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How to Backup & Restore an Apple Profile Manager Server/Database




After OS X Server App 2 & 3 the below method was broken. Please see this updated article for the new method:

How To Backup Profile Manager Database (Working Solution for OS X 10.10)





The below method only worked for Server App 2.

Today I needed to look at rebuilding or at least testing out a new Profile Manager Server setup but wanted to move all the clients and groups from the old PM server to the new test server but Apple has nothing in place to just export and import this. I found a topic on the Apple Discussions that has quick terminal commands to backup and restore PM Server. As a quick test I did this with our MacMini PM Server and moved restored it on a MacBook Pro running the latest version of PM Server. (OS X Server 1.5.0 –> OS X Server 2.1.1)

To backup the DB in Terminal :

sudo pg_dump -U _postgres -c device_management > $HOME/device_management.sql

To restore the DB in Terminal :

sudo serveradmin stop devicemgr
sudo serveradmin start postgres
sudo psql -U _postgres -d device_management -f $HOME/device_management.sql
sudo serveradmin start devicemgr

Found the article here with the credit going to “Christoph Murauer” ​for the info!


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Apple (iMac) Box Furniture

Apple (iMac) Box Furniture

Today we received a new shipment of iMacs and since they all had to be taken out of the boxes I figured I’d have some fun. 

I removed the white iMac boxes from the brown exterior box and made some furniture with a twist! I have a rather big collection of old Macintosh/Apple computers so I grabbed a few things and added them to the shot.

Though they don’t look exactly like furniture I tried to build the following:

  • Couch
  • Lazy Boy Chair
  • Desk (w/old Macintosh SE, OS 7 disks, iPod 1st Gen, Apple Newton, OS 8 Mouse Pad)
  • Coffee Table (w/iBook, 2 X G5 Towers & 1 Mac Pro)
  • 2 X End Tables w iLamps (2 X G4 iMac Lamps)
  • 1984 Anniversary Macintosh Poster
  • Macintosh Logo Mounted Posted

Anyways figured what the heck, if I’m going to take them out of the box and it’s raining I may as well waste a couple hours after work and have some fun.

For my full Macintosh/Apple Collection see My Macintosh/Apple Collection

Hope you all enjoy!






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My Macintosh / Apple Collection

My Macintosh / Apple Collection

Over the years I’ve collected a number of Macintosh/Apple Computers & accessories that I keep on display in the office at work so figured I’d share what I have. Here are some images below & a video that I had made a while ago.






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Free Cross-Platform FPS Games for Mac OS X

Below I have collected a few FPS (First Person Shooter) games that are FREE for Mac OS X and included a short video of gameplay for each.

Enjoy !!


Alien Arena

Do you like fast paced deathmatch? How about rich, colorful, arcadelike atmospheres? How about…retro Sci Fi? Then you’re going to love what Alien Arena has in store for you! This game combines some of the very best aspects of such games as Quake III and Unreal Tournament and wraps them up with a retro alien theme, while adding tons of original ideas to make the game quite unique.

The goal of Alien Arena was to create the perfect marriage between Quake and Unreal Tournament, between retro sci-fi and futuristic tech, and between casual gamer and advanced expert, and wrap it up in a package with quality that could rival that of commercial games. The game has a weapon set that is unique and fun, and deviates a bit away from the standard Q3 or UT2k4 weapons. Gameplay can be altered easily in the menu by choosing between the various game types, such as Deathmatch, Team Core Assault, All Out Assault, Capture the Flag, Duel, and Cattle Prod. Users can also apply a number of different mutators to the game rules as well, creating some pretty interesting scenarios.