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Restoring files from backup

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As of 1/26/18 all of our shares (current, grad-catalogs, mediabeacon, sva-edu-redesign, va-journal, and viewbook) are being backed up daily onto a 40TB drive called Freezer which is connected directly to our MacPro server. To restore an item:

  1. In Finder –> Connect To Server (cmd +K)
  2. connect to smb://
  3. Choose Freezer as the drive to mount
  4. Browse Freezer to find the desired file
Note that the file that resides in the same location as the original (on Freezer) is the latest version of that file. Previous versions of the file, if they exist will be in a folder called _CCC SafetyNet, which will exist in the same directory as the file.


Written by ecorriel

January 26th, 2018 at 9:27 pm

Posted in office,Server

Use the server to transfer files instead of FTP

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1) In Finder, Go > Connect to Server (cmd + k) and enter
2) Connect to VAPWebRoot

3) Navigate to u/<username> and put files in there
4) View files online by going to<username> (also useful for when you need to access files for meetings in different offices)

5) Right click on a link to get the url for pasting into email


6) For quicker access, drag your folder on the server to the upper right corner of a Finder window (just before the search bar).  Then just drop files in there and they’ll automatically be transferred to the right place (note: you’ll need to already be connected to VAPWebRoot for this to work).

Written by ecorriel

November 29th, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Posted in Server

ActiveCollab License & Tech Support

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The login for our tech support with ActiveCollab is  We have a corporate license.  Login with those credentials and then visit the support page.  Our license file, if ever needed, is located on MediaBeacon in Assets/Software/ActiveCollab.


Written by ecorriel

November 9th, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Posted in Server

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