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Jul 18, 2012 6:36 AM

I have been building a file server with OSX 10.5.8 Leopard server on a PowerMac G5, and i only need it to run during the day and not at night. I did use the schedule settings in power saver, but whenever it comes out of sleep in the morning, it asks me for login credentials. I would rather it not do that since i like to monitor it from work via Logmein since i don't have VPN setup just yet (I'm stiull trying to learn the OS). Is there a way that it doesn't show the login when it wakes itself up? I do have the settings turned off which ask if i want it to show the login screen upon boot or normal sleep mode, but for some reason, it still comes up when it wakes itself up, but not when i manually wake it up.

MacBook Pro, PowerMac G5 7,3, Other OS
  • Camelot Level 8 Level 8 (45,670 points)
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    Jul 19, 2012 10:55 AM (in response to mknabster)

    I'm not sure I understand your reasoning.

     

    As a file server, no user needs to be logged in at all. The file server runs as a background process and doesn't need any logged in user.

     

    As for LogMeIn, I can't think that's a wise reason to leave a user logged in, if for no other reason it creates an extra barrier to malicious users. Think about you. You've stated you don't use a VPN and you use LogMeIn which means that you have your server's proverbial *** hanging out in the wind. Any user can hit your server if they guess the LogMeIn credentials. Once they do they're given complete, unfettered access to your desktop, applications, data, etc.? oh my. Another username and password required to log into the desktop would be the very least I'd consider, with moving the entire thing behind a VPN connection being a priority.

     

    In any case, what's the hardship in putting in your username and password after a scheduled wake, anyway?

  • Camelot Level 8 Level 8 (45,670 points)
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    Jul 21, 2012 11:56 PM (in response to mknabster)

    Well, this server is just for home use, i don't have any worry about anyone else,

     

    A common misconception, and one you would do well to get over. Soon.

     

    Sure, you might not think you have to worry about this, but the moment you open your server to the outside world, you're going to get attacked - or, maybe 'probed' is a better term - by people (or, more likely, bots) looking to see what's out there. Sure, most of them are opportunistic - they don't know who you are, or what you're hiding, but that doesn't stop them looking.

    All it takes is one weak username and password and they're in.

    Sure, you say, there's nothing on this server that I care about, but you'd be wrong. If someone compromises the machine you have to assume that all the data on that machine is compromised. That's every login - and not just to this machine, but logins stored within browser settings, too, every file, The whole enchilada.

    Then, once they've compromised that machine they're going to look at what else is on the LAN that might be a ripe target. Oh, that iMac the kids use? easy (kids have no cocept of password security). That Windows 7 system your wife uses? that's easy, too (you already said no one else in the house has much of a clue about security).

    So now all the other machines in your network are compromised - every login, every password, every file on all your machines are, essentially, public records now.

     

    And even if, let's say, there really is no data on any of these machines that you care about, you're still not safe.

    Once the intruder has expoited the file system he's free to setup whatever bot he likes - maybe he'll setup a spam bot and use your internet connection to send out spam. Maybe he'll use you as a relay for his next attack, so you appear to be the one doing the attacking. The list goes on.

     

    So my point is that internet security is a big deal. Don't think that you have 'nothing worth protecting' because it's just not true for 99.999% of people. Are you really the 0.0001%?

     

    As for logmein, I've never used it, but if it requires you to leave an open desktop running in order to connect then that, alone, is reason for me to trash it. There are better alternatives out there.

  • cmw2010 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 22, 2012 7:05 AM (in response to mknabster)

    Lomein should not have to have a user logged in to access the server remotely. Do you have your server set to never sleep? Having it sleep when inactive will cause it to show as offline.

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