Is your iDisk a little poky and just not quite big enough?
Build yourself an iDisk locally on your server! Use Backup.app to back up your Mac systems to your own file server. See the detailed Solo .Mac article here.
Ed. Note: While the article walks you through doing this on a FreeBSD box, the methodology will help you to do this on your own server. The biggest sticking point is the DNS, since you’ll need to co-opt the iDisk DNS records. The article has you just stomp on the entire apple.com domain, which is probably a bit ham-fisted. Instead just create a host record in /etc/hosts for the specific address that you want.Read more›
One of the things that can make rollout plans go much smoother is automation. Through imaging and scripting I recently cut a rollout from 24 steps to 4!
One thing here that can get you is AD binding, as it acts funky when trying to run as a post-restore script or as a startup item. Based on work by Michael Bartosh, I’ve put together a login hook that can do your AD bind and name your Mac on first login.
Heavily commented, you can download the script and take a look to see if it can help you shave steps off of your rollout.
You can download it here.Read more›
The MacEnterprise.org (formerly MacOSXLabs.org) group will be presenting a “ADmitMac” WebCast
Tuesday, September 21 at 1:00 pm EDT. Paul Nelson, V.P of Engineering at Thursby Software Systems, will be presenting on ADmitMac, a tool that integrates Macintosh machines into Microsoft networks.
For the case study we have Michael Perbix, a Telecommunications Specialist from the Lower Merion School District, presenting on his experience in integrating their mostly-Mac environment with an existing Active Directory infrastructure using ADmitMac.
For more information on how to watch this WebCast, please visit the MacEnterprise.org webcast web page:
Note that the broadcast ID needed to view the webcast has changed to ‘macenterprise’!!
If you ordered an X-Server without a video card, but need one here’s a down-n-dirty tip:
If you have an old B&W PowerMac lying around, swipe the video card from it and use it in the upper slot. It works fine, won’t void your warranty and gives you the basic functionality you need to manage the beastie!
Ed. Note: I think most Apple PCI video cards, note not AGP, should work in the Xserve, but nice to know of a specific example. Having said that….running it headless isn’t hard to do, either.Read more›
Use the security command to access keychains.
Read the man page, but usage is pretty easy. It’s especially handy when you need to find out your IPSec shared key and you only have an ssh connection.
Do note that if you use the interactive mode that there isn’t any way of getting out besides using control-c.Read more›
The Berkeley DB tools that should have come with the OS
Michael Bartosh has a pkg installer for the Berkeley DB utilities that are necessary to roll your Cyrus and OpenLDAP transaction logs in addition to performing other housekeeping chores for any bdb database.
Check out the rest of his site for other OS X Server news and downloads.Read more›