Archive for April, 2013

Hidden Apple Software Restore (ASR) Documentation

Apple Software Restore (ASR) has some hidden documentation that reveals a few command line options which were previously unknown to most. A post on jamfnation led to some discussion on ##osx-server about an undocumented ASR command.  Rich Trouton blogged about how to view these commands using a very interesting method.  If […]

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FileVault Setup.app – A Local FV2 Setup App

FileVault Setup.app – A Local FV2 Setup App

As usual with all things FileVault related, Rich Trouton has the details on a new .app for setting up FileVault 2.  FileVault Setup.app is a standalone app that provides a pretty interface for end users to configure File Vault 2 with during first login.  This is a interesting way to […]

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ldapsearch and ldapdelete Examples

Noel Alonso has a post outlining one way you could easily delete a machine out of Active Directory using ldapsearch and ldapdelete. This script could easily be modified and changed to do various other things, such as passing the hostname in as an argument or doing a different action upon […]

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Casper Suite 8.7 Released

Casper Suite 8.7 Released

Casper Suite 8.7 has been released.  It contains some bugfixes as well as some new features.  The biggest change in Casper Suite 8.7 is the addition of a new app called Casper Focus.  Casper Focus allows a Teacher or other staff to lock an iOS device into using a specific […]

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Load or Reload a LaunchAgent without User Action

Load or Reload a LaunchAgent without User Action

Kyle Crawford has an interesting post that covers reloading LaunchAgents while a user is logged in without requiring them to take action (Log out/in, reboot, etc). While somewhat hacky, it is a novel way to ensure that a given LaunchAgent is reloaded without burdening the End User to take action.

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Apple Configurator How-to Now Shipping

Apple Configurator How-to Now Shipping

Charles Edge and TJ Houston have a new book out on using Apple Configurator.  Charles’ technical documentation is top notch and TJ’s articles on Configurator are fantastic as well. This book is a must have if you currently deploy iOS devices or are planning to deploy and manage iOS devices […]

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Penn State MacAdmins Conference Schedule Posted

Penn State MacAdmins Conference Schedule Posted

The PSU MacAdmins Conference tweeted that the schedule is now available.  You can check out the schedule here.  This year is full of great sessions and has something for everyone.  Both Sam Keeley and I have sessions at the conference, which we look forward to seeing you at!

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Open Source OS X Tools released by Twocanoes Software

Open Source OS X Tools released by Twocanoes Software

Twocanoes Software has released some really cool utilities today as open source software.  So far, they have released an app called Salute that lets you lock your screen using Control-Command-Delete, one called Audit that lets you configure and read OpenBSM logs and Debug which lets you enable and disabled debug logging from […]

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Python Versioning in OS X

Python Versioning in OS X

Apple has included one or more versions of python with OS X since Jaguar (10.2). Their latest version, Mountain Lion (10.8), includes python versions 2.5, 2.6, and 2.7. This presence of python on a clean install of OS X makes it a compelling language choice for automation and information gathering […]

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Preparing the Office 2011 SP3 Installer for InstaDMG

Preparing the Office 2011 SP3 Installer for InstaDMG

Office 2011 is a common application to get baked into an InstaDMG image (or any other pre-compiled, modular style image).  There are a few quirks to installing Office 2011 in this way as it was made to be installed on a live system.  Noel Alonso put a script together that […]

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