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Use GeekTool to help with remote monitoring OS X Server
Like many OS X admins, I inherited a bunch of Macs which all look the same, but serve different functions. Since they all pretty much look the same from my VNC/Timbuktu/Apple Remote Desktop window, it's hard to know where I am when I log in. I can't tell which one is an Xserve, and which is a Mac mini...

I could place a folder with the name of the server in the Dock (along with sub folders or files named with IPs or hostnames for quick reference). Or I could use this hint (shameful plug, I know). The problem is, with all of the monkeys' changes, I have more important things to do than modifying screenshots all the time...

Enter our friend GeekTool. Set it up to read/display a text file of the services on the box, as well as current IP addresses and or hostnames, and you've got a dynamic 'desktop' which displays useful information. Someone who's handy with shell scripting might know how to write the scripts to grab the IPs and/or hostnames on the fly. That'd make for a really nifty and useful hint. Happy administering!

[robg adds: GeekTool is a popular topic around here...]
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Use GeekTool to help with remote monitoring
Authored by: ghay on Aug 09, '06 08:30:25AM

I think you may have misunderstood the referenced hint.

You simply apply a graphic or a colour to the desktop of each machine and in an instant know which mac you are at - you do not need to keep taking screenshots all the time.

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Use GeekTool to help with remote monitoring
Authored by: superg on Aug 09, '06 09:04:55AM

except that the referenced hint was written by the same person... im a bit confused...

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Authored by: the_webmaestro on Nov 23, '09 08:11:48AM
Sorry... I copied the URL for a different hint I'd submitted... The hint I intended to add was for Use desktop images to identify current user (although you'd want to specify the Mac name/location in the desktop pic)...
Father of Jeremy & Elliott

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