Archive for October, 2007

Leopard DNS – The Gui, The Bad, and The Ugly

One of the biggest complaints I heard from other consultants and support folks about Mac OS X Server 10.4 was about how bad it was to work with the DNS GUI. They pined away for Panther or relegated themselves to hand coding their zone files. With Leopard come some welcome changes and a nasty bug.

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MacLearning Webcast: Mac OS X Leopard Accessibility Update

MacLearning will be hosting a webcast entitled Mac OS X Leopard Accessibility Update on Wednesday October 31st at 1:00PM EDT (10:00 AM PDT).  

This webcast features Mike Shebanek, Senior OS Product Marketing Manager, highlighting the latest accessibility features in Mac OS X Leopard, like the new Alex voice, Braille support, and new features in VoiceOver, that make the Mac user friendly for those with disabilities. 

Go to the following web page 5-10 minutes prior to the webcast start time:


The login ID for the MacLearning Webcast on October 31 2007 is MacLearning

The login passcode for the MacLearning Webcast on October 31 2007 is 306381

Read more Webcast on Friday October 19th; What’s New in Leopard Server

The next MacEnterprise webcast, What's New in Leopard Server, will take place on Friday, October 19th 2007 at 10:00 am PDT (1:00 pm EDT). Join Eric Zelenka, Senior OS Product Line Manager from Apple and Nader Nafissi, Senior Product Manager, Server and Storage Software from Apple,  as they provide an overview of new features and services in Mac OS X Server v10.5 Leopard.

Please note the different date for this month's webcast.  It is on a Friday instead of the regular Tuesday.

The login ID for October 2007 is 'MacEnterprise'

The login passcode for October 2007 is '498877'


For more information on how to view the webcasts, please visit go here.

Go here 5-10 minutes prior to the webcast start time to begin the presentation.

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Creating a Network Enabled BartPE disk for Intel Macs

So you got your Macs all pimped out with a bootcamp partition and dual boot.  However, what do you do when you start having problems with Windows partition and want to edit some system files, do a virus scan without being booted from that Windows partition, or do repairs on an unstable system?

BartPE allows you to create a bootable CD that contains just enough of Windows XP to get you up and running you to do some diagnostics on your Windows partition.  You still have to have a Windows XP license to create a BartPE disk, but if you are repairing a Windows install, then you probably already have the license.

The one drawback to a generic BartPE CD is that networking does not
work on Intel Macs due to missing network drivers.  We know that these
drivers are on the BootCamp driver disk, but since they are all
executable (.exe) files, it is difficult to know how to include them.

walk through the steps of creating a BartPE disk with network drivers
so that you'll be able to boot up from the CD and have read/write
access to the NTFS partition. 

Click Read More to see the steps to create the CD.

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