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Apr 2, 2013 8:14 AM


Newbie to all this. I appreciate any and all help.


I want to set up Mountain Lion Server. I want to use in with filemaker server and perhaps host a website.


Originally thought that I could do this from home. I've been wasting a lot of time trying to figure out ways of getting out of having a static IP address. DynDNS...


My home ISP has blocked all lower ports except for those for VPN ports. I tried to set this up and managed to get a user (who - I don't know) almost immediately. So I shut down everything.


Now I'm just going to bite the bullet and send my mini to a colocation facility ( was trying to avoid the additional expense while I learned what I'm doing...)

I realize then I will be even more open to invasion. Everything I read on setting up ML server says it is more difficult with a firewall. On the internet I read - you better have a firewall. Where is the firewall in ML server? It sounds like I have to go to the command line to do. This seems scary, and how many books do I have to read to be able to understand what I am doing? I have been a Mac user since the beginning. However, network admin and server admin is all new to me. Apple's online documentation seems either too simplistic or too advanced. I am not afraid to dive in, I just don't know where to dive.


Any recommendations of what I could read to help me out would be greatly appreciated. I've got to get my business online. I've also got to wear all the hats right now- the ask your sys admin for the settings to enter doesn't apply.



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  • MrHoffman Level 6 Level 6 (11,745 points)
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    Apr 2, 2013 9:06 AM (in response to ChillOutDB)

    Your network provider (ISP) holds the proverbial "high ground" here, both in terms of the network position, and the usual contents of the Terms of Service most ISPs use.  Get a static address.  Or yes, a co-lo.  There are places that offer co-lo Mac systems, too.


    Firewall?  In OS X Server?  In Mountain Lion Server, an adaptive firewall is usually enabled by default; see the firewall setting in the Security & Privacy preferences of System Preferences.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (108,150 points)
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    Apr 2, 2013 3:56 PM (in response to ChillOutDB)

    A packet-filtering firewall is only necessary if you need to provide services that are restricted to certain networks. It doesn't seem that you'll be doing that. Just make sure that all services you don't want to expose are disabled, including Bonjour.


    Mac OS X v10.6: Disabling mDNSResponder will disable DNS

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (108,150 points)
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    Apr 3, 2013 7:06 AM (in response to ChillOutDB)

    Bonjour won't work over the Internet, whether it's enabled or not.


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