Using pwpolicy to Manage User Password Policies via CLI

Have you ever wanted or needed to change a user’s password policies from the command line? Read on to find out how pwpolicy can help you manage user’s passwords without Workgroup Manager.

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OS X Server 10.3 Mail Backup

Script to backup both Postfix and Cyrus on OS X Server 10.3

Get the backup script here and read more to find out how to use it.

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SpamAssassin 3.0 is out

New version of SpamAssassin released

SA 3.0 brings new features like better Bayes filtering and support for SPF and SURBL. Learn about thenew features or just go the main SA website. Also note the new logo! Not quite as cheesy.

I hope to update the spam/virus controls with postfix and OS X Server article soon with support for SA 3.0. Since amavisd has been prepped to work with it for some time it shouldn’t be a problem.

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Setting up a Network Library Folder

An article that helps you create /Network/Library.

A quick walk-through of setting this up by Jason Bruder can be found here.

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Log Rolling made easy in 10.2.x-10.3.x

Log Rolling with periodic

How to get periodic to keep all of your logs tidy.

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Do it yourself .Mac

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.

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Sieve Installer – Updated

Server-side Mail processing for Cyrus

Enables vacation messages and mail filters with OS X Server 10.3.

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AD Binding via a LoginHook

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.

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MacEnterprise.org \"ADmitMac\" Webcast

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:

http://www.macenterprise.org/webcasts/webcasts_next.html

Note that the broadcast ID needed to view the webcast has changed to ‘macenterprise’!!

Jeff Greene
macenterprise.org (macosxlabs.org)
Webcast Coordinator

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OS X Server w/NAT, IPFW, DNS, and Squid – Updated

Set up your server as a NAT router to do transparent web proxy caching.

Update: New URL. Find the new Squid/NAT/IPFW/DNS document here.

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