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Provide remote support via a web-based service
Authored by: frgough on Jul 10, '07 09:07:17AM

I get around the DHCP assigned IP address by having my mac email me its IP address using an automator script. Just drop the system profiler task from the system library into your workflow, check the Network box, then drop in a new mail message task and address the message where you want it to go. Save as an application and either add to your login items if your machine turns off and on like mine does every day, or add it to a cron job to send you the email on a regular basis.

Works great for me. Each morning not only do I know that my work machine is up and running (I telecommute a lot), but I also get the assigned IP address for that day. It's just a simple matter to VPN into work and connect via vnc to do whatever I need to do.



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Provide remote support via a web-based service
Authored by: dmmorse on Jul 10, '07 09:48:35AM

How about turning your suggestion into a more detailed hint for the rest of us?



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Provide remote support via a web-based service
Authored by: frgough on Jul 10, '07 12:34:00PM

It's actually pretty straightforward.

1. Launch automator
2. click System in the library.
3. Drag System Profile from the Action list to the right pane.
4. Uncheck all boxes except Network in the action (unless you want to be emailed the other information).
5. Click Mail in the library.
6. Drag New Mail message below the System Profile action.
7. Fill out the mail address as desired.
8. Click the Automator library
9. Drag the Pause action as the first action (above System Profile) and set it for 5 minutes. I do this because my work's DHCP server is slow to hand out addresses, so I let the machine sit for five minutes before running and sending the report so that I get a valid IP address.
10. Save the workflow as an application and add it to your login items. (I use the energy saver pref to schedule my machine to automatically shut down at midnight and start up at 6 AM, so putting the workflow in the login items works perfectly for me).

Hope this helps.



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Provide remote support via a web-based service
Authored by: vasi on Jul 11, '07 09:29:51AM
Have you tried just using a service like DynDNS? It's free, and lets me keep a human-readable address for my home Mac--vasi.dyndns.org in my case. There are numerous other similar services.

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