Passing a password to sshfs via the command line

I’ve written about AppleScripts before and how they make my life easier. Well, I found another example. With the advent of Mountain Lion (Mac OS 10.8) one of my favorite apps has been rendered unusable. I’ve been using MacFusion to connect to remote servers for a while now. But, for reasons which are detailed in forums here and there, it doesn’t work with Mountain Lion. So I’ve resorted to making my connections via the command line. I decided that rather than opening terminal, typing in or pasting in the command, that I’d rather have a script make my connection for me. This is kinda like when I decided I didn’t want to open VirtualBox just to launch a VM.

Here’s what I did… Read more »

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Virtualized OS X Server?! Yes, Please!

About four or five months ago I wrote about the demise of the XServe. In that post I talked about the possibility of a licensing change in OS X 10.7 Lion that would allow for virtualization on non-Apple branded hardware. Well, my timeframe was off, and (it turns out) so was my guess at which version of the OS this would apply to. As reported by AppleInsider it appears that VMware vSphere 5 may add virtualization support for Mac OS X Server. What’s interesting is that they’re talking about Snow Leopard here, not necessarily having to wait for Lion.

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How to resize a VirtualBox hard drive

I’ve come to believe that this is a reasonably common problem amongst those of us who use virtualized systems a good deal. Although, now that I think about it, it’s probably more common amongst those who are setting up virtual systems for the first time and may not yet be accustomed to some of the planning that goes into it. In any event…

Have you ever found yourself with a virtual machine that was running out of hard drive space? I have! I created a VM for Windows XP and used a virtual hard drive that was just the right size… until I tried to install software on it. The virtual hard drive was 5GB, and I really needed it to be 10GB (like VirtualBox suggested when I created it originally). So, here’s how I fixed that. Read more »

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Musings on the demise of the XServe

So a few weeks back Apple announced that they are going to stop selling the XServe at the end of January 2011.  The proposed replacements are either a Mac Pro or the Mac Mini server edition.  MacWorld has a great article about how neither of these are great solutions. However, I can’t imagine that Apple is really going to leave enterprise customers and those wishing to manage Macs hanging out to dry in such a fashion. Read more »

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Changing the root password of a Bitnami virtual appliance

Bitnami made a change to their virtual appliances a while ago.  They now offer a standard user ‘bitnami’ with a matching password and they have randomized (and made very long) the password for ‘root’.  The ‘bitnami’ user has full sudo priveleges so changing the password for ‘root’ is as simple as running the following command:

sudo passwd

You will be prompted for the ‘bitnami’ user’s password and then prompted for a new password for the ‘root’ user.  Done and done.

This information came from a post in the BitNami Forums.

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Launch a VirtualBox VM without opening VirtualBox

I’m rockin’ a brand new MacBook Pro. It’s a 15″ with a Core i5. Pretty sweet step up from the PowerBook G4 I’ve been using the last four years.  Of course, since it’s an Intel chip one of the very first things I had to do was get some virtual machines running.

At my day job I use VirtualBox from Oracle, née Sun.  It runs the machines I need to use far better than Fusion or Parallels.  Turns out neither of the paid products have terrific support for OS/2.  Yes, I said OS/2, and yes, I have running water!

When you launch VirtualBox you are greeted with a list of your VMs and the opportunity to see details about each one and launch them from there.  Once launched, a second icon will appear in your dock.  I prefer to have a cleaner dock, so I generally quit VirtualBox at this point leaving VirtualBoxVM running.  There are extra steps in this process that I would like to avoid.

How does one start a VirtualBox VM without opening VirtualBox first?  Here’s how. Read more »

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How to use Mac OS X Internet Sharing with devices that do not support BootP

So, I was at a tradeshow and was prepping to demo a network-connected device.  Typically, in this situation I use a Linksys wireless router designed to accept a Verizon Wireless air card.  However, at this particular show, that tool was unavailable.  The solution?  A Palm Pre Plus, and a MacBook Pro running Mac OS X 10.6. Read more »

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Deploying Bitnami on ESXi

If you haven’t had a chance to learn about Bitnami yet, take a moment.  I’ve used many of their stacks to great success.  I’ve used their application stacks and modules, infrastructure stacks, and full virtual appliances.  Most of my experience is with their native Linux and Mac stacks.  Based on how well that’s gone I would think that the Windows counterparts would be just as easy to use.

This howto covers the process for getting a Bitnami virtual appliance up and running on a host running ESXi. Read more »

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Deja Moo

… the feeling that you’ve seen this BS before!

So, I’m full of that feeling as I embark once more into the realm of blogging.  I’ve decided that this time around I’m going to stick with it because I’d like to at least maintain a repository of my thoughts relative to programming.  I come across useful info from time to time and I do a really lousy job of holding onto it, let alone organizing it.  So now, I’ll be assembling some of that info here.

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