Archive for March, 2013

XProtectWatch, now with more Notifications

Justin Rummel has updated his XProtectWatch tool so that it triggers a Notification whenever the XProtect plist is updated.  This is not a system to manage the XProtect settings but rather a tool to notify you when XProtect gets a new configuration.  Check it out over on Justin’s blog.

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Logging on OS X Server

Justin Rummel has a writeup on how to enable various log files on OS X server and where to view them at.  Pretty good look at how you might go about logging for the sake of security, troubleshooting or even curiosity.

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10.8.3 is out, but which models are supported by it?

Greg has two posts that go over which models are supported by the “unified” 10.8.3 Installer.  Check out the details in his first post about 10.8.3 and a follow-up that covers newer models.

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Digging in to Java 7: Poor LaunchDaemon Usage

Tim Sutton has a post that talks about how Java 7 uses LaunchDaemons in a very poor fashion.  The amount of poor scripting and LaunchDaemon usage is quite sad.  It makes one wonder how Java 7 works at all on OS X.

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Fixing Broken Software I: Logitech Control Center

Fixing Broken Software I: Logitech Control Center

This is part one of a series on dealing with the issues software can cause in enterprise environments, and how to combat these issues. One of the most important skills in a Mac Admin’s toolbox is being able to identify and work around issues with vendor software.  Many vendors release […]

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Casper in the Cloud

If you have ever wondered about hosting your Casper server in the cloud, check out this post on Justin Rummel’s blog.  He has some notes he made during a recent JSS setup on Amazon EC2 hosting.  This is a very compelling setup if you have a fair amount of machines […]

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Another Way to Enable Wi-Fi At Login Window (with Profiles!)

The Premise: Nick McSpadden and I were both working on a similar goal this week: getting Macs to connect to Wi-Fi at the loginwindow. By default, adding preferred wireless networks will only connect once a user is logged in, either via the networksetup command or Profiles. By using a modified […]

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Opening Finder Windows from Terminal

Rich has a tip posted for opening Finder windows while you are in Terminal.  This is handy if you are cruising around the command line and decide that you would like to use the GUI to do something instead.

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Automatically Enable WiFi At Login Window

The Context My OS X deployment workflow is a very hands-off approach.  As Mike Boylan and I described in our post “How to Lose 100 Pounds in 10 Days,” my process involves crafting an OS X installer package using Greg Neagle’s CreateOSXInstallPkg to incorporate Munki, iCloud prompt / Lion registration suppression, […]

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