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Improve Apple Services with AirPort Base Stations

You can make iChat file transfers, iDisk, and Back to My Mac work better by turning on a setting with Apple AirPort base stations released starting in 2003. Launch AirPort Utility, select your base station, click Manual Setup, choose the Internet view, and click the NAT tab. Check the Enable NAT Port Mapping Protocol (NAT-PMP) box, and click Update. NAT-PMP lets your Mac OS X computer give Apple information to connect back into a network that's otherwise unreachable from the rest of the Internet. This speeds updates and makes connections work better for services run by Apple.

 

 

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EMC Releases MozyPro Backup for Business

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Over the past couple of years, online backup services have become more and more attractive, as pricing has dropped to levels ordinary people can afford, and as broadband Internet connections have become both faster and more common. One of the early entrants into the affordable online backup category was Mozy, which offered secure online storage of unlimited data from a single computer (Mac or Windows) for $4.95 per month. Mozy was later acquired by EMC, and its personal backup service was renamed MozyHome. Now, the company's MozyPro service, aimed at businesses and previously available only for Windows, has been released for Mac OS X. The service is referred to as a "beta," but that designation seems to be used in roughly the way Google often uses it; MozyPro is clearly finished enough to go on sale with full support.

Like MozyHome, MozyPro offers encrypted online backups and restoration, complete with archives of every version of files backed up within the last 30 days. This business-oriented version, however, offers several additional features:

  • It can back up files on mounted network volumes (whereas MozyHome can back up files only on local volumes).
  • It can run on Mac OS X Server, backing up server applications including iCal Server, Mail Services, and Directory.
  • It includes an Admin Console, a Web page where an administrator can manage the backup and restoration of files on all the business's computers (both Mac and Windows).
  • Phone support is available 24 hours a day.

Licenses for MozyPro are $3.95 per computer or $6.95 per server. In addition, data storage costs $0.50 per gigabyte per month - unlike MozyHome, no flat-fee, unlimited data storage option is available.

 

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