Sunday, September 4, 2011

How to kill Mac OS-X login session via terminal

Often times some of our customer call us stating that they lost their screen sharing session and cannot reconnect.

This usually means that the user session hung, but it is not impacting the systems operability.

To restore the session:

ssh to the system


ps -Ajc | grep loginwindow

Take note of the PID and type

sudo kill

Screen sharing should now be operational.

Thank you


How to Enable Postfix SMTP server on OS-X Leopard

Postfix is pre-installed on OS-X Leopard, it just needs to be enabled. To do so follow these steps:

open a terminal session
type: sudo vi /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/org.postfix.master.plist
before the tag /dict type: RunAtLoad KeepAlive

Start the Postfix service with:

sudo launchctl
launchd% start org.postfix.master

Test to see if SMTP is running with

telnet localhost 25

Thank you

Friday, May 27, 2011

During a recent business trip I came a across an article in the airline magazine labeled "People Person." In the table of contents, you see a formidable business man in a pin striped black suit. When you read into the article further the title becomes clear. The article describes the CEO of Cannon USA's approach to his customers and clients on how they turned into a 35 billion dollar company (in revenue). Yes I know what you are saying, “I have heard this before.” We read of these seemingly simple success stories every day and sometimes is it necessary to put it into perspective. What stood out the most about what he said in the article was, "My greatest joy, is seeing my employees smile."

Running an organization with 2300 employees and having each one smile might not be achievable, and one may assume that it will be more attainable in a smaller organization of about 10 - 50 employees. However, small businesses are victim to this fate as well as they tend to invest heavily into growing the company by pushing its resources into sales and marketing, budget cutting and a lack of employee appreciation events. So, how does the president of a small organization keep employees excited about the bottom line and at the same time, smiling?

Well "Solutions To Go" COO said it simply, profit sharing. When her employees were asked to work overtime they smiled because they understand that working overtime will contribute self profit and promotion. Most of her employees saw a bonus last year of approximately $23,000 each. Think of it, being asked to work overtime and knowing that your efforts are directly related to the bonus you get, as you benefit from the overall profitability of the company. This will surely make you smile.

Understanding that your employees are the biggest assets of your company takes priority as they are a reflection of the company’s image. No matter the size of your organization, a high turn over rate of staff will always cut into profits due to training. Emphasis on human resources is vital to an organization and making an employee a valued shareholder, not only means a share in the profit, but a share in vision for future growth.

- Brule @ Clarity

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Does the Mac Mini need Leopard Server?

No, the capabilities of Mac OS X are extremely flexible and endless.
You can use your Mac Mini for website hosting, file server, database server, daylite server, mail server and more. You can use a third party tool called MAMP (Mac, Apache, MySQL and PHP) to easily set the mini up as a powerful and stable server.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Can I run Windows on a Mac Mini?

Yes, a Mac Mini will run Windows and do it well. You can use Boot Camp to boot directly into Windows, however, if you would like to utilize both MAC and Windows features simultaneously, we recommend running Windows under a virtual machine using either Parallels or Oracle Virtual Box.

You will need to purchase a licensed version of Parallels, while Virtual Box is a free application. Please note that running Windows with Boot Camp or as a Virtual Machine, still requires the purchase of a valid Microsoft Windows license. You can provide your own or ask Clarity to provide one on a per month use basis.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Supermicro 2U Twin Dedicated Server is Clarity Web Hosting Answer to Crashing Websites

Clarity Web Hosting’s addition of the Supermicro 2U Twin to its Dedicated Servers lineup delivers unprecedented performance in a compact solution.

Toronto, Canada (PRWEB) May 18, 2011

Clarity Web Hosting, a global provider of managed hosting services, is pleased to announce its expansion of their Dedicated Server lineup to include Supermicro 2U Twin Solutions.

The 2U Twin increases the maximum storage capacity per 1U server node 50% by supporting six hot-swap 3.5" hard disk drives to deliver unprecedented I/O performance. Each 2U Twin system features two hot-plug dual-processor (DP) server nodes and redundant power for high availability. These systems introduces an innovative architecture where the devices are hot-swappable to facilitate ease of maintenance, reduce/eliminate down time, while saving power and space by sharing the same chassis and power supplies. The 2U Twin server features two compute nodes with x16 non-blocking native Gen2 PCI-Express connectivity to the processor and redundant 1400-watt Gold Level (93%+ efficiency) power supplies for maximum availability.

Although the 2U Twin servers are geared towards the enterprise clients who demand high availability and secure solutions for mission critical applications, Clarity Web Hosting also offers a wide range of dedicated servers for small to medium-sized businesses.

Each of Clarity Web Hosting’s dedicated servers is provisioned with an account manager for a smooth transition to encompass the whole solution life cycle from the engineering and deployment, to the ongoing management of the infrastructure. Each solution is backed by 24/7 technical support via phone, ticketing system and email. All hardware maintenance is backed by a one-hour hardware replacement guarantee.

Clarity Web Hosting white glove service approach sets it apart from other hosting providers by providing extraordinary service to clients, regardless of the company’s image or footprint. The “All Hands on Deck” approach offers a glimpse into how the company has gained a reputation of being one of the most reliable hosting providers in Canada.

Clarity employees maintain a vested interest in the company. This is demonstrated through the level of service each client receives. Being a hosting provider is not only about hardware, infrastructure or the latest gadgets, but also the support that is needed to sustain and support customers.

About Clarity Web Hosting
Clarity Web Hosting, formerly known as Remote Solutions, was founded in 1999. It has evolved from a managed IT consulting services provider to a strategic partner for small to medium-sized businesses across Canada and the United States, offering a full line of advanced web hosting services through dedicated servers or collocation. Backed by two top-tier data N+1 data centers in the Greater Toronto Area at 151 Front Street, all infrastructure is highly secure, redundant and offers multiple pathways for fiber connectivity.

For more information, visit the company’s website at

Friday, March 25, 2011

See what you can save with Google Apps for business

Clarity - Google Apps Service provider

Starting April 4th, 2011 Clarity will provide Google Apps implementation, services, and support.


Clarity to provide Back Office services

Well, as many of our existing clients know, Clarity has provided back office services as a value add for some time. We have decided to officially include it in our service catalogue.

This services will provide the flexibility to existing and future clients to leverage Clarity for onsite technical support, deployments, hardware provisioning and so on with the option to integrate or branch into our hosted services.

Our back office team will be able to assist in day to day technical support such as email troubleshooting, to complete infrastructure deployments.

A dedicated space will be added to our website detailing the service. If you would like to enquire about our service contact us at 866.443.9101 or shoot us an email at

Take care,

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

MAMP: Mac - Apache - MySQL - PHP

Hey everyone, with our Mac Mini colo and dedicated client base growing we have seen a surge of MAMP setups within our Data Center. We would like to share the site below hoping that it will assist the user community on getting their Mac Servers configured.

Enjoy - Raff@Clarity