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Using volumes on vap-storage

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1) Finder > Go > Connect To Server (cmd+K)

  • Server Address: smb://vap-storage.local.
  • If that doesn’t work you can try smb://
  • You don’t need to have the “smb://” part, but it will take longer to connect if you leave it out.
  • Click the + to add that address to Favorite Servers

2) Mount the desired volume(s)

Select the desired volume(s) to mount. You can mount multiple volumes by holding down cmd.

3) Finding the mounted volumes

The mounted volumes will appear in on your desktop and in Finder

In Finder the volumes will appear under your computer name in Devices. You can also drag the volumes into the sidebar for easier access.


If you need a new volume added, please contact either Eric or Declan.


4) File naming rules

You cannot use the following names for files or folders:

  • COM0, COM1, COM2, COM3, COM4, COM5, COM6, COM7, COM8, COM9
  • LPT0, LPT1, LPT2, LPT3, LPT4, LPT5, LPT6, LPT7

So lpt1.jpg is illegal but lpt1asdf.jpg is not. You cannot have a folder named con or CON but you can have conn.

This is possibly because, as per OWC’s recommendation, we are using the smb protocol to connect to vap-storage.local. SMB is a Windows protocol that has been widely adopted, even by Apple. Those “reserved words” are Windows related; more here.

It does not appear that there are any characters you cannot use in either filenames or folder names. That said, best practices would be to avoid the following in filenames or folders:

  • < (less than)
  • > (greater than)
  • : (colon)
  • ” (double quote)
  • / (forward slash)
  • \ (backslash)
  • | (vertical bar or pipe)
  • ? (question mark)
  • * (asterisk)

For more on file naming best practices, see here.


Note that only computers that are physically connected to our network via ethernet can access our storage. This is called a “private network.” Laptops on wifi will not be able to access it, nor will we be able to access it from home directly.



The old mediabeacon transferred files at a sustained speed of 20mb/sec. This new set up is 110mb/sec, which is just slightly slower than our Thunderbolt drives (130mb/sec). So working off the callisto should be completely do-able.

Written by ecorriel

February 2nd, 2017 at 10:12 pm

Posted in MediaBeacon

Setting up a Mac to connect to the Callisto

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1) Ethernet 2 connection

Any client Mac connects to the Callisto on VAP’s private network. Each client on the network needs to have a manually assigned, unique IP address. As of 2/1/17 these addresses are assigned as follows:

  • –> Callisto server
  • –> Callisto IPMI
  • –> VAPress-25 (EC)
  • –> webthing2
  • –> VAPress-26 (DWV)
  • –> printthing2
  • –> VAPress-17 (SL)
  • –> VAPress-22 (RD)
  • –> printthing1
  • –> ganderson
  • –> VAPress-23 (BS)
  • –> VAPress-25 (JL)
  • –> VAPress-21 (LT)
  • –> webthing1
  • –> vap server
  • –> printthing3
  • –> macbook air
  • –> printthing4
  • –> brian laptop
  • –> VAPTV
  • –> printthing2
The appropriate IP needs to be entered in System Preferences > Network > Ethernet 2.
Note the subnet mask is

2) Set config settings

  • For each client, two things need to be done:  add an entry in /etc/hosts for vap-storage.local
  • Create /etc/nsmb.conf to increase speed from 50/mb sec to 100+mb/sec (as per the attached PDF from OWC)
  • Download
Attached is a shell script that automatically does both of these things. The script needs to be run from Terminal and requires sudo privileges. As of 2/1/17 this has been run on all machines, but may need to be re-run depending on OS updates.
OWC SMB config.pdf

Written by ecorriel

February 2nd, 2017 at 7:53 pm

Posted in MediaBeacon

Volume creation and general config on the Callisto

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Please note: This should only be done by Eric or Declan, as they have training on the system. This post serves as reference for them. Remember the chain: root –> group –> user –> share

1) Login and create a new dataset

Go to http://vap-storage.local using root/svavap.
Storage > select the second “pool” > click Create Dataset on the bottom of the page



Name the dataset (no spaces or special characters) and set the Share Type to Windows


2) Create a user to own the share (in Account)

The username should be the exact same as the share name. This will automatically create a group of the same name. Password: svavap. No additional auxillary groups need to be added.


3) Change the permissions on the dataset

Click the key icon at the bottom of the Storage screen. Set the user and group to what was just created. Make sure Permissions Type is Windows.


4) Create the SMB Share (in Sharing)

Set the path to the dataset, name is the same as the associated user, and make sure the VSF Objects are catia, fruit, and streams_xattr–in that order


5) Add permissions for each user that needs access



  • Sometimes newly created shares take a few hours to propagate to Finder on the client side. Sometimes deleting the login keychain will help. Applications > Utilities > Keychain Access. Search for vap-storage and delete the key. It will be recreated next time you login.
  • If vap-storage.local doesn’t seem to be working you can always try by IP:


Setting up from scratch

Follow these screenshots to set up the callisto from scratch.


It is also possible to connect to the callisto’s OS through it’s IPMI port. Go to, u/p: ADMIN/ADMIN. Honestly, it’s easier to physically go to the box in the closet

Written by ecorriel

February 1st, 2017 at 10:39 pm

Posted in MediaBeacon

Connecting to MediaBeacon

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One can connect to MediaBeacon either over the web or via Finder.  In both cases, your username will be your MySVA username and the password is svavap.

One can access MB either by our intranet’s homepage, at, or directly at

In Finder, in the top menu, find Go > Connect to Server (cmd + K).  Type in and when prompted, select the MediaBeacon volume.

If the MediaBeacon volume doesn’t appear on your Finder sidebar, you may need to select your Computer (very first item under Devices) and drag the MediaBeacon volume that appears on the right to the sidebar.


Written by ecorriel

October 21st, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Posted in MediaBeacon

How to start the server and MediaBeacon

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There are three things that can be (re)started on the server: 1) the machine itself, 2) the web server, and 3) MediaBeacon.  These can all be done from the command line (Terminal).  In all the examples below, do not type the “$”, that symbol simply represents the prompt (which in Terminal is normally a dollar sign).

The Web Server

If the is down, try rebooting Apache (the web server)

$ ssh
$ Password: svavap
$ sudo /opt/local/apache2/bin/apachectl restart
$ Password: svavap

Should look something like this: (depending on the situation, “restart” can be replaced by “start” and “stop”)

Don’t worry if it gives a few warning messages about folders that do not exist–that’s normal.


If the server has just been restarted, you’ll need to start MediaBeacon.  Again, from Terminal:

$ ssh
$ Password: svavap
$ open -a /Applications/

Should look something like this:

Barring all that, the server is hooked up to a monitor in the closet, just attach a mouse and keyboard and you can navigate it normally

Written by ecorriel

August 31st, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Posted in MediaBeacon,Server