Archive for category: OS X

Enabling Location Services Programmatically

Enabling Location Services Programmatically

Location Services is an important part of OS X, but it is not obvious on how to enable it without going through the System Preferences GUI.  The preference that controls it is not in /Library/Preferences, and due to cfprefsd it is hard to find. Thanks to Tim Sutton for help […]

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Making an OS X Template for use with vSphere 5.1

If you use ESXi/vSphere, then you may know how handy templates can be for rolling out new services, test boxes and the like.  Apparently you can makes templates for vSphere that have never been booted (zero chance of cruft to mess with your testing).  Check out Mads’ blog for details on […]

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SMB2 & You: Saying Goodbye to AFP in OS X Mavericks

SMB2 & You: Saying Goodbye to AFP in OS X Mavericks

One of the biggest announcements from Apple with OS X Mavericks was not part of the WWDC 2013 keynote.  Instead, it is buried deep in a technical document on Apple’s site.  This is the announcement that the Apple Filing Protocol (AFP) is being deprecated in favor of Server Message Block […]

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OS X Mavericks Core Technologies Overview

OS X Mavericks Core Technologies Overview

Apple has posted a document highlighting the core technologies of OS X Mavericks, which includes some changes from Mountain Lion. Among the new features is a change to the default file sharing protocol from AFP to SMB2.  OS X has long supported SMB, but AFP has remained the default.  AFP […]

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OS X Configuration Profiles review and gotchas: compositing not included?

OS X Configuration Profiles review and gotchas: compositing not included?

One of the issues Mac admins have with OS X’s Configuration Profiles system is that using OS X Server to build a Profile allows only subset of the management “scope” that is provided using MCX / Managed Preferences. Specifically, any configuration profiles made with Profile Manager are the equivalent of […]

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Deployment: A Pedagogical Manifest(o)

Deployment: A Pedagogical Manifest(o)

Last Fall, a discussion arose on the MacEnterprise list about deployment terminology, with the term “thin imaging” coming in as the winner for variety of (conflicting) definitions. (You can read the thread from the beginning or jump on when the discussion turns to terminology.) I was starting to prepare my […]

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XProtect Changes

Apple has pushed some changes to XProtect.  Rich Trouton has the details over on his blog.

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Recovering Open Directory Databases

Working with Open Directory can be a great experience…until it isn’t.  When your database goes up in flames (or perhaps if), it can be frustrating and maddening.  Charles Edge has an article posted on what to do when your OD database decides to spontaneously corrupt itself.

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Cursor Tracking Lag Caused by system_profiler

Has anyone else seen this issue?  It has only been reproduced on Thunderbolt-equipped Macs while attached to Cinema Displays (Either Mini-Display Port or Thunderbolt).  If you are able to test this on both Thunderbolt and Non-Thunderbolt Macs as well as Cinema and Third party displays, please leave the results of […]

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Undocumented Options

After some undocumented options were found in the asr tool, Greg Neagle started digging around some other commands to see if he could find any other hidden options. The result of this interest has lead to some methods for finding hidden options in any command, although his specific example involves softwareupdate. […]

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