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The Mactips are back!

Several people have posted in the forums as well as on the MacE mailing list wondering where Mike Bombich’s Mactips went.  When the new website rolled out, some of the old content had been removed by request.  Due to how many people asked about the Mactips section, we talked with […]

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Bash Tips

Once you start using Terminal on a regular basis, you learn many tricks to make life easier and more efficient.  Some of these tricks include setting an alias for commands as well as having bash use color when cruising around the CLI.  The 318 Tech Journal has some helpful tips […]

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“Application” would like to access your contacts.

Sick of that error message popping up whenever an app is opened for the first time on your machine?  Are your end users going crazy because of this?  Fear not, there is a way to suppress these warnings.  Tim Sutton has a post that explores exactly where these settings are […]

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Flash Player 11.3 Public Service Announcement

Various Mac Admins have noticed that if you install Flash Player 11.3 using the .pkg file that can be found inside the .app which Adobe provides, System Preferences will crash if you try to use Check Now in the Flash Player PreferencePane.  This does not occur if you install Flash […]

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Mountain Lion Software Update Changes

If you didn’t catch this PSA from Greg Neagle earlier this month, it is worth a look.  Mountain Lion now uses a https url to pull updates from Apple rather than simple a http url.  This shouldn’t be a huge deal for most people, but if you were hijacking DNS […]

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Garageband Deployment Quick Tip

Garageband Deployment Quick Tip

As discovered by @tvsutton and reported on ##osx-server IRC, the Mac App Store version of Garageband’s assets (which are downloaded on first-launch, all 1.57GBs…) can be fetched in advance: http://downloads.apple.com/static/gb/gb11bc/GarageBandBasicContent.pkg This makes it easier to deploy, since it is a standard package for content found outside of the .app bundle […]

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Alerts on 10.8 Server

Even though Server.app on 10.8 Server seems more simplified than prior versions of OS X server, there are features which have been expanded upon and made better.  Alerts is one such feature.  In the past, what you could get alerts on was somewhat limited, but in 10.8 Server this has […]

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Strange AFP/SMB Connection issues? Check this out.

Rich Trouton and Peter Bukowinski ran into an odd issue on some of their machines.  They would time out while trying to connect to a SMB or AFP share with a known good Username/Pass.  The problem?  iDisk. The machines would try to connect to iDisk even if the share was […]

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New 10.8 Unix Commands

With OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion came some new Unix commands that are very handy.  Among them is pgrep and pkill, which rolls grep into the ps command so you no longer have to pipe ps to grep in order to find a running process.  pkill does the same thing, […]

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Understanding InstallESD.dmg, Recovery HD, and Lion Internet Recovery

Understanding InstallESD.dmg, Recovery HD, and Lion Internet Recovery

If you’ve done any deployment work with OS X Lion, InstallESD.dmg is probably not a new concept for you. But just in case you haven’t, or just in case you need a quick refresher, with the release of OS X Lion, Apple completely changed its distribution method for Mac OS […]

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