Archive for November, 2012

Quarantine extended attributes and you

With the advent of Gatekeeper, OS X now uses the quarantine extended attribute to warn you that the file or application was downloaded from the internet.  This can be an annoyance for end users if you are offering files or applications to them and the quarantine attribute is present on […]

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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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802.1x EAP-TLS Machine Authentication in Mt. Lion with AD Certificates

One of the greatest new enterprise features in OS X Mt. Lion is its support of the DCE/RPC protocol in combination with Active Directory (AD) for use with 802.1x machine or user based certificate authentication. In Lion, for AD certificate based authentication to function, a working Microsoft Active Directory Certificate […]

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Deploying Xcode

While Xcode is a single .app that is very easy to deploy, there are several support packages that must be installed when you first launch Xcode. If your end users do not have admin rights or it is for a lab setup, it is ideal to have all these packages […]

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Managing an AppleTV with Profiles

Now that AppleTVs are becoming more prevalent in the enterprise and education, Apple has added Profile support for them.  You can now manage certain aspects of the AppleTV using Profiles.  One such aspect is wireless configurations, including 802.1x profiles for secure networks.  Check out the details on how to apply […]

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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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Disabling updates in Acrobat X Pro

Many management systems now handle updates for Adobe products and as a result it is desired to disable the native update mechanism that they ship with.  One such product is Acrobat X Pro.  In the past, it has been a challenge to make sure that the Adobe updater was disabled […]

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PSU MacAdmins 2013

PSU MacAdmins 2013 has been announced!  This is the best east coast conference that you can go to in 2013.  Check out the details for PSU MacAdmins 2013 here and you can see 2012’s sessions here to get an idea of what to expect.  This conference has grown over the years […]

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Collecting Mac App Store Apple IDs via Casper

If your organization allows the use of the Mac App Store (MAS), it is good to know which users have used the MAS.  Casper Suite allows you to make Extension Attributes which can return any arbitrary information that you’d like.  The 318 Tech Journal recently went through how to gather […]

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DeployStudio RC135 Release

DeployStudio RC135 was released yesterday.  It fixes some annoying bugs with flow control (packages and scripts installing out of order).  Check out the change log and download it here.

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