macOS Catalina Part 1: Preparing to Upgrade

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In this screencast tutorial I cover how to prepare yourself for the upgrade to MacOS Catalina. Catalina is a major upgrade and there are some big changes that you must be prepared for before even deciding if the upgrade is right for you right now. Catalina is the first Mac upgrade on which you can no longer run 32 bit applications. So if you have applications that are not yet or never will be 64 bit this is not the upgrade for you. I cover how to check on those applications along with other things to check before you actually go through with the upgrade.



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HOOBS Part 3: Adding Devices to HOOBS

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In this screencast tutorial I continue my look at HOOBS and walk through how to add devices to HOOBS and show how to set up and access those devices in HomeKit. I am using Harmony hubs in this case and walk through how to install the plugin, change the configuration file to match your set up and show where you can see the devices you have set up on your HOOBS system.

I also walk through the steps to get your HOOBS hub onto the Home App on your Apple devices and how to add any devices you have connected through HOOBS. I then show you how this particular device, the Harmony Hub works with HomeKit.

HOOBS really is a great devices for making Homebridge simple. To have an option to connect all your devices that are not HomKit compatible to HomeKit gives greater access to devices for your home automation needs.


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HOOBS Part 2: Device & Software Updates

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I had the guys at Homebridge Out Of the Box System or HOOBS contact me about checking out their new device. HOOBS was created to make the whole Homebridge set up process easy for those who may not want to go through the process of setting everything up manually or who may not want to run a full computer themselves. HOOBS can be purchases in a few different ways. If you want the software only with a clean interface you can buy an SD Card with the installation on it. You could also buy the hardware which includes a Raspberry Pi set up in a compact case that includes all you need to set up an always on Homebridge installation.

For those of you who may be wondering what all of this is about,
Homebridge is software you can run that includes plugins that will make devices that are not naturally HomeKit compatible visible to HomeKit so you can include them with your other devices and automation through the Home App. Homebridge has worked well for me running on a Mac Mini and I have done a series of screencasts demonstrating how that works. But running a Mac mini all the time as a Homebridge server doesn't make as much sense as running a low power device dedicated to Homebridge which is what makes HOOBS or even a roll your own Raspberry Pi a much better option.

In this screencast I demonstrate how to change out the SD Card on the device and walk through how to update the main software on the device when updates are available.



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HOOBS Part 1: Installation & Set Up

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I had the guys at Homebridge Out Of the Box System or HOOBS contact me about checking out their new device. HOOBS was created to make the whole Homebridge set up process easy for those who may not want to go through the process of setting everything up manually or who may not want to run a full computer themselves. HOOBS can be purchases in a few different ways. If you want the software only with a clean interface you can buy an SD Card with the installation on it. You could also buy the hardware which includes a Raspberry Pi set up in a compact case that includes all you need to set up an always on Homebridge installation.

For those of you who may be wondering what all of this is about,
Homebridge is software you can run that includes plugins that will make devices that are not naturally HomeKit compatible visible to HomeKit so you can include them with your other devices and automation through the Home App. Homebridge has worked well for me running on a Mac Mini and I have done a series of screencasts demonstrating how that works. But running a Mac mini all the time as a Homebridge server doesn't make as much sense as running a low power device dedicated to Homebridge which is what makes HOOBS or even a roll your own Raspberry Pi a much better option.

In this screencast I demonstrate the basic installation and set up of a HOOBS box. It was a very easy process and having the ability to manage it through a web browser on my local network is a great option. Check it out for yourself and if you are interested you can check out getting your own over at www.hoobs.org.



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Smart Home Part 12: Harmony Bridge App

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In this screencast tutorial I cover an application that sets up your multiple Logitech Harmony Hubs to run a separate instance of Homebridge which makes them available to HomeKit.

One the application is running, you will see each Harmony Hub and all of your activities will show as switches instead of showing up as separate HomeKit devices. This then allows you to use your Harmony Hubs in your HomeKit automation and with Siri.



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macOS Mojave Server Part 11: Profile Manager Preference Menu Items

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In this screencast tutorial I cover how to use the preference menu in Profile Manager to manage settings for your devices. I walk through all of the settings and what they do to help you manage your users and devices from the web interface making it possible to do that management remotely without needing to be in front of the device itself.







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macOS Mojave Server Part 10: Profile Manager macOS Device Profiles

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In this screencast tutorial I cover how to use Profile Manager to manage settings for your macOS devices. I walk through all of the settings that would be best managed for an macOS device and tell you what each does and how to set them up









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macOS Mojave Server Part 9: Profile Manager iOS Device Profiles

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In this screencast tutorial I cover how to use Profile Manager to manage settings for your iOS devices. I walk through all of the settings that would be best managed for an iOS device and tell you what each does and how to set them up. In future screencasts I’ll cover how to do the same with macOs devices.







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macOS Mojave Server Part 8: Profile Manager Users & Groups

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In this screencast tutorial I cover how to use Profile Manager to manage settings for devices used by specific users or user groups. I walk through all of the settings that would be best managed on a per user or user group basis and tell you what each does and how to set them up. In future screencasts I’ll cover how to do the same with iOS and macOs devices.





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macOS Mojave Server Part 7: Profile Manager Overview

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The actual Profile Manager interface has a lot to offer in terms of managing your devices all in a web interface. It is handy to have all of your device information available in one place where you not only can view that information but take action on your devices as well and push any changes you want to make over the air without ever having to have physical access to the device.

In this screencast tutorial I do an overview of the Profile Manager Interface. I walk through each section and talk about it’s function and how it is used to manage your users and devices.



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macOS Mojave Server Part 6: Profile Manager-Mac Device Enrollment

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Profile Manager gives a great way to manage your Mac or iOS devices in a great web interface. This allows you to manage these devices anywhere you can get a web browser as long as you open the proper ports on your server.

In this screencast I cover how to enroll a macOS device into profile manager on macOS Mojave Server. I cover how to install the trust profile and the remote management profiles that add your Mac devices to profile manager so you can begin managing your Macs through the MDM interface.



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macOS Mojave Server Part 5: Profile Manager-iOS Enrollment

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Profile Manager gives a great way to manage your Mac or iOS devices in a great web interface. This allows you to manage these devices anywhere you can get a web browser as long as you open the proper ports on your server.

In this screencast tutorial I cover how to enroll your iOS devices into Profile Manager so you can begin to manage them through the MDM service. I cover how to install the trust profile and the remote management profiles to add your iOS devices to Profile Manager.



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Smart Home Part 11: Fuse-Home & Music Control App

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In this screencast tutorial I cover an application that combines your HomeKit device control with Sonos and your Mac’s and AppleTV’s all in one application. The Fuse app uses a simple card style to create a one screen quick look at all of your smart home devices which you can control. It also includes an Apple Watch App incase you don’t have your iPhone or iPad handy.







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Smart Home Part 10: Ecobee Switch+ Install & Set Up

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In this screencast tutorial I cover the installation and set up of an Ecobee Switch+. The next in my series on home automation covers something most of us wouldn’t think would be that exciting, a light switch. This light switch however is not just a switch. It also includes a motion & occupancy sensor, a temperature sensor, a night light and Amazon Alexa with speaker built into the switch itself. Also since it is only an on/off switch it will work with smart bulbs like Phillips Hue. This is a great addition to a home automation set up.

In this screencast I cover the installation of the switch and walk through the steps to setting it up an managing it on the Ecobee App.



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macOS Mojave Server Part 4: Remote Access Set Up

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Part of having a server is to be able to access that server remotely. There are a number of ways to do that including using another application or setting up your own domain name.

In this screencast tutorial I cover how to set up your server for remote access. I walkthrough changing the hostname and setting up your DNS at your domain provider to point to your server so you can access the Profile Manager service remotely.



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macOS Mojave Server Part 3: Profile Manager Set Up

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In this screencast tutorial I cover how to set up Profile Manager in Mojave. There are some differences in how it is set up including not having the requirement of using Open Directory to use the service and the intermediate certificate being set up through the start of Profile Manager instead of it being set up with Open Directory first.

In a future screencast I will cover how to use Open Directory and when you might want to do that. I will also walk through the features of Profile Manager and how to use it to manage your own devices.



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macOS Mojave Server Part 2: New Installation

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In this screencast tutorial I walk through a new installation of MacOS Mojave Server. I show you the set up of a new server long with a walk through of the features that are left in macOS Server and set the stage for how to move forward with the server in it’s new form.

In future screencasts we will cover each of the features in depth so you can use and control your how home server.




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macOS Mojave Part 2: Software Update & Screenshot

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In this screencast tutorial I cover the new Software Update Utility and the updates to the Screenshot tool built into macOS Mojave. With some of the refinements made to the OS Apple is fine tuning how it handles things in macOS and is making it closer to what we see in iOS. This is not so much a merging of the OSes but rather bringing some similarities to both platforms so things look familiar on both OSes.





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macOS Mojave Part 1: Finder & Desktop Updates

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In this screencast tutorial I start a series taking a look at some of the updates to macOS Mojave. In this particular screencast I take a look at some of the upgrades made to the Finder and to the desktop which help to make the process of working on your Mac a lot smoother. I cover the view changes, in finder editing options, the new dark mode, stacks on the desktop, and the new add from iPhone or iPad feature.





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macOS Mojave Server Part 1: Upgrade Walk Thru

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In this screencast tutorial I walk through the upgrade process from High Sierra Server to Mojave Server. With this change Apple is killing most of their server services except Profile Manager and Open Directory which in essence is moving macOS Server to strictly becoming a device management application.

For those of you already running server and wondering what will happen to your existing set up after you upgrade to Mojave, I am doing this walk thru so you can see ahead of time how Apple handles the transition. As you will see you will want to make sure you have a clone of your server if you want to try this but in the end you will move likely want to stay with your previous install as all of your services will stop working.

I will continue to look at other options for server software and will also walk through the Mojave version of server for those who want to use it in conjunction with other services to create the server package that is best for you.



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Smart Home Part 9: Nest Hello Doorbell Walk Thru

In this screencast tutorial I cover setting up the Nest Hello Video Doorbell. I walk through what is inside the box and the installation of the doorbell itself. I then cover the major features included in the Nest Application for the doorbell including the Nest subscription plan.

This is a part of an ongoing series I am doing on setting up my smart home and working through the issues that come up with the installation and set up of devices that are not always designed to talk to one another. I will also be showing how to do some home automation once those devices are installed so watch for future screencasts outlining this.



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Smart Home Part 8: Nest Protect Install & Set Up

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In this screencast tutorial I cover the installation and set up the Nest Protect Smoke & CO2 Alarms. I show you what the initial unboxing and set up looks like and walk through the application, the types of alerts you get and how the Protects show up in HomeKit using Homebridge to get them to be connected to the HomeKit application.

This is a part of an ongoing series I am doing on setting up my smart home and working through the issues that come up with the installation and set up of devices that are not always designed to talk to one another. I will also be showing how to do some home automation once those devices are installed so watch for future screencasts outlining this.

As always thanks for your support and please subscribe, like, share, and favorite these videos so others can find them on the internet.



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Smart Home Part 7: Homebridge Harmony Crash Fix

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In this screencast tutorial I cover how to fix an annoying crash that can happen with the Harmony Plugin and in situations where you have a lot of devices connected to HomeBridge.

I show you the cause of the crash and how to fix it on your Mac. Then I go into an automation I set up to fix the issue when I am not at my Mac and need to use my iOS device.

I want to thank you all so much for your support even when I have been MIA lately. My wife had hip replacement surgery, two of my boy started college for the first time and we had to move them in, and I’ve had other projects come up that have taken my time. I am not abandoning the channel even though Apple has chosen to retire macOS server as I have a lot of other interests in doing screencasts to related to the Mac and technology in general.

I couldn’t do this without your support and encouragement. So thanks again and I look forward to producing more content!



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YouTube Channel Update: Where Have I Been?

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In this update I give some information about where I have been and what I’ve been up to. I’ve had to take a bit of a break due to some family issues and projects I’ve had going, but I’m back and looking forward to doing some more content for the channel.

If you have any feedback on software or topics you would like me to cover please leave them in the comments on my channel or email me at todd@toddolthoff.com.

Thanks so much for all of your support. This community has been awesome to me and I am grateful that you view my content on a regular basis! You are the best subscribers on the internet!



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macOS Server Replacement Part 2: VPN Enabler

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In this screencast tutorial I cover how to replace the VPN service in macOS Server that will be deprecated in upcoming versions of server. I look at a free application called VPN Enabler as a way to enable the VPN service that is built into every macOS. I show you how to take your settings from macOS Server for VPN and transfer them to VPN Enabler and then start and run the VPN service to take over the service on your own Mac.



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macOS Server Replacement Part 1: DNS Enabler

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In this screencast tutorial, I start to take a look at services that can be used to replace the macOS Server services that Apple is deprecating in future releases of their server app.

In this screencast I look at an application called DNS Enabler by Cutedge Systems (
https://cutedgesystems.com). This application puts a GUI interface to setting up and enabling the DNS Server that is built into macOS. I walk through how to set it up and transfer your DNS settings from macOS to the DNS Enabler.



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OwnCloud Part 7: iOS Client Set up

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In this screencast tutorial I cover how to set up and use the iOS client for OwnCloud which allows you to access your files on your own OwnCloud Server for Mac. I walk through all of the features and show you the options you have while accessing your server from your iOS device.

If you haven’t already set up your own OwnCloud Server on your Mac you may want to watch the other videos in this series to get started.



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OwnCloud Part 6: Mac Client Set Up

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In this screencast tutorial I cover how to set up the Mac Client for your OwnCloud Server for Mac set up. I cover how to connect to your server and download and sync your files and folders with your Mac devices.

If you haven’t already set up your OwnCloud server on your Mac, you may want to review my previous videos that walk you through the process. As always thanks for your support and feedback.



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OwnCloud Part 5: Contacts & Calendars

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In this screencast tutorial I cover how to set up the contacts and calendars plugin’s for OwnCloud for Mac. With Apple deprecating the contacts and calendars service in macOS Server OwnCloud could be a replacement for what you previously set up on your Mac Server. I cover how to add the plugins to OwnCloud and I walk thru the features found in each plugin. Based on what is there including links to adding your calendars to your phone, it looks like a good solution to move to.



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OwnCloud Part 4: External Storage

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In this screencast tutorial I continue my look at OwnCloud for Mac and address external storage and OwnCloud. I use WebDAV as an example because many of you are looking for replacements to the services that are being deprecated by Apple in their Server Application.

In this screencast I show how to set external storage up and demonstrate how to connect to WebDAV and what it looks like to add files to you webDAV folder and see how they load to OwnCloud itself.



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Smart Home Part 6: LaunchControl Keep Homebridge Running

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In this screencast tutorial I cover an application called LaunchControl by Soma-Zone Software (http://www.soma-zone.com/LaunchControl/) which will help you keep your homebridge instance running and auto launch at reboot.

I have received a lot of questions about how to keep homebridge alive when a Mac reboots or the service crashes for some reason. When this happens it can leave you without access to your non HomeKit devices and cause a lot of issues. To help solve that LaunchControl is a front end for controlling launchd which is used to auto launch applications or services and in this case I show you how to set it up to keep homebridge running at all times.



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OwnCloud Part 3: File Sharing

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In this screencast tutorial I continue my look at OwnCloud as a macOS Server replacement and take a look at the File Sharing Service built Into OwnCloud. I cover how to upload and download files, browse the file sharing interface and the various features included in the application. OwnCloud offers a great option for file sharing and sync across your devices especially if you don't want your files public and want to control end to end how they are stored and the security of those files.



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OwnCloud Part 2: Settings & Open Directory

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In this screencast tutorial, I cover the basic settings found in OwnCloud and walk you through how to connect your OwnCloud instance to the Open Directory of your macOS Server. With Apple removing most of their server functionality I thought I would do some screencasts on possible server replacements. OwnCloud is a great solution in that it can replace many of the options you may have been using macOS Server for and has great sync services across all your devices. I will continue to cover more of these features in upcoming videos and will also take a look at other options as well. Feel free to leave a comment if you have a special request of something you would like me to look at.



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Smart Home Part 5: Homebridge Harmony Hub Set Up

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In this screencast tutorial I cover how to set up a Harmony Hub to run with Homebridge so you can control your devices using Siri and HomeKit.

If you haven’t viewed my previous screencasts please take a look at these below first before you view this screencast as I am building on the previous one’s:

Smart Home Part 1: Homebridge Installation & Set Up:
https://youtu.be/iOgtOG4Nvc8

Smart Home Part 2: Homebridge Nest Device Set Up:
https://youtu.be/T8vi4cN-JtE

Smart Home Part 3: Apple HomePod Review:
https://youtu.be/KRDKwRERSkA

Smart Home Part 4: Logitech Harmony Hub Install & Set Up:
https://youtu.be/-eKSaTD6J5I



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Smart Home Part 4: Logitech Harmony Hub Install & Set Up

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In this screencast tutorial I cover another smart home tech product called the Logitech Harmony Hub. With all of the smart assistants out there for other household needs one of the things that can be forgotten about is our home entertainment centers. These usually include multiple remotes and can be a pain to manage. Logitech tries to fix the with a hub for your entertainment center that works as a universal remote and also controls other things like some of your smart home tech. It can also be integrated with other smart assistants like Amazon’s Echo to bring voice control to your home theater.

In this screencast I cover the installation and set up of the Harmony Hub to get you up and running with the device. In a future screencast I will cover how to integrate the harmony hub into your smart home set up.

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