Archive for category: Third Party Applications

Deploying MinecraftEDU

Deploying MinecraftEDU

Minecraft is of course a huge thing. It’s hugely popular at our school, and has become a valuable educational tool. Minecraft allows structured but almost unrestrained creativity, giving students a change to realize the unlimited nature of their imagination and persistence when building worlds and creating narratives. Minecraft’s multiplayer options […]

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Clear text access to ARD’s passwords database!

Clear text access to ARD’s passwords database!

ARD-Inspector is open source donationware which was made for OS X system administrators and consultants who need to recover a computer password from Apple Remote Desktop. To make this tool, it required me to do some reverse engineering of Apple Remote Desktop.  It uses the ARD Master Password to access […]

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Casper Focus Review

Casper Focus Review

JAMF Software just recently released Casper Suite 8.7 along with their new education-aimed tool Casper Focus.  I had a chance to play around with it and test it out the past two days, so you can decide if this is something worth pursuing for yourselves. What does it do? To […]

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Open Source OS X Tools released by Twocanoes Software

Open Source OS X Tools released by Twocanoes Software

Twocanoes Software has released some really cool utilities today as open source software.  So far, they have released an app called Salute that lets you lock your screen using Control-Command-Delete, one called Audit that lets you configure and read OpenBSM logs and Debug which lets you enable and disabled debug logging from […]

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DeployStudio 1.5.17 Available

There is a new version of DeployStudio available on their website.  It includes a few bug fixes and an increased number of streams when deploying disk images.

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Brigadier: a tool for automated Boot Camp driver download and installation

If you have ever had to deploy an OS X/Windows dual boot system, you know how much of a pain it can be to download the Windows drivers and get them installed.  Thankfully, Tim Sutton has created a tool that can help with this task.  It will not only download […]

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JAMF Nation User Conference 2012

If you use Casper Suite or or planning on using it in the future, you will not want to miss the yearly JAMF Nation User Conference.  In past years, they have had some great sessions on how to best leverage Casper Suite in the modern IT environment.  Some of the […]

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New Graphical System Image Creation Tool

Filewave has released a new image creation tool called ‘Filewave Lightning.’   This GUI-based tool is specifically for generating 10.7 and 10.8 images along with baking in additional packages if desired.  According to Filewave’s website: “FileWave Lightning is the ultimate image creation and deployment tool using the new, ultra-fast, Thunderbolt™ […]

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libsrvrmgrd-osx 0.6.2 Released

A new release of my monitoring plugin for Nagios (and compatible) monitoring solutions is available. This version includes some added hardware monitoring for HDD, Memory & CPU Usage. There are many bug fixes which clean up a lot of the (null) and 404 errors that were occurring when run from a OSX monitoring server.

 You can down load it from https://code.google.com/p/libsrvrmgrd-osx/downloads/list

To get usage instructions just run the plugin from within a terminal with no arguments. Please get stuck in and log bugs/feature requests! :-)

 Félim

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New Package Deployment Software StarDeploy for Mac OS X

I have been designing and perfecting a new piece of free deployment software for Mac OS X. The program is called StarDeploy, it is easy to setup and use.  All one needs is a network share and the client installed on a Mac. It can install packages or items that are not packaged. Software can be deployed on or off site because it uses AFP, FTP, SMB, WebDav shares.  There are some fun features like Growl and MCX support. Feel free it to give a try at www.stardeploy.com It is free to use. 

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