround. Other readers reported that turning off DNS multicast was an effective workaround......Read entire story here

    Big Lion Server 10.7.3 Update adds config features

    Thursday, February 2, 2012

    Along with yesterday's Lion client update, Apple released Mac OS X Server 10.7.3, a significant update that not only fixes dozens of bugs, some of which we have reported, but also adds new settings, user interface items, and new administrative features. Some of these features were available in Snow Leopard Server and earlier but were stripped out of Lion Server. Apple also released Server Admin Tools 10.7.3, which includes Server Admin and Workgroup Manager.

    The 10.7.3 update fixes several bugs seen with Windows clients accessing Lion Server SMB shares, including saving files to Windows 7, opening files with Microsoft Office 2003, and creating new folders in Windows Vista. It also fixes another bug we've reported dealing with copying a file that has extended attributes......Read entire story here


    January 2012

    January 31

    Boot Camp 3.3 doesn't fix BSOD wake from sleep; touch pad driver may be culprit

    Tuesday, January 31, 2012

    Guy Paddock reports that last summer's Boot Camp 3.3 update did not fix the problem with Windows crashing (aka, Blue Screen of Death, or BSOD) upon waking from sleep. Boot Camp 3.x is the version that comes with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. Paddock also offered a suggestion:

    On MacWindows, you asked people to report whether updating Boot Camp has helped with the wake-from-sleep BSODs (stop code 7e). I can confirm that it does not -- I am experiencing BSODs when waking from sleep with Boot Camp 3.3 installed......Read entire story here

    Group logic ExtremeZ-IP 7.3 improves performance

    Tuesday, January 31, 2012

    GroupLogic released ExtremeZ-IP 7.3, an update to the Windows-resident AFP/Bonjour file and print server for Mac clients in enterprise settings. The update improves performance and compatibility with Lion clients.

    ExtremeZ-IP integrates with Active Directory and Microsoft clustering, and includes policy enforcement. It can run on Windows Server 2008 and 2003, Windows Storage Server, and Windows Powered NAS, and can also run on Windows 7, Vista, and XP Pro.

    ExtremeZ-IP 7.3 is a free upgrade to existing customers with maintenance contract. ExtremeZ-IP pricing starts at $795 for a 3-client license. There are also other pricing options available.

    Reader says Kyocera knows about Lion's SMB scanning bug

    Tuesday, January 31, 2012

    George Walker in Ontario, Canada, reports that Kyocera told him that Lion's problem with SMB network scanning is Apple's bug and must be fixed by Apple. Readers have previously reported the problem with Kyocera Ricoh, and HP multifunction printer/scanners. Walker also asks about possible Terminal settings:

    After upgrading to Lion, we can no longer scan (SMB only) to a Drop Box folder from our Kyocera 455oci printer. The machines using Snow Leopard (10.6.8) work fine. We can see the Dropbox of the Lion machine when we navigate through the printer's interface but it errors when trying to send the file. Kyocera is not working to fix the problem as they claim that it is Apple who have damaged the SMB......Read entire story here

    Splashtop controls Mac, PC from any mobile device

    Tuesday, January 31, 2012

    Splashtop demonstrated its Splashtop remote control software at Macworld | iWorld last week, available in a consumer version and a business version with policy controls. The consumer version Splashtop Remote Desktop ($1.99), and the Pro version enable users to operate Macs and Windows PC from almost any mobile device, including iOS (iPads, iPhone), Android, Amazon Kindle, and other devices. With either the consumer or Pro version, the mobile device runs a Splashtop app ($1.99) software while the Mac or Windows PC run "streamer" software (free)......Read entire story here


    January 24

    Reader confirms that disabling multicast fixes Lion AD issue

    Tuesday, January 24, 2012

    Keith Adams confirmed at tip that suggests you can fix Lion problems with .local Active Directory domains by disabling DNS multicast:

    Our issue was resolved by disabling MultiDNS broadcast. This tip worked like a champ for us! I had been struggling with the issue since 10.7 came out. Now this fix has resolved the issue of not being able to login as network users on 10.7 machines. We could always bind but not use network accounts. THANKS!!! We were running 10.7.2 on workstations and WS 2008 r2 on the DC. One odd thing was that when I did an upgrade install from snow leopard to Lion when it first came out everything worked fine for existing network accounts but new accounts could not be added.

    If you've tried this

    Related: Lion and File Sharing Tips and Reports

    Another net scanner Lion doesn't like: Konica BizHub

    Tuesday, January 24, 2012

    Eric Carr adds another scanner to the list of network scanners that Lion doesn't work with:

    I have run into this same issue with a Konica BizHub C351. I upgraded a server to Lion over this past weekend and lost the ability for it to scan to an SMB share. I had to download an FTP server and set it up on the server to get the Scan to FTP option in the BizHub working.

    If you have a network scanner or multifunction printer/scanner that Lion doesn't like

    Another missing Entourage feature in Outlook: travel time

    Tuesday, January 24, 2012

    Andrew Hahn added to our list of reader's favorite Entourage features that are missing from Outlook Mac:

    I really do miss the travel time. While I can always make the appointment with the travel time included, I liked knowing when I absolutely needed to be there without having to re-guesstimate the travel buffer that I think I might have used to help make me more likely to be there on time.

    Softhing updates Entourage Email Archive X

    Tuesday, January 24, 2012

    Softhing has released Entourage Email Archive X 6.1.0 (US $30), an update to the Mac OS X utility that archives email and attachments received or sent using Microsoft Entourage 2008 and Web Services Edition (WSE). The update fixes some bugs running in Lion and makes some general improvements. Archives are searchable with Spotlight. Individual emails can be put back into Entourage with a simple drag and drop.


    January 19

    Web protests melt congressional support for anti-piracy bill

    Thursday, January 19, 2012

    Congressional sponsors and supporters of two anti-piracy bills quickly became opponents after some of the Internet's biggest web sites went dark or protested the bill at their sites yesterday over concerns of censorship.

    The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate are supported by the entertainment industry, pharmaceutical companies and other heavy hitters, but the Internet giants Google, Facebook, Wikipedia, and others prevailed yesterday. On just one day, 18 senators, some of them sponsors, have dropped support or come out against PIPA. Several House members did the same with SOPA......Read entire story here

    Ricoh on Lion incompatibility with network scanner

    Thursday, January 19, 2012

    Ricoh is aware of the problem that MacWindows readers have been reporting about Lion not being to scan to network printer/scanners. A reader thinks Apple is also aware of it.

    A Ricoh support article recommends using scan-to-FTP:

    Information for "Scan-to-SMB" and "Fax Folder Transmission (SMB only) & Fax Forwarding (SMB only)" support

    Due to architectural changes in Mac OS X 10.7, both "Scan-to-SMB (Scan to Folder via SMB command)" and "Fax Folder Transmission (SMB only) & Fax Forwarding (SMB only)" can't be used......Read entire story here

    Reader confirms, DNS for old server slows Mac SMB browsing

    Thursday, January 19, 2012

    Brendan McKitrick in London wrote responded to a recent tip about old coman name service (DNS) records slowing SMB file browsing in Mac OS X:

    Regarding Gary James' report and fix here [TIP: Slow Mac SMB browsing caused by DNS records for deceased domain controller].

    That was EXACTLY the issue with our domain ; our IT provider forgot to remove the DNS reference for our old, decommissioned AD server. Once all references were removed, Mac SMB browsing has dramatically improved. Very happy to have found his tip and have this resolved!

    If this fix worked for you


    January 17

    Wikipedia to go dark to protest SOPA and PIPA

    Tuesday, January 17, 2012

    Wikipedia said it will shut down the English version of its online encyclopedia for 24 hours starting tomorrow, in protest of two controversial bills in the US Congress. The bills, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the U.S. Senate, would lead to the censorship of web site and web development tools, according to critics.

    In a press release, Wikipedia said, "If passed, this legislation will harm the free and open Internet and bring about new tools for censorship of international websites inside the United States."......Read entire story here

    Parallels joins Enterprise Desktop Alliance

    Tuesday, January 17, 2012

    The Enterprise Device Alliance (EDA) today announced that Parallels has joined the group of companies that provide solutions for integrating Macs and iOS devices into Windows-based networks. Parallels will be promoting its enterprise virtualization offerings, Parallels Desktop for Mac Enterprise Edition and Parallels Mobile, at the upcoming MacIT conference in San Francisco, on January 26 and 27. The Enterprise Device Alliance offers information, market data, and access to solutions that support heterogeneous environments. The other EDA member companies are Absolute Software, Centrify, Code 42 Software, GroupLogic, and Web Help Desk.


    January 16

    Codeweavers releases CrossOver Games 10.3, announces CrossOver 11

    Monday, January 16, 2012

    CodeWeaver has released CrossOver Games 10.3.0, a maintenance release of the software that enables Mac OS X to run Windows application natively, without the use of the Windows operating system. The update includes patch fixes for World of Warcraft, among others. The standard CrossOver, which is optimized for running Windows business applications, is still at version 10.2.0. The update is free for customers with and active support entitlement.

    CodeWeavers also said that it is working on its next major version, CrossOver 11, for both CrossOver standard and CrossOver Games. The update will include a new version of the engine, Wine 1.4. The company said the new version will include a number of improvements in performance, graphics, and audio.

    If you've tried CrossOver

    Workaround for problem with Win clients accessing Snow Leopard

    Monday, January 16, 2012

    Paul Martin says that turning SMB sharing off and on in Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6.8) can enable Windows clients to connect to the Mac:

    I have a Mac setup using Snow Leopard (latest version) with a shared 3 TB drive. This Mac is in a Windows SBS 2008 environment. I have setup a shared Z drive on all the PCs that connect to the Mac. This works great, most of the time, but some Clients (XP, Vista, and Windows 7) cannot sometimes connect to the Mac, while other PCs are unaffected.

    The way to solve this problem is go to the Sharing Control Panel on the Mac. Switch off SMB sharing then switch it back on and the PC client now connects to the Mac. The only issue with this workaround is that if any client is connected to a file using something like InDesign they need to restart InDesign as it loses connection to the file and won't reconnect.

    If you've tried this

    Related: Snow Leopard File Sharing Tips and reports

    Another fix for Win 7 wireless net problem in Boot Camp

    Monday, January 16, 2012

    Stuart Russell confirmed a suggestion for fixing a problem with Windows 7 wireless networking in Boot Camp:

    After trying every fix I could find on the Internet, your article "Another fix for Win 7 wireless net problem in Boot Camp" worked perfectly on Snow Leopard running Boot Camp 3.3 on Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. Thanks, you saved me from a massive headache.

    Related: Boot Camp and Snow Leopard Tips and Reports; Boot Camp and Lion Tips and Reports


    January 10

    TIP: Fixing problems with iOS 5 S/MIME signing and Exchange

    Tuesday, January 10, 2012

    A new Apple new tech article describes a new feature in iOS 5, using S/MIME (Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions) with Exchange 2010 for public key encryption and signing of MIME data. The article describes how do deal with three problems with iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch and S/MIME Exchange mail:

    If you've tried some of these procedures

    Related: iPhone/iPad and Exchange Server Tips and Reports

    Making the Most of Apple in the Enterprise

    By Anders Lofgren

    Tuesday, January 10, 2012

    After years of indifference towards the enterprise, Apple is expected to make corporate deployments of the company's products a priority in 2012 under new CEO Tim Cook. According to a recent New York Times article, the former COO is familiar with the needs of enterprise IT and much more willing to court large corporate customers than was Steve Jobs. This change, however, won't happen overnight, leaving it to IT administrators to find ways to integrate growing numbers of Apple devices in enterprise.

    Not only are large businesses and institutions purchasing more Apple products, but their employees are increasingly using their own Apple devices at work......Read entire story here

    AppleCare tells reader "don't mix Macs and Windows" for Lion and SMB scanners

    Tuesday, January 10, 2012

    Eric Novikoff followed up his previous report about Mac OS X 10.7 Lion problems accessing network printer/scanners (in his case, a Ricoh multifunction):

    This entire episode is a disaster, since the scanner failure can be duplicated simply by trying to connect to a Mac from Windows via SMB. Nearly 9 months after Lion came out I would have expected this solved, but neither AppleCare nor the web seems to offer a solution. But the scariest part was the Level 2 AppleCare people telling me I shouldn't mix Windows machines (in this case a Ricoh multifunction machine that also has SMB running on it but not Windows) with Macs. I felt as though I was talking to someone on LSD. If that's really Apple's position, despite years of trying to build legitimacy as a highly interoperable OS, I'll be going back to Windows forthwith, because I can't live without my peripherals...

    If you've seen this problem


    January 6

    Using FTP instead of SMB to scan with Ricoh Multifunction Printer/Scanner

    Friday, January 6, 2012

    Eric Novikoff commented on Lion problems with Ricoh network scanners:

    I saw your postings and can report success with switching to FTP. However I do have security concerns and am pressing Apple for a solution that will allow inbound SMB connections to start working again.

    If you've seen this

    Lion can't connect to networked HP 4215 printer/scanner

    Friday, January 6, 2012

    Rob is another read with problems using Lion to access a HP 4215 printer/scanner over a network. His problem is a bit different than the previously reported problem with this unit:

    Trying to add the printer over Bonjour (LION OS) and says software not available _ contact the manufacturer. The HP site doesn't give out the drivers there; It says it's all through Apple Software Update.

    If you've seen this problem

    Slow when switching to contacts in Outlook 2011

    Friday, January 6, 2012

    John LeMoncheck is another reader seeing slow performance with Outlook 2011 when switching to contacts:

    I want to report the same issue that I have seen on your website about slow switching to the Contacts pane in Outlook 2011 for Mac. I have about 3400 contacts and whenever I switch to Contacts it takes about 5 seconds to be usable (spinning wheel if I try to do anything). This is a real issue for me as I am constantly going back and forth from mail or calendar view to contacts.

    If you've seen this problem

    Reader says iOS 5.0.1 update blocks Exchange mail

    Friday, January 6, 2012

    George Vitta can no longer access Exchange with his iPhone:

    After upgrading iPhone OS to 5.0.1, Exchange mail no longer being received.

    If you've seen this problem

    Related: iPhone/iPad and Exchange Server Tips and Reports


    January 3

    TIP: Slow Mac SMB browsing caused by DNS records for deceased domain controller

    Tuesday, January 3, 2012

    Gary James responded to the report "DNS/kerberos setting workaround for slow SMB browsing" with a DNS solution of his own for slow SMB browsing. After some detective work, he found DNS servers in his Active Directory network pointing to a domain controller server that no longer existed:

    Having tried Kyle Rabe's tip and Ricardo's tip and hours of digging through /var/log, and numerous other things, I figured out why our SMB browsing was so slow. When I went to go look at our new Active Directory controller and DNS server for the DNS entries in DNS that Jelmer Jaarsma mentioned I found references to our old ill-fated AD SBS server.......Read entire story here

    Lion's local account login problem not tied to AD

    Tuesday, January 3, 2012

    Samuel Litt reported that the problem of not being able to log in using a local account to a Mac running Lion is not limited to Macs in Active Directory environments:

    I've seen this issue manifest independently of systems bound to AD and OD. At login, user accounts will no longer be displayed in the list of users mode or recognized via name and password input mode. Interestingly enough, user accounts are displayed correctly within the Apple Password Reset Utility while launched via the Terminal (resetpassword) from the Recovery partition. However, a password reset provides no meaningful relief, nor does repairing permissions, resetting user directory ACLs, or repairing the volume via Mac OS X's Disk Utility application.......Read entire story here

    Small, medium business to stock up on iPads

    Tuesday, January 3, 2012

    David Morgenstern of ZDNet posted this news:

    A study announced just before the new year says that 75 percent of small and medium businesses plan to purchase tablet computers in 2012. What the buyers really mean by "tablets" is Apple iPad.

    The results can be found in NPD Group's Q3 SMB Technology Monitor. For the survey, SMB was defined as businesses with fewer than 1,000 employees, and NPD said that the "average investment" would exceed $21,000.....Read entire story here


    December 2011

    December 29

    VMware View brings Windows desktops to Mac, Linux, Kindle; iPad version updated

    Thursday, December 29, 2011

    VMware has released a tech preview of a Mac version of VMware View Client virtualization software that enables the client to display and control a Windows virtual machine that is running on a server on the network. VMware also released Tech Preview versions of the View client for Linux and Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet. VMware View uses the company's PCoIP protocol to communicate with a View Connection Server. VMWare said, "VMware View Clients with PCoIP provide end users with top performance regardless of network conditions."

    The tech preview (the equivalent of a beta release) supports Lion's Full Screen mode, and supports copy and paste of formatted text and graphics between View 5.x virtual machines and Mac......Read entire story here

    eWeek celebrates 17 Tech Pioneers Who Died in 2011

    Thursday, December 29, 2011

    eWeek posted a story about 17 important computer-industry leaders who passed away this year. Here's a bit (or perhaps byte):

    The computing industry came of age in the 1950s, and many of the individuals who laid the groundwork for modern computing, smart electronics and the Internet are now in their 80s. Many of the leaders who passed away in 2011 were founders and chief executives who transformed their companies to take advantage of emerging technology. Several worked on the theoretical foundations in the fields of optics, mathematics and cryptography.

    Some of the notable names on the list......Read entire story (and view related video) here

    More on Lion's local account login issue with AD

    Thursday, December 29, 2011

    Leon Lincoln responded to Tuesday's report "Another reader can't log in with local account with Lion 10.7.2":

    We have also experienced the issue of not being able to login with any account on a Lion 10.7.2 system. So far it has only happened on two systems, both which are bound to Active Directory. The only way to correct this issue has been to reformat the system and install the OS once again. As this is not a wide spread issue, we are keeping an eye on it as it concerns me why the authentication system can be fubarred.

    If you've seen this problem (fubar or not)

    Related: Lion and Active Directory Tips and Reports


    December 27

    Another reader can't log in with local account with Lion 10.7.2

    Tuesday, December 27, 2011

    Danny Caccavo confirmed a problem in our previous report "Reader can't log in with local account with Lion 10.7.2":

    At least four times I've not been able to log in to my local account - there was no AD account with the same name, for what it's worth. I believe it's AD 2003. This is with Mac OS X 10.7.2.

    If you've seen this problem

    AD-bound Lion clients not connecting to 10.6.8 server over AFP

    Tuesday, December 27, 2011

    Mark Lewis reports that Mac Lion clients bound to Active Directory can't connect to Snow Leopard Server via AFP. He also found a workaround:

    We have had several reports from offices that their AD bound 10.7.2 clients fail to connect via AFP to bound Snow Leopard servers. Clients would receive the following error: "The version of the server you are trying to connect to is not supported. Please contact your system administrator to resolve the problem." The resolution we found is to use the FQDN of the server. We are currently working with Apple to determine why the short name no longer works. I posted full details on our KB site:

    (This does not appear to be the same problem regarding Lion clients and AFP authentication.)

    If you've seen this problem

    Windows-to-Mac File Permissions Propagating Problems

    Tuesday, December 27, 2011

    A reader in our forum has a problem with Windows clients and Mac OS X Server on an Active Directory network. Here is a portion of the post:

    ...if a user copies a file to this new OS X server the permissions only show for that user so other users can't amend and sometimes can't access the files. I read using SMB only on the Macs might solve but hasn't. I read that Lion Server would be the answer so tried that but it's a nightmare to get connected to Active Directory but it was doing the same. I setup in the Server to Propagate the Permissions but as soon as any Windows user adds a file to the OS X Server the permissions revert to that user.

    If you've seen this problem or have a suggestion, please post a reply in our forum.


    December 23

    Lion and Active Directory: is firmware a factor?

    Friday, December 23, 2011

    Chris Blackstone's Macs running Lion have problems with Active Directory. His Macs all are running the same image of Lion and the same Ethernet controller. The only difference was firmware. He postulates that perhaps a firmware update would provide a fix:

    My company has been having problems with certain Lion machines connecting successfully to our Active Directory domain. The challenge for us was some machines would work, some wouldn't. The ones that did work were newer iMacs and MacBook Pros, the ones that didn't were older iMacs, all running the exact same system image. When I started investigating what could be causing the problems I noticed that......Read entire story here

    Reader solves his slow Outlook 2011/Exchange problem

    Friday, December 23, 2011

    Stephen Ouellette followed up on his previous report about slow Outlook 2011 loading of contacts from Exchange Server. He created a new user on the Mac, and all is well:

    Yesterday I noticed that on my wife's user account, Outlook 2011 ran superbly. I set up a new user account, tied it to my MS Exchange account and-it ran perfectly. Outlook opened within seconds and loaded 2,500 contacts instantly. I have been moving my other files to the new user account slowly, and think when setting up the original user account I may have prematurely stopped file copying from my PC......Read entire story here

    Reader problem with WINS and Macs

    Friday, December 23, 2011

    Dominic Breen has a problem with his Macs and WINS restristation on a Windows network:

    We configured WINS Server role on our Windows 2008R2 server (non-Active Directory). Also DHCP. We see Mac DHCP leases on DHCP Server, but do not see WINS registrations for Macs, even though WINS entry is in leases. Windows clients register OK. On the Mac clients, in System Preferences>Network>Advanced>WINS, the address of WINS server is there.

    Are we heading for browser wars or some other issue? Any thoughts on how we can see registrations?

    If you've seen this problem

    Unable to disable SMB file sharing in OS X

    Friday, December 23, 2011

    Topher Kessler of CNET describes how to fix a problem where SMB file sharing can't be disabled. He describes how to use Directory Utility to fix it:

    In addition to offering file sharing using the Mac-native Apple Filing Protocol (AFP), Apple also includes an option for the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol so you can share files with Windows machines.

    Unlike the AFP option that is enabled for the whole system, the SMB service is enabled or disabled for individual users in the Sharing preferences pane. Unfortunately, in some instances after upgrading from OS X 10.6 to OS X 10.7 Lion, some people who have had the SMB service enabled are finding they cannot disable it for their accounts. When they enter their passwords at the prompt, instead of turning off SMB the system claims the incorrect password was given, and keeps SMB enabled......Read entire story at CNET

    If you've seen this problem


    December 20

    TIP: Fixing an audio "pop" in Win 7, Boot Camp Mac

    Tuesday, December 20, 2011

    Harm Dijkman found that on his Mac running Boot Camp, Windows 7's Eco mode in the Energy saving settings caused an audio "pop" sound:

    I bought a second 24-inch Cinema Display, which I connected to my Mac. I also made a clean install of Windows 7 in Boot Camp, and discovered a annoying error, which I didn't have before. Whenever I loaded Windows 7, there was a single 'pop' sound that came from the Cinema Display's speakers every time Windows loaded up......Read entire story here

    Another reader removes LogMeIn driver to fix Boot Camp

    Tuesday, December 20, 2011

    Giles Tanner fixed his problem installing Boot Camp drivers in Windows (on an older Mac) by following a previously reported tip:

    I had trouble installing Boot Camp drivers on an iMac4,1 (2006) with Windows XP SP3. I removed the LogMeIn display adaptor and it worked like a charm!

    We've not had this problem reported with Boot Camp 4, the current version that ships with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.

    Amazon selling a million Kindles a week

    Tuesday, December 20, 2011

    Amazon broke it's long-held policy of secrecy and announced that it is selling over a million Kindle devices a week, for the past three weeks. This is the first time Amazon has released sales information about the devices. Amazon offers several models that range from simple book readers to near-tablet computers. The 1-million figure is the combined total of all models, which don't require a computer and which obtain content from Amazon over Wi Fi.

    The most tablet-like is the Kindle Fire ($199) a full-color, 7-inch device that can display movies and TV shows, run games and apps, play MP3 music, and display color magazines and books. And yes, you can play Angry Birds on it. The Kindle Touch ($99) is a gray scale device for reading books and playing MP3 music, with a touch screen to navigate. The entry-level Kindle ($79), a basic book reader, does not have a touch screen, but uses buttons to navigate through books. The 6-inch device weighs 6 ounces.

    Amazon has never disclosed how many of its Kindle devices it has sold all together. Last week's press release said that it had "sold millions of units" of the Kindle Fire in the 11 weeks since the company released it.

    Reader's Outlook 2011 contacts are slower on faster Mac

    Tuesday, December 20, 2011

    Stephen Ouellette has two Macs, but the Mac with the faster processor, faster network, and more RAM loads Outlook 2011 contacts slower than the other Mac:

    I have the same problem on my new Quad Core iMac (with 12 GB RAM), but not on my duo-core MacBook Pro (with 4gb RAM). Every time I open contacts, it shows a blank panel and slowly loads my 2000 contacts. The iMac is on Ethernet; the MacBook is on Wi Fi. Not sure why iMac is slower when every factor in iMac's favor.

    Several readers have previously reported slow Outlook 2011 contacts speeds. If you've seen this issue


    December 15

    TIP: Apple workaround for Lion client, SL Server magic triangle config with SL Server

    Thursday, December 15, 2011

    Apple recently posted a tech note containing a workaround to a problem with Lion clients trying to bind to domain. Specifically, Lion can't bind to an Open Directory domain host on Snow Leopard Server (Mac OS X 10.6 Server) that is bound to Active Directory in the magic triangle configuration. Apple describes the problem......Read entire story here

    TIP: How to log onto Active Directory with Lion 10.7.2

    Thursday, December 15, 2011

    Two readers responded to "Lion 10.7.2 doesn't give option to logon to AD domain" by describing how Mac OS X Lion does it differently than before. Jack Stoller offered this:

    I had this problem, and discovered quite by accident that in Lion, under Users and Groups (formerly Accounts) > Login Items, there is now a check box: Allow network users to log in at login window. There is an Options button associated with this that lets you limit which network users can log in......Read entire story here

    TIP: Workaround for Lion in AD "network accounts unavailable" problem, Boot Camp complication

    Thursday, December 15, 2011

    Brent Hendricks send in a workaround in response to readers who've reported "Network accounts are unavailable" errors (here and here) with Lion and Active Directory. He notes that if you Windows installed with Boot Camp, the fix gets undone:

    If you are having an issue with the "Network accounts are unavailable" message at the login screen, verify the DNS settings are correct, try restarting. The message appears to go away on subsequent reboots. This works until booting into Boot Camp......Read entire story here

    Readers report Parallels slowing with Lion upgrade

    Thursday, December 15, 2011

    Several readers responded to "Reader says Lion slowed Parallels 6, and some help," but reporting that Parallels Desktop slowed, to varying degrees, after updating to Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. Will Mowat London reported:

    I have Parallels 6 (with Windows 7) under Lion. I find there's now a delay, sometimes of 2 seconds, when switching between apps in Parallels......Read entire story here

    Reader sees zero byte files when saving Word 2007 files from CrossOver

    Thursday, December 15, 2011

    Kleinheincz Gabor in Belgrad reports having a problem saving files with Word 2007 for Windows on his Mac using CodeWeavers CrossOver. The problem is one that we've previously reported with Leopard and with Snow Leopard:

    I read your post here, and I have the same issue again, with Mac OS X 10.7.2, working with Office 2007 with CrossOver, when saving on a 128 GB SDXC card formatted exfat (by the factory). I try to save as under another name a docx file, and I get a thousand of zero-byte fsa...tmp files.

    If you've seen this problem

    Related: CrossOver Tips and Reports


    December 5

    TIP: more fixes for Snow Leopard printing to Windows shared printers

    Monday, December 5, 2011

    Hussain shared us several fixes for problems with Mac OS X 10.6 printing to printers shared with Windows, including a tip we previously published:

    I had the problem of not being able to print to a Windows printer from a MacBook Pro OS X 10.6.8. I have an Epson Stylus NX 125 printer set up as a shared printer on Win XP Pro SP3. These sites helped in getting it to work:

    Also did notice that when I went to System Preferences -> Printer & Fax......Read entire story here

    MCX Prefs Proxy Settings don't apply on Safari 5 on Lion clients

    Monday, December 5, 2011

    Gerardo Michelli in Argentina reports a problem with Lion Server and Lion clients. The Managed Preferences settings (MCX) for Safari 5 clients don't stick, though making changes on the local machine do work:

    We have a Magic Triangle with Lion Server OD and AD. We have an issue with the MCX Preferences proxy settings, which apply to Clients with Safari on Snow Leopard but not apply to Clients with Safari on Lion......Read entire story here

    Centrify revs Express 2012, AD integration for Mac, Linux

    Monday, December 5, 2011

    Centrify has released Centrify Express 2012, a new build of the free version of the company's solution for integrating Macs and Linux/Unix with Active Directory. The new version adds enhancements to the components, including the following:

    Another report that Lion 10.7.2 doesn't give option to logon to Active Directory

    Monday, December 5, 2011

    Brian Wright responded to the report "Reader says Lion 10.7.2 doesn't give option to logon to AD domain:"

    I am a systems administrator trying to incorporate our first Mac into an AD environment. I have the exact same issue as Premjith. The Mac is successfully added to the AD domain and I can verify that a computer account exists. However, I am not prompted for the AD username and password. I am only given the option for the local account that I first created or a guest account.

    If you've seen this problem

    Lion AD authentication issues with .local

    Monday, December 5, 2011

    Justin Kwasnik reported authentication problems with Lion clients on a multi-domain Active Directory network:

    I have noticed a lot of issues containing auth issues when you have more then one domain in the forest. After fixing the search paths, it does help. Although if you're on a Windows domain that is using a .local it appears to have more timing out issues.

    We have previously posted a workaround (TIP: Another workaround for Lion "unable to connect to server" error) that may address Kwasnik's issue.

    If you've seen these kinds of problems


    November 2011

    November 30

    CrossOver 10.2.0, maintenance update for running Windows apps in Mac OS X

    Wednesday, November 30, 2011

    CodeWeavers released CrossOver 10.2.0 (US $40), an update to the software that enables Mac OS X to run Windows applications without the use of the Windows OS. The update is available both versions of the software, CrossOver (optimizing for running business applications) and CrossOver Games (optimized for running Windows games in Mac OS X). CrossOver 10.2.0 fixes a problem with running WinBiz and improves running Accuterm. CrossOver Games 10.2.0 includes the following improvements......Read entire story here

    Reader says Lion slowed Parallels 6, and some help

    Wednesday, November 30, 2011

    Steven Nagle had a problem with the previous version of Parallels Desktop, v6, and Lion. (Version 7 is the current release, optimized for Lion.) Parallels provided some help, which:

    On my computer as soon as I installed Lion, my Parallels Desktop 6 slowed down the whole computer, drastically. I have Windows 7. I have 4 GB of Mac memory and right now I have 1536 MB for the virtual machine using two processors. I also have Performance set to "Faster Mac" (no Hypervisor and no Tune Windows for Speed) and Power set to "Better performance......Read entire story here

    Reader problem with VirtualBox 4 and Direct3D

    Wednesday, November 30, 2011

    Arnaud is having a problem with Windows 7 Direct3D graphics in VirtualBox on a Mac:

    I run VirtualBox to have Direct3D but I can't have virtual guest addition when I'm in safe mode. Why is that? My VirtualBox version is 4.1.3 my computer is MacBook Pro. I followed the directions at this web site.

    If you've seen this problem or have a suggestion

    Reader confirms slow Outlook 2011 contacts problem

    Wednesday, November 30, 2011

    Ben Williams commented on the report "Reader sees slow Outlook 2011 contacts:"

    Just letting you know we have the same issue on Outlook 2011 for Mac. Switching to search our shared contacts, or typing in an address into a new email causes Outlook to fall unresponsive for about 15 seconds. Enraging, and getting worse.

    If you've seen this problem


    November 28

    VMware yanks support of 10.5, 10.6, blocks download of v4.1

    Monday, November 28, 2011

    VMWare has issued the VMware Fusion 4.1.1 update to its virtualization software for Mac OS X, removing the ability to run the non-server versions of Leopard and Snow Leopard in a virtual machine. VMware also blocked the download of the previous version, 4.1, from its download page--clicking the Download button brings up an error message, Invalid Download Group.......Read entire story here

    Windows trackpad problem in Boot Camp 4 on 13" MacBook Pro

    Monday, November 28, 2011

    Apple posted an article about a problem with Windows and Boot Camp 4 on the 13-inch, early 2011 MacBook Pro. Ejecting a USB hard drive from the Safe Removal menu in Windows can cause the Trackpad to stop working. Apple says that is that the trackpad is also "ejected" from Windows. The problem occurs when a USB hard drive is plugged into USB port closest to the trackpad. To resolve the problem, Apple suggests using USB port closest to the MagSafe power connector. Boot Camp 4 is the version that ships with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.

    If you've seen this problem on this or another MacBook Pro model

    Related: Boot Camp 4 Tips and Reports

    TIP: Fix for Lion ignoring AD computer lists

    Monday, November 28, 2011

    A reader in our forums posted a fix for a problem with Mac clients bound to a schema-extended Windows-based Active Directory. While Snow Leopard clients can be managed using computer lists, Macs with Lion ignore these settings. The fix is this:

    We have edited the Active Directory template, specifically removing the "Search Base" key and immediately our 10.7 machines are able to see/process computer lists without any issues.

    Problem is each revision update restores the template. Thus, I had to create a daemon that checks for the existence of this key and if present, runs a script to fix it.

    You can read the entire thread here. If you've tried this fix, please post a reply in the forum or .

    Related: Lion and Active Directory Tips and Reports

    Localized-language characters revert SMB shares to root level

    Monday, November 28, 2011

    Melker Humala reports that removing non-English characters from an SMB share path fixes a problem with Mac OS X 10.6 clients:

    Snow Leopard SMB share reverts to root level randomly when localized characters (such as Swedish) are used in the path. I came across this as I found a thread discussing this the problem was on a French magazine/paper and they used some non-standard characters as well.

    If you've seen this issue

    Related: Snow Leopard File Sharing Tips and Reports


    November 23

    VMware flip-flops on Leopard, Snow Leopard in virtual machines

    Wednesday, November 23, 2011

    VMware has turned about face on the issue of running Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6 in a virtual machine on a Mac, an ability made possible in Fusion 4.1, released last week. Yesterday, the company issued a statement saying that it will issue an update to VMware Fusion to prevent it from running non-server versions of discontinued versions of Mac OS X.

    Previous versions of the virtualization package, as well as competing product Parallels Desktop, check the operating system you are installing in a virtual machine. Previous to version 4.1, VMware Fusion would stop the installation process if it detected Mac OS X 10.5 or 10.6......Read entire story here

    TIP: Fix for parental controls applied to Macs in AD environment

    Wednesday, November 23, 2011

    Lindsay Robertson in New Zealand sent us the solution to a problem she first reported this summer, a problem other users later confirmed having. The problem is that somehow, parental controls get applied to Macs in an Active Directory environment. Robertson found the problem in Mac OS X Server with managed preferences (MCX), which are configured with the Workgroup Manager application for Mac OS X Server:

    I dunno if anyone else has run into this issue, but I've (finally) found a fix. Upgrading to Lion didn't fix it. I figured the problem must be in the MCX settings somehow.......Read entire story here


    November 21

    VMware Fusion 4.1 aims at Parallels, returns Rosetta to Lion

    Monday, November 21, 2011

    Late last week VMware released VMware Fusion 4.1, an update to its virtualization package for Mac OS X that aims to play catch up to Parallels Desktop 7 in some respects and surpass it in another. The free update brings performance increases and better Lion host compatibility, as well as the ability to run non-server versions of Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6 in virtual machines-something Parallels can't do.

    Graphics performance is one area where VMware Fusion has lagged behind Parallels Desktop. MacTech showed this a few weeks ago when it tested VMware Fusion 4.0 against Parallels Desktop 7.......Read entire story here

    Reader verifies fix for Windows 7 Boot camp Wi-Fi problem

    Monday, November 21, 2011

    Catarina Marques verified a tip for fixing problems with wireless network connections in Windows 7 running in Boot Camp:

    Hi, tried your tip ("Another fix for Win 7 wireless net problem in Boot Camp", January 14, 2011) and it worked. Thanks.

    If this works for you (Also let us know what version of Mac OS X is installed.)

    Microsoft Lync for Mac update fixes Lion glitch with Office 365

    Monday, November 21, 2011

    Last month, Microsoft released Lync for Mac 2011 14.0.1, an update to the software client for instant messaging, voice, conferencing and presence. The update fixes a problem connecting to Microsoft's Office 365, online office software hosted in the cloud. It also fixes a bug that caused Lync to unexpectedly quit.

    The Lync Mac client, which works with Lync Server 2010 and Lync Online, requires some other software to be installed on the Mac in order to access Office 365. This is either Microsoft Office for Mac 2008 12.2.9 or later, or Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 Service Pack 1 or later, or Entourage 2008 for Mac, Web Services Edition.

    Microsoft offers Lync for Mac 2011 as part of its Office for Mac 2011 volume licensing program. Lync for Mac 2011 is also available as separate product. The 14.0.1 update is available from the Check for Updates item in the Help menu of the Lync for Mac 2011 client application.

    Lion AD green dot/red dot problem only half fixed

    Monday, November 21, 2011

    Thomas Brown followed up his report from Friday about Lion and Active Directory to say that his fix turned out to be a half-fix, and offered some further help:

    [The fix] did solve the problem with the green dot/red dot, but after further testing, it went to a green dot/yellow dot problem instead. We could logon with mobile accounts 50 percent of the time in less than a minute but the other 50 percent of the time it took much longer (always showed the yellow dot when this happened).

    We eventually had to try something else instead by removing the '.../ALL Domains' entry in the search path and putting in our specific domain; this solution we found on another forum, and then the IP address did not matter any more under the preferred entry.

    If you've seen this issue

    Lion problem with Kyocera scanner via SMB

    Monday, November 21, 2011

    Njuguna Waitara confirmed a previous problem report with Lion and SMB scanners. He writes:

    I am responding to the post "Lion problem with SMB network scanning" about Port 139 being closed." The only difference is that my Multi Function Printer is a Kyocera.

    If you've seen this problem

    November 18

    TIP: Workaround where Lion 10.7.2 can't log back into AD

    Friday, November 18, 2011

    Thomas Brown in Australia shared a workaround to a the problem where Lion can initially bind to Active Directory, but cannot login after having logged out:

    We thought you might like to know that we are having the same problem as below, with 10.7.2 we get the green dot but as soon as we logout we get the red or amber circle. Our setup is a magic triangle with domain server as Windows 2008 r2, schema is only Windows 2003. I don't know what work arounds he tried so he might have done this one.

    We "fixed" this problem by putting in an IP address of the closet domain controller in 'Prefer this domain server' instead of a hostname which works fine for 10.5 and 10.6 clients.

    If you've tried this workaround

    Confirmation of disabling DNS multicast to fix Lion/AD in .local domain

    Friday, November 18, 2011

    Lawrence Fung had luck with the procedure described in "TIP: Fix Lion 10.7.2 and .local AD domain by disabling DNS multicast":

    The TIP that Louie Campagna provided works for our school. We have the so-called Magic Triangle with the .local domain. We used to have 10.6.7 working with the mdns_timeout value increased from 2 to 5 seconds as Apple suggested. After upgraded to 10.6.8, we started having problem logging in. It took more than 3 minutes to log into the computer. When I was working on the computer, anything required password such as network folder access or software update took about 2 minutes to get through. So now after trying Louie's tips, all these are gone and the login takes less than 20 seconds.

    If you've tried this

    Reader says removing WINS didn't fix Lion AD after all

    Friday, November 18, 2011

    Nick Vasilopoulos reported back that his success with the suggestion he shared for fixing Lion 10.7.2 Active Directory problems was short-lived:

    I'm eating my hat as I write this. It seems that my fix was short lived. I'm having the same issue as everyone else now, sometimes not even being able to login locally to the mac with the mobile account while offline. I've tried all manner of fixes and even gave Apple a call. All for nothing.

    Reader says fix didn't work for Outlook Mac new email not visible

    Friday, November 18, 2011

    Ian Willcock reports that a suggestion from this summer did not fix his problem with incoming mail messages not being visible in Outlook 2011 for Mac:

    I'm having the same problem mentioned in the forums (OS X 10.6, Mac Outlook 14.1.3) - but it is not fixed by selecting the unread filter. The only way I've found is by clearing the cache. Or, by reinstalling Entourage, which is more reliable!

    If you've seen this problem


    November 14

    TIP: Fix Lion 10.7.2 and .local AD domain by disabling DNS multicast

    Monday, November 14, 2011

    Louie Campagna found a way to fix Lion 10.7.2 problems with .local Active Directory domains by tweaking an Apple solution for Snow Leopard. It involves turning of disable multicast advertisements from mDNSResponder. (Last year, we posted another, different Snow Leopard solution involving multicast. Note also, that we've previously reported a workaround involving multicast from Centrify for slow Lion SMB access in Active Directory in .local domains.) Here's what Campagna did to solve the problem......Read entire story here

    Feedback on Apple's IPv6 fix for Lion AD problems in .local domains

    Monday, November 14, 2011

    Kyle Torkelson commented on Friday's report of Apple's suggestion to use IPv6 DNS records on the Windows server to fix Lion Active Directory problems in .local domains:

    Even with Apple pointing everyone to add the IPv6 info to their DNS/AD, it shouldn't be a server-side fix. Mac OS X 10.6 didn't do this. Everyone needs to push back at Apple as this should be a client fix, not a server issue.

    If you've tried this approach

    TIP: Fix for Lion 10.7.2, mobile AD accounts -- remove WINS

    Monday, November 14, 2011

    Nick Vasilopoulos sent us a fix for problems with mobile Active Directory accounts for Lion clients. He had tried a number of fixes we've reported, including last week's Apple IPv6 fix, to no avail. Finally, what worked was "ditching WINS" and binding in a particular manner:

    Thanks for the great site. I've been battling this issue for quite some time now, sometimes it works, and sometimes it does not. But reading one of your users posts (it didn't work) led me onto a solution that worked for me......Read entire story here

    TIP: More on a kerberos fix for AD binding problems

    Monday, November 14, 2011

    Mehdi Mafi updated his Friday report about Mac OS X 10.6 problems binding to Active Directory:

    You may want to add this. If the Mac keeps unbinding from AD (people can't log in to a Mac), here is how to fix it:

    1. Unbind it from Domain
    2. Launch Keychain Access
    3. Search for com.apple.kerberos.kdc and delete all 3 items......Read entire story here

    November 11

    TIP: Apple offers IPv6 fix for Lion AD problems in .local domains

    Friday, November 11, 2011

    Ben Cooper followed up his previous report, "Reader says magic triangle AD connection lost after rebooting Lion Server," with some advice from Apple, which suggests adding IPv6 records to the DNS server:

    After calling Apple's support, they referred me to this in regard to Active Directory binding: Login and directory binding delays on systems joined to an Active Directory domain ending in ".local".

    I have not tried Apple's recommendation yet. I am a little hesitant to dive into IPv6 at this point......Read entire story here

    TIP: Fix for "impossible" Lion access to AD in .local domain

    Friday, November 11, 2011

    Guillaume Gete tried a tip we posted to try to get Lion to bind to Active Directory, but failed. Then he made a change that solved the issue:

    I struggled these days to bind Macs with Lion client 10.7.2 to a Windows Server 2003 Active Directory. Authentication was almost impossible, networking was slow as hell, and it was impossible to login using an AD account, even when using local home directory. I tried to apply the solution from Centrify you published here. However, it was impossible to bind to the Active Directory domain (domain controller could not be found). Then I asked the Windows admin......Read entire story here

    TIP: a Kerberos fix for OS X 10.5 and 10.6 binding to Active directory

    Friday, November 11, 2011

    Mehdi Mafi forwarded a fix he found for problems with Leopard and Snow Leopard binding to Active Directory:

    This was taken from Dane Riley's imaging building for DeployStudio.

    With Mac OS X Leopard every Mac is now running a KDC (Kerberos Distribution Center). Basically each imaged machine is using the same security certificate and hash. Deploying a single image will deploy the same KDC to every system. This [Apple] article covers how to reset the local KDC so that each system is unique. Basically, do the following......Read entire story here

    Kerio Connect 7.3 groupware server adds iOS 5, auto config for Macs

    Friday, November 11, 2011

    Kerio has released Kerio Connect 7.3, an update to the cross-platform groupware server that provides email, contacts, and calendaring for Mac OS X , Windows, Linux/Unix, and iOS and Android clients. The new version adds support for iOS 5, adds new configuration tools and profiles for Mac OS X and iOS, and includes administration enhancements.

    When setting up using Exchange ActiveSync, the new iOS 5 support enables iOS 5 users to add, delete and rename calendars, read and send S/MIME signed or encrypted emails, and to use the Reminders app to synchronize tasks with the server. Configuration for Mac OS X clients is also easier......Read entire story here


    November 7

    Parallels 7 faster then VMware Fusion 4 in most tests, says MacTech

    Monday, November 7, 2011

    Parallels Desktop 7 generally runs faster than VMware Fusion 4, particularly in graphics, according to a report by MacTech Magazine. The report also showed that Parallels Desktop 7 used less battery power than VMware Fusion 4 on MacBooks. It wasn't a runaway win for Parallels, however, as VMware Fusion 4 ran faster than Parallels Desktop 7 in a small number of the tests, and tied Parallels in some other others. MacTech did not, however, compare features or ease-of-use of the two products.MacTech ran a variety benchmark and real-world application tests of the two virtualization programs on five different Mac models with varying amounts of RAM. The Macs used Mac OS X 10.7.1 as the host OS and Windows 7 as the guest OS running in a virtual machine. The benchmark tests all ran in the Windows 7 virtual machine......Read entire story here

    Reader says Lion 10.7.2 update to Lion broke AD connectivity

    Monday, November 7, 2011

    Before updating her organization's Macs to Lion Amy Theisen had no problem with Macs connecting to Active Directory. With Mac OS X 10.7.0, minor problems began to appear. But after updating to Lion 10.7.2, Active Directory connectivity is gone:

    Actually, we were fairly successful at integrating our Mac's until 10.7.2. Up until 10.7 things were fine. Machine's joined AD easily. Then with 10.7 we immediately started seeing issues with intermittent network unavailability at the login screen (network accounts unavailable -- red dot). It would sometimes take a few tries to get the machine (that was already joined to the domain) to create the Mobile account. With fresh installs of 10.7.2 we have been unable to get the machine to log in......Read entire story here

    TIP: fix for slow Mac OS X 10.6 SMB browsing of shares

    Monday, November 7, 2011

    Nathan Friedl combined two previously reported tips to fix slow SMB file share browsing in Snow Leopard.

    I just wanted to let you know that we've just had success resolving our issues with some of our 10.6 Macs and slow samba speeds. By combining the nsmb.conf and sysctl.conf tweaks, we have dramatically improved browsing speeds on the Macs that were experiencing these problems.

    If you've tried this approach

    Related stories about slow Snow Leopard SMB filesharing: How nsmb.conf and other tips affects slow SMB file sharing and TIP: Fixing slow SMB file sharing by turning off NetBIOS queries.


    Reader says magic triangle AD connection lost after rebooting Lion Server

    Monday, November 7, 2011

    Ben Cooper is having problems using Mac OS X to integrate Macs into Active Directory using Lion Server in Apple's "Magic Triangle" configuration, in which the Mac server is bound to both Active Directory and to Mac clients using Open Directory. He reports:

    I have run into some real issues with implementing the Magic Triangle. Binding to Active Directory and using it is not a problem, setting up Open Directory on its own is not a problem. However, when I get it configured it works until I reboot the Mac server, when, voila, the Mac server only intermittently can recognize AD. For the majority of the time it won't recognize AD. I have argued (in a nice manner) with Apple's Enterprise support that I believe there is a bug with their OS software. I have the latest updates, I have made sure that the clocks are in-sync with the Mac server and AD, DNS resolves correctly (Apple's support even confirmed this), etc. I have also seen on our site that other users are having the same problem.

    If you've seen this problem

    Macworld Expo reinvents itself as Macworld iWorld

    Monday, November 7, 2011

    Macworld Expo, the ultimate trade show and conference for all things Mac since 1985, has changed its name and focus. Macworld | iWorld 2012 will expand its focus to cover all Apple products. IDG World Expo, the company the puts on the event, is calling Macworld | iWorld 2012 "the ultimate iFan event."

    The company said the event will cater to home users, "artistic hobbiest," and professionals, providing technical training sessions and an exhibit hall with Mac OS X, iOS, and iCloud software and hardware developers and vendors. IDG also plans to include performances of artists using Apple technology.......Read entire story here


    November 4

    TIP: Preventing Outlook 2011 from dropping connections to Exchange

    Friday, November 4, 2011

    David Rothschild offered some advice to prevent the problem of Outlook 2011 dropping connections to Exchange Server:

    My clients frequently complain that Outlook 2011 for Mac "stalls," or drops the connection to their Exchange server in the middle of syncing. Often the dreaded color pinwheel appears, indicating a hung processor, a corrupt Outlook database, a spotty or slow network connection, or any number of pain points and potentially crash-inducing conditions......Read entire story here

    Another report of Lion problems with network printer/scanner, now with HP4215

    Friday, November 4, 2011

    Brian Bielanski is having the previously reported problems with Lion accessing printers and scanners over a network, which connected to a Windows XP PC. However, he also can't get Windows 7 to see the device. He reports:

    I'm having the same problem with my networked HP 4215 and my new MacBook Pro with Lion. The 4215 works when I hard wire the 4215 to the Mac, but doesn't work when it's networked via Wi-Fi to a Windows XP computer. I also can't get a Windows 7 computer to Wi-Fi network to the 4215 through the MPB.

    If you've seen this problem

    TIP: How to have Windows access Lion with FTP instead of SMB

    Friday, November 4, 2011

    David Scott has given up trying to fix a Lion's SMB file sharing with problems with Windows trying to access Lion. Instead, he uses FTP. Problem is, FTP is turned off and "invisible" in Lion. But, you can turn it on using Unix commands in Terminal. Here is Scott's report:

    SMB seems to work from Windows XP to a folder on the Mac. But it seems some files refuse to be opened or copied -- like Word documents and Publisher files, for example. Even renaming the file doesn't help. Our workaround is to use FTP......Read entire story here


    November 2

    Parallels Desktop 7.0.15050 simplifies Lion install, runs Win 8

    Wednesday, November 2, 2011

    Parallels played catch-up with VMware with the release of Parallels Desktop 7 Build 7.0.15050, an update to the virtualization software for Mac OS X. The free update adds support for Windows 8 Developer Preview and enables installation of Lion as a guest OS without using the App Store. VMware Fusion 4 already has both of these features. The Parallels update also adds support for Ubuntu 11.10 Linux and includes several stability and performance enhancements. The Build 7.0.15050 update is available from within Parallels Desktop 7 in the Parallels Desktop menu......Read entire story here

    TIP: Win 7 "crash" in Boot Camp not what it appears to be

    Wednesday, November 2, 2011

    John Ames responded to previous reports of Windows 7 crashing on a Mac running Boot Camp after waking from sleep. However, while other readers reported blue screens, his was black. It turns out that Windows had not crashed, but the screen brightness had been turned off:

    I put Win 7 Ultimate to sleep a few days ago and it refused to wake the next morning. A Win restart results in a hard crash immediately after password login. I'm up to date with Snow Leopard, firmware and Boot Camp on MacBookPro i7, quad 2.2 gig model.

    But it was not stuck sleeping as I had thought. In my case the problem was not Boot Camp but a Windows 7 Power control panel setting......Read entire story here

    mobilEcho 3.0 furthers AD-based file management for iPad, iPhone

    Wednesday, November 2, 2011

    GroupLogic has released mobilEcho 3.0, a major new version of secure, enterprise file management software for iOS devices integrated with Active Directory. The new version adds support for iPhones (iOS 4.2 and later), in addition to iPads. It also adds new end-user features, including the ability to annotate and comment on PDF documents from the device. Users can now access their Active Directory-assigned home directory. Management has been simplified with new device enrollment features and other enhancements.

    mobilEcho enables users to browse and access file servers from iPads and iPhones without the use of iTunes or cloud providers. The software consists of an iOS app and server-based software that is administered from a web-based management console. The devices can be authenticated by Active Directory, which can enforce file permissions for the devices......Read entire story here

    Reader can't log in with local account with Lion 10.7.2

    Wednesday, November 2, 2011

    Unlike some readers, Al Pawlowski can log into an Active Directory account with Mac OS X 10.7.2, but he can no longer log into the Mac's local account without restarting:

    I am seeing something like a reverse of what most others are reporting. After the last big Mac OS X update, early last week, I think I am losing the ability to logon with my local account.

    What happens is that my Mac will (apparently) try to authenticate my local password via AD first, leading to the invalid password shake. My local account is the same short name as one of my AD accounts.......Read entire story here

    Reader says Lion 10.7.2 doesn't give option to logon to AD domain

    Wednesday, November 2, 2011

    Premjith is another reader who found that the Lion 10.7.2 did not fix problems logging into an Active Directory domain:

    I have an issue with login using the AD credentials. I use Mac OS X Lion 10.7.2 on a MacBook Pro. Explained below what I have done:

    1. System Preferences - >Users & Groups -> Login options -> Network Account server.
    2. Join, entered server name, admin user and password.
    3. Open Directory Utility -> Active DirectoryIf you've seen this problem .......Read entire story here

    October 2011

    October 31

    TIP: Fix for slow Lion access to SMB home directory in .local domain

    Monday, October 31, 2011

    Bobby Stewart forwarded a fix from Centrify regarding Lion in Active Directory networks. Specifically, it addresses a problem with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion connecting to server-based, SMB home directories, where it takes the Lion Mac a long time to log in. Not too long ago we reported an Apple fix for slow Active Directory access in .local domains, which provides for a similar solution. (See "TIP: DNS workaround for slow AD binding with Lion and 10.6.8.") The Centrify article describes the cause at this:

    The problem exists on Mac OS 10.7, because 10.7 always uses Bonjour first to resolve any .local hostname. If Bonjour fails (timeout), it will then use standard DNS, thus causing the delay.

    For Mac, the .local domain is reserved for Bonjour, and the Mac will only lookup these hostname using Bonjour (multicast). On Mac OS 10.7, a hostname that contains only one level under .local (i.e. xxx.local) is resolved using multicast......Read entire story here

    TIP: Configuring settings for Lion and Active Directory

    Monday, October 31, 2011

    Gabor Hollai in Budapest sent us a step-by-step on how he got Lion 10.7.1 and 10.7.2 to work with Active Directory:

    In Hungary we also had fought to OS X 10.7 and AD network users. One site is working fine with the network user login from 10.7.1. Another site we needed the 10.7.2 upgrade. See below how we do it both locations.

    1. Check the Name of computer in Sharing and in "System Preferences -> Network settings -> Advanced -> WINS" The Computer Name needs to be same.
    2. Add manually in "System preferences - Network settings - Advanced - DNS" the Search-Domain even if it's greyed out. Also check the first DNS server is Windows 2008 server.
      Remember: we needed to upgrade the primary DC to Windows 2008 r2, the secondary is still Windows 2000......Read entire story here

    Tip: For Lion/AD, log in local account then Fast User Switching

    Monday, October 31, 2011

    Tom Auchter sent us another suggestion for getting around Lion problems with Active Directory:

    The 10.7.2 update didn't fix Active Directory integration for us either (although perhaps it is slightly "improved"). The best workaround we have is to create a local account on each machine and have Fast User Switching enabled. When logging in using the AD account fails, we log in using the local account and then switch to the AD account. This seems to work most of the time. We sometimes have issues logging in again after the screen is locked, in which case we switch back to the local user and do the same steps. There are still other issues where connectivity to the domain seems to be lost occasionally, so hopefully the next patch will actually fix things.

    If you've tried this approach .

    For more suggestions, see Lion and Active Directory Tips and Reports.

    More reports 10.7.2 not fixing Active Directory issues

    Monday, October 31, 2011

    We have a couple of more reports from readers who still can't get Active Directory binding to work, even with the Lion 10.7.2 update. Eric Zane reports:

    It did not fix our issue either. A Snow Leopard machine with the same user credentials and AD Win 2008 server works, but that same user's credentials on 10.7.2 Lion new computer does not allow logins to complete so shares cannot be added.

    Rajiv Lakhani in London has different symptoms:

    We are experiencing the same issue, after updating to 10.7.2. from a fresh install of Lion, it will bind, eventually. It will let a user login once, but after a reboot the network accounts are unavailable.

    Sometimes it says Sorry cannot login user X at this time. Even when it does work the delay to login is so great (at least 5 minutes) that its pretty much a no go anyway. We are also having binding issues to Lion Server and Snow Leopard Server and Lion Server.

    Lion in AD works for reader with 10.7.2 update

    Monday, October 31, 2011

    John Klimeck explains the circumstances under which the Mac OS X 10.7.2 Lion update fixed Active Directory problems:

    Active Directory is working for us, binding and login (creating user profile) and caching credentials.

    I believe this has something to do with the organization's network architecture.

    If you've you've seen something similar .


    October 24

    Lion Active Directory problems persist after 10.7.2 update

    Monday, October 24, 2011

    Kyle Torkelson is another reader seeing Active Directory problems with Lion after updating to version 10.7.2, despite Apple's statements that Active Directory integration was improved in this build:

    I can confirm as well for our organization that 10.7.2 did not fix our AD logins. I can bind and I get the green dot telling me the server is available but once we logout, we get either a red "network users not available" or amber "some network accounts are available" on the login screen. I've tried the suggested workaround but none have worked, even tried not rebooting but still no luck.

    Either way, we still cannot login using AD users/passwords with a domain running Windows Server 2008 R2 and the schema raised to Windows Server 2008 R2.

    If you're using Lion 10.7.2 and Active Directory whether the update helps.

    MacDrive 9 Pro for Windows adds support for Lion Boot Camp, Apple RAID

    Monday, October 24, 2011

    Mediafour has updated MacDrive with MacDrive 9 for Windows, and has released a new product called MacDrive 9 Pro for Windows. The standard edition adds support for writing to Lion Boot Camp partitions from within Windows. The new Pro edition supports Apple RAID from within Windows, as well as adding other new features. Both add performance improvements.

    MacDrive enables Windows to read and write to Mac-formatted drives from Windows Explorer, as well as mount unencrypted Mac DMG disk images in Windows. MacDrive includes a Windows utility that can format, partition and repair Mac-formatted storage media. In addition to running on Windows on a PC, MacDrive can run on Mac booted with Windows with Boot Camp.....Read entire story here

    NTFS for Mac updated for Lion, Thunderbolt

    Monday, October 24, 2011

    Paragon Software has released NTFS for Mac OS X 9.5 (US $20), and update to the software that enables Mac OS X to write to, as well as read, NTFS-formatted (Windows) volumes. NTFS for Mac OS X also enables users to read and write to a Windows Boot Camp partition while booted from Mac OS X.

    NTFS for Mac OS X 9.5 adds improved support for the latest build of Mac OS X Lion. The new version also support for external storage devices using the Thunderbolt interface found in more recent Mac models. Version 9.5 also adds native support for extended attributes.

    If you've tried NTFS for Mac OS X 9.5 what you think of it.

    Users' Home Directory folders show up as "?" in the Dock

    Monday, October 24, 2011

    A reader posted a problem in our forums about network-based home folders in Active Directory not showing up correctly in Mac OS X:

    My problem is this, I have one particular Mac that regardless of which user logs in, that user gets a "?" in the Dock were their home folder should be. If the same user logs in on a different Mac, they get their network home folder to show up in the Dock correctly.

    All the Macs in our environment are bound to both AD and OD and are running OS X 10.6.7. All Mac users are set to use mobile profiles and they have their network home folders' paths specified......Read entire post here


    October 21

    TIP: DNS workaround for slow AD binding with Lion and 10.6.8

    Friday, October 21, 2011

    An Apple tech support article describes a workaround for slow Mac binding to Active Directory. The article, called "Login and directory binding delays on systems joined to an Active Directory domain ending in .local," describes a problem with Mac OS X 10.7.x Lion and with Mac OS X 10.6.8 (the last Snow Leopard build). The workaround is to adding some IPv6 records to the domain name service (DNS) server:

    This behavior can be mitigated by creating forward (AAAA) and reverse (PTR) IPv6 records on each DNS nameserver for all Active Directory domain controllers. An IPv6 reverse zone will need to be created to hold the PTR records......Read entire story here

    Reader says Lion 10.7.2 didn't fix Active Directory issue

    Friday, October 21, 2011

    Although the recent Mac OS X 10.7.2 update was supposed to fix Active Directory issues, Glen Moon reports otherwise:

    The Lion 10.7.2 update did not fix a "network unavailable" Active Directory issue for our team.

    (Previously, a reader shared a workaround for a Lion Active Directory problem that showed that network login is unavailable.)

    Please whether or not the 10.7.2 update fix your Active Directory problems.

    Reader reports Snow Leopard/Cisco problem, but Lion is OK

    Friday, October 21, 2011

    Rich Rose has a problem with Mac OS X 10.6 and virtual private network connections that he is not seeing with Lion:

    Just recently we started getting reports of users having issues connecting via OS X IPSec to our VPN (sadly, a Cisco 3000 series concentrator). After a variety of testing it seems that 10.7.2 users can connect via any Wi-Fi network, including a Mi-Fi.....Read entire story here

    Reader reports slow Windows performance with Lion and Parallels 7

    Friday, October 21, 2011

    A reader reports that upgrading to Lion and to Parallels Desktop 7 has slowed down Windows 7 in a virtual machine:

    I was running Windows 7 Ultimate in Parallels 6 and Snow Leopard (MacBook Pro i7, 8GB RAM), and it was great. Then I upgraded the Mac to Lion and Parallels to version 7, and Windows is running slower. Also, the network connection disappears after waking from sleep, and I have to reboot the Windows virtual machine.

    If you've seen this problem .


    October 17

    TIP: Workaround for Windows clients not seeing Lion Server

    Monday, October 17, 2011

    Tim Wagner shared a workaround to the problem of Lion Server not being visible to Windows clients. Wagner's setup is with Active Directory:

    I've been running into this problem from my Windows computers (Active Directory and other) in my Lion Magic Triangle setup. I believe that the Lion server is trying to serve the Windows clients in the Bonjour realm or something; if I add a new zone in DNS for (LionServerName).local and point it to the correct Lion server IP, Windows clients are able to browse the shares whereas before the FQDN [fully qualified domain name] did not work (and still does not work). However, I was always able to browse shares via the IP of the server (and even though the FQDN resolved to the correct IP of the Lion server, I still had to use the IP).

    This isn't really a solution, but it is a workaround. The Apple techs I talked to said "Wait for 10.7.2.

    We would point out that this issue was not on Apple's list of fixes for Mac OS X Server 10.7.2. If you've tried Wagner's workaround .

    TIP: Workaround for Outlook 2011 groups not in contacts

    Monday, October 17, 2011

    David Ripley sent a way to get around the problem of groups created in Outlook 2011 not appearing in the Contacts list:

    A solution for Groups in Outlook 2011 until they have a real fix. I labeled each of my groups created with the first word "Group" Then they are all in one place, searchable. Also to see them easily I can deselect all boxes in "My Contacts" except the "On My Computer" box. This gives a very short list that contains all my groups easy to find together.

    If you've tried this .

    iCloud backwards compatibility is better for Windows than Mac

    Monday, October 17, 2011

    With the just-launched iCloud, Apple isn't rewarding long-time Mac users with backwards compatibility. You'll need the latest Mac OS X 10.7.2, released just last Wednesday in order to automatically share content with your other devices. Mac users also need the latest versions iPhoto'11 (version 9.2) or Aperture 3.2, also just release last week. Perhaps you believe that Apple software released before last Wednesday is quaint. Could be, but Windows users accessing iCloud can run anything back to the Windows Vista - which was released two years ago this week. iCloud supports Outlook 2007, released in January 2007.

    So what gives? Wouldn't it be easier for Apple to at least support Snow Leopard and iCal 4 than it is for it to support Vista and 4-year-old Outlook.....Read entire story here

    iOS 5 problems mar launch

    Monday, October 17, 2011

    Apple's iOS 5, released last Wednesday, is an impressive new rev of the OS for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, but it's off to a rocky start technically. Reports in discussion forums around the web are full of reports with problems updating devices to iOS 5.

    Nathan Olivarez-Giles of the LA Times summed it up in the headline, "Apple's iOS 5 is the best iOS so far, once you get it installed." He said:

    In the video below, my colleague Michelle Maltais and I talk about what a buggy and cumbersome pain it was to install iOS 5 and even get iCloud up an running this week.

    Not exactly the type of ringing endorsement that makes you want to run out and update your department's stock of iPhones.

    CNET's Lance Whitney had a confidence-building headline iOS 5 update bricked my iPod Touch......Read entire story here

    JAMF adds Lion profiles, iPhone 4S, iOS 5, to Casper Suite

    Monday, October 17, 2011

    JAMF Software has released Casper Suite 8.3, which adds support for Apple's recent updates. JAMF's new version of the client management suite adds configuration profiles for Lion clients as well as support for iOS 5 and iPhone 4S as managed devices. There are also other new features for managing supported Mac OS X clients. The Casper Suite enables administrator to manage iOS 4, iOS 5, and Mac clients from a single console. Casper Suite 8.3 can now set computer-level and user-level Configuration Profiles for OS X Lion computers......Read entire story here


    October 13

    Apple updates everything: Lion, Server, iOS, apps, and launches iCloud

    Thursday, October 13, 2011

    Yesterday, in what may be the company's largest update ever, Apple released coordinated, major updates for almost all of its operating system and application software. Apple also launched its iCloud service, for use with Mac OS X, Windows, and iOS devices. However, the updates are not just for iCloud compatibility, but add major features and important bug fixes as well as security updates.

    The magnitude of the update is reflected in the fact that Apple yesterday also posted over 100 new and updated technical articles about Lion, Lion Server, iOS, iPhone, iPad, iCloud, and Apple applications. More were being posted on Thursday.

    Yesterday's updates from Apple include the following, all of which are free......Read entire story here

    Lion 10.7.2 fixes Active Directory, OD, and other problems

    Thursday, October 13, 2011

    Apple is promoting iCloud as the big news of yesterday's Mac OS X 10.7.2 release, but the update contains dozens of bug fixes for major problems-including a fix to the Active Directory problems that have plagued Lion since it's release. Lion 10.7.2 was part of a barrage of updates Apple released yesterday across its entire product line. Apple indicated that Active Directory integration is simply "improved," but MacWindows readers, as well as reports around the Internet, claim that the problems with binding, login, and other problems are fixed in Lion 10.7.2. ( if this update fixes your Lion AD or other problems.)......Read entire story here

    Lion Server 10.7.2 fixes SMB, OD, virtual hosting, and other major problems

    Thursday, October 13, 2011

    Apple's release of Lion Server 10.7.2 contains dozens of important bug fixes, including issues with Open Directory and SMB file service. Some of the fixes are not mentioned in the Apple's technical article about the update, but are mentioned in other articles at Apple's support pages. There are also some new features for installing and some new features in the Server app. (It's not known yet whether the update address the problems reported on our Lion Server Tips and Reports page, but we hope you will .)

    The update fixes an authentication problem with SMB file service when the server is bound to Active Directory......Read entire story here

    Reader says Mac OS X 10.7.2 fixes Lion Active Directory issues

    Thursday, October 13, 2011

    Jesse Patterson wrote of yesterday's Mac OS X 10.7.2 update:

    The fix for Lion AD issues is 10.7.2. Nothing else -- not adding search paths for directories etc.

    If the update fixed Active Directory issues for you . And please mention which specific Active Directory problem you're working with.

    Reader says 10.7.2 fixes Lion problem JAMF, AD

    Thursday, October 13, 2011

    Jason Bush reports that the Lion 10.7.2 update fixed a Lion bug with Active Directory and JAMF Casper:

    10.7.1 didn't do the trick for us, but the 10.7.2 does with no adjustment to existing JAMF bind settings.

    If you've seen this .


    October 10

    San Franciscans pay tribute to Steve Jobs as Stockton St. Apple Store

    Monday, October 10, 2011

    San Franciscan's paid tribute to their native son, Steve Jobs, at the iconic Apple store at Stockton and Market Streets near Union Square. Admirers covered the front windows with notes on stickies, and left candles, flowers, and apples. These photos were taken Friday night, the same day as the Jobs family's private services for the Apple cofounder. They were taken, appropriately (though primatively), with an iPod Touch 4G (without a flash)......Click here for photos

    TIP: Blog shows how to copy/paste between Lion and Citrix

    Monday, October 10, 2011

    Manesh Sonah told us of a blog post he did on how to copy and paste between a Mac OS X 10.7 Lion to and remote Windows using Citrix. He uses the Citrix Online plug-in.

    If you've tried this

    Lion Server for Dummies now available

    Monday, October 10, 2011

    Now for some shameless self promotion. Wiley Publishing has released my latest book, Mac OS X Lion Server for Dummies. The book describes everything from the installation of the software (which is quite different than earlier versions of Mac OS X Server), to setting up services such as web, email, and file sharing for Mac and Windows clients. Also included are instructions on setting up Lion Server to integrate Mac clients into Active Directory. Lion Sever Dummies describes how to remotely configure and control computers and iPad and iPhone devices using Managed Preferences and Lion's new Profile Manager. Network security is also described.

    The official site at Wiley Publising for more info and some excerpts.

    With Lion, Apple dropped the price of Mac OS X Server from $500 to $80, making it affordable to a wider user base. Lion Server for Dummies includes instructions for people who have never used a server before, as well as information for experienced IT managers who are not familiar with Apple's server software.

    Mac OS X Lion Server For Dummies is available at Amazon for a discount.


    October 7

    Steve Jobs, thinking different, two different takes

    Friday, October 7, 2011

    Here are two different takes on the 1997 The Crazy Ones ads that Apple ran as part of the Think Different campaign. The first is a never-released version in which Steve Jobs does the narration. The second is a tribute to Jobs using the original Richard Dryfus soundtrack, created by former Apple creative director Ken Segall. Click here to view the clips.

    Parallels update adds support for Windows 8

    Friday, October 7, 2011

    Parallels released Parallels Desktop 7 build 7.0.14924, an update that adds the ability to run Windows 8 Developer Preview in a virtual machine in Mac OS X. The update also improves performance, optimizes CPU utilization when Parallels Desktop is idle, and improves compatibility with Quicken 2011and Autodesk 3DS Max 2012 3D. The new build is available from within Desktop 7 by selecting Check for Updates in the Parallels Desktop menu.

    Parallels Desktop 7 was released early last month with 90 new features, according to the company, including using Lion's interface features to Windows VMs. This ability to run Windows 8, however, came first with VMware Fusion 4, which shipped a few weeks after Desktop 7. (See "Schizophrenic Windows 8 takes a different path than Lion.")

    If you've tried Parallels Desktop 7, with Windows 8 or anything else, .

    Lion cannot connect to AFP Share on Windows 2003 Server

    Friday, October 7, 2011

    Bob Arene found another AFP server that is not compatible with Lion: an older Windows 2003 Server running Services for Macintosh. Arene said:

    Mac OS X 10.7.1 can't connect via AFP to the shares on our Windows 2003 Server. I removed all authentication methods from the disabled list per the Apple procedure but still no luck. I can connect to the Windows shares only via SMB.

    Some other readers previously report that the Apple procedure didn't work, but it did work for some readers with Novell's server.

    If you've tried Apple's remedy with an older Windows Services for Mac file server .

    Outlook 2011 update dropping connections to Exchange

    Friday, October 7, 2011

    Chris Cumpian responded to the report "Reader says Outlook Mac update broke server connection":

    Same issue, since the latest update, Outlook will randomly drop connection from the server and only way to fix is closing outlook and reopening until it drops again.

    If you've seen this problem .

    Fix for Lion DFS problem didn't work for reader

    Friday, October 7, 2011

    A reader going by "LD D" tried the suggestion described in "TIP: Workaround to Lion bug in mounting DFS shares," but it didn't work:

    When I tried the suggestion to open /Volumes/MyDFSMount/MyDFSVolume but I get an error: Authentication Error. That is all it says. But, when I view this from a Windows 7 box it works with out issue. So I do not think it could be a true authentication error. My Mac is configured to be in AD using Open Directory. Also, I checked the console.app for messages and this is what appears: 10/5/11 10:08:18.365 AM NetAuthSysAgent: smb_mount: mount failed to mydomain.com/dfs, syserr = Authentication error.

    If you've seen this problem, or have an idea about it .


    October 5

    The original Apple Genius, Steve Jobs, dead at 56

    Tuesday, October 5, 2011

    By John Rizzo

    Apple Cofounder and former CEO Steve Jobs died today after a long battle with cancer and health issues.

    Apple replaced its home page with a photo of Jobs, simply captioned "Steve Jobs, 1955-2011," and issued a brief tribute at www.apple.com/stevejobs.

    A brief statement from the Apple Board of Directors said:

    Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve," Apple said in a statement announcing Jobs' passing.

    His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.

    Tributes came from President Obama, California Governor Jerry Brown, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and business and government leaders from around the world. The President said

    Steve was among the greatest of American innovators -- brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.

    A San Francisco native and a college dropout, Jobs built one of the most valuable companies in the United States, occasionally surpassing Exxon Mobile. Today, Macworld Magazine called him "the man who saved Apple" in a retrospective of his carrer.

    Speaking in 2005 at the Stanford University graduation, Jobs said:

    Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.


    October 4

    TIP: For slow SMB browsing, edit nsmb.conf in Library folder

    Tuesday, October 4, 2011

    Rob Calhoun found success with the procedure in "Fixing slow SMB file sharing by turning off NetBIOS queries," but he recommends editing a different nsmb.conf file than the one suggested:

    I just tried this hint.

    Following the man page, I created and edited ~/Library/Preferences/nsmb.conf rather than /etc/nsmb.conf . This is safer than working in /etc and I'm the only user anyway. It works! But, with no notifications, it seemed like there is a bit of a delay......Read entire story here

    TIP: Enabling Win Outlook users to edit Mac calendars

    Tuesday, October 4, 2011

    Aaron Timmerman send a tip about enabling Windows Outlook 2010 users edit Mac users' calendars:

    Please allow me to give an answer to the issue "Windows PC users being unable to edit Outlook Mac calendars." The solution is that in ADSI Edit under the Exchange account for the Mac users' settings there is a setting after drilling down to the nitty gritty. Look at a PC user's entry and then change their entry to the same value. It will be s setting for vintage server type.

    If you've tried this approach

    Reader sees slow Outlook 2011 contacts

    Tuesday, October 4, 2011

    Aaron Timmerman reports that opening shared contacts on Outlook for Mac is slow. We have previous reports of slow behavior in Outlook ("Outlook 2011 slows with slower net connections" and "Reader sees slow Outlook for Mac syncing with Exchange"), but it's not known if these are related to Timmerman's problem. He said:

    I have an office I just upgraded to Office 2011 and they are running Server 2003 x64 with Exchange 2007 SP1 Rollup 4 as required by Office 2011. They are also fully patched. When we upgraded from Entourage the CEO's shared contacts, and the contacts when he opens them, take about 5 seconds to be usable......Read entire story here

    Reader updates Parallels/Fusion test report

    Tuesday, October 4, 2011

    John Protopapas updated his previous report on speed comparisions between Parallels Desktop 7 and VMware Fusion 4. He also described how he uses a single monitor keyboard to run old and new Mac OS's together. He said:

    Addendum: One thing that I have noticed is before you do a benchmark whether it be Mac or Windows is to wait until your CPU activity is at a minimum. If there are additional processes going on in the background it will skew the results (this is a"no-brainer")......Read entire story here

    iXsystems FreeNAS Version 8.0.1 is Lion, Time Machine ready

    Tuesday, October 4, 2011

    iXsystems updated firmware for its FreeNAS network attached storage devices, which are based on the Open Source FreeBSD. FreeNAS Version 8.0.1 updates AFP file sharing protocol so it is compatible with Time Machine under Lion. FreeNAS 8.0.1 also includes new front end user features in its web front end, as well as backend changes and bug fixes.

    With Lion, Apple changed the AFP protocol, rendering NAS devices and other some AFP servers incompatible. Since Mac OS X 10.7 was released last summer, several NAS vendors have updated their software to be compatible......Read entire story here


    September 2011

    September 26

    Reader benchmarks Parallels 7 vs VMware 4 running Win XP

    Monday, September 26, 2011

    John Protopapas ran a set of synthetic benchmark tests on Parallels Desktop 7 and VMware Fusion 4 running Windows XP SP3. He ran an older copy of SiSoftware's Sandra benchmarking tool in Windows. Parallels Desktop 7as faster in two out of the three tests, while VMware Fusion 4 edged out Parallels 4 in the third test. It is difficult to extrapolate how this translates into actual usage, but it is roughly consistent with real-world tests on previous versions of Parallels and VMware......Read entire story here

    Internet sharing's effect on file transfers in Snow Leopard

    Monday, September 26, 2011

    Some readers have found that turning on Internet Sharing fixes Snow Leopard problems with slow SMB file sharing. But not Kevin Stauffer, who sent us some numbers:

    I did a quick test involving transferring a 700 MB file from a Windows 2008 server to a Snow Leopard Mac and back again. With Internet sharing off, transfer from the server to the Mac took 1:05, and transfer back (Mac to server) took 1:32. After turning on Internet sharing, transfer from was 1:09 (+ 4 seconds) and transfer to was 1:14 (minus 18 seconds). Not a big difference either way, and perhaps could be explained by network traffic (or wind direction).

    Snow Leopard AD login problem with Casper suite

    Monday, September 26, 2011

    Kevin Hill has a strange Active Directory problem with Mac OS X 10.6.8 using JAMF Software's Casper. Everything was fine until students in his school could no longer log on to their own Macs (using Active Directory credentials) -- but they can log into other Macs. Hill reports:

    Infrastructure Details (All machines started at 10.6.7 and have been updated to 10.6.8)

    1. Windows 2008 PDC running AD, DHCP, DNS.
    2. Xserve _ 10.6.8 not running Open Directory, strictly passing AD credentials.
    3. 150 - 13" Intel MacBooks running 10.6.8
    4. 30 - 13" Intel MacBook Pros running 10.6.8
    5. Students connect wireless via Cisco AP's....Read entire story here

    Add-in enables Time Machine backup to Windows Home Server

    Monday, September 26, 2011

    Orbital Technologies has released a free add-in to Mac OS X that enables Time Machine to back up to Windows Home Server 2011, Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, or Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials. Orbital Backup Configuration works with Mac OS X 10.6.x Snow Leopard only, and is not compatible with Leopard or Lion......Read entire story here


    September 22

    TIP: Workaround for Outlook 2011 IMAP Problems in Lion 10.7.1

    Thursday, September 22, 2011

    Renante Albelda sent in a workaround for problems with IMAP email in Outlook 2011 for Mac.

    Using IMAP in Outlook 2011 indeed has issues with Mac. Contrary to the previously reported, Outlook 2011 does indeed download mail attachments with more than 10mb. However, at some point in time in the middle of its syncing process, receiving just stops for no reason. Some emails were also dropped. My workaround was to manually stop the syncing from the "Progress" window and then rerun "Send & Receive". Very annoying but somehow it works although I had to click "Send & Receive" a number of times until all my mails were successfully downloaded. I also recommend to turn off "Send multiple commands to server simultaneously" and enter the "[Gmail]" to the "IMAP Root Folder" text field.

    If you've tried the workaround

    Thursby PKard 1.1 adds Lion's missing smart card support, adds email

    Thursday, September 22, 2011

    Thursby Software Systems shipped PKard for Mac 1.1 (US$30, free update), and update to the software that enables U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Mac users with Common Access Cards (CACs) to access secure web sites and web-based VPNs. The new version adds support for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and support for secure mail signing and encryption and decryption in Apple Mail.

    Pkard supports all US Government CAC and PIV smart cards via Thursby TokenD drivers. Pkard 1.1 adds support for newer PIV II CAC smart cards (also known as Next Generation CAC, CAC-NG or CACNG), including the Gemalto TOP DL GX4 144K and......Read entire story here

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    Centrify Suite 2012 beefs up cross-platform Active Directory based management

    Thursday, September 22, 2011

    Centrify Corp. has released Centrify Suite 2012, a new release of its software to centrally control, secure and audit Mac, UNIX, and Linux systems and applications using Active Directory. The new version adds additional enterprise-class capabilities to centralize privilege access management, and audit user session activity for increased security and compliance of cloud and on-premise systems. The suite enables secure authentication, single sign-on, privileged access management and user session auditing......Read entire story here

    Reader says time syncing not the issue behind Lion AD sync problems

    Thursday, September 22, 2011

    Daniel Murray reports that syncing Mac OS X 10.7's time with an Active Directory server did not solve problems. Neither did any of our other tips:

    Tried the time syncing tip. No Joy. I've also gone through all of the suggestions at MacWindows. Using a spanking new MacBook Air. This simply should not be this hard.

    Have a problem or workaround for Active Directory problems with Lion?

    Another reader can't get SMB scanning with Lion to work

    Thursday, September 22, 2011

    David Geric reports:

    I also have problem with SMB scanning with Mac Lion. Has anyone found a solution?

    We haven't found a fix. Have you?


    September 19

    VMware Fusion 4 adds Lion and Windows 8 support, performance

    Monday, September 19, 2011

    Hot on the heals of the the release of Parallels Desktop 7, VMware has shipped VMware Fusion 4, a major update to the virtualization software for Mac OS X. The new version has 90 new features, including the ability to host virtual machines containing Lion and the new Windows 8 developer preview as guest OS's. VMware Fusion 4 is available for a discounted US $50 until end of year, with an $80 price tag after that.

    VMware Fusion 4 can also run on Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, and provides new Lion features to Windows applications when running in Unity mode, which hides the Windows desktop. You can add Windows applications to the Launchpad, work with Windows documents in Mission Control, and use Windows apps in Lion's full-screen mode. Lion's track pad gestures also work with Windows apps......Read entire story here

    Schizophrenic Windows 8 takes a different path than Lion

    Monday, September 19, 2011

    By John Rizzo

    Microsoft released the first developer preview of Windows 8, which contains the most sweeping changes to user interface design the operating system has ever seen. The beta OS, unveiled at the Microsoft Professional Developers' Conference in Anaheim last week, offers two different user interface modes, one that looks like Windows 7 and another that looks and acts like a mobile device user interface -- even more so than Apple's Lion.

    Microsoft demo'd Windows 8 on a Samsung tablet with an Intel Core i5 processor, and said that it will eventually support ARM-powered tablets. The developer preview also runs on the same PC hardware as Windows 7 and Vista. You can also virtualize it......Read entire story here

    Outlook 2011 sync with Exchange slower than Outlook Win in VM

    Monday, September 19, 2011

    Brian Davey in Australia says Outlook 2011 for Mac is slower to sync with Exchange than Outlook running in a Parallels Dekstop virtual machine. Although another reader previously reported that Outlook 2011 slows with slower net connections, Davey says the slow sync occurs regardless of connection speed:

    At home over ADSL2 it takes forever for Outlook to be usable; presumably because it takes forever to sync with Exchange Server. Even at work with a super fast network it takes a long time. It's faster for me to run parallels, open Windows XP, open Windows Outlook 2007 and read my mail; while I've done this, Outlook 2011 on the Mac is still thinking.

    I also hate the fact that there is no favourites bar and categories don't synchronise with the server and so are a waste of time. I'm so unimpressed with Outlook 2011 that I'm either going to stick with Entourage or use Outlook for windows via Parallels.

    If you've seen this

    Helios UB2 server features Spotlight search, fixes Lion's AFP problem

    Monday, September 19, 2011

    Helios has released the Helios UB2 server, a new version of the bundle of modular file, print, and preprint services. Helios UB2 can run on Mac, Windows, and Unix server hosts for serving Mac, Windows, and Unix clients. The new version updated its AFP server module, called EtherShare, for compatibility with Lion clients. Mac users can now quickly search the server with Spotlight without creating a lot of traffic between server and client. Windows and Web and iOS clients can also search, by file name, text content, and meta data, when the server is running the SMB module (PCShare) and WebDAV module (WebShare)......Read entire story here


    September 13

    TIP: Getting Windows activation to work in a virtual machine

    Tuesday, September 13, 2011

    Peter Duniho sent a suggestion for yesterday's reader problem with Windows product activation after upgrading Parallels Desktop to version 7. Duniho has seen similar problems and has found a way to deal with it:

    Is Mr. Carter absolutely positive that his current key isn't valid? I use Parallels 6 with Boot Camp (and have used previous versions as well), and Windows does on a semi-regular basis accuse me of running a "non-genuine" version of Windows. It usually happens after various configuration changes, such as running the same OS installation under Boot Camp versus Parallels versus Fusion, or a hardware change.......Read entire story here

    More NAS vendors add Lion support

    Tuesday, September 13, 2011

    Four more manufacturers of network attached storage (NAS) devices continue to release upgrades that enable Lion users to access them over AFP. The is the latest round of updates responding to Apple's changes to the Apple File Protocol in Lion, which left many NAS devices incompatible with Lion, and in particular, Time Machine backups, which require AFP.

    LaCie shipped final versions of its Lion-compatible NAS firmware, NAS OS 2.0, which it first released as beta software. Also new is a new user interface and automated RAID modes......Read entire story here

    TIP: Citrix Receiver daemon eats CPU utilization in Lion

    Tuesday, September 13, 2011

    A reader notes that after upgrading to Lion, CPU utilization was running amok, with fans blasting. It turned out it was the AGAdmin process of the Citrix Receiver application that had a problem with Lion. Citrix Receiver enables Mac users to run Windows applications as a service over a network or the Internet. The reader's report:

    I'm fairly new to OSX but and been a Windows engineer for years. High CPU utilization on Lion due to AGAdmin process -- I experienced this myself. I had just updated my late 2010 MacBook Air to 10.7 and noticed it was loud, hot and draining about 2 percent battery a minute......Read entire story here

    Reader says OS X Lion ignores AD computer lists

    Tuesday, September 13, 2011

    Andre posted a problem in our Forums in which Mac OS X 10.7 Lion seems to ignore Active Directory computer lists, a problem that older versions don't have:

    In my lab I bound some Mac clients to a schema-extended Windows Server 2008 R2 based Active Directory.

    The 10.6.8 clients can be managed using computer lists, while the 10.7.1 machines ignore these settings. I had a look at /etc/openldap/schema/apple.schema on both Mac OS X 10.6.x and 10.7.x machines, and the entries for computer lists haven't changed with 10.7.

    Settings for computer accounts, though, will be applied on both 10.6 and 10.7.

    If you've seen this problem please post a response in our forum.


    September 12

    TIP: Another workaround for Lion "unable to connect to server" error

    Monday, September 12, 2011

    An anonymous reader shared another fix for the "unable to connect to server" error for Lion in Active Directory:

    I had a similar problem with Lion the first time I tried to connect to AD natively. What worked for me was to configure the AD plug-in in DS and UNCHECK the box labeled "Allow authentication from any domain in this forest". Then I specified the FQDN of the AD domain controller by name that I normally authenticate against, then bound the machine. Immediately after that completes successfully, use the DS tool to add the specific AD domain......Read entire story here

    Tip: Another take on "dseditgroup" fix for AD loss of admin rights

    Monday, September 12, 2011

    A reader shared a fix for the Active Directory problem of Mac mobile accounts on losing administrator rights and reverting to standard user privileges. His fix is similar to one posted in April for Snow Leopard. This reader (who wishes to remain anonymous) sees the problem with Lion:

    Managed admins are just users when logging on offline - After joining 10.7 to my 2003 AD, SysPref/Accounts showed my ID as "Admin, Network, Managed". But if I logged on from home (no DC authentication), I lost admin rights. The following command fixed the problem......Read entire story here

    TIP: A "search order and permission" workaround for Lion AD binding bug

    Monday, September 12, 2011

    Aaron Gilfillan send in another workaround to Lion problems with Active Directory binding:

    AD binding in Lion 10.7.0 and 10.7.1 is broken. It's a search order and permissions issue. The only "fix" I found was this:

    1. Unbind machine
    2. Rename machine
    3. Reboot
    4. Login as local user
    5. In Directory Utility, go to Services......Read entire story here

    Reader's Win 7 wants new key after update to Parallels 7, Lion

    Monday, September 12, 2011

    Mark Carter has a problem with Parallels 7 and Lion, where Windows 7 no longer recognizes the product key as valid:

    I installed the Parallels 7 update I purchased on 2 September. Since then, Windows 7 believes it's a pirate copy. I'm not happy about it at all. Parallels 6 ran Windows 7 just fine! I certainly don't want to purchase a new key, but the original key is no longer valid. Windows 7 was installed when I upgraded Parallels in 10.7 Lion.

    If you've seen this issue or have a suggestion .


    September 7

    Vista beats Mac but Lion ties Linux

    Wednesday, September 7, 2011

    Commentators who have been referring to Lion as Apple's Vista may be engaging in wishful thinking, but not how you might think. According to new August data on worldwide market share, more computer users still run Windows Vista than use every version of Mac OS X combined.

    Not that there's good news for Microsoft. Despite the success of Windows 7, more than half of all computer users in the world still run Windows 7's main competitor: Windows XP.

    The data comes from the latest monthly report by NetMarketShare, an organization that calculates market share by keeping track of the OS's of unique visits to 40,000 web sites. This means that the numbers it tracks are computers being actively used, not just sales numbers given by the developers. To get a good idea of the entire worldwide use, NetMarketShare analyzes 160 million unique web visitors per month. Statistically, this is a pretty good sampling, compared to the sample size of 1500 typically used in the polls that tell us who the next president of the United States will be......Read entire story here


    September 6

    TIP: Fixing slow SMB file sharing by turning off NetBIOS queries

    Tuesday, September 6, 2011

    Scott Stansbury shared the results of his research on the problem of slow Snow Leopard SMB browsing and file sharing. He looked at various edits to the /etc/nsmb.conf and /etc/smb.conf files, some that we've reported before on the Snow Leopard Tips and Reports page, and some that he figured out himself. The tips reported here helped with slow browsing (this previous report sums it up), but he fixed slow file connection times by editing /etc/nsmb.conf to stop NetBIOS queries, using the line port445=no_netbios. Stansbury's report......Read entire story here

    Netgear has updates to NAS devices for Lion compatibility

    Tuesday, September 6, 2011

    John Lockwood responded to the last week's post "Another take on Apple Lion AFP problems," which provided an approach to working around Lion problems with network attached storage devices:

    While the tips I am sure do indeed do what they claim, in Chris' own particular circumstance of using a Netgear ReadyNAS they are unnecessary. Their are two main branches of ReadyNAS models, the older ones powered by a Sparc CPU, and the newer ones powered by various Intel CPUs. *Both* branches already have beta firmware available which fully resolves Lion compatibility issues for both basic AFP access and for Time Machine......Read entire story here

    TIP: Sync Mac time with AD to fix connection problems

    Tuesday, September 6, 2011

    Takayuki Matsumoto in Australia responded to last week's report "Lion 'Unable to connect to server' error for AD" with this suggestion:

    Check whether or not the time on Lion is sync'ed with the Active Directory domain.

    If you've tried this .

    Print problem to Windows printer over Wi-Fi

    Tuesday, September 6, 2011

    Chap Tomanek can't print from a Mac to a printer attached to Windows PC over Wi-Fi, and is looking for a suggestion:

    I used to be able to Wi-Fi print from a Snow Leopard MacBook to my shared HP 4215 printer shared under Windows XP. It prints from Win XP command. I just did a reinstall of Win XP desktop. Printer HP 4215 is plugged into Win XP desktop. The Wi-Fi is provided by a Motorola router.

    The MacBook picks up the Motorola Wi-Fi Internet signal and can see the Win XP desktop......Read entire story here


    September 2

    Extended attributes at root of Lion Server bug with Windows clients?

    Friday, September 2, 2011

    David Morgenstern of ZDnet reported in his blog that file sharing problems with Lion/Lion Server and Windows clients is a known bug. We've had readers report similar problems, and another is below. Morgenstern quotes a report that pins the problem on files with extended attributes.

    This rang a bell. In cross-platform file sharing with SMB extended attributes are usually mapped to NTSF streams. Which readers may remember, is something you can turn off in Lion and Snow Leopard get SMB file sharing working. We have a report on how do turn off streams with Lion here, and with Snow Leopard here. The result is the same for both: edit the /etc/nsmb.conf file (or create one) and add the line streams=no......Read entire story here

    TIP: Workaround for Lion connection error in AD

    Friday, September 2, 2011

    Peter Goldberg sent us his workaround for connection errors with Lion and Active Directory:

    I have been working on the problem of joining a MacBook Pro 10.7.1 for the last week. I had similar problems as stated on the macwindows.com web site dated August 30, 2011, "unable to connect to server" error for AD

    I finally solved the problem by creating a new user account on the MacBook that had the same logon name and password that I originally set up within Active Directory on the Domain Controller......Read entire story here

    Boot Camp Windows 7 BSOD with wireless adapter

    Friday, September 2, 2011

    Richard Penninger discovered the Windows 7 installed with Boot Camp crashes intermittently with the built-in wireless adapter. (Our Boot Camp 3 Tips and Reports page has several reports of device-driver related blue-screen crashes with Windows 7.) Here's Penninger report:

    I have Boot Camp 3.2 installed with Windows 7 32-bit on my MacBook Pro Core i5. Whenever I resume from sleep mode I have a 30 percent change of getting a blue-screen-of death (BSOD).

    I figured out that it might be caused by the wireless adapter. I disabled it and now it seems to work better. If I turn the WiFi adapter back on, the problem returns. I have the 5.60.18.8 Broadcom driver installed from 21/8/09. There seems to be no update for this one.

    If you've seen this issue .

    Reader gets "Invalid network path" error in Parallels 6

    Friday, September 2, 2011

    Dan Allard reports a problem with Windows 7 the last update of Parallels Desktop 6. (He is not using Parallels 7, which was released yesterday.) Allard sees an error message if he tries to select multiple files:

    I have been running Mac OS X version 10.6.8 and running Textpad in Windows 7 using Parallels 6 without any trouble. About a week ago there was a new update to Parallels 6. After updating Parallels, the file open box in Windows will not allow me to select more than one file at a time.....Read entire story here


    September 1

    Parallels Desktop 7 adds Lion features to Windows VMs

    Thursday, September 1, 2011

    Parallels today released a major update to its virtualization software for Mac, Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac. The upgrade from Version 6 is available today for US $50, but users will have to wait until September 6 to get the freestanding version ($80). When running in Lion, Parallels Desktop 7 enables Windows applications to take advantage of Lion's new features. And for the first time, Lion users get the ability to run Lion in a virtual machine.

    The update also contains 90 improvements for Leopard, Snow Leopard, and Lion users, including......Read entire story here

    Parallels Mobile 7 for iOS controls Windows or Mac OS X

    Thursday, September 1, 2011

    Along with the Parallels Desktop 7 releases today, Parallels released Parallels Mobile 7, an update to the software that enables users to control a Windows virtual machine remotely from an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. New features include support of sound coming from the Windows virtual machine and the ability to copy and paste between iOS apps and Windows programs.

    Another major feature is the ability to control the host Mac and operate Mac applications from the iOS device. Parallels said that Parallels Mobile 7 has better video performance......Read entire story here


    August 2011

    August 30

    VMware ESXi 5 supports Snow Leopard Server on Xserve

    Tuesday, August 30, 2011

    VMware's new ESXi 5 hypervisor can run on Apple's discontinued Xserve hardware, and can virtualize Mac OS X Server 10.6.x as a guest OS. ESXi runs on the bare hardware, without a host OS. Parallels offers a Parallels Server for Mac Bare Metal Edition that is similar in concept. ESXi 5, however, is part of VMWare's vSphere 5 system, which enables enterprise organizations to virtualize IT services and host them in their own cloud for private use, or to offer services to other organizations. vSphere runs in data centers using ESXi hypervisor to support multiple virtual machines across multiple hardware servers......Read entire story here

    Another take on Apple Lion AFP problems

    Tuesday, August 30, 2011

    Chris Norris sent an article about his attempts to get around Lion's problem accessing AFP servers. Norris has a Netgear network attached storage (NAS) device. The first part of his report is similar to Apple's workaround, which we've previously reported. This didn't work for him, so he goes on to describe what he tried. Here's Norris' report:

    Control of some protocol elements are in the /Library/Preferences/com.apple.AppleShareClient.plist, which doesn't seem to be created in a default installation of OS X 10.7 Lion. I tried copying the file from a Snow Leopard system at first, but then the configuration is different than what you would create in this process. So I deleted the file, then rebooted, and started from scratch......Read entire story here

    Reader says Internet Sharing cuts SMB file transfer times in half

    Tuesday, August 30, 2011

    Philipp Jude in Germany agrees with previous posts that turning on Internet Sharing makes SMB browsing faster:

    Yes, this helps a lot. I copied a 400 MB file without Internet sharing in 50 seconds. With it turned on, in 25 seconds!

    If you've tried this with .

    Lion "unable to connect to server" error for AD

    Tuesday, August 30, 2011

    Carlos Osorio gets an error message when he tries to connect his Lion Mac to Active Directory:

    I just installed Lion and am not table to connect to the Windows Active Directory. I am using the Directory Utility to bind to the AD and after much time I receive and error that states Unable to Connect to Server.

    If you've seen this problem .

    Note that that two weeks ago, another reader reported that using System Preferences instead of Directory Utility got around his problems.


    August 29

    Lion security bug doesn't check passwords in LDAP authentication

    Monday, August 29, 2011

    A U.K. website called The H reports that Mac OS X 10.7 has a bug that doesn't check the password when authenticating to a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) directory. The result, according to the report, is that in some circumstances, any password a user types in will be accepted. The H says the only way to get around the problem is to deactive LDAP authentication. The report says that Apple is aware of the problem. However, another report at the Register says......Read entire story here

    TIP: Fix for AD login issue in Snow Leopard

    Monday, August 29, 2011

    A reader in our forums posted a fix to a problem with Snow Leopard and Active Directory. Although the Mac appears to bind, the use would see an error message when trying to log in. The fix was to create a text file called auto_master with several lines of text.

    If you've used this fix post a reply in the forum.

    Reader confirms Lion issue accessing Ricoh network scanner

    Monday, August 29, 2011

    Mark Miller confirmed a problem reported in "Lion problem with SMB network scanning":

    I have the same problem. Since upgrading to OS Lion, my Ricoh printer will not fax or scan to folder.

    If you've seen this issue .

    Lion SMB Error -51 fixed with streams=no in nsmb.conf

    Monday, August 29, 2011

    Andi Kunar confirmed the tip "Lion SMB problem fixed with streams=no in nsmb.conf."

    This works great for me as well. Thanks! I have a MacBook Pro (2011) OS X 10.7.1 (clean install) connecting to Windows Server 2003 (Windows Home Server 03 with all SPs/fixes installed). I got a lot of Error -51 (e.g. when starting a 2nd Finder copy-job while 1st one was still running). After streams=no fix, I don't get the Error -51 any more.

    Reader confirms Lion problem with SMB folders in column view

    Monday, August 29, 2011

    Jorgen Ivarssons confirmed the previous report "Lion issue with SMB Windows share in column view."

    I can confirm that SMB folders show up when you switch from column view to list view in Lion 10.7.1.

    If you've seen this problem .

    Reader verifies fix for Snow Leopard and Net Extender VPN

    Monday, August 29, 2011

    Norm in Texas said simple "It worked!" regarding the article "GUI version of Snow Leopard/Net Extender VPN fix."

    If you're tried this fix .


    August 22

    TIP: Another "fix" for mobile accounts in Lion

    Monday, August 22, 2011

    Michael McCully sent another workaround for Mac OS X 10.7 problems with mobile accounts in Active Directory:

    In response to Dan Lee's workaround for mobile accounts in Lion, I didn't find the same inconsistency that Dan Lee did in his workaround. But I was able to "fix" the Mobile Account issue in Lion -for now:

    1. - In Directory Utility -> Active Directory -> Advanced Options, I unchecked "Create mobile account at login" and left "Force local home directory on startup disk" checked
    2. - Log out then back in as a networked user, -A local home directory will be created under /Users but will not be accessible if network is offline (non-mobile)......Read entire story here

    Reader reports kerberized AD login fails in Lion

    Monday, August 22, 2011

    Mark Napier reports a Mac OS X 10.7 problem with kerberized login to Active Directory:

    What I'm seeing here is that our Lion test machine can get info from our Open LDAP server -- command line ID works as expected, for example. Command line kinit against our Active Directory kerberos works as well. But kerberized logins fail. Logs suggest it thinks user is typing a bad password.

    If you've seen this problem .

    Related: Lion and Active Directory Tips and Reports

    Reader reports problem printing in a Window corporate environment

    Monday, August 22, 2011

    Eric reports a problem with SMB printing in a Windows network after upgrading Macs to Lion:

    A user who upgraded to Mac OS X Lion could no longer print to the Samba hosted printers in our corporate network. Printing in our corporate windows environment always worked via SAMBA printing. Typically, one configured the printer using the CUPS interface by entering smb://domain/username:password@ipaddress_of_the_printer/queue. With Lion, that seems to be broken. Printers now report each time: "Access Denied".......Read entire story here

    Oracle releases VirtualBox 4.1.2 maintenance update

    Monday, August 22, 2011

    Oracle has released VirtualBox 4.1.2, and updated to the virtualization software fro Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, and other operating systems. This maintenance release that fixes a number of bugs, including some problems with Windows running as a guest OS in virtual machine. VirtualBox is free for personal use.

    If you've used this new version of VirtualBox what you think.

    Outlook Exchange Accounts Optimizer 2.0 adds Lion compatibility

    Monday, August 22, 2011

    Softhing has released Outlook Exchange Accounts Optimizer 2.0, a new version of the software for Mac OS X for handling Exchange mail. The new version adds compatibility with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. Outlook Exchange Accounts Optimizer automatically moves messages from one or more Outlook for Mac Exchange accounts to a replicated structure within local Outlook folders. This prevents the Exchange-based mailbox from getting full. The software can also filter mail by various criteria.


    August 18

    TIP: Workaround for Lion mobile account problem in AD

    Thursday, August 18, 2011

    Dan Lee sent in a workaround to "Reader says mobile accounts on Lion don't work," where a user is able to login but the mobile home isn't created in the users folder. Lee reports:

    I have seen this issue in our environment as well (Active Directory 2008 R2) and while this might be specific to my network, I figured I'd share. If you use the Directory Editor found in Directory Utility to view the LDAP info from AD, for a given account, check the attribute "dsAttrTypeNative:userPrincipleName" and make the user's user ID and domain are set correctly. In the instances where the user ID and domain are not set correctly, I've experienced the same behavior that Michael has been seeing......Read entire story here

    TIP: Lion SMB problem fixed with streams=no in nsmb.conf

    Thursday, August 18, 2011

    Darren Purvis had an SMB file writing problem with Lion and large files. With Snow Leopard, he successfully used the tip of setting net.inet.tcp.delayed_ack=1. This didn't work when he upgraded to Lion, but another Snow Leopard trick, editing the nsmb.conf file to turn off streams, did work:

    I've had problems in the past with my Mac (Snow Leopard) writing to samba/CIFS shares -- reading has been fine. When the shares were on a Unix server, the fix was to set "net.inet.tcp.delayed_ack=1" (1 worked best for me). Then two things happened: 1.) I changed my home NAS to Windows Home Server 2011, and 2.) I upgraded to Lion. The result was that I could not write large files (> 200MB) without the file copy hanging......Read entire story here

    LaCie releases beta Lion-compatible NAS updates

    Thursday, August 18, 2011

    LaCie has released beta Lion-compatible software for three of its network attached storage devices, the d2 Network 2, 2big Network 2, and 5big Network 2. The updates enable Macs running Lion to access the devices using AFP file sharing and Time Machine. Mac OS X 10.7 isn't compatible with many NAS devices and AFP servers. Uses receive an error message when trying to connect: "The version of the server you are trying to connect to is not supported."

    LaCie is recommending that customers with Macs running Lion install the beta software on the NAS device. LaCie recommends against installing the beta software for customers who are not running Lion.

    Reader confirms backslash helps Outlook 2011 authentication

    Thursday, August 18, 2011

    Jay Budzik confirmed that the use of a backslash can clear up authentication problems with an Outlook for Mac account:

    I resolved my connection issues with Outlook 2011 on my Mac by adding an extra backslash in front of my domain name like: \domain\username, instead of domain\username. Thanks for the tip! This was quite annoying.

    If you've tried this .


    August 17

    Lion's first update released; Server update address AFP issue

    Wednesday, August 17, 2011

    Apple released Mac OS X 10.7.1 update yesterday for both the client and server versions. The Server update includes a "improved reliability of the Apple File Service," which we take to mean the AFP file server. Other than that, Lion Server 10.7.1 has the same set of bug fixes found in the client version. These include fixing a bug with video in Safari, a bug with HDMO or optical audio out, better Wi-Fi connections, and fixing a problem migrating settings, data, and applications to Lion.

    The updates do not address problems with Active Directory authentication and binding, client file sharing issues, or issues with connecting to network attached storage (NAS) devices using the Apple File Protocol (AFP). If the 10.7.1 updates affect any of these things for you .

    The updates are available from Software Update within Lion. There are different versions for the Mac mini and the MacBook Air, which fix problems specific to those models.


    August 15

    TIP: Workaround for Lion binding problem with Active Directory

    Monday, August 15, 2011

    Laura Russo shared a workaround for Lion problems binding to Active Directory:

    I had issues binding to Active Directory on Lion as well, on a whim I bound directly to a domain controller (rather than the domain itself) through System Preferences, rather than Directory Utility and so far the bind has held. Obviously this is not an ideal solution but may be a workaround for the time being for some people.

    If you've tried this approach .

    Reader says mobile accounts on Lion don't work

    Monday, August 15, 2011

    Michael McCully responded to Thursday's report of problems with creating mobile accounts. He's seeing error messages:

    I've got big problems creating mobile profiles with Lion clients. All the settings stick when set but when a newly networked user logs in there's an error stating the home location has been moved and can't be located. Essentially the user is able to login but the mobile (home) isn't created in the users folder. So far I've got five Macs that are completely unusable because of this problem. I really hope there's a fix soon.

    If you've seen this problem .

    iPhone tether VPN issue seen with Lion

    Monday, August 15, 2011

    Thomas Myers is having the problem with IPSecuritas VPN through a tethered iPhone. Although the previous report was with Snow Leopard, Myers us using Lion:

    I too am having iPhone tether to VPN issue, with Lion 10.7 Mac and iPhone 4 with version 4.3.5 firmware.

    1. When I do a Wi-Fi connect it shows failed, but does actually connect.
    2. IPSecuritas 3.4 shows as connected, but I can't ping the tunnel. If I have check connection on, it will keep retrying the connection.

    If you've seen this issue .

    Reader confirms Outlook 2011 works not well with IMAP

    Monday, August 15, 2011

    Doug McIntyre agrees with last week's report that Outlook for Mac doesn't work well with IMAP mail accounts. McIntyre says this applies to all versions of Outlook:

    I work at a long going ISP, and all versions of Outlook has always been much more stable retrieving email via POP than trying to use IMAP. Its been our long term suggestion to our customers to always use POP when doing Outlook, because the IMAP integration always has some issues. If our customers wanted to use IMAP and depend on its features, we'd strongly suggest to them not to use Outlook, but some other email client.

    Outlook really wants to download email into its .PST files and manage email itself through manipulation through the filesystem PST archive rather than dealing with online access through IMAP.


    August 11

    TIP: MS's fix for Outlook 2011: POP is more stable than IMAP

    Thursday, August 11, 2011

    Irv Beiman followed up his previous report about problems accessing Gmail with Outlook. Microsoft advised him not to use IMAP. Here's a quote from a Microsoft tech support message that Beiman sent us:

    ...so far as we know, IMAP accounts in Outlook 2011 will still have some unexpected issues, and these problems still cannot be solved in a short time...

    Here's is Beiman's report......Read entire story here

    Another suggestion for Lion and Active Directory, and more problems

    Thursday, August 11, 2011

    Several more readers reported problems with Lion authenticating to Active Directory. Hugh Burt has a workaround:

    We also experienced problems and this is what we have found. It is important that you bind the machine using the same computer name set in the Sharing system preference. Secondly, the "default" search path used after binding doesn't work. We had to change the paths using the search policy with the Open Directory utility. For example, after binding to our staff domain :- The default path - Active Directory/Staff doesn't allow logons Adding one of the custom ones - Active Directory/ Staff/forest also didn't work But adding Active Directory/Staff/staff.forest does allow logons.......Read entire story here

    Reader problems setting Active Directory mobile accounts on Lion

    Thursday, August 11, 2011

    Jason Bush is has some complaints about configuring mobile Active Directory Accounts on Lion clients:

    Setting up mobile accounts [on Lion clients] is a pain and confusing as what to check. I mean mobile accounts based in Active Directory and cached to the local drive. It's confusing as to what works to force those accounts down. The Directory Utility (DU) acts strange. By that I mean you have to delete all domains from your search path then add back the one you want.......Read entire story here

    More on Windows clients not seeing Lion Server

    Thursday, August 11, 2011

    Douglas Ward has the problem of Windows clients not seeing Lion Server, and says the problem is limited to Open Directory (network-based user accounts), but does not have a solution:

    I've been experiencing this issue, and testing it. Here's the rundown:

    If you have a Lion Server, with both a local user, and an Open Directory user (aka sharing only, aka access user), create a share and set it to be shared for both Mac (AFP) and Windows (SMB), the following applies.......Read entire story here

    Lion problem with SMB network scanning

    Thursday, August 11, 2011

    Duane Armstrong can't use Lion to scan to network SMB scanners:

    Ricoh copiers send scanned documents using SMB, which uses the port 139 (netbios-ssn), and this port will NOT open on the Lion Mac. These are ports that open on Mac OS X version 10.6.5. Settings:

    File sharing :ON
    Options: Share files and folders using SMB (Windows)
    Ports 139 and 445 =open

    If you have this problem .

    Reader has problem with Lion Server and network scanner

    Thursday, August 11, 2011

    Jaap Schokkenbroek reports a problem with a with a network scanner after upgrading from Snow Leopard Server to Lion Server:

    I've got a simple HP Officejet Pro 7780 which could scan to a network volume 'scans' on the server. After the update to Lion Server the HP isn't able to log-in anymore, very anoying. I made a new user on the server, I made a new sharepoint etc etc but no go. Other Mac's (10.6 though) can log-in with the smb://ip-adres routine...

    If you've seen this problem .


    August 9

    TIP: Workaround to Lion bug in mounting DFS shares

    Tuesday, August 9, 2011

    Matt Whiting responded to Friday's report "Lion SMB file sharing can't get past top-level of Windows share" with a workaround. He believes the problem is not related to another SMB problem was first reported, but is instead a bug in Lion's ability to mount DFS. Whiting report and workaround:

    Just to follow up Will Wade's comments, I believe what he and I have experienced is a completely separate issue to the 'change Finder view' one; this is all about mounting DFS shares - a new feature introduced in Lion - and should probably be blogged as such......Read entire story here

    TIP: Workaround for Lion authentication problems with AD

    Tuesday, August 9, 2011

    Two readers responded to yesterday's report of Active Directory authentication problems with Lion. Kris Hagel shared this workaround:

    I saw the posting you had today regarding Lion authentication with Active Directory. I have also been experiencing the same issues on Lion as well. I wanted to share what I had run into in my research. It appears in our organization at least that if you let Directory Utility go out and find any domain controller to bind, it will do that just fine, but when you come back and wish to login you then run into problems......Read entire story here

    Reader says Windows clients can't see Lion Server

    Tuesday, August 9, 2011

    Jose Babilonia upgrade to Lion Server dropped Windows clients:

    After upgrading from Snow Leopard Server to Lion Server, our Mac clients work fine but Windows client can no longer connect after the upgrade.

    I've you've seen this problem .

    TIP: How to run PPTP VPN in Lion Server

    Tuesday, August 9, 2011

    Although Lion Server can run both IPsec and PPTP virtual private networks (VPN), Apple removed PPTP from the graphical user interface, now in the Server app. PPTP is still there, and can be accessed via the command line in Terminal. Apple's support document, Lion Server: Configuring and Enabling PPTP, describes how to access PPTP and configure it using text commands.

    TIP: Apple's directions on migrating Windows data to Lion

    Tuesday, August 9, 2011

    With the release of Lion, Apple provided software to migrate user data to Mac OS X 10.7. This is accomplished with Migration Assistant software for both Windows and Lion. The process can move the contents of a user's home folder and place them in the equivalent location in Lion. The migration process can also move Outlook mail, contacts and calendars. (These are moved to Mail, Address Book, and iCal, not to Outlook for Mac.) The Migration Assistant can even move the desktop picture (wallpaper). The Windows Migration Assistant for Lion runs on Windows XP SP3 or later. You can find directions and a link to Windows Migration Assistant for Lion in Apple support article HT4796.

    QNAP announces Lion-compatible NAS firmware

    Tuesday, August 9, 2011

    QNAP announced yesterday that it would update the firmware for its Turbo NAS series of network attached storage devices (NAS). This includes full support of Time Machine backup and file access by Lion clients. Because of changes to AFP, Lion is not compatible with many NAS devices on the market, and may AFP servers as well. (See "Lion's broken connectivity to NAS and AFP servers.")

    Version 3.5 of QNAP firmware will also include security improvements, virus scanning software, and the ability to join an LDAP domain (such as Open Directory and Active Directory) and allowing LDAP domain users to access the NAS. QNAP expects to ship the update later this month.


    August 8

    Lion's Boot Camp 4.0 drops support for Win XP, adds Windows installation features

    Monday, August 8, 2011

    Apple has dropped support for Windows XP and Windows Vista in Boot Camp 4.0, the version that ships with Lion. Boot Camp 4.0 only supports Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate. Previous versions of Boot Camp also supported Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 and later, Windows Vista, as well as Windows 7. Boot Camp 4 adds some new installation features, including a way to do a clean install of Windows 7 in an existing Boot Camp partition from a Windows 7 installation disc, without using Boot Camp Assistant......Read entire story here

    Thunderbolt blocks Windows 7 sleep, PCI Express, with Boot Camp

    Monday, August 8, 2011

    Macs booted with Windows 7 using Boot Camp cannot access PCI cards while a Thunderbolt device is plugged in, according to an Apple technical article that lists limitations of using Thunderbolt while booted from Windows 7. The article also states that Thunderbolt devices plugged into the Mac also prevent Windows 7 from going into sleep mode. Apple also warns not to disconnect a Thunderbolt device from the Taskbar tool......Read entire story here

    VirtualBox 4.1 adds support for Windows Aero

    Monday, August 8, 2011

    Oracle has released VirtualBox 4.1, a major release of the virtualization software for Mac OS X and other platforms. The update adds "experimental" support of WDDM graphics for Windows as a guest OS. This adds support for Direct3D and the Windows 7 and Vista Aero theme features, such as Windows Flip 3D, Aero Peek, and translucent objects. Aero support is one feature that VirtualBox lacked that other virtualization software for Mac supported.

    Other new features include the ability to clone virtual machines and an enhanced wizard for creating new virtual disks. VirtualBox 4.1 also fixes a number of bugs. VirtualBox is free for personal use.

    If you've used VirtualBox 4.1

    Reader's Lion Macs have authentication problems with Active Directory

    Monday, August 8, 2011

    Greg Myers is having problems authenticating his Lion Macs to Active Directory:

    I am in a school environment and we considering rolling out Lion prior to the start of school. Those plans are on hold right now due to authentication problems with Active Directory. Binding to the directory is not a problem except for an occasional failure to store the password error that requires a logout/login cycle to eliminate. But on the half-dozen test machines login with network credentials has ranged from no problem to impossible......Read entire story here

    Reader says fix is a no-go for AD imposed parental controls problem

    Monday, August 8, 2011

    Lindsay Robertson responded to "TIP: suggestion for fixing AD-imposed parental controls on Macs" reporting this:

    This idea won't work for us, we never use user-level Managed Preferences (MCX) settings, everything is set via computer lists.

    If you've seen this problem

    Related: Snow Leopard and Active Directory Tips and Reports, Lion and Active Directory Tips and Reports

    Reader can't download Gmail with Outlook 2011

    Monday, August 8, 2011

    Irv Beiman responded to a report "Outlook Mac slow Gmail downloads, big emails won't download." At first large files were slow downloads. After working with Microsoft tech support, trying some suggestions, and reinstalling Outlook, he can no longer download any Gmail messages with Outlook. Beiman's report:

    I have a problem similar to your June 16th report. I somehow found a very specific file on the Internet that described precisely how to set up Outlook to download Gmail. Unfortunately I cannot find it to try that again, after it stopped downloading when I had some very large files greater than 5 MB and 10 MB in size. I managed the files inside Gmail, and then deleted them. After that Outlook would NOT download ANYTHING from Gmail......Read entire story here


    August 5

    Lion's broken connectivity to NAS and AFP servers

    Friday, August 5, 2011

    It seems like any new release of Mac OS X breaks some aspect of file sharing with non-Apple devices. This was true for Leopard, and Snow Leopard had (and still has) problems with SMB file sharing. With Lion, Apple replaced the under-the-hood workings of both SMB (Samba) and the Apple Filing Protocol (AFP). Almost immediately, users discovered that Mac OS X 10.7.0 is incompatibility with many network attached storage (NAS) devices and other AFP file servers. For users, the Apple-provide workaround can prove tricky to work around than it first appeared. Readers have reported by success and failure with the procedure. Lion users who try to access some AFP devices get the error message....... Read entire story here

    Readers success with Apple fix for Lion AFP works for Novell file servers

    Friday, August 5, 2011

    Two readers report success with Apple's workaround for Lion accessing AFP file servers. The readers reported success wit Novell servers, though the procedure is also supposed to work with NAS devices. Rick Zeman said that enabling the MS2.0 authentication did the trick:

    Lion clients can't mount volumes on Netware 6.5 servers using the afptcp.nlm (or OES 2's AFP server) giving the error: "The version of the server you are trying to connect to is not supported. Please contact your administrator."

    Apparently, Lion's AFP client only supports the DHX2 authentication mechanism which Novell evidently never rolled into either Netware or Open Enterprise Server. While Novell might fix the latter, I'm not holding out hope for the former......Read entire story here

    Lion SMB file sharing can't get past top-level of Windows share

    Friday, August 5, 2011

    Will Wade can't get inside Windows SMB shares using Mac OS X 10.7. It sounds similar to a previous report, Lion issue with SMB Windows share in column view:

    There seems to be several bugs here in Lion. Regarding George Gunzelman's report, I'm finding it's partly right but not entirely. For me, I can mount and see all my Windows shares but I can't get past a top level folder using the Finder (either using list, icon or column view).

    However using the Terminal and cd'ing then open does work. Then, in the Finder, stay in icon or list view.

    If you've seen this problem .

    Snow Leopard SMB share reverts to root level randomly

    Friday, August 5, 2011

    Simon Deroles is seeing a problem with SMB file sharing where Finder window reverting to root level when displaying Windows folder directory. Other readers have reported a similar problems with Lion, but Deroles is running Snow Leopard:

    I have an iMac running 10.6.8 connected to an active domain on a Windows 2008 server. I can login and open my Home$ folder just fine and drill down thru the directory. However the Finder window will always randomly revert to the root level of the folder. Sometimes this occurs after several minutes and sometimes in seconds......Read entire story here

    Reader says Lion Server removal of Windows PDC an issue

    Friday, August 5, 2011

    Graziano Previato in Italy responded to our post "Lion Server Drops PDC functionality" to say that removing of the Primary Domain Controller is a problem for his network:

    This is indeed a problem in our network, also if we have to face the most important one: the removal of the Mac OS X Server. From 1999 (yes, with Mac OS X 10.1.x...) we have a network with a Mac OS X Server running services to a group of iMac clients.

    In 2004, to supply the request of Windows applications (and the Internet Explorer de-support by Microsoft), we have implemented a solution where Mac OS X act as a PDC for a terminal server cluster, mounting the same Windows home as the iMac.

    Actually we are changing our configuration and is not really simple. Looking to the Mac OS X de-support policy done by Apple in 2010/2011, I don't know if our future clients will be iMac or other technologies.

    Does the loss of PDC in Lion Server affect your plans for Mac servers or clients? If so .

    Lion with Boot Camp doesn't boot with USB WiFi extender

    Friday, August 5, 2011

    Byron reports that after installing Lion with Boot Camp, Lion would not boot. He found the fix:

    Was able to install Lion, but now it won't boot. Goes gray srceen. Windows will boot. After more testing it turns out the issue was the Hawking Technologies USB WiFi extender. Plug it in kernel panic. Not plugged in and ok.

    If you've seen this .


    July 2011

    July 28

    Apple workaround for Lion AFP fails reader; problem with Windows SMB shares

    Thursday, July 28, 2011

    George Gunzelman reports that Apple's procedure for enabling Mac OS X 10.7 Lion to access older AFP file sharing servers didn't work. He also reports problems with access SMB Windows shares:

    I read your post on macwindows.com. I too am experiencing issues with mounting shares from a Windows 2003 server. It reports the server is too old for the AFP shares. I removed all of the disabled UAMs from the AppleShareClient.plist as described in Apple's article but it did not help. I get the same error. The Windows 2003 server is fully patched and up to date with MS updates. I also have difficulty mounting SMB shares.

    Although I am still testing, so far as I am concerned, this upgrade has BROKE Apple networking so badly I may need to revert to 10.6. Apple better have a fix soon or I will steer my customers away.

    If you've seen this .

    Lion issue with SMB Windows share in

    column view; an AD issue

    Thursday, July 28, 2011

    Noe Gonzalez is happy with Lion accessing Windows shares, but found that shares don't appear Finder windows in column view in some circumstances, and reports one Active Directory issue:

    Just some feedback per your article "Apple ships Lion with new Windows-compatibility features."

    So far in my organization Lion has been working well. The only bug we noticed, and made me mad for a couple days was that when accessing some Windows shares (SMB) where the main folder is protected, but a user has access to a subfolder. In column view it appears that the sub-folder isn't available, it just shows the main folder with a restricted sign on it. However, change your view to icon or list view and you can see everything in the sub-folder and make any changed you want.

    I hope that made sense. Only other problems I've run into is with Active Directory search policies not always working. But usually a reboot, or 'killall opendirectoryd' takes care of it.

    If you've seen these issues

    CodeWeavers released CrossOver updates for Win apps on Lion

    Thursday, July 28, 2011

    Earlier this week, CodeWeavers released updates to its two CrossOver products, which run Windows applications directly in Mac OS X without the use of the Windows operating system. The updates help with both Lion and Snow Leopard.

    CrossOver 10.1.1 (for running business software) and CrossOver Games 10.1.2 (optimized for Windows games) add compatibility with Mac OS X 10.7. They also add a workaround to what CodeWeavers says is a bug in Lion that causes games to crash.

    For Snow Leopard, the updates fixes a group permissions issue with Word (.docx) files on certain file systems, and fixes and issue in Mac OS X 10.6.8 that caused the Finder to crash. Various other issues are addressed in the maintenance updates.

    If you've tried CrossOver in Lion (or Snow Leopard) what you think.

    Another suggestion for installing Lion on drives with Boot Camp

    Thursday, July 28, 2011

    Ryan Weaver responded to our report "Fix for Glitch preventing Lion from installing with Boot Camp," which reported an Apple method for enabling Lion to install on a hard drive with Boot Camp already installed. Weaver used another method:

    Regarding the issue where Lion installer reports "This disk cannot be used to start up your computer." My fix for this problem was to boot Lion from an external drive and use Disk Utility to repair the primary drive partition map (apparently there was a discrepancy in the EFI partition), then repair the primary MAC partition. After that it installed just fine.

    If you've tried this method, or Apple's method, .

    Newer Macs can't run Windows XP in Boot Camp

    Thursday, July 28, 2011

    Apple reports that recent Mac models no longer support Windows XP or Windows Vista in Boot Camp. They do support the 32-bit or 64-bit editions of Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate. This limitation is not related to Mac OS X 10.7 Lion or other Mac OS version. The Macs affected:

    Web Help Desk rolls out support for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

    Thursday, July 28, 2011

    Web Help Desk announced that its cross platform help desk software, Web Help Desk, supports Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and Lion Server. This is true for all Web Help Desk editions, including the Professional Edition, Lite Edition, and the Free Help Desk Software Edition.

    Web Help Desk offers a centralized approach to IT service management. The Web Help Desk software is deployed as a Java servlet with a web-based front end and a database back end. It is available to run on Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, and UInix, and supports the major database servers, including those running Oracle 8i, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, PostgreSQL, and others. Web Help Desk can be integrated with Apple Remote Desktop.


    July 26

    TIP: Workaround for Lion and older AFP servers, including NAS, Novell

    Tuesday, July 26, 2011

    A new Apple support article states that the Lion client comes with several AFP file sharing authentication methods turned off, preventing Lion from accessing certain AFP servers. This could include most network attached storage (NAS) devices, according to PC Magazine, and, a reader reports that NetWare servers are also one of the affected servers. Group Logic last week issued an update to its AFP server, ExtremeZ-IP, which is not affected. Lion is using Netatalk 2.2 for AFP, and is using a new authentication method called DHX2. Apple says......Read entire story here

    GroupLogic released ExtremeZ-IP 7.2 with Lion support

    Tuesday, July 26, 2011

    On Thursday, GroupLogic released ExtremeZ-IP 7.2, an enterprise file and print server for Windows servers in support of Mac clients. The new version supports Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and bundles in ShadowConnect, formerly an optional add-on. ExtremeZ-IP uses the Mac-native Apple Filing Protocol (AFP) for file sharing and supports DFS in Active Directory environments. The new version does not have the Lion AFP incompatibility problem affecting network attached storage (NAS) devices and Novell servers.

    ShadowConnect enables Mac users to access Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy service (VSS) snapshots to restore deleted files and folders and previous versions. Users can browse shadow copy files with Cover Flow and with Quick Look previews.

    ExtremeZ-IP 7.2 is a free upgrade to existing customers.

    Centrify releases Lion-ready update of AD integration tools

    Tuesday, July 26, 2011

    On Wednesday, Centrify released an update to DirectControl for Mac that adds compatibility with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. The update also supports the Filevault Full Disk Encryption feature included in Mac OS X 10.7. DirectControl for Mac is a server-based solution for integrating Macs with Active Directory, providing authentication, Group Policy support, and access control. Optional smart card support is available for an additional cost.

    Centrify recommends updating the DirectControl agent on the Snow Leopard Mac before running the Lion installer.

    Thursby updates ADmitMac Active Directory solution for Lion

    Tuesday, July 26, 2011

    Last Wednesday, Thursby Software Systems released Lion-ready updates to its cross platform software for Mac OS X, ADmitMac 6.0 and DAVE 9.0. ADmitMac installs on Mac OS X clients to give them native compatibility with Microsoft Active Directory authentication, management, and security, including support for Group Policies. It also includes ?commercial grade? file and printer sharing, Microsoft DFS and SMB/CIFS for Windows servers, NAS or Samba storage. DAVE consists of the file and print sharing portion of ADmitMac, with the Active Directory integration features.

    A Thursby Software spokesperson said that the updates are not necessary for Macs running Snow Leopard because the changes are mostly related to Lion compatibility and optimization. The ADmitMac 6.0 and DAVE 9.0 can, however, can be run on Snow Leopard and are completely compatible. The upgrades are available for free to customers under a current support contract.


    July 25

    Lion Server drops Windows PDC functionality, reduces GUI configuration

    Monday, July 25, 2011

    Apple's new Lion Server reduces support for Windows clients while increasing support for iOS devices. It also moves away from graphical administration and towards command-line administration of more advanced settings.

    With Lion Server, Apple dropped the ability of the server to function as a Windows Primary Domain Controller (PDC) for Windows clients, which had been a feature of Mac OS X Server for many years. The PDC provided authentication services and domain login on Windows PC clients. Mac OS X Server 10.7, released last week, also lost the ability to act as a Windows Backup Domain Controller (BDC).

    Lion Server still provides SMB file sharing support for Windows clients......Read entire story here

    TIP: Fix for Lion Server/AD authentication problem

    Monday, July 25, 2011

    Apple has posted a workaround for a Lion Server problem logging into a domain when Lion Server is bound to Active Directory:

    If Lion Server is bound to Active Directory or is configured for a different Microsoft Windows domain then the client, the authentication may not work with the correct username and password.

    To resolve this, specify the domain of Lion Server with the username in the authentication dialog. For example, if Lion Server is a member of the ads.example.com Active Directory domain, prepend ADS\ to the username.

    If you've seen this issue .

    Parallels updates Desktop and Server for Lion

    Monday, July 25, 2011

    Parallels released new versions of its virtualization products for Mac that improve compatibility Mac OS X Lion. Parallels Desktop 6 Build 12094 and Parallels Server for Mac Update 1 improve compatibility of running on in a Lion host OS. Versions before Parallels Desktop 6 and Parallels Server 4 will not run at all on Lion. These updates do not enable Lion Server to run in a virtual machine, which is currently not supported.

    Parallels describes the Parallels Desktop update:

    Parallels Desktop (build 6.0.12094) improves compatibility with Mac OS X v10.7 Lion and includes fixes and improvements that:

    If you've tried this update .

    TIP: Fix for Glitch preventing Lion from installing with Boot Camp

    Monday, July 25, 2011

    An Apple tech article reports a problem that prevents Lion from installing if there is an existing Boot Camp partition on the driver. The Lion installer reports "This disk cannot be used to start up your computer."

    Apple's first recommendation is to backup and reformat the drive. If that can't be done, the article recommends using Disk Utility to slight shrink the size of the non-Boot Camp partition. You can then return the partition to its original size after you install Lion.

    Harry Erwin reported this problem to us and essentially used this solution successfully. However, he booted from and another volume and erased the hard drive, which isn't necessary to resize a partition. Here's his report......Read entire story here

    Non-standard Boot Camp prevents Lion Recovery HD and FileVault

    Monday, July 25, 2011

    Having a non-standard Boot Camp partition will prevent the Lion installer from creating a Recovery HD hard disk partition, according to an Apple tech article. It will also prevent you from using the FileVault feature to encrypt the data on the drive. The fix that Apple suggests could take up a whole day or more.

    When such a Boot Camp partition is detected, the Lion installer will display a message, "Some features of Mac OS X Lion are not supported for the disk." This occurs if the Boot Camp partition was created with manually modified Boot camp setting or if further partitioning was done after Boot Camp was set up ......Read entire story here


    July 22

    Apple ships Lion with new Windows-compatibility features

    Friday, July 22, 2011

    Apple released Mac OS X 10.7 Lion on Wednesday, available only as a 4 GB download from the Mac App Store for US $30. In addition to the widely publicized new user interface features, Apple's latest major Mac update includes several enhancements for compatibility with Windows or Windows networks, including Windows migration and new SMB file sharing. Boot Camp, however, drops support for Windows XP.

    Windows migration

    One new feature enables the migration of data and settings from a Windows PC to Mac OS X 10.7. The Windows Migration Assistant will transfer home folders and all the documents in it, and place them in the appropriate locations in Mac OS X (music, pictures, documents, etc). It also will copy email account information from Outlook and Windows Live Mail, as well as contacts and calendars, and import them into Mail, Address Book, and iCal. Windows migration moves over web browser bookmarks and users settings, including a customized desktop picture (also known as wallpaper)...Read entire story here


    July 12

    Parallels gets to business with mass-deployment enterprise features

    Tuesday, July 12, 2011

    Yesterday, Parallels released Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac Enterprise Edition, a packaging of its virtualization software for Mac OS X that enables IT departments to centrally deploy and manage the software in a policy-compliant manner. The Enterprise Edition includes changes to licensing and is more configurable.

    A parallels spokesperson said the Parallels Desktop Enterprise Edition can be distributed, along with virtual machines containing Windows, to users' Macs via third-party client deployment tools such as the JAMF Casper Suite and Quest. IT departments can use a "Parallels mass deployment package builder" to prepare deployments...Read entire story here

    TIP: suggestion for fixing AD-imposed parental controls on Macs

    Tuesday, July 12, 2011

    Thomas Johnson has a suggestion for the problem of Active Directory imposing parental controls on large numbers of Macs. His fix is to remove certain account-level managed preferences and issuing some commands on the Macs:

    I've seen some similar issues triggered by account-level managed preferences. The Account Prefs UI considers them to be parental controls for some reason -- perhaps a snide developer-level commentary on the user-administrator relationship? :) In any case, it doesn't seem to actually hurt the user's administrator status, but it just prevents you from un-ticking the parental controls checkbox. The situation can be temporarily cleared out by removing the managed preferences and deleting the corresponding local cache as well......Read entire story here

    TIP: fix for Outlook Mac email not visible

    Tuesday, July 12, 2011

    Craig Chambers sent way to repair the problem of incoming mail messages not being visible. He also doesn't think the problem started with the Outlook 14.1.2 update. Also, another reports that his problem with it cleared up by itself. But first, here is Chambers' fix:

    I can confirm that the selecting the "unread" filter does make the messages reappear. I would also like to add that I have encountered this issue before the Outlook 14.1.2 update. This same thing happened after I had a Mac crash. After rebooting (and running disk check) this same issue of new messages not appearing was present. This occurred around the end of May 2011. Rebuilding the database, repairing permissions and even restoring the Data Files folder from a known good backup did not fix the problem. The only way I was able to resolve the issue was to......Read entire story here

    Likewise gets out of the Mac AD integration business

    Tuesday, July 12, 2011

    Likewise has announced that it has sold its Mac Active Directory integration product lines, Likewise Open and Likewise Enterprise, to BeyondTrust, for an undisclosed amount. Likewise said it will focus on its storage software business, to provide ?secure, cross-platform storage across physical, virtual and cloud environments

    The Active Directory integration line had been core products for Likewise for the past few years. Likewise demonstrated these products at it Macworld Expo booth this past January, and at last year's event.

    BeyondTrust has rebranded Likewise Enterprise as Powerbroker Identity Services Enterprise Edition. It is offering Likewise Open as PowerBroker Identity Services Open Edition.


    July 7

    Hundreds of Macs on AD get parental controls imposed

    Thursday, July 7, 2011

    Leon Lincoln has confirmed the problem of Macs on Active Directory getting parental control mysteriously applied:

    I manage over 800 Macs that are bound to AD and they all show Parental Controls being applied to admin accounts. From what I can see, it is not hurting anything but it is an annoyance that I want to get fixed also. Our environment is 800-plus Macs bound to Active Directory and Jamf Casper used to manage MCX preferences and policies.

    Right now I am working on cleaning up OS 10.6.8 for our next Casper Image release, and I am about to get on Apples case on this very issue as I want to clean up all potential problems before I start working on a Lion image.

    If you've seen anything like this .

    Reader confirms Snow Leopard tip for logging into Win share

    Thursday, July 7, 2011

    Matt Edwards confirmed a tip for logging on to a Windows share with Snow Leopard:

    I was having a problem connecting to my Windows Server 2003 share. I tried a lot of stuff, but turned out I just needed the server name before user name. Here is the tip I used. Thanks for the help!

    If this is useful to you .

    Reader confirms Outlook 14.1.2 issues with email

    Thursday, July 7, 2011

    Eric Stevance responded to the report "Outlook 14.1.2 update sync problems, incoming email not visible, email can't be deleted":

    I have all the problems you mentioned regarding the update Outlook 14.1.2. When you read an email, the unread mark can disappeared but can also stay on. Moreover, unread emails on a same folder can appear later as mark unread where it was not visible few minutes earlier. Usually after a restart, it works. But this update is nightmare!

    If you've seen these problems .

    Reader can't sync Outlook Mac and Address Book.

    Thursday, July 7, 2011

    Philippe Caquelin has another problem with the recent Outlook 14.1.2 update:

    With the new version Outlook 2011 Mac 14.1.2 it is impossible to get the synchronization between contacts and Mac Address Book.

    If you've seen this problem .

    Equinux updates VPN Tracker for Lion ahead of schedule

    Thursday, July 7, 2011

    Equinux has released VPN Tracker 6.3, an update to the universal IPsec-based VPN client for Mac OS X. The update adds support for 64-bit operation and for running in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, which is rumored to be released by Apple next week. This announcement is a change to several previous releases of Mac OS X, which broke many third-party VPN clients, causing developers to play catch-up. VPN Tracker can connect to hundreds of VPN gateways and appliances, including Cisco's.


    July 1

    TIP: workaround for Outlook Mac email not visible

    Friday, July 1, 2011

    Geordie Korper shared a workaround for the problem of incoming email not being visible after the Outlook 14.1.2 update:

    A number of people have reported that Outlook 14.1.2 is not showing new emails until they restart Outlook. I have seen this occasionally but have found that selecting the filter "Unread" causes the messages to appear without having to restart Outlook.

    If you've tried this .

    TIP: Suggestions for Finder Colour Labels not displaying on Windows share

    Friday, July 1, 2011

    Steve Perry followed up his previous report "Another case of Macs not seeing Finder color labels on Windows shares" with some suggestions and wo Apple articles. One is called "Mac OS X v10.5, 10.6: Finder label changes to files/folders mounted via SMB may not appear to other clients." The other article is about named streams on SMB servers and the -36 error, something we reported on before. Perry wrote:

    I've been sent these "fixes" (here and here) by our Microsoft technician. They're not very practical, though, as we would have to make sure all Macs using this network would have to update to OS 10.5 at least and we're just not in a position to do that at the moment. Also you need a pretty advanced knowledge of Terminal and networking systems should you need to undo what you've done. I'm not brave enough although they may be useful for someone else!

    If either of these Apple procedures fix this problem for you .

    Parallels 6.0.12092 update improves performance, 10.6.8 compatibility

    Friday, July 1, 2011

    Parallels has released Parallels Desktop 6.0.12092, a maintenance update for the virtualization software for Mac OS X. The update improves overall performance, improves compatibility with Mac OS X 10.6.8, and fixes bugs. It improves the sharing of clipboards between Mac OS X and Windows running in virtual machines. The update also fixes a problem with the Finder and Dock becoming unresponsive when working with Parallels-created icons larger than 128x128 pixels. The company recommends the update for all users of Parallels Desktop 6. The free Build 6.0.12092 update is available via the Check for Update commend in the Parallels Desktop menu.

    If you've tried this update if it fixed (or caused) any problems.

    Related: Parallels Tips and Reports

    Suggestion for big file copies to Windows problem

    Friday, July 1, 2011

    A reader suggested using Thursby Software's DAVE SMB file sharing software to avoid the problem of multiple large files not getting copied to Windows SMB shares from a Mac:

    They should also be able to resolve this using DAVE. [Thursby] still has free evaluations available so that they can confirm this as a solution.

    If you've tried DAVE for this problem .

    Local Mac admin getting parental controls applied in AD environment

    Friday, July 1, 2011

    Lindsay Robertson in New Zealand has a problem with Macs in an Active Directory where local administrators get restricted access, with parental controls applied to their accounts:

    I'm having a very similar problem to "More reports of losing Admin privileges with mobile accounts." I have 5 separate Macs with 10.6.6 or later bound to Active Directory (only for print and file sharing) where a local administrator account gets parental controls applied to it each time the user logs in.

    If I disable the parental control, it is fine until the next login. Deleting and recreating the account does not fix the problem. I've no idea how to work out what's going on here. The odd thing about it is that according to the accounts pane the user is an admin _and_ managed by parental controls. That's not supposed to be possible.

    If you've seen this .


    June 2011

    June 28

    TIP: More workarounds for big file copies to Windows PC

    Tuesday, June 28, 2011

    Leslie Alexander responded to last week's report about a trick of copying large files in a folder from a Mac to Windows workstation to get around a problem where the files just don't copy. Alexander offers another two workarounds, including using a Mac-formatted drive in Windows with Mediafour's MacDrive 8, which enables Windows to read and write to Mac-formatted (HFS+) drives:

    I had the same problem that is being described by Daniel Kimbro, as far as I know there are two solutions:

    1. Copy only 1 or 2 files at a time, wait for the first 2 to complete then transfer your next two; or
    2. Get MacDrive for Windows, assuming the Windows hard drive you're copying to is a secondary or external drive -- format it to HFS+ and you can transfer any files you want and as many as you want worry free.

    If you seen this issue

    (Note: MacDrive also available at Amazon.)

    Another case of Macs can't see Finder color labels on Windows shares

    Tuesday, June 28, 2011

    Steve Perry confirmed a previously reported problem regarding Macs that can't see file and folder color labels on files on Windows network shares:

    I just installed 10.6.7 on my Mac and am having exactly the same issue as below. I can't see other Mac users labels and they can't see mine on the server. We use a similar system where the Finder Colour Labels are essential for letting us know what stage the job is at. Causing me some major problems. Anyone any got ideas? We're using a Windows Server 2008.

    If you've seen this problem

    Kaspersky slows Windows 7 in Parallel Desktop

    Tuesday, June 28, 2011

    Christopher Valenti confirmed two previous reports that the Kaspersky virus projection software is slowing down Windows 7 running in a Parallels Desktop virtual machine, and also slowing the Mac side:

    I have been using Parallels Desktop for a few months, installed the free Kaspersky Internet Security on the Windows 7 Boot Camp partition and it is painfully slow. In fact, I got to your website trting to find out why my computer has become a MacBook Slow. I am going to uninstall Kaspersky and use the Windows anti-virus. I will let you know if that will help me to and if I can turn my MacBook Slow back to McBook Pro!

    I did remove Kasperski and had a substantial and immediate improvement in speed both on the Mac side and the Windows side. I turned on Windows Defender to take care of security. Simple and free!

    If you've seen this issue with Parallels or other virtualization software for Mac OS X

    Outlook 14.1.2 update sync problems, incoming email not visible, email can't be deleted

    Tuesday, June 28, 2011

    Several more readers wrote about problems with Outlook for Mac 2011 since the 14.1.2 update. Two readers found that incoming mail doesn't appear unless Outlook is quit and relaunched. Two readers also report syncing problems. Another said email can't be deleted. Jane Shearer had problems syncing and problems with incoming email not showing up:

    The 14.1.2 update seems like a disaster on wheels for Outlook _ it created two problems:

    1. Sync services deleted all my contacts from iCal and thus MobileMe. I found a lengthy fix for this on the web and, luckily, had not lost all my contacts because of backups before I fixed it.
    2. Emails stop coming into Outlook after some number of minutes. The sound indicates that I have an email and the number shows emails should be there but they aren't loaded. I have to continually shut down Outlook and reopen _ every time I open it emails come in for a short while, then stop again. Same problem with outgoing emails. There does not seem to be a published fix for this and it is very inconvenient.

    Christoph Waibel said that since the upgrade, incoming message doen't always appear, and some mail can't be deleted......Read entire story here


    June 20

    Problem with multiple SMB file copies, but folder copy is OK

    Monday, June 20, 2011

    Daniel Kimbro that when copying multiple (large) files to a Windows PC, some simply don't copy. His workaround is to put them in a folder and copy whole folder:

    I came across your site while looking for a solution to this problem. I have a Windows 7 machine with a 1.5 Tb drive that I use for a video file server. Occasionally I copy files from my Mac laptop across the network via SMB to the drive. If I tried to copy more than 2 or 3 files, some of the files don't appear on the other side. This has been going on since my move to 10.6. For instance, earlier I tried to copy a bunch of episodes......Read entire story here

    Reader says Outlook Mac update broke server connection

    Monday, June 20, 2011

    Thomas Andersen from Oslo, Norway, found that upgrading Outlook 2011 to version 14.1.2 prevents it from connect to Exchange:

    I work in a large enterprise (Windows based) and my design team uses Macs. The latest update makes Outlook not able to connect to the server. Everything was fine before, but not after the recent update. I'm no tech guy, so I can't offer much insight, but my life is now tough without (new) mail and calendar events.

    If you've seen this problem

    Win 7 settings for accessing Mac OS X Server not working

    Monday, June 20, 2011

    Danny Lievens in Belgium says that the tip "Win 7 settings for accessing Mac OS X Server" is not working for him with the error message "domain does not exist":

    I am working in a school in Belgium with a mixed network, OS X server with Apple and Windows machines. My colleague is the network manager; I am responsible for the Windows machines. I tried the approach proposed by Christophe Van Huffel in TIP: Win 7 settings for accessing Mac OS X Server with Windows 7 Professional. This did not work for me. Still the error message "The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted" shows up. Is it possible that this only works with the Ultimate version?

    If you've seen this or used the suggested Windows settings


    June 16

    TIP: An easier way to turn of streams to fix -36 error on NAS

    Thursday, June 16, 2011

    Hector Correa updated his previous report with another way to turn off streams to eliminate the -36 error in file sharing in Snow Leopard. Like some other readers Correa could not copy files to a network attached storage (NAS) device. The previously reported fix involved editing the nsmb.conf file to set "streams-no". The easier method involves using "touch" in Terminal. Correa said:

    For what is worth, I found more information about this problem and another (easier) way to turn off streams on an article at the Apple site......Read entire story here

    Readers confirm VMware Fusion 3.1.3 problem with networking

    Thursday, June 16, 2011

    Two readers confirmed a previous report that the recent VMware Fusion 3.1.3 has networking problems with Windows in virtual machines. Ray Beyer reinstalled a previous version and VMware to get it working:

    Same here with all of my Windows images (XP and Windows 7). I noticed that I can sometimes connect to a remote host via VPN, but the connection was not stable. I uninstalled 3.1.3 and installed 3.1.1 from a saved image - everything is fine now. Good to know that others have that problem as well. Looks like the upgrade is buggy.

    Traian Teodorescu can connect to his local network but not the Interne......Read entire story here

    TIP: Outlook 2011 "security" issue and a precautionary measure

    Thursday, June 16, 2011

    Austin McCollum responded to our post about a possible security issue with Outlook 2011 Mac. He has seen the symptoms, but doesn't believe it's a real security issues and tells us why, describing the issue in detail. McCollum also describes how to verify that it is a security problem using Active Directory, and offers a precautionary change to make on Exchange Server. Here's his report......Read entire story here

    Outlook Mac slow Gmail downloads, big emails won't download

    Thursday, June 16, 2011

    Andreas is have the problem of slow email downloads with Outlook 2011 for Mac. He also finds that Outlook won't download larger mail messages. Andreas is not using Exchange Server:

    I have tremendous issues when using the Outlook to download emails from the Google account to an iMac. It is very slow and any emails over 2MB do not download at all. I have to use Safari to download the info or delete to get any another email with a smaller size. Anyone any idea on how I can fix it?

    We don't. But if you have a fix

    New Office 14.1.2 update fixes Outlook Mac issues

    Thursday, June 16, 2011

    Microsoft has released Office 2011 for Mac 14.1.2, an update to the Office suite for Mac that affects all of the applications. The improvements for Outlook includes a fix to a problem caused by the 14.1 update (Service Pack 1) that prevented some users from logging in. It also fixes a problem that caused delegate information to be lost under certain conditions. It also fixes a problem with Exchange servers located in the Perth time zone, where Outlook 2011 would show incorrect free/busy information. There are also fixes for Word and Excel, and security enhancements for all of the Office apps.

    For previous Office Mac versions, Microsoft also issued update 12.3.0 for Office 2008, and update 11.6.4 for Office 2004, which include the security improvements of the 14.1.2 update.

    If the Office 14.1.2 update fixes (or breaks) anything in Outlook for Mac


    June 6

    VMware Fusion 3.1.3 update for Win 7 SP1, bug fixes

    Monday, June 6, 2011

    VMware has released VMware Fusion 3.1.3, a fairly major maintenance update to the virtualization software for Mac OS X. The update fixes over 40 bugs and improves support for virtual machines running Windows 7 Service Pack 1 32-bit and 64-bit. It also improves the reliability of accessing shared files on the Mac host, and updates the Windows WDDM video driver for improved stability. Version 3.1.3 also improves handling of smartphones in Windows and adds support for Ubuntu 10.10 and 11.04 32-bit and 64-bit Linux.

    The update fixes a number of bugs fixed in Windows guest OS's, including slow page loading in Internet Explorer 8, problems opening Outlook 2010 attachments, and problems waking from Windows 7.....Read entire story here

    Reader can't connect on Win 7 with Vmware Fusion 3.1.3

    Monday, June 6, 2011

    Since updating to the new VMware Fusion 3.1.3 update, Jimmy Hung can't connect to the Internet from a Windows 7 guest OS:

    I can't connect on Windows 7 through VMware Fusion 3.1.3. The Mac connection is fine, but nothing I do can connect to the Internet through VMware and Windows 7. It was working after installation and the first few days, then one day it just wouldn't connect and has been like that since (over a week now).

    If you've seen this problem with the VMware Fusion 3.1.3 update

    Reader confirms Live Mesh drivers conflict with Boot Camp

    Monday, June 6, 2011

    Jesse Barrick confirmed a previous report "Windows Live Mesh drivers can prevent installation of Boot Camp drivers:"

    Boot Camp fails to install: I have the same issue with Live Mesh. Just wanted to confirm.

    If you've seen this

    Does DFS slow Snow Leopard SMB file server access?

    Monday, June 6, 2011

    Hollai Gábor believes that Snow Leopard's access to SMB file servers slows down when DFS is used on the network:

    We have removed the DFS feature from one server and the SMB is better now. Both DFS caused the issue, Standalone and the domain DFS too. Unfortunately, we must use DFS on the second server, so the issue is still exist when we use that one.

    If you've seen this issue

    DAVmail Gateway enables Exchange to work with other mail/calendar Mac/Win/Linux clients

    Monday, June 6, 2011

    Open source software called DAVmail Gateway allows CalDAV clients to work with Exchange Server. This includes Thunderbird for Windows and Mac, Evolution for Linux, or Apple iCal and Apple Address Book for Macs. DavMail is actually a POP/IMAP/SMTP/CalDAV/CardDAV/LDAP gateway for Exchange Server. The LDAP gateway-to-Exchange global address book and user personal contacts works in mail clients. The global address book also provides full calendar support with attendees displaying free and busy. DAVmail Gateway works across the Internet and behind a firewall through Outlook Web Access.

    If you've tried DAVmail Gateway

    Outlook Exchange Accounts Optimizer 1.3.0 updates for Outlook Mac

    Monday, June 6, 2011

    Softhing has released Outlook Exchange Accounts Optimizer 1.3.0, an update to the Mac OS X software that prevents a user's Exchange mailbox from getting full. It automatically moves old mail from an Exchange account to a replicated structure within Outlook 2011. The new version now works with the latest versions of Outlook 2011 for Mac on Mac OS X 10.5.x or 10.6.x. Previous versions (called Entourage Exchange Accounts Optimizer) worked with Entourage for Mac OS X.

    For current users of Outlook Exchange Accounts Optimizer, the version 1.3.0 update requires that Microsoft Outlook 2011 Service Pack 1 (version 14.1.0) is installed on the Mac.


    June 1

    Using virtualization to wirelessly sync Outlook calendars with iPhones

    By John Rizzo

    Wednesday, June 1, 2011

    Seems like Outlook for Mac users can't a break. Windows can use Apple's MobileMe online service to wireless sync Outlook calendars with iPhones and iPads. But Mac users can't--unless they run Windows on their Mac. There are two different approaches, one using MobileMe, and another without it.

    Just when Microsoft added support for Apple's syncing technology to Outlook 2011 for Mac, Apple removed it from MobileMe's calendar-depriving Outlook for Mac users from a way to wireless sync calendars with iOS devices. A few years ago, Apple enabled Windows users to sync Outlook calendars with MobileMe. Outlook for Mac users have to use iTunes and a USB cable......Read entire story here

    Reader confirms fix for "invalid username" AD problem

    Wednesday, June 1, 2011

    Amos Deane in London confirmed the tip "Fix for 'invalid username' when creating Mac AD account:"

    Joe Garfoot's fix worked for me with a problem we've had rebinding an iMac 2007 that had dropped off AD.

    If this works for you

    General advice for logging into AD and Win servers

    Wednesday, June 1, 2011

    Eric Yeo in Singapore responded to the article about Macs not being able to log in to Active Directory after going into sleep mode with the general steps for logging a Mac into Active Directory and then the Windows Server:

    If your objective is to logon to the Windows server:

    1. Go to System Preferences
    2. Go to User account
    3. Click login Options
    4. Look for Network Account Server -- Click Join
    5. Prompt you for the AD server
    6. Click the amend directory utility
    7. Click Bind If this helps you (or not) .......Read entire story here

    More on ACL permissions changing with 10.6 client and Win Server

    Wednesday, June 1, 2011

    Jim responded to the post called "Suggestion for Snow Leopard/ Win Server unmodifiable folders: files that become read-only," which did not help him with a similar problem:

    We are running an XServe where we host our store/file shares. We use posix and ACL lists. The ACL list is set across the board as"

    User Admin : Read Write
    Group Admin : Read
    Others : No Access

    We run a mixed environment. XP Clients and Snow Leopard Macs.......Read entire story here


    May 2011

    May 26

    Another suggestion for AD clients that can't log in after sleep

    Thursday, May 26, 2011

    Jimmy de la Rosa has seen the problem of Macs not being able to log in to Active Directory after going into sleep mode. We've previously reported suggestions to fix this, but de la Rosa offered another approach:

    I just came across this post from a year ago. Yes, I've seen this issue and it appears to be related to duplicate entries in the AD domains listed under Search Policy for both Authentication and Contacts. Once the duplicates were removed, the systems were able to authenticate without issue.

    If you've seen this issue or tried the suggestions .

    Reader gives thumbs-up to Parallels Transporter

    Thursday, May 26, 2011

    Cesar Guimaraes in Brazil responded to our report of Parallels Transporter Mac app for moving Windows files to a Mac:

    I used the new $0.99 Parallels Transporter (PT) from the Mac App Store to move a Windows XP instance running in Boot Camp from my old iMac Core 2 Duo to a Parallels VM running on my shining new iMac Core i5. Everything works as advertised.

    PT moves data from your old Windows machine to your Mac AND from your old Windows machine to a new Parallels VM it creates on a single pass. The VM is created in case you want to run your old Windows programs virtualized under Parallels Desktop on the Mac......Read entire story here

    Parallels releases Parallels Server Mac mini Edition

    Thursday, May 26, 2011

    Parallels has released Parallels Server for Mac 4.0, Mac Mini Edition (US$299), a scaled-down version of the virtualization server software that supports two virtual machines of up to two CPUs and four GB RAM for each virtual machine. (The standard, $2000 version of Parallels Server for Mac 4.0 supports up to 12 CPUs and 64 GB RAM for each virtual machine.)

    Parallels Server can run 32-bit and 64-bit Windows and Linux servers, as well as Mac OS X Server, in virtual machines. As with the full version, Parallels Server 4.0 Mac mini Edition comes with a management console that can control multiple servers......Read entire story here

    Win IT Mag reviews AD integration products for Mac

    Thursday, May 26, 2011

    Windows IT Pro Magazine has posted an in-depth review of solutions for integrating Macs into Active Directory. The review covers Centrify DirectControl, Likewise Software's Likewise Enterprise, and Quest Software's Authentication Services, and Thursby Software's ADmitMac. The reviewer test a number of features, including adding and removing the Mac client from the domain, migrating a user, changing settings using a Group Policy Object, and using cached credentials to log on when not connected to the domain.

    Reader confirms file-edit fix for -36 error in file sharing

    Thursday, May 26, 2011

    Hector Correa confirmed a procedure for editing a configuration file to stop -36 errors with file sharing:

    I can confirm that your tip 'Another take on smb.config fix for -36 file sharing error: edit nsmb.conf for "streams=no"' took care of the nasty "error -36" on my Mac OS X 10.6.7. This is awesome, I've been dealing with this freaking issue for months and it will be great been able to use my NAS device properly from my Mac from now on. Thanks a lot!

    If this worked for you .


    May 23

    MobilEcho gives iPads direct access to file servers access

    Monday, May 23, 2011

    Today, Group Logic launched mobilEcho, which is server software and an iPad app that gives iPads access to an organization's existing file servers, without the use of iTunes or cloud providers.

    iPads connect directly to an enterprise's server through a firewall via virtual private network (VPN) or secure https. iPad users can then browse a file server, preview, download, and upload files, and create new files and folders on the server. iPad users can also search the server for files.

    File access can be managed by existing Active Directory permissions, and administrators can use policy enforcement......Read entire story here

    Parallels Transporter moves PC to Mac for a buck

    Monday, May 23, 2011

    Parallels as made Parallels Transporter available at the Mac App store for .99 cents for a limited time. The software automates the transfer of documents and bookmarks from a Windows PC to Mac OS X. Parallels said the software will eventually have a $40 retail price.

    The company had software called Parallels Transporter bundled with Parallels Desktop, to copy documents from Windows PCs to Window running in a virtual machine. However, Parallels says that this Parallels Transporter can be used to move data to Mac OS X itself......Read entire story here

    Reader confirms utility workaround to problems accessing NAS

    Monday, May 23, 2011

    Julien Schulz verified the tip about using MuCommander to get around problems accessing a network attached storage (NAS) device with Snow Leopard:

    My D-Link DNS-323 NAS was working perfectly on my 2 previous laptop on Mac OS X 10.4.11 and 10.5.8. I just bought a new MacBook Pro on Mac OS X 10.6.7; and although I can see my NAS and the volumes, I could not access to it: wrong password or username. Oddly enough, I could access to the webpage volume that open the config page of the NAS.

    The freeware MuCommander found on one of the tips from your website made my NAS accessible again, not a real fix, but at least a temporarely solution.

    If you've tried MuCommander as a workaround for this problem .

    Another reader says 10.6.7 broke Mac access to NAS

    Monday, May 23, 2011

    Simon Block said updating to Mac OS X 10.6.7 broke file sharing in two directions:

    Saw the post "Since 10.6.7, reader's Mac can't open NAS, Win can't access Mac." I'm in the same boat since going OS X 10.6.7. I can see shared folder on NTFS disk on my Windows Vista machine, but can't access the folders on my FAT32 NAS.

    More on slow SMB browsing and DNS

    Monday, May 23, 2011

    Craig Miller commented on the article "DNS/kerberos setting workaround for slow SMB browsing" with some ideas:

    It might not be that the DNS server doesn't respond to the mDNS, but that the network is not forwarding the multicast, you can verify this by also running a packet capture on the DNS server and see if it ever receives the mDNS request. Most networks are not configured to forward multicast past their default gateway (layer 3 boundary), but if your computer is on the same subnet as the DNS server, the switched network (layer 2) will typically forward the mDNS to all devices.

    If you've seen this on your network


    May 16

    Reader verifies Parallels and Karpersky anti-virus issue

    Sunday, May 15, 2011

    John Protopapas confirmed last week's report that replacing Kaspersky Internet Security with another Windows anti-virus speeds up Parallels desktop:

    I ran across this problem also. Fixed it by using McAfee. I am using Windows XP Pro.

    Wil Nelson avoids anti-virus software in Windows with some other tools:

    I use Opera and its built-in mail client or Thunderbird for mail and MS Security Essentials in Windows and in Windows on Parallels to avoid the drag caused by various anti-virus software. I read an article some time ago where a Windows user had used Opera and Thunderbird exclusively for 7 years and only had one malware infection in that time.

    All-numeric password helped user access NAS

    Sunday, May 15, 2011

    Kai Guse is another reader reporting success with using an all-numeric password to solve problems accessing network attached storage device. Other tips that readers have reported did not work for Guse:

    Thanks for the numeric password hint. Changing the password to all-numeric helped to mount my wd-netcenter under 10.6.7. I had changed the smb.conf file, and created a sysctl.conf file as described here, with no effects.

    Reader says Internet Sharing speeds SMB

    Sunday, May 15, 2011

    Pedro Neto verified that turning on Internet Sharing speeds up slow SMB file sharing in Snow Leopard:

    Try turning on Internet Sharing for any port; it can be Bluetooth. You can unmark the port after. This really worked for me My SMB shares are being read much faster.

    Some readers have reported that this didn't work. If it works for you

    Outlook 2011 slow download on hosted Exchange

    Sunday, May 15, 2011

    Biff Stephens adds to our reports of slow downloads with Outlook 2011. The difference is he is using Exchange as a cloud-hosted service:

    I have Office 2011 on a few installations and have slowness issues. This with downloading email using RCP or http. We are using Exchange Server with Sherweb as a host.

    If you know of a workaround

    New Chubby Bunny build for Mac OS 9 on Intel Macs-and now iPhones

    Sunday, May 15, 2011

    Jon Gardner has posted a new build of Chubby Bunny, a bundle of software for running pre-Mac OS X software on Intel Macs. He's also reported using another open source virtualization package to run System 7.5.5-on an iPhone.

    I just updated my custom "Chubby Bunny" Classic-on-Intel package (download here) with the latest SheepShaver binaries mentioned at Emaculation.com. Initial testing on a MacBook Pro 2.33GHz Core2Duo, running Mac OS X 10.6.7, suggests that the new build runs just fine, but any feedback is appreciated...especially from folks running late-model Mac hardware......Read entire story here


    May 9

    TIP: Reader speeds up Parallels by replacing virus software

    Monday, May 9, 2011

    François La Roche solved a problem with slow performance of Windows in Parallels Desktop by replacing Kaspersky Internet Security with Norton:

    Quick note of great relief that I want to share with you guys and that you could decide to share somehow with many whom may have been caught with the same issue: a super slow virtual machine......Read entire story here

    Reader adds step for fixing "invalid username" in Mac AD accounts

    Monday, May 9, 2011

    Chris Ellis added a step to the tip "Fix for invalid username when creating Mac AD account:"

    This works for me. Only detail missing is that you need to enable the root account and login as root user.

    If you've tried this suggestion

    Another Outlook Mac wish list, and syncing with Google Calendar

    Monday, May 9, 2011

    Ernesto Kerkhof added his own wish list to previous readers' reports about missing features in Outlook 2011. He also offered a workaround for syncing with Google Calendar:

    Probably nothing new but just like to mention the lack of:

    1. Week numbers in calendar
    2. Being able to select a standard calendar. I'd also like to be able to select the calendar at the right (as in iCal) and then make an appointment with the corresponding category. NO, it makes the appointment without any category. So you need to add the right category in each appointment.
    3. Not being able to sync with gCal. I could make iCal sync with Outlook and iCal with Google/gCal but not on the standard "no category" folder. Hence the issue of point 2 came on. Fixed this with BusySync. Works like charm.

    If you've used BusySync with Outlook 2011

    Previously, another reader recommended using the Sync'Em utility for syncing Outlook Mac with Google Calendar.

    SyncMate now syncs Macs and Androide tablets and phones

    Monday, May 9, 2011

    Eltima Software has added syncing with Android tablets to the list of devices supported in SyncMate 3 ($US 40). SyncMate is Mac OS X software that can sync folders, music, images, videos sync, bookmarks text messages, contacts, and other data between Macs, Windows PCs, Windows Mobile, Nokia S40, and now Android phones, Google accounts, and Sony PSPs, and USB flash devices. There's also a free version with a restricted feature set.

    Paragon upgrades NTFS for Mac, HFS+ for Windows

    Monday, May 9, 2011

    Paragon Software Group has released NTFS for Mac OS X 9.0 (US $20) and and HFS+ for Windows 9.0 (US $20). NTFS enables Macs to write (as well as read) to NTFS formatted media, as well as partition NTFS drives. Pargaon said the new version adds support for the beta Mac OS X 10.7 Lion (Developer Preview version) and improves stability and reliability of data management.

    Paragon HFS+ for Windows 9.0 is an application that enables Windows to access HFS-formatted storage. Version 9.0 adds support for journaling and correctly hides files and folders that begin with a dot (".").Paragon HFS+ for Windows 9.0 is also USB 3.0 ready and has improved stability.


    May 5

    "Green" IT policy enforcement saves energy for PCs, and now Macs

    Thursday, May 5, 2011

    While most enterprise policy management tools focus on policies related to software configuration or security, Verdiem's Surveyor 5.5 enables PCs, and now Macs, to go green with reduced electricity consumption.

    "We've seen energy savings for Mac users from 36% to 50% in the beta users," said Verdiem's CEO John Scumniotales. The release versions can save even more.

    "We can save 30 to 60 percent with respect to a PC's power usage," said Scumniotales, who said that the savings in electricity bills for current customers is on average $20 to $60 per PC per year. "The ROI [return on investment] is 4-to-6 months," he said.

    Surveyor, which was previously available only for Windows, implements power management policies that enable IT administrators to centrally measure and control the energy usage of client computers on the network. Scumniotales said that this makes Surveyor an IT management solution rather than a PC power management solution......Read entire story here

    MassTransit 7.2 adds customizable interface, features for large file transfers

    Thursday, May 5, 2011

    Group Logic has released MassTransit 7.2, an update to the software for automating and managing large file transfers between Macs, Windows PCs, and Linux. The new version adds features to restore interrupted file transfers and to customize web interface. There is also a new option for a plug-in for Outlook for Windows for initiating file transfers directly from Outlook.

    If the network connection drops during a file transfer, the new CheckPoint Restore feature can resume the transfer from the point of interruption rather than from the beginning--feature useful for multi-gigabyte sized files, particularly in international file transfers.......Read entire story here

    CrossOver 10.0.3 fixes issue with MS Project on Macs

    Thursday, May 5, 2011

    CodeWeavers released CrossOver Mac 10.0.3, an update to the software that runs Windows applications directly in Mac OS X without Windows. Version 10.0.3 fixes several bugs, including a problem related to installing Microsoft Project 2007 in Mac OS X. The update also address issues related to CrossTies, a feature that enables the installation of Windows applications on a Mac with a single click. CrossOver Mac 10.0.3 also adds support for RAR archives when installing with CrossTies.

    CrossOver is optimized for running Windows business software on Mac OS X. CodeWeavers also offers CrossOver Games, which is optimized for running Windows games on Macs. The most recent version of CrossOver Games is 10.1. CrossOver is available for US $40. CodeWeavers also offers the Professional edition (US $70), a bundle of both CrossOver and CrossOver Games, and which also includes multi-user support.

    If you've tried CrossOver 10.0.3

    Apple releases Boot Camp 3.2 Update for iMac

    Thursday, May 5, 2011

    Apple has issued "Boot Camp 3.2 Update for iMac (early 2011)," which the company says "addresses issues with Japanese and Korean keyboards on early 2011 iMac."

    Apple has released several other updates called "Boot Camp 3.2." Most recently, there was the "Boot Camp 3.2 Update for MacBook Pro (early 2011)," which was also aimed at Japanese and Korean keyboards. Apple also issued a general "Boot Camp 3.2" release in November of last year.

    If you've tried this recent release


    May 2

    VMware vSphere 5 may put Mac OS X Server in the cloud

    Monday, May 2, 2011

    Apple may allow VMware to support virtualized Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Server running in the cloud using the upcoming VMware vSphere 5, according to AppleInsider and other reports on the webs. The move could be a replacement strategy for Xserve, Apple's enterprise server hardware that the company discontinued at the end of January. This left the company without an enterprise hardware platform for Mac OS X Server, which Apple says it is continuing to develop. Mac OS X Servers can run on Apple desktop Macs, but there is no longer a rack-mountable platform for the software......Read entire story here

    Thursby ADmitMac 5.2, DAVE 8.2

    Monday, May 2, 2011

    Today, Thursby Software released ADmitMac 5.2 and DAVE 8.2, updates to the software for integrating Macs into Active Directory and Windows file sharing environments and providing security. The company said that the updates "refine networked workflows around popular Mac applications such as Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Creative Suite, Avid and Microsoft Office."

    The company also said that these updates would be the last before it releases new versions for Mac OS X 7 Lion this summer. The version 5.2 and 8.2 updates are available for free to all customers under a current support contract.

    Reader confirms turning off Finder server display fixes slow SMB

    Monday, May 2, 2011

    Jessica McFarland confirmed that turning off the display of connected servers in the Finder can fix Snow Leopard problems with SMB file sharing?

    It works! It Works! It Works! Not only With Windows Server 2003, but Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Storage Server 2008! Thank you!

    If you've tried this fix

    Since 10.6.7, reader's Mac can't open NAS, Win can't access Mac

    Monday, May 2, 2011

    Since upgrading Mac OS X to 10.6.7, Ted Leeuwesteijn cannot open shares on a network attached storage (NAS) device. Additionally, his Windows PCs can no longer access Mac shares:

    Since the 10.6.7 update I still can see and connect to my SMB NAS on the network, even see the shares -- but I cannot open them. I tried the older known tricks, Win XP machines, HTTP, FTP access al works well accessing the NAS. Tried to reconnect as anonymous, and as user. But there is no access to the shared folders from the Finder whatsoever. They are visible, just nothing to read. And when I try to open them it nags me about the right IP address or name. Well I can ensure that it is the right address even when I type it manually.

    Also, other Windows machines cannot access my shared files anymore since that same update, which was never a problem in 10.6.6. I checked the shared and network settings but can't find anything out of the ordinary.

    If you've seen this problem


    April 2011

    April 27

    Outlook 2011 groups can't sync with Exchange

    Wednesday, April 27, 2011

    Tom Francais found the reason why readers are reporting problems moving Outlook 2011 groups to the Exchange hosted folder:

    The problem of Outlook 2011 address groups not appearing on an Exchange Server is a limitation in Outlook 2011. Page 47 in the Office for Mac 2011 administrator guide states: "Personal and Microsoft Exchange distribution lists are not supported in Outlook for Mac. All Outlook for Mac groups are local and are not synchronized."

    If you've seen this issue

    Reader verifies iOS/Exchange updates fix status icon sync problem

    Wednesday, April 27, 2011

    Sophal Tea confirmed that updating both iOS and Exchange 2010 fixes the problem of iPhone/Exchange status icons not syncing:

    I did not realize this, but this is working now. I never bothered to check since it's always been a problem. Just checked and it is working. Bad for those who have Exchange 2007 or older.

    If you've seen this issue

    App, not network, seen as cause for slow Outlook 2011 syncing

    Wednesday, April 27, 2011

    Jeff Owens responded to the report "Reader sees slow Outlook for Mac syncing with Exchange." Unlike the previous reader, Owens believes it's Outlook, and not a VPN issue:

    I found a post made recently from "Thomas Moy" regarding an exact scenario I've been experiencing with a client experiencing varying degrees of slowness using Mac Outlook 2011 while connected to hosted Exchange over a T1. Unlike his situation we also managed the client's IT infrastructure and managed to eliminate any problem sources there. It seems to be an application-centric issue.

    If you've seen this issue

    Oracle releases VirtualBox 4.06

    Wednesday, April 27, 2011

    Oracle has release VirtualBox 4.06, a maintenance release to the virtualization software for Mac, Windows, Linux, and Unix hosts. The update fixes a number of minor bugs, some specific to each host OS, and some common to all versions. VirtualBox is free for personal use.

    If you've used VirtualBox 4.06

    Related: VirtualBox Reports


    April 25

    TIP: Reader solution for accessing SMB share from Snow Leopard 10.6.7

    Monday, April 25, 2011

    A reader in our forums had a problem accessing a Samba SMB share from Mac OS X 10.6.7, and posted a Terminal command that fixed it:

    sudo chmod 0755 load_smbfs

    For more details, see the Forum post, where you can post a reply.

    TIP: Reader says Boot Camp 3.2 fixes speaker issue

    Monday, April 25, 2011

    Although Apple doesn't mention Windows speaker problems as an issue solved by Boot Camp 3.2, Mirob in Slovakia said the update did the trick. Mirob describes what happens for non-English systems:

    I had similar problem with external speakers on my new iMac 27" early 2011. I sorted out my issue when I upgraded Boot Camp version 3.1 (included first DVD with OS) to version 3.2. Now everything works fine. If you use another language than English, you must install Boot Camp with parameter like here: BootCamp_3.2.2792.exe /EL). If everything is fine in your device manager, there will be change in audio driver from High Definition audio Device to Cirrus logic CS4206 A (AB24).

    If you've used this approach

    Related: Boot Camp 3 Tips and Reports

    Reader has IPSecuritas VPN problem through tethered iPhone

    Monday, April 25, 2011

    Carlos Leitao reported a Snow Leopard problem with IPSecuritas VPN when with an Internet connection through a tether iPhone:

    I'm running IPSecuritas for my VPN and I have the same symptoms reported by John McCutcheon with the 10.5.4 update. When connected in my home network (Apple TC router) the VPN works flawlessly. However, when connecting through my tethered iPhone, I am unable to ping anything on my remote network, and like John's report, I cannot connect via RDC.

    In contrast, I can use a different VPN client running Windows 7 in Parallels and have no issue connecting even when tethered through my iPhone.

    If you've seen this problem

    Related: Snow Leopard and VPN Tips and Reports

    More on problems with groups and Outlook 2011

    Monday, April 25, 2011

    Bobby Stewart reports having problems that two other readers reported regarding creating groups with Outlook 2011 and Exchange Server:

    I am having the problem as stated by John Kahn. Distribution lists (Groups) created in Outlook for PC or on the Exchange Server through Outlook Web Access do not appear in the contacts list in Outlook 2011. Groups created in Outlook 2011 appear in the 'On My Computer' contacts as stated by Rudi Bekkers and may not be moved to the Exchange hosted folder.......Read entire story here

    Reader reports success with workaround for Snow Leopard Active Directory login problems

    Monday, April 25, 2011

    Jarler Martinez reported success with the procedure described in the article " TIP: Apple workaround for Snow Leopard AD login, mobile problems," but finds it tedious:

    I followed your this Tip date September 30, 2009 and it worked great. My question is, has Apple resolve this issue yet? We have a large number of Mac users we are having to do this for everyone of them.

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

    Exchange-as-a-service includes Outlook Mac download

    Monday, April 25, 2011

    Luis Antezana updated his previous note "MS could distribute Outlook Mac with Exchange Server" to report on Rackspace, a cloud provider that offers Exchange as a service:

    Rackspace now includes Outlook 2011 as a separately downloadable application as part of their Exchange hosting program. I have downloaded it and am using it now.

    Recently, another company, Hostway Corporation, announced that it was also offering Exchange 2010 as a cloud service. Pricing begins at $7.50 per mailbox, with 25GB in free storage.


    April 20

    CrossOver Games 10.1 enables Rift to run on Mac OS X

    Wednesday, April 20, 2011

    CodeWeavers has enabled Mac OS X and Linux users to run the Windows game Rift directly on their computers. CrossOver Games Impersonator Edition 10.1 is an update to the software that enables Windows applications to run on Macs and Linux without the use of the Windows operating system. Rift is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) introduced on March 1.

    The CrossOver Games 10.1 update also fixes some issues with Star Trek Online and World of Warcraft, and has improved the Lord of the Rings Online installation process, and resolved a bug launching some games in Steam, according to the company.

    CrossOver Games is optimized for running Windows games on Mac OS X and Linux. For running Windows business software, CodeWeavers offers CrossOver.

    If you've tried CrossOver or CrossOver Games Related: CrossOver Reports

    TIP: Uncheck Allow Authentication from any domain for Mac AD problems

    Wednesday, April 20, 2011

    Steven Wells sent a fix and an explanation of problems with Macs losing their binding to Active Diretory:

    Unchecking "Allow authentication from any domain in the forest" is working at our college. We have been beating our heads on this for about 2 terms, with no understanding of why it works in some places and not in others. When we found this working, our IT guy said that the Security SID is being duplicated, when it looks in other domain forest, and that is what is causing the problem. This is the first time I have found an explanation for the problem.

    If you've tried this approach

    Reader says tips don't fix slow Mac SMB file sharing

    Wednesday, April 20, 2011

    Alexander Henket tried out four of our popular tips for speeding up SMB file sharing in Snow Leopard. Although many readers have reported success with some of these, Henket found none of them worked:

    I've tried setting the FQDN, the port 139, the delayed_ack, the notify_off with reboots in between. The net result is unchanged in that making initial contact to any SMB share takes 22.5 seconds. After making initial contact browsing and copying works just fine, but if I happen to close the last Finder window on that share, it takes yet again 22.5 seconds to connect. Mac OS X 10.6.7 connect to a Windows Server 2010.

    If any of these work (or don't work for you)

    HTML5 Client for VMware View, access virtual Windows from Safari

    Wednesday, April 20, 2011

    Ericom Software has issued a beta (prerelease) version of HTML5 Client for VMware View, software that allows you to access VMware View virtual machines from any HTML5-compatible web browser, including Safari, Firefox, and Google Chrome. Although VMware View is for Windows only, Ericom Software's beta enables Mac users to access the virtualization software from a Mac.

    The HTML5 Client for VMware View beta is publically available. A video about the product is available at Ericom's web site.

    If you've tried the HTML5 Client for VMware View beta


    April 13

    TIP: Fix for "invalid username" when creating Mac AD account

    Tuesday, April 13, 2011

    Joe Garfoot in England sent us a workaround for the problem of getting an "Invalid username and password combination" error with Macs and Active Directory:

    I've seen the problem where some machines will not bind to AD with the "invalid username" error message. Nothing done in the GUI can make it work. These machines had previously been bound to AD. The workaround I found was to delete:

    /private/var/db/dslocal/nodes/Default/config/Kerberos:REALM.NAME.plist
    (REALM.NAME will be different)

    Restart Directory Service:
    sudo killall DirectoryService

    The Mac will then rebind with no problem.

    If you've tried this fix

    Centrify Suite 2011 adds Mac App Store to group policies, improves DNS

    Tuesday, April 13, 2011

    Centrify has released Centrify Suite 2011, a new version of the cross-platform Active Directory integration and management tool set. The new version enables IT administrators to disable or control the behavior of the Mac App Store on Mac clients using group policies. It also enhances DNS handling and adds centralized local account management with Deployment Manager 1.2.

    The new version enables administrators to use group policies to disable the Mac App Store so that it doesn't launch. Centrify also enhanced the Login Items group policy to support the mounting of network shares at login...Read entire story here

    TIP: Workaround for syncing SMB folders that don't appear on Mac

    Tuesday, April 13, 2011

    Two readers commented on the Snow Leopard problem where some shared SMB folders don't appear in the Finder or in Terminal. One reader (name not given) provide a workaround for using the rsync Terminal command for syncing:

    I have the same problem described on your site here. I'm using Mac OS X 10.6.7. I want to rsync some documents from a Win 7 x86 PC. Some folders just don't show up and cannot be rsynced. I try to access it with command line, I can cd the lost folders.

    The workaround for this problem is installing a RsyncServer on my PC. It works perfectly with my Chinese-character-name subfolders. Though I have to sync the whole folder every time.

    If you've tried this

    Meanwhile, another reader posted a note in our Forums saying he has a similar problem, but he can see the shares from Windows running in Parallels Desktop on the Mac.

    Reader confirms turning off Finder server display speeds SMB

    Tuesday, April 13, 2011

    Rich Rodecker confirmed the suggestion that a Finder tweak speeds up SMB file sharing in Mac OS X:

    Just wanted to let you know that the tip "New Finder-based workaround for slow SMB file sharing: turn off display of server in sidebar" worked perfectly for me. Finder browsing of SMB shares is dramatically faster.

    If you've tried this

    Windows 8 Beta being readied for PCs, tablets, rumors say

    Tuesday, April 13, 2011

    As developers evaluate Apple's Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Developer Preview, Microsoft has a beta of a new OS referred to as "Windows 8" and will unveil it this September and ship it in 2012, according to rumors. Conjecture about features and purportedly leaked screenshots abound, including shots of a Windows App Store, at a Chinese site called cnBeta. Microsoft has not commented on the rumors. Analysts expect Windows 8 to either run on tablet hardware and PCs, or be available in two versions. CNN Money quoted an analyst......Read entire story here

    Apple releases Boot Camp 3.2 update for recent MacBook Pro

    Tuesday, April 13, 2011

    Apple released Boot Camp 3.2 Update for MacBook Pro (early 2011), a minor update to fix problems "with shutdown, Japanese and Korean keyboards on early 2011 MacBook Pro." It was not clear whether the "shutdown" issue was with the Asian keyboards or if it was an issue separate from keyboard issues.

    If you've installed this update


    April 8

    TIP: Fix for AD mobile accounts losing admin rights

    Friday, April 8, 2011

    Kevin Worden sent us his solution to the Active Directory problem of Mac mobile accounts on losing administrator rights and reverting to standard user privileges:

    I was having the mobile account losing admin rights for a long time since 10.5. All my Macs are bound to an unmodified 2003 AD domain. Here is what I use to work around the issue. I add the current user to the Local admin group.

    To give/remove the current user's Local Admin Rights you can run these applescripts. You only need to run them once. The user will keep the Local Admin Rights until you remove the rights. Save each as run-only app......Read entire story here

    TIP: Extending AD schema for sync rules on Mobile accounts, w/o OS X Server

    Friday, April 8, 2011

    A MacWindows Forum reader has posted a description of how to extend the Active Directory schema to enable setting up synchronization rules for Mac home directories for mobile accounts. This is for a situation where there is no Mac OS X Server.

    If you've tried this approach, please post a reply in the forum.

    Reader gets "invalid username" when creating Mac AD account

    Friday, April 8, 2011

    Will Bailey reports having the problem in which an "Invalid username and password combination" error follows an attempt to create and Active Directory account for Macs:

    I've just been researching an error we've been having with our AD integration and I saw that you wanted to hear from people who_ve had similar woes. I'm referring to this post More on Snow Leopard Active Directory woes: Invalid username. We potentially have the issue but it occurs randomly on machines that work fine for months then spontaneously lose authentication. Unbinding/Rebinding is impossible. Deleting directory plists doesn't fix it but reimaging machines does.

    If you've seen this problem

    Reader says SMB still slow in 10.6.7; Finder, Notify tips don't work.

    Friday, April 8, 2011

    Gabor Hollai reports that the latest Mac OS X 10.6.7 update from Apple does not fix his problem with slow SMB file sharing. He also notes that the tip Finder preferences modification, notify_off=yes, also does not work for him. (This procedure has worked for several readers.) Hollai reports:

    We have Win2008R2 Standard server and we would like to connect from Mac (10.6.7) via SMB. I have read your article and I have do what you have suggested (Finder preferences modification, notify_off=yes), but unfortunately the SMB is still slow. It is need about 4-5 minutes to just browse into the share. This server is virtual and I also have tried to connect a physical server and same problem.

    Has Mac OS X 10.6.7 fixed any filesharing or other problems for you? Also, the article 'Is FQDN and turning off Notify the "final answer" for SMB problem?' seems to help some readers. If it helps you

    Entourage Exchange Accounts Optimizer 1.9.0 optimizes Exchange email

    Friday, April 8, 2011

    Softhing has released Entourage Exchange Accounts Optimizer (EEAO) 1.9.0, an update to the Mac utility. EEAO automatically moves old mail from an Exchange account to a replicated structure within Entourage so that the online mailbox never gets full. Users can decide how many days worth of email to keep on Exchange Server. Improvements in EEAO 1.9.0 include:

    The software works with Mac OS X 10.4.x and later and Microsoft Entourage 2004, 2008 or 2008 Web Services Edition. A free trial version is available.

    If you've tried EEAO what you think of it.


    March 2011

    March 28

    Mac OS X 10.6.7 reverts AFP file share URLs to pre-Snow Leopard method

    Monday, March 28, 2011

    For people who had problems with AFP URLs after updating to Snow Leopard, last week's Mac OS X 10.6.7 update returns AFP file sharing to the way it worked in Mac OS X 10.5.x and earlier. Apple said the reversion fixes a problem opening an AFP URL (apf://xxxx) that points to a file. The update also changes the AFP mount path to what it was before Snow Leopard. AFP URL's can be used in a web browser, the Mail application, the Finder's Go menu, and the mount_afp command in Terminal.

    In Snow Leopard versions before 10.6.7, AFP URLs that include a filename would fail to open (afp://myserver.mydomain.com/Sharepoint/Folder/file.txt). Before Snow Leopard, and now with the 10.6.7 update, URLs ending in filenames will mount the sharepoint volume in the Finder. URLs ending in the folder will also mount the sharepoint. In addition......Read entire story here


    March 21

    MacWindows launches Network Solutions: Comparisons of Mac/Windows network integration solutions

    Monday, March 21, 2011

    This weekend we launched MacWindows Networking Solutions, which describes third-party products that help integrate Macs and Windows PCs in cross-platform network environments. Readers can compare different products ranging from enterprise systems to personal software, all in one place, to see what might meet their needs. The Network Solutions listings also contain links to the developers' web sites.

    The Networking Solutions listings contain software descriptions in several different categories. These include:

    TIP: use extra backslash to resolve authentication problem with Outlook Mac

    Monday, March 21, 2011

    Alex Parker in Liverpool, UK, sent us a fix for authentication problems with Outlook for Mac accounts.

    I have had this experience. Our resolution was, within the autodiscovery wizard in Outlook, enter \domain\username (with a backslash before the name), not just domain\username.

    Looks like poor UNIX coding with escaped backslashes.

    If you've tried this

    Reader's upgrade to Windows Outlook 2010 helps them edit Mac calendars

    Monday, March 21, 2011

    Rick Sterner reports that he got over problems with Windows PC users being unable to edit Outlook Mac calendars. He upgraded the Windows PCs from Outlook 2007 to 2010 on Windows:

    In response to the comments on Calendar Sharing problems between Office 2011 and Windows users, I found that the problem went away when I upgraded my PC from Outlook 2007 to Outlook 2010. Below are my notes from the case file:

    I had user give me Editor Permissions to his Calendar from Outlook 2011. I opened his calendar from my Mac and created a Test Meeting...

    ........Read entire story here

    Reader confirms turning off server display in sidebar speeds SMB file sharing

    Monday, March 21, 2011

    Walter Koerber confirmed a Finder-based workaround to solve Snow Leopard's slow SMB file sharing problems. The tip is in Finder Preferences, to turn-off display of connected servers in the sidebar, and turn it on in the desktop. Koerber reports:

    Just tried this tip and I can confirm this speeds up file browsing.

    If you've tried this approach

    Using smb:\\share:139 to fix slow SMB with big files

    Monday, March 21, 2011

    Two readers commented on the tip to speed Mac OS X's SMB browsing by connecting manually by typing smb:\\share:139 in the Finder's Go menu>Connect to Server. Marnina Norys tried some of our other tips, unsuccessfully, then found that simply typing smb:\\share also worked for big files:

    I recently updated my Mac to Snow Leopard and was horrified by the lags I suddenly faced when I tried to access large files on my external Western Digital network drive. After attempting to apply a few of the fixes such as the nsmb.conf tip, fiddling with ACK settings and turning on Internet sharing I was getting sort of frustrated. Eventually I tried to connect to Server using smb:\\share:139, and voila. Although files in large folders take a while to load, once they are up I can browse quickly and easily...

    ........Read entire story here

    Workaround for slow SMB file sharing, sysctl, ack=0, works on large files

    Monday, March 21, 2011

    Although the tip "Workaround for Slow Snow Leopard SMB connections: sysctl, ack=0" doesn't work for everyone, it does work for Michael Smitasin for very large, multi-gigabyte files. He sent some test results:

    We were seeing extremely slow download speeds over wireless when connecting to a fileserver via SMB (Windows Server 2008 R2) using newer Macs running 10.6.6. The estimated times were 7-8 hours for a 5.8 GB file, or about 20 kb/s. After performing this command:

    > sudo sysctl -w net.inet.tcp.delayed_ack=0

    We saw speeds improve considerably. Now estimated times are about 50 minutes, with speeds around 1.5 mb/s.

    Reader's Finder color labels not displaying on some Windows shares

    Monday, March 21, 2011

    Sonja Kirsch in Bavaria reports that for file and folder color labels (assigned in the Finder's file menu) don't appear on some Macs when the files reside on Windows workstations:

    We have a problem with Mac 10.5.8 and 10.6.6 with files stored two PC workstations (Windows 7 64-bit and Win XP SP3). The two Mac users don't see each other's color labels: That is, Mac 10.5 users see color labels of themselves but not the labels of Mac 10.6 users (and the other way around).

    On our third server, Windows 2008 server R2, color labels work fine and we can all see our each other's labels.

    I'm referring to the labels that Mac users can use for files and folders. It's very convenient for organization (for example: red = to do, green = finished). So all Mac users that are on the server are informed about the status of the file.

    If you've seen this problem


    March 17

    CrossOver Games 10.1 brings RIFT game to Macs, improves others

    Thursday, March 17, 2011

    CodeWeavers has released CrossOver Games 10.1, adding the ability to run the Windows-only RIFT game in Mac OS X. CrossOver enables Mac OS X to natively run Windows applications, and the Games edition is optimized for running Windows games in Mac OS X. RIFT, from Trion Worlds, Inc., is an MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game).

    The CrossOver Games 10.1 update also enables Lord of the Rings Online to install in Mac OS X, though some systems require the PyLotro program to launch the gam. Also new is the ability to install World of Warcraft via the download client.......Read entire story here

    TIP: Outlook for Mac authentication problem may be Exchange autodiscover settings

    Thursday, March 17, 2011

    A couple of readers responded to Monday's report about problems with logging into email accounts with Outlook 2011 for Mac. Jim Cooper fixed the problem by changing autodiscover settings in Exchange Server:

    I'm going out on a limb and guessing your ISP is using Exchange. We just resolved this problem internally - just upgraded our internal server to Exchange 2010. The problem was in the autodiscover settings of the Exchange Server.

    Outlook 2011 uses EWS (not OWA) to connect to Exchange. Unfortunately, there are no 'configuration settings' for Outlook 2011 - it uses autodiscover.xml on the Exchange server to set itself up. This is a case of making something too simple to the point that it will not work. Ironically, you will not have this problem with Mac Mail.......Read entire story here

    GoToMyPC now lets iPad users control Macs and Windows PCs

    Thursday, March 17, 2011

    Citrix has released a GoToMyPC app that enables iPad users to control a Mac or Windows PC over a WiFi or a 3G connection. iPad users can run Mac and Windows applications, edit files, and access a network connected to the computer. The iPad app supports touch gestures and enables zoom up to 300 percent, and supports on-screen or external keyboards. The software works without requiring firewall reconfiguration and includes encryption and authentication.

    The GoToMyPC service also enables Mac and Windows computers to control each other. The iPad app is free for users of the monthly GoToMyPC subscription service. A free 30-day trail account is available.

    If you've tried GoToMyPC for iPad


    March 14

    Reader confirms using FQDN and turning off Notify solves slow SMB problem

    Monday, March 14, 2011

    Canadian reader Brad Anderson responded positively to last week's article "Is FQDN and turning off Notify the 'final answer' for SMB problem?" for Mac Snow Leopard clients. FQDN is the fully qualified domain name, which he describes:

    I made the same change (turn notify off) and started using the FQDN to connect to all my SMB shares (smb://server.mydomain.local) and the speed has drastically increased. Everything from connecting to a share to navigating the folders within is almost instant compared to what it used to be on my Snow Leopard machine.

    For Sonja Kirsch in Germany, turning off Notify was enough:

    I tried the "tip" at your Web site (TIP: details on turning notify off in nsmb.conf for slow SMB browsing, dated Monday, December 13, 2010) and now it works! SMB browsing is now faster.

    If this finally fixes the slow SMB file sharing problem for you

    Reader has authentication problem with Outlook for Mac accounts

    Monday, March 14, 2011

    Mike Taylor can't connect to his ISP-based email account accounts using Outlook for Mac, even though the same account information works in Outlook for Windows:

    I installed Office 2011 with Outlook on my new MacBook Pro and right now I am not happy. I have all the settings from my Windows based unit in Outlook 2010 and all works fine. However, when I enter the settings into Mac Outlook, I cannot send or receive anything except my gmail address. I know the passwords are correct and the incoming and outgoing mail servers are named correctly as well. Mac Outlook keeps asking for a password every 5 minutes or so.

    In both cases I am trying to connect to an ISP. The error message I am getting is "invalid user name or password. Your username/password or security settings may be incorrect." I know that is not true as I have verified and reverified that they are correct. With these accounts I have never had a VPN authentication issue, so I do not think that is an issue. I know in Outlook 2010 you can get the program to automatically search and set up the accounts. With the Mac Outlook 2011 I was never asked to let it search after entering the email address and password.

    If you've seen this problem or have a suggestion

    VMware View for iPad controls server-based Windows desktop

    Monday, March 14, 2011

    VMware has released VMware View for iPad, a free iOS client for controlling a server-based Windows desktop. Similar to Citrix Receiver for iPad, released a year ago, VMware View controls a virtual machine running on VMware View enterprise server software. The new free iPad connects uses the PCoIP protocol, a thin client that provides full resolution, full frame rate graphics, but is also optimized to provide acceptable graphics over slow connections. Because of the use of PCoIP, VMware View for iPad requires VMware View 4.6 or later......Read entire story here


    March 9

    TIP: Another AppleScript for garbled Entourage email sent from iPad

    Wednesday, March 9, 2011

    Jeff Latimer is seeing the problem of email messages from Exchange Server that are garbled when viewed from an iPhone or iPod Touch, except he sees the problem only with iPad-generated mail. He tried an AppleScript we mentioned, but he found another that works better:

    I see this issue for any messages sent from my iPad. All other messages sent from either Entourage or my iPhone seem to be OK. It is when I look in my sent folder that I see the messages. They appear to look like they were encrypted, but from what I am reading they seem to be missing some information in the header and that's causing the messages to look strange. I did try some of the AppleScript workarounds........Read entire story here

    Is FQDN and turning off Notify the "final answer" for SMB problem?

    Wednesday, March 9, 2011

    Tom Waterhouse confirmed last week's report that a combination of two suggestions fixes problems with slow SMB file sharing browsing in Snow Leopard. Waterhouse said:

    Just to add my voice to saga of slow finder browsing, I have tried previous fixes and found nothing worked consistently, but so far using both FQDN and turning notification off seems to do the trick! I've been happily using the Finder problem free for the past 2 days since I applied this fix. Normally I would experience the problems pretty early in the day, but it's been 100% successful so far. Many thanks for the tip!

    If you tried this approach

    Save As may get around read-only CS4 file server problem; also seen on NAS

    Wednesday, March 9, 2011

    Two more readers responded to the Snow Leopard report "CS4 files copied to Win Server become read-only, and workarounds." Gary Whitehead recommends using Save As:

    We have the same problem. All files saved from CS4 seem to be read-only when opened by other users. I have found that using Save As works better than just using Save.

    Adam Gibson in Australia sees it on a network attached storage (NAS) device:

    I am experiencing this exact issue in Snow Leopard also.

    If you know of a workaround, or have tried using Save As

    Reader says Parallels Mobile "Win-on-iPad" has kinks

    Wednesday, March 9, 2011

    Olivier Jacobs has not had a good experience with Parallels Mobile running Windows from an iPad:

    I just installed the Parallels iPad app. However, the calibration is off. The cursor showing what I click on is about 1 inch off where I actually touch. It would be nice to have such a product, but now for me it's a big disappointment.

    If you've tried Parallels Mobile with us.


    March 3

    TIP: fix for Active Directory lose of binding/slow SMB: uncheck search all domains

    Thursday, March 3, 2011

    Israel Adame fround a solution for Snow Leopard clients in Active Directory that he believes fixes problems with losing binding and with slow SMB file sharing:

    I have seen all of the probable solutions and tried everything and still I am getting issues with 10.6.6 and after rebooting the Mac gets unbind. Or the Mac gets Network Accounts Available even when not accessing the list of users from AD. But the thing that I have done that has solved all my issues with AD on the Macs is to uncheck the box to search on all domains........Read entire story here

    TIP: Fixes for slow SMB -- use FQDN, and confirmation of turn off notify

    Thursday, March 3, 2011

    Two readers wrote in to confirm that turning off notify off in the file nsmb.conf cleared up slow SMB file sharing in Snow Leopard. First, Rodrigo Perez reported this as well as some other observations with two other tips. He also discovered something new, that using a fully qualified domain name (FQDN) to log on cleared up the problem. Perez' report:

    Finally, at long last I have been able to fix the slow SMB access for our two Macs here at work thanks to your website! I've been reading the site regularly and on the occasional Friday afternoon would spend a few minutes troubleshooting to see if I could come up with anything. The week before last I hit pay dirt and things have been working well ever since. Here's what I found........Read entire story here

    More on getting OS X Server to work as SMB Primary Domain Controller

    Thursday, March 3, 2011

    Shawn Truesdell reported the problem of Windows 7 clients not being able to join a Mac OS X Server PDC Domain. Truesdell tried the workaround we have posted, but notes that the Windows 7 client still can't bind, and wonders if SMB could be manually updated on the server:

    I was setting up a Mac OSX 10.6 server and could not get the Windows machines to join, the Mac computers join with no problems at all. I would just like to let you know that the pGina suggestion works. After configuration it allows the Windows 7 client to authenticate and log on to the domain, however without binding it is pretty much useless. You can manually mount and redirect folders to the server, but you can do that without being authenticated on the network.

    Using pGina allows the user to be authenticated on the PDC and log in, however it does not bind........Read entire story here

    If you know the answer


    February 2011

    February 28

    Lion Server to ship with client, adds file sharing for iPad, abandons some Xserves & Rosetta

    Monday, February 28, 2011

    Mac OS X Server 10.7 will ship with the Lion client, dramatically lowering the cost of Apple's server software, which currently costs $500, according to new information Apple reveal last week, when the company released a beta to developers. Offsetting the server's price drop is the fact that Lion will no longer come with Rosetta to run PowerPC applications, which may force some users to buy new software. Apple's press release said that the Mail 5 application in the Lion client adds support for Microsoft Exchange 2010.

    According to ZDnet, Apple is also dropping support for the first generation of Intel-based Macs, including some Xserve models. ZDnet said that Apple's developer preview notes indicated that an Intel Core 2 Duo processor or better is required, which means Macs and Xserves with Core Duos are not supported......Read entire story here

    TIP: fix for slow login with Snow Leopard, AD on .local domains

    Monday, February 28, 2011

    Josh Gilmour posted a fix on his web site for problems of slow Snow Leopard login and authentication with Active Directory:

    I wrote up a post about fixing the slow logins/logouts/ and authentication on Snow Leopard 10.6 when using a Mac bound to Active Directory and the .local domain check it out at my blog here.

    On his site, he describes the cause of the problem:

    The problem lies within search policies on the OSX system. After the computer is joined to the domain, 2 entries are added to the search policy. The entry /Active Directory/All Domains is added to both the Authentication and Contacts search path. Since there is no way to change the Kerberos timeout value on OSX (that I am aware of), the system tries to either authenticate to all 3 directory domains ('/Local/Default', '/BSD/Local', '/Active Directory/All Domains'), or tries authenticating Active directory first even though it is in the bottom of the list.

    Most of the time this has been seen when the domain is also a .local suffix. This MAY be due to problems with Bonjour (which also uses .local) and the .local Active Directory domain, but I'm not positive.

    Gilmour's site also lists the fix. If you've tried it

    Parallels releases update 6.0.11994 for 10.6.5/10.6.6

    Monday, February 28, 2011

    Parallels has released Parallels Desktop 6.0.11994 for Mac, a maintenance update to the virtualization software for Mac OS X. The release notes indicate that update "resolves compatibility issues " specifically for Mac OS X 10.6.5 and 10.6.6.

    If this update fixes any problems for you (Related: Parallels Tips and Reports)

    TIP: Fix for Windows losing Outlook.pst files when connected to OS X Server

    Monday, February 28, 2011

    Chay Harley sent us a fix to the problem of Windows clients connected to Mac OS X Server losing Outlook.pst files. He said to make sure it resides on the local Windows drive:

    I cannot say why the files are disappearing (although I have an idea), but the recommended configuration (the only way, really) for a .PST file is to have it locally on the local drive. The internal DB mechanisms of Outlook and the design of a PST, ensure that if you move it to a non-local drive, problems will occur. Download Microsoft's Outlook PST Backup (you can point that to the network, no problems), and use that to back up the PSTs to that network drive.

    If you've tried this approach

    Thursby's PKard for Mac enables CAC access to secure government web sites

    Monday, February 28, 2011

    Thursby Software has released new product, PKard for Mac 1.0 (US $30), software that enables U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Mac users with Common Access Cards (CACs) to access secure web sites across the Internet, such as from home or while traveling. PKard is a simpler, web-only version of Thursby Software's ADmitMac PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) Active Directory integration software. Thursby said the new software supports all US Government CAC smart cards.


    February 23

    TIP: Workaround for no Save As in Outlook 2011

    Wednesday, February 23, 2011

    Two readers responded to Monday's report with a method of saving an email message to a file in Outlook 2011. Bryan Dulock describes it:

    Regarding the "No Save As and other missing Outlook 2011 features" from Feb. 21, 2011, to save an email just drag it from Outlook to the desktop. This creates a file of type EML, which is just a plain text file in MIME format.

    Geordie Korper had the same suggestions, as well as some observations......Read entire story here

    Another report of slow Outlook 2011 performance

    Wednesday, February 23, 2011

    Colin Jack in the UK is another reader reporting slow email access with Outlook 2011 for Mac:

    This is one of my main gripes with Outlook 2011 for Mac. I have Exchange 2010 (also tried it with 2007) and even over the LAN it is VERY slow compared to Snow Leopard Mac Mail or Entourage 2008 or pretty much anything really!

    I also hate the fact that unlike Outlook 2010 for PC I cannot 'resend mail' or 'save as.' I like the 'look & feel' but cannot believe that the developers (being MS employees so assume running Exchange Server) allowed this out of the door like this. No matter what I do, I cannot get it to run any faster.

    On Monday, we had a report of slow syncing with Exchange. If you're seeing slow email or slow Exchange syncing with Outlook 2011

    Reader problems with Entourage WSE message forwarding & iOS email problem

    Wednesday, February 23, 2011

    Thomas Kristoffersen upgraded Exchange Server and Entourage Web Services Edition on his Macs, and now sees problems forwarding messages, as well as with email sent to Apple iOS devices:

    We have upgraded our Exchange Server 2003 to Exchange 2010, and all 20 Mac's have been updated to Entourage WSE (13.0.x some have .4 and .5 and .8) we currently have two issues:


    February 21

    Mokafive hits the cloud, licenses unique VM technology to service providers

    Monday, February 21, 2011

    Several managed service providers are now licensing MokaFive's virtual machine management technology to supply secure, preconfigured, layered virtual machines. The service providers will use MokaFive to provision, update, and manage distributed virtual desktops as a managed service for multiple customers over a single console. Mac clients are managed in the same way as PCs.

    MokaFive is a client-side approach to managed desktop virtualization, in that Windows 7 and XP virtual machines run on Mac and Windows clients, and not the server. Users can reset a damaged or infected virtual machine with a single click while retaining applications, documents and preference settings. Software updates and patches for applications and operating systems are made on the server and sent to the clients. The service providers will be deploying MokaFive technology in cloud-as-a service scenarios......Read entire story here

    Oracle releases VirtualBox 4.0.4

    Monday, February 21, 2011

    Oracle released VirtualBox 4.0.4, a maintenance release of the virtualization software for Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, and other operating systems. The update fixes a number of minor bugs and issues. VirtualBox is free for personal and starts at US $50 per user for enterprise use.

    If you've used VirtualBox 4.0.4

    Related: MacWindows VirtualBox Tips and Reports.

    Reader confirms Finder-based solution for slow SMB browsing

    Monday, February 21, 2011

    Pavel Holik confirmed the suggestion "TIP: New Finder-based workaround for slow SMB file sharing," where some changes to Finder settings fixes Snow Leopard problems with slow SMB file sharing:

    This tip works perfectly for me. It made a huge difference in browsing and opening files.

    If you've tried this suggestion

    Reader says deleting folders on SMB server randomly freezes

    Monday, February 21, 2011

    From our forums, Stuarta writes:

    Have a Mac on 10.6.6 which is connected to a share on a Windows Server 2003. Majority of the time the file access is fine, but every now and then when deleting files, the progress bar will freeze, not do anything and lock the folder. The only way out of it is to reboot the Mac.

    If you've seen this, post a note here.

    Windows XP roaming profiles on Mac OS X Server

    Monday, February 21, 2011

    In our discussion forms, Deadeye81 reports a problem with Windows clients and Mac OS X Server:

    I'm running 10.5 server with Windows XP roaming profiles, despite telling users not to log onto the same profile on different machines, they still do it. Is there any way to prevent logging onto more than 1 PC with the same profile?

    If you know the answer, please post a reply.

    Reader reports Entourage/Blackberry/OWA time zone sync problem

    Monday, February 21, 2011

    Christina Hacopian finds that the time zones for appointments keep changing around when she syncs between Entoruage, Outlook Web Access, and a Blackberry:

    Verizon, Blackberry and GoDaddy all point the finger to Entourage, and I don't know where to turn. When I input a calendar event on my Blackberry, it appears correctly on my OWA (Outlook) calendar, but then changes time zones on my Entourage calendar. Moreover, when I input a calendar event on my OWA calendar, it appears correctly on my Blackberry but again, not on my Entourage. It changes time zones.

    It seems there is a miscommunication between the OWA Outlook calendar and my Entourage calendar. Go Daddy, my host, says the error is on the Entourage side. All of my time zones are set to Pacific (Blackberry, OWA and Entourage), however, appointments appear as Arizona time zone on my Entourage calendar.

    If you've seen this problem

    Reader sees slow Outlook for Mac syncing with Exchange

    Monday, February 21, 2011

    Thomas Moy reports a problem with slow-to-no Outlook Mac syncing with Exchange Server:

    Regarding Outlook 2011, I consult for a client who is having slow sync issues with his Sherweb hosted Exchange. His home 3.0/.768Mbps DSL runs just fine. Syncs in a reasonable amount of time. At his office with bonded T1 at 3.0/3.0, his syncing folders spin forever, never really finishing, though always showing slow signs of progress. I suspect a SonicWALL issue, but am not interested in pushing on their IT guy. There's definitely an issue of some sort here.

    If you've seen this issue (More reports like this at Outlook 2011 Tips and reports.)

    No Save As and other missing Outlook 2011 features

    Monday, February 21, 2011

    Maggie Fitzpatrick wrote about some more features found in Entourage and Outlook for Windows, but not Outlook for Mac. She's also having problems with it crashing:

    1. When I receive an email and want to save it, both Entourage and Windows Outlook allowed me to go to File/Save As. Outlook 2011 for Mac does not. I cannot believe this program was released without this feature! I have to copy the whole email, paste it into a blank document and save that document.
    2. When composing an email and I want to move a word to another part of The email, after I highlight the word, I have to cut and paste it. There is no arrow when I move my cursor on the highlighted word, allowing me to move it to where I want.
    3. There is no Format Painter in Outlook.
    4. Outlook 2011 crashes. I have to "rebuild Outlook." I have never had Outlook crash before on my PC.

    If there's something that bugs or delights you about Outlook for Mac

    More reports like this at Outlook 2011 Tips and reports.


    February 16

    Developers partner to provide Mac access to StorNext shared file storage system

    Wednesday, February 16, 2011

    Group Logic and Quantum Corp. have teamed up to announce a solution that enables Mac clients to access Quantum's StorNext shared file storage system using Mac OS X native file sharing system. The new product, called Group Logic LAN Client for StorNext, which will ship later this month. StorNext is installed on hosts connected to a storage area network (SAN) disk array, including Apple's Xsan. StorNext provides high-performance storage and archiving over a local area network......Read entire story here

    TIP: Disable sleep to prevent VirtualBox from crashing in Mac OS X

    Wednesday, February 16, 2011

    Jonathan Sward discovered that disabling sleep and hibernate in Windows 7 running with VirtualBox fixed a problem of VirtualBox crashing in Mac OS X:

    In the last week I have been busy setting myself up on my new 27" iMac with Windows 7 running on VirtualBox 4.02. I had been experiencing frequent crashes (3 or 4+ a day). I just made a discovery thanks to this posting at virtualbox.org. I have not had a problem since.

    If you've seen this problem and tried this fix

    Boot Camp/PowerPoint fix verified

    Wednesday, February 16, 2011

    Dave Bishops confirmed a fix for Boot Camp problems with PowerPoint for Windows:

    The Boot Camp 3.2-PowerPoint 2010 fix--That is just incredible! You have saved me from a great deal of unproductive time, let alone loss of time with my family.

    If you've tried this

    Another report of Boot Camp problem with Volume, Brightness controls

    Wednesday, February 16, 2011

    Mark Dodd confirmed a previously reported problem:

    Regarding "Boot Camp 3.2 breaks reader's Volume, Brightness controls," I've also seen this problem, as well as Boot Camp no longer showing up in the task bar under Windows 7.

    If you've seen this


    February 14

    TIP: Apple says iOS 4.1 fixes iOS/CNAME DNS problem with .local

    Monday, February 14, 2011

    Apple tech article TS3389 says that iOS 4 devices are unable to resolve DNS names that end with a .local suffix. The article recommends upgrading to iOS 4.1 or later to fix this issue. Peter Gort alerted us to the Apple article, in response to our reader reports:

    On the front of your web page this morning I found a question about iOS DNS issue with CNAME point to .local. This article might be relevant.

    The Apple article also recommends not using .local:

    Bonjour's Multicast Domain Name Service (mDNS) uses the ".local" suffix to identify Bonjour-accessible devices. When planning for internal corporate network naming, to avoid conflicts with Bonjour, consider using a different domain suffix, such as one of the following: .private, .intranet, .internal, .lan

    If upgrading to iOS 4.1 fixes this issue

    TIP: Another suggestion for iOS DNS issue with CNAME pointing to .local

    Monday, February 14, 2011

    Søren Theilgaard got around the iOS/CNAME DNS problem by pointing directly to the host with an A record instead of a CNAME, a suggestion first made last June:

    I have implemented Kerio Mail server on a Mac OS X Server in a small Windows environment, where the Mac server was named with a .local domain. The Mail server name was mail.domain.dk and pointed (CNAME) to macserver.domain.local.

    The Exchange account on their iPhones worked perfectly when outside of the office, as the mail server name was an A record to their public IP address. Inside in their local office it failed. After I changed the DNS so that it pointed directly to the host, everything worked fine.

    If you've tried something similar to this

    Readers says 10.6.6 update fixed Snow Leopard AD binding

    Monday, February 14, 2011

    John Haynes said that upgrading clients to Mac OS X 10.6.6 fixed a problem where the Macs drop Active Directory binding after the client reboots:

    I am a very new Win/Mac administrator with many years as a purely Windows net admin. I have been an Apple user at a stand-alone level for a while. Recently we decided to put together a Mac lab on our network and quickly ran into the bug outlined on your site where OS X 10.6 client drops the binding to the AD server after a reboot. In our case it worked fine for different users until the Mac was restarted, then they would fail to authenticate until we logged on as local admin and rebound to the AD server.

    We found lots of discussion about this but nobody had a solution that seemed to work for us. However there is a solution and in our case it was simple: it seems this bug has been corrected in 10.6.6 for as soon as we applied this combo update to our client systems they were happily authenticating regardless of the number of restarts.

    If you've seen the 10.6.6 update have any effect on this problem

    Reader confirms rebuild Outlook .OST file fixes iPhone, Exchange sync problems

    Monday, February 14, 2011

    Jeffrey Kerber confirmed a previously reported tip that rebuilding a .OST file in Outlook for Windows fixed a problem with messages deleted in Outlook remain on an iPad. However, Kerber uses an iPhone: I tried the tip and it worked! I have an iPhone, but same difference!

    If you've tried this

    TIP: Getting Cisco VPN running in Snow Leopard with Shimo

    Monday, February 14, 2011

    Clive Southwood in the United Kingdom sent us a fix problems with getting the Cisco VPN virtual private network client to work in Snow Leopard. Part of the fix involves installing the Shimo VPN client for Mac OS X, though he still uses the Cisco software:

    Connecting to a PIX 520 running Version 6.3(4), the usual scenario, Cisco client 4.9.01.0180 running fine on Leopard then finally upgraded to Snow Leopard and Cisco client stopped working. No matter what I tried following all the hints I cannot get the OS X native IPSec client to work. Authorization fails and there's no way to enter a username/password...........Read entire story here


    February 2

    iOS DNS issue with CNAME pointing to .local

    Wednesday, February 2, 2011

    Tim Fryer responded to previous reports of problems with iOS 4 and DNS CNAME lookups. Unlike some readers, Fryer is not seeing the problems with his Macs:

    I am doing some research regarding the possibilities of bringing Mac's and iPads into our Windows domain. The Macs work just fine. Joined to the domain, we loaded MS Office 2011 and Firefox and we are working pretty much the same way as a PC. The iPad's (and iPod's too) however could not resolve DNS correctly. It took some troubleshooting, but we found that any CNAME in our external .org domain that pointed to our internal domain name that ends in .local failed. Everything except iPad's and iPod's work just fine. So there appears to be a bug as you mention in the iOS regarding CNAME and DNS lookups.

    If you've seen this problem

    Snow Leopard SMB file copy slow when connected to Active Directory

    Wednesday, February 2, 2011

    Mark Sones responded to the report "Reader says AD causes slow Snow Leopard SMB," saying that file sharing is faster when Windows Server is not a domain controller:

    As per the above, I can confirm I've found Mac SMB file copy performance to be slowed significantly after promoting a Windows 2008 R2 server to a domain controller / active directory host. Rebuilding the server and not making it a domain controller has made a big difference to the speed!

    If you've seen this

    More on Snow Leopard Software Update/AD Issue

    Wednesday, February 2, 2011

    Terrell Jamison is having the problem with Software Update not working on Snow Leopard Macs with Active Directory. Like other readers, logging in as a local user gets around it. He mentions that he tried a fix, but we don't know which one of the two (here and here) he tried. Jamison's report:

    I too am experiencing the same symptoms with performing updates, with a network user login with admin rights performing updates. If I log on local to the workstation, the updates work. After reading the fix, I logged in locally and was able to download the latest OS download (10.6.6). Network users logging in via Active Directory are now able to perform their own updates with success.

    If you've seen this

    Another case of Windows 7 BSOD in Boot Camp wake from sleep

    Wednesday, February 2, 2011

    Christopher Nugent is another reader who is sees Windows 7 crashing in Boot Camp when the Mac wakes from sleep:

    Just wanted to let you know that I'm also experiencing this problem with Boot Camp 3.2. I'm running Windows 7 on a new MacBook Pro and it consistently gets as BSOD after waking up from sleep. That, however, is the only time.

    If you've seen this problem, has updating to 3.2 helped?

    (Note: Mr. Nugent recently wrote back to correct his origninal report, saying that he's running version 3.2, not 3.1. This report reflects that update.)

    More on speakers in Windows 7 and Boot Camp

    Wednesday, February 2, 2011

    Like some other readers, Richard Jackson found that installing Realtek drivers fixed a problem with external speakers with Windows 7 and Boot Camp:

    I read the posts concerning no external speaker sound after installing Boot Camp 3.2. I downloaded and installed Realtek driver version 6.0.1.6299 and all is well. I have an early 2008 20" iMac, Windows 7 Pro, Boot Camp 3.2.

    If you've tried this


    January 2011

    January 31

    MacWindows' Macworld Expo report: Expanding on the tweets

    Monday, January 31, 2011

    Last week I tweeted reports from Macworld Expo in San Francisco: software executives in drag, an electronic cello concert, enterprise developers touting iPad integration into Windows networks, and the upstart Microsoft taking on Google. What's it all about? Since the 140-character Twitter posts didn't tell the whole story, I'll expand my report here.

    First, something about this year's show, the second since Apple pulled out. Information about integrating Macs and Windows was plentiful, but much more was to be found in the workshops and sessions than on the show floor. There were several all-day tracks on Macs in the enterprise, Mac OS X Server, and Active Directory ("DNS Demystified" offered some interesting fixes), as well as sessions on running Windows on Macs through virtualization.

    The show floor, which was the smallest anyone could remember, included fewer of the companies that we cover here at MacWindows. But I did see CodeWeavers and Group Logic, Active-Directory integrators Centrify and Likewise, and Mac enterprise integrators JAMF and Absolute Software. CodeWeavers was the only one with a major product announcement: CrossOver 10........Read entire story here


    January 26

    Follow us on Twitter for Macworld Expo

    Wednesday, January 26, 2011

    We'll be roaming the aisles and rooms of Macworld Expo at Moscone Center in San Francisco this week. When we see anything of interest in the area of cross-platform, Mac-and-Windows integration, we'll first report it on twitter as we see it. Click here for the MacWindows Twitter feeed.

    CrossOver 10 simplifies installation of Win apps on Macs, runs more Win apps

    Wednesday, January 26, 2011

    Tomorrow at Macworld Expo, CodeWeavers will announce the release of CrossOver and CrossOver Games10, which are now also called CrossOver Impersonator. The new version provides 1-click installation of thousands of Windows files in Mac OS X using a feature called CrossTie. CrossOver enables Windows applications to run natively in Mac OS X and Linux, without the use of Windows itself.

    Version 10 also supports hundreds of additional Windows applications. CodeWeavers generally tweaks new versions of CrossOver to enable specific Windows applications to run. With this 10.0 release, "more and more applications are simply starting to run out of the box," said a CodeWeavers spokesperson.

    If you're at Macworld Expo San Francisco, you can visit CodeWeavers at Booth 422 through Saturday.

    TIP: New Finder-based workaround for slow SMB file sharing

    Wednesday, January 26, 2011

    Christopher Roehl shared his workaround for the problem of slow SMB file sharing in Snow Leopard. We've had many suggestions for working around this problem, including this one. Here's Roehl's report:

    I've been following the issue of slow server browsing in Mac OS X 10.6.x and can continue to say that in 10.6.6 it is still a problem, I'm connecting to a fileserver running Windows Server 2003 R2, and upon initial login, it is fast, but as soon as you go to another volume and come back, it takes sometimes up to a minute for the folders to appear again. I've also found that after initial login to the server, if I disconnect and try to reconnect it will take a long time. In contrast to 10.5.8 where it may take a while to make initial login, it continues to be very fast in the Finder no matter how many times you come back to it. I have different Windows Server environments in different locations I support and this behavior is consistent in all locations.

    I think I have come up with a workaround for my situation. In the Finder Preferences I go to the "Sidebar", and uncheck "Connected servers" under the "Shared" heading. Still within Finder Preferences under "General" I check "Connected servers"

    This shows only the volume I have mounted instead of the whole server, these settings also carry into the open dialog boxes within applications. I can browse away from the connection and connect to the share and it displays everything quickly. (Personally, this is how I prefer to see the servers anyhow.)

    If you've tried this approach

    Reader verifies VMware Fusion Caps Lock fix

    Wednesday, January 26, 2011

    Dick Sampson verified Monday's suggestion for fixing the Caps Lock key in VMware Fusion when it's working the opposite of what it is supposed to:

    Regarding fixing VMware caps lock sticking -- I have experienced this exact same thing while working in AutoCad in VMware Fusion. Thanks for this tip.


    January 24

    TIP of the Day: fixing VMware caps lock sticking

    Monday, January 24, 2011

    Q: Gene Deal had a problem with his Caps Lock. We sent him a suggestion, and it worked. Deal asked:

    I am running VMware Fusion with Windows XP installed. I have several programs I run within that environment where for reasons unknown to me the Caps Lock key becomes "swapped" and I must lock the caps to get lowercase and unlock for caps. The only way I have found to reset this issue is to log off VMWare and reboot the Mac.......Read entire story here

    VirtualBox 4.0.2 maintenance release fixes a box of bugs

    Monday, January 24, 2011

    Oracle has released VitualBox 4.02, a maintenance update to the virtualization package for Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, and Solaris. The update fixes several dozen bugs and issues, including crashes during various scenarios, as well as some minor usability issues. VirtualBox is free for personal and starts at US $50 per users for enterprise use. (See also our VirtualBox Tips and Reports page.)

    If you've tried this new version of VirtualBox

    Reader confirms Boot Camp/Windows 7 wireless driver fix

    Monday, January 24, 2011

    Brandon Gleason confirmed a fix for a Boot Camp problem where Windows 7 could not access a wireless network. He also clarified the original a bit:

    I just wanted to thank you tons for posting this MacWindows Win 7 Boot Camp wireless Internet driver fix. It worked and if you can update the post, where Steve Ballard says there were two options but he can't remember which one he picked, it is the Broadcom option that works.

    Note that we also have another fix for the problem posted. If either of these works for you

    TIP: Fix for error in Apache web server after 10.6.5 and 10.6.6 upgrades

    Monday, January 24, 2011

    Jim Ferr alerted us to a bug in Apache, Mac OS X's web server, after upgrading to 10.6.5 or 10.6.6. Fortunately, he also provided the solution, which is to edit the apachectl script by editing this line:

    ULIMIT_MAX_FILES="ulimit -S -n `ulimit -H -n`"
    and replacing it with this line:
    ULIMIT_MAX_FILES=""

    Here is Ferr's report:

    There's an error in Apache after 10.6.5 upgrade:

    /usr/sbin/apachectl: line 82: ulimit: open files: cannot modify limit: Invalid argument

    Here and here are two articles with the solution.

    If you've tried this new version of VirtualBox

    iOS update, Exchange 2010 both needed for iPhone/Exchange status icon sync issue

    Monday, January 24, 2011

    Doctor Osos commented on the post "Reader says iOS update fixed iPhone/Exchange status icon sync issue," saying that Exchange is also key to the fix:

    Hello, it's a combination of two things for Reply & Forward flags (status icons) to work: Device with iOS 4, and Exchange Server 2010 on the backend.

    If you agree (or not)


    January 18

    TIP: Simplification of manually loading VMware kernel extensions

    Tuesday, January 18, 2011

    Tony Pellegrini told us how to automate the manual loading of VMware kernel extensions. Ordinarily, they load automatically when the Mac starts up, which can slow start up, whether you're using VMware or not. Last week we described how to load them and unload them manually, only when you use VMward. Pellegrini makes this easier:

    A follow-up to "Tip of the day: Manually load VMware kernel extensions, speed boot time." I saw this post and found it helpful but wanted to offer you a change I implemented. Instead of creating two separate scripts to start and stop Fusion, I used Automator as described to create just one workflow with the following code in one shell script:

    sudo /Library/Application\ Support/VMware\ Fusion/boot.sh --start
    open -W /Applications/VMware\ Fusion.app
    sudo /Library/Application\ Support/VMware\ Fusion/boot.sh --stop

    In this way the service is started, then Fusion is run and Automator waits for it to close. Once Fusion is closed the services are stopped automatically.

    If you're tried this

    Reader says re-log to work around Win 7 Boot Camp 16-bit color problem

    Tuesday, January 18, 2011

    Hassan Al Hussaini reports that logging off of and on to Windows 7 stops the color from randomly switching to 16-bit in Boot Camp:

    I had this problem before when I installed Vista then I upgraded to Windows 7 and still had the same problem. The problem occurs randomly, sometimes only 2 times a week, sometimes three times in a short period! Ten minutes go by and it goes back to 16-bit.

    There is a solution and it's simple and basic and stupid as in it's tiresome if it happens to you often… Anyway, the solution is simply to log-off then log-in back! Once you sign out the colors change back.

    I hope Apple does an Boot Camp update that fixes this issue because I had this issue with Boot Camp 3.0 too, not only 3.1 and 3.2.

    If you're seeing this behavior

    Mac OS X Server 10.6.6 update not available in Software Update for some builds

    Tuesday, January 18, 2011

    Apple support article TS3644 posted last Friday says that the Mac OS X Server 10.6.6 update may not appear in Software Update on certain builds of Mac OS Server. Apple recommends the following procedure:

    To update from Mac OS X Server v10.6.4 build 10F2522 or v10.6.5 build 10H574, first download and install the Mac OS X Server 10.6.5 v1.1 update. After you install and restart, Software Update should offer the Mac OS X Server v10.6.6 update.

    Reproducing problem of Exchange appointments not appearing in iPhone

    Tuesday, January 18, 2011

    Josh Thompson found the sequence of events that reproduces the problem of Exchange appointments not appearing in the iPhone calendar:

    I have seen this problem as well. We have narrowed it down to a reproducible test case.

    1. Send a meeting invitation.
    2. Accept in Outlook.
    3. Update the meeting invitation (change the time or something).
    4. You cannot accept the new invitation on the iPhone ("Your response to the invitation cannot be sent" error) and if you accept in Outlook it will disappear from the iPhone but still appear in Outlook.

    What is strange is that any subsequent meeting updates will work fine; it only seems to be a problem with the first update.

    If you know of a workaround to this issue

    Another readers says OS X 10.6.6 update causing Entourage hangs

    Tuesday, January 18, 2011

    T. Beller confirmed Friday's report that the Mac OS X 10.6.6 update is causing Entourage to hang:

    Regarding problems with 10.6.6 update and Entourage, I have the same problems as Whitley, plus crashes and I have to rebuild database.

    If you've seen this issue


    January 14

    TIP: suggestions for Safari disappearing from iPad with Exchange set up

    Friday, January 14, 2011 [updated Saturday January 14]

    Two readers sent us a fix for the problem report "Reader's iPad Safari disappears when Exchange email set up." It involves making sure web browsing is not disabled on the server. "Doctor Osos" describes it:

    Check the Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) policy. "Enable web browser" is unchecked, causing Safari to disappear from Springboard. (Same can be done with camera from EAS.) I'd stake a chili cheese dog on that. The setting is on the Exchange ActiveSync server (Exchange 2003 - front end or exchange CAS in 2007/2010).

    Michael Perbix describes this way......Read entire story here

    TIP: Another fix for Win 7 wireless net problem in Boot Camp

    Friday, January 14, 2011

    Robert Olguin suggested an alternative fix for problems with wireless network connections in Windows 7 running on a Boot Camp Mac:

    I had the same problem of not being able to get wireless Internet to work in the Boot Camp partition. After being unsuccessful with any of the suggestions I found on the web (including the MacWindows site), I tried this with success......Read entire story here

    Mac OS X 10.6.6 fixes problem with DNS CNAME lookups

    Friday, January 14, 2011

    Dan Parker followed up on his previous report that Mac OS X 10.6.5 problem with breaking DNS CNAME to .local address look ups:

    Just a follow up. This appears to be fixed in 10.6.6.

    Other readers have reported this problem as well. If the Mac OS X 10.6.6 update fixes the problem for you

    Mac OS X 10.6.6 causes Entourage to hang

    Friday, January 14, 2011

    Maryann Whitley reports that the Mac OS X 10.6.6 update created a problem with Entourage:

    I'm running Office: Mac 2008 on a MacBook Pro. Since I updated to 10.6.6 Entourage has had problems. It boots up and loads emails but then hangs and becomes unresponsive. I have to force quit. I hope this gets fixed quickly. Here's a bit of the error log:

    Command: Entourage
    Path: /Applications/Microsoft Office 2008/Microsoft Entourage.app/Contents/MacOS/Microsoft Entourage
    Version: 12.2.8 (12.2.8)
    Build Version: 0
    Project Name: (null)
    Source Version: 101117
    Parent: launchd [541]

    PID: 4763
    Event: hang
    Duration: 5.02s (sampling started after 2 seconds)
    Steps: 10 (100ms sampling interval)

    If you've seen this problem


    January 10

    Tip of the day: Manually load VMware kernel extensions, speed boot time

    Monday, January 10, 2011

    Q: Richard Lee asked why VMware was showing up in his Mac's Console utility even when he doesn't use it:

    Dear MacWindows,

    The console log on my MacBook, and also iMac, both Snow Leopard 10.6.4, lists numerous apparent attempts to launch VMware Fusion (I have version 1.1.1) -- which I have not launched, copy below:
    1/5/11 8:39:37 PM com.apple.launchd[1] *** launchd[1] has started up. ***
    1/5/11 8:39:57 PM com.vmware.launchd.vmware[46] VMware Fusion
    72241: Starting VMware Fusion: 1/5/11 8:39:59 PM
    1/5/11 8:39:59 PM com.vmware.launchd.vmware[46]
    1/5/11 8:39:59 PM com.vmware.launchd.vmware[46]
    ...

    A: What you see in Console are VMware launch daemons loading kernel extensions when the Mac boots up......Read entire story here

    Boot Camp 3.2 fixed readers Win 7 blue-screening on MacBook Air

    Monday, January 10, 2011

    Benjie Kang updated his previous report about MacBook Air Windows 7 crashing, but also reports another problem:

    After I updated to Boot Camp 3.2, it seems BSOD has gone. But there is annoying issue that scan disk when boot Windows 7 every time after I operated Mac a while. The same issue encountered with Boot Camp 3.1 too.

    If you've seen either of these issues

    Boot Camp 3.2 breaks reader's Volume, Brightness controls

    Monday, January 10, 2011

    Eddie Lee found several buttons no longer functional after updating Boot Camp:

    I updated to Boot Camp 3.2 and I noticed my Eject ,Volume, and Brightness buttons are no longer working. Is there anyway can fix this problem?

    If you've seen this problem

    Reader says iOS update fixed iPhone/Exchange status icon sync issue

    Monday, January 10, 2011

    Mike Page updated his previous report about iPhone/Exchange status icons not syncing:

    We have status icons! Looks like the last iOS upgrade took care of it.

    If the last update helped you with this issue

    SMB vs. Samba, and what Apple uses for file sharing

    Monday, January 10, 2011

    A reader sent in this clarifying comment on the article "How nsmb.conf, ack=0, and other tips affect slow SMB file sharing:"

    Small technical correction for you. You made the statement "SMB (also known as Samba)". SMB, SMB-2, CIFS are protocol names and Samba, like Thursby's DAVE, are product implementation names. Apple currently uses Samba technology only for the server side while the client, which is the most commonly customer used code, is actually based on FreeBSD client code by Boris Popov.


    January 7

    Mac OS X 10.6.6 updates add App Store, but few bug fixes listed

    Friday, January 7, 2011

    Yesterday Apple released Mac OS X 10.6.6 Update and Mac OS X Server 10.6.6 Update. Both updates install a new App Store application into the Dock, which enables users to buy Mac software on the Apple's new online App Store. The updates also include security patches. Missing from the descriptions of the updates are mention of bug fixes, which are typically included in maintenance updates. Readers continue to report problems after upgrading to Snow Leopard regarding file sharing, Active Directory, and, to a lessor degree, with Boot Camp.

    Another departure from traditional updates is the fact that Mac OS X Server 10.6.6 Update does not include a Server Admin Tools 10.6.6 update. Apple said that users need to continue with Server Admin Tools 10.6.5.

    Update January 9: Another Apple tech article, HT4459 lists two minor bug fixes with printing and with the mouse pointer on some Macs.

    If you've found that these updates fix or create any issues

    How nsmb.conf, ack=0, and other tips affect slow SMB file sharing

    Friday, January 7, 2011

    Jonathan Agosta answered our call for an explanation of the nsmb.conf file and how it can fix slow SMB (also known as Samba) file browsing in Macs. He explained the tip about using the file to turn "notify" off, and why it might not work for all users. He also describes several other configuration tips that we've reported and thinks making these changes on a Windows Server instead of the Mac could be productive:

    The nsmb.conf file contains settings (If it doesn't exist defaults are used) to configure the Network Protocol for Samba. The notify_off=yes setting will disable the Samba Notify-Change feature which is used to dynamically update the client's listing of files/folders as they are changed. (I have attached references.)

    This can have a very noticeable impact on SMB file shares containing a large number of files and/or for those who have an environment where there is a lot of activity and changes made to the files. This is also why it does not affect certain users, especially those with more static content or few files. The interesting part is that searching for problems on the Microsoft site leads us to......Read entire story here


    January 3, 2011

    TIP: Same name for local and AD accounts can cause mobile login problems

    Monday, January 3, 2011

    Michael Hughes responded to the article "TIP: Apple workaround for Snow Leopard AD login, mobile problems." He had a different problem with creating a mobile account, which he thinks was caused by using the same name for the local user and AD accounts:

    I've been unable to get a mobile account to log in when the laptop is off the network. I had intentionally not checked the require confirmation when creating mobile account checkbox, and expected the mobile account would be created for me automatically. It was not. So I went back and enabled.......Read entire story here

    Complications with using uppercase domain to bind to AD

    Monday, January 3, 2011

    Michael Hughes used an all-uppercase domain to clear up binding problems with Snow Leopard and Active Directory, as other uses have reported doing. However, a discovered some other factors:

    It is possible that I made repeated typos when attempting to bind it, but my observation was that the domain name appeared to need to be entered in upper case: OURDOMAIN.EDU. Curiously enough, after it was successfully bound and I examined the Directory Utilities properties window, it displays as lower case: ourdomain.edu. It never did accept my prefix of 'stat', but it found the machine object nonetheless and is now joined to it. I attempted it with the stat prefix.......Read entire story here

    More success with nsmb.conf tip for slow SMB file share browsing

    Monday, January 3, 2011

    Sebastian Pein had success with last week's variant of the tip to fix slow SMB file share browsing with Snow Leopard, regarding turning off notify in nsmb.conf. He also wants to know why it works:

    Finally it seems there is a workaround for the slow SMB browsing issue! I want to confirm the anonymous tip that suggests creating the /etc/nsmb.conf file does the trick. Although not heavily tested, on my snow leopard testing machine (10.6.5, 32 bit mac mini 1,1) the nsmb.conf prevents me from being delayed for 15s while browsing smb shares on a 2003 machine. all the other tips did not change a thing. I have inspected everything one could imagine, from dns/mdns issues all the way to kerberos related stuff.

    So this might be it, that leaves only one question open: what is the nsmb.conf all about? The MAN page is not too clear. Perhaps you can post that question in order for some guru guys to tell something about it.

    Any gurus want to take a shot? If so,

    Reader verifies " Change keyboards" fix for PowerPoint in Boot Camp Win 7

    Monday, January 3, 2011

    Howard Levin verified suggestions for fixing PowerPoint problems with Windows 7 in Boot Camp by changing a keyboard setting in Windows. It was described for PowerPoint 2007, but it worked for Levin with PowerPoint 2010:

    I ran into the same problem. MacBook Pro, Boot Camp latest version, Windows 7 x64 and PowerPoint 2010. Changing the keyboard works. Hope it doesn't cause problems with other programs.

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    Readers confirm MacBook Air Win 7 BSOD in Boot Camp

    Monday, January 3, 2011

    Two readers confirmed problems of Windows 7 blue-screening on MacBook Air in Boot Camp. Benjie Kang gets the same error message as previously reported:

    Regarding Windows 7 blue-screening on MacBook Air in Boot Camp, I also encountered the same issue, DRIVER_UNLOADED_WITHOUT_CANCELLING_PENDING_OPERATIONS.

    For Lesieur Lessard it occurs only at one time:

    BSOD on MacBook Air using Boot Camp: It happens after I try to turn off Windows automatic update.

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    Reader's iPad Safari disappears when Exchange email set up

    Monday, January 3, 2011

    Steve Ragas reports a strange problem with Exchange mail on an iPad:

    When I set up the Exchange email, Safari disappears. I go to Settings and I can see it there, but it can't be selected. As soon as I delete the Exchange account, Safari returns.

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    More reports of iPhone/Exchange calendar problems

    Monday, January 3, 2011

    Two more readers report problems with Exchange appointments not appearing in iPhone calendars. Edward Gonzalez sees this throughout his company:

    In the company I work for, we're experiencing the same issue. The Outlook profile update doesn't seem to work most of the time (although seems to work at first, but quits working after a couple of days). I've worked with MS support on this, and they can't pinpoint the issue either. It's only affecting my iPhone user base though.

    Like another reader P.J. Farmer sees the problem randomly. Our posted suggestion didn't help......Read entire story here