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WWDC 2012 Tickets Available!

WWDC 2012 has been announced for June 11-15, and tickets are now available!.  Run, don't walk, to and grab yours now.  Every year it sells out faster, and this year should be no exception. is in the planning stages for some cool stuff around WWDC, so stay tuned.  Now head over to and get your ticket already!

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Announcing Novell Kanaka for Mac


January 18, 2012

Condrey Corporation announced yesterday, an agreement with Novell, Inc. to distribute Condrey Corporation’s popular Kanaka for eDirectory Mac client software for no charge to Novell Open Enterprise Server customers with current software maintenance agreements. The new Novell product will be branded Novell Kanaka for Mac and is available at the Novell Customer Center rather than as was specified in the press release.

Condrey Corporation will continue to provide direct support for Kanaka for eDirectory customers with Maintenance agreements. For Novell Kanaka for Mac users who want to work directly with the Condrey Corporation Support organization, you can purchase new Support Incident packs by contacting[email protected] or calling 864-328-8528 Option 3.

Condrey Corporation will continue to distribute Kanaka for Active Directory on its own. 

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Apple Releases Second Edition of Lion Server Advanced Administration

Apple released their new Lion Server Advanced Administration documentation. 

Has anyone yet analyzed what's new?

I filed an enhancement request asking for them to flag the differences. 


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I am a humble personal assistant, with reminders about InstaDMG

Hey folks,

It's been a while since we InstaDMG-ers were at the forefront of people's minds, and it may seem like the whole IT landscape has changed.  I wanted to briefly drop you a line with a few tidbits and subtle reminders.  For one thing, did you know InstaDMG (and InstaUp2Date) is not just Lion-ready, but can now build images for (and on) Lion Server?  New catalogs, downloads and revised docs are imminent, keep checking the site and follow the @OSX_adm twitterbot (trendy!)

Also, please understand that while InstaDMG was a early star in the modular image creation revolution, which helped turn the spotlight on packages and powerful image-building, it's merely a tool that fits a need.  Just because Greg Neagle developed and released a Lion upgrade package (which complements his work on Munki) doesn't mean it could be utilized with InstaDMG.  Likewise, many have hoped InstaDMG could address certain needs involving the recovery partition Lion introduces, but please remember, that's just an additional, somewhat static partition.

So when looking over tools in your chest, old (like NetRestore, hallowed be its name) and new-ish (like DeployStudio, which can extract and lay down recovery partitions with aplomb), please remember that InstaDMG is still an effective hammer. Your problem may just not be a nail, and that's A-OK. Thanks for listening!

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Disable ‘reopen windows when logging back in’ option in Lion

You can use the following command to disable the 'reopen windows when logging back in' option in Lion:

defaults write LoginwindowLaunchesRelaunchApps -bool false

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Certificate Requests in Lion

While in Snow Leopard you may have had to script you way to fame and money to get your Mac to get a certificate from a Microsoft CA, in Lion it's mostly done for you.

Take a look at this support document for the gory details on using a profile to get your Mac to request a certificate. 

Note that you can do all of this by hand, or by script, in XML and then distribute through whatever means you want to your Lion systems.

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Creating a OS X Lion Recovery HD Partition

OS X Lion’s Recovery HD partition is required for some new Lion features, like FileVault 2 (http:/ / Unfortunately NetRestore does not create this partition. A supported way of setting this partition up is to install a minimal OS X Lion system first.

Since NetInstall uses the installer command to create the partition we can do the same.

Read on for more… 

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App Store Volume Purchasing Program (VPP) for Business On the Way

Apple has announced that the Volume Purchase Program (VPP for short) is coming to business. The VPP allows organizations to purchase applications in bulk. These applications can be standard apps that are on the store, and would be the same price you would otherwise pay, but acquired with a redemption code (similar to how you can gift applications) that is distributed from program facilitators rather than using a credit card. 

VPP for Education has been around for awhile and there are a few lessons we've learned from deploying it: 


  • The VPP can only be used for paid apps, so no free apps
  • iBooks and In-App Purchases are not part of the VPP
  • The first step is to enroll
  • To enroll, you need a Dun & Bradstreet number (DUNS)
  • The address you use needs to match the D&B database
  • You'll then create a new Apple ID used to manage the account (same ID developers will use if you're using B2B apps), which becomes the Authorized Purchaser
  • Once you are logged in as the Authorized Purchaser, you can then search for an App and purchase an unlimited number of them (again, no free Apps) using a credit card, PCard or Paypal (Education customers can buy tax exempt vouchers)
  • Then download codes for each installation of the App and email or distribute them as needed (you can have multiple Program Facilitators to do this)
  • Codes are distributed in a URL, where users use their Apple ID to redeem the codes (think tap a link and you just bought an app).


Originally, distribution of codes was done manually. I would expect that the future of software distribution using these codes will be through MDM providers. VPP codes can be managed via JAMF, FileWave and others today (think recommended apps), taking a lot of the pain out of software distribution via the App Store. 

Additionally, Apple now offers Custom B2B Apps, which as the name implies are custom applications that undergo the same App Store approval process as other apps and can then be distributed via the App Store, which opens up the distribution of private white labeled application versions of apps that are already on the App Store as well as a marketplace for custom developers and enterprise software makers. These apps do have a minimum of $9.99 but there are a number of ways vendors can built that into licensing models.

The extension of the VPP into business and some new additions that weren't present in the education version of the VPP are welcomed to those who have been doing large deployments of iOS devices. There are still a lot of issues that need to be worked out around this strategy of application deployment; however, it's good to see a little traction!

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Quota Monitor Menu 3 (beta)

The Situation: You have a Mac OS X Server with network home directories and disk quotas enabled.

The Problem: The Mac OS Finder on client machines does not have very good support for warning users they are approaching their file quota limit. They end up all of sudden unable to save files with little or no explanation as to why.

The Solution: Quota Monitor Menu places the user’s home folder quota status right in the menu bar. It will also pop up warnings at regular intervals.

This is a general rewrite and cleanup of the code, and a few new preference options have been added. Tested on 10.6 and run in my organization for the last few weeks. You can download both the app and source at:

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Serving Diskless Netboot for your Macs without OS X Server

Serving Diskless Netboot for your Macs without OS X Server
With the official death of the Xserve, some of you may be looking at your future plans for services you currently provide. If you plan to migrate away from OS X server for some functions, NetBoot can be one of them.  Read on to find out how…

Ed. Note: This walks you through how to set up a NetBoot image without needing a local drive mounted on the client system. There is a distinction between this and what the Apple materials refer to as diskless NetBoot which is when you would use an AFP share to hold all of the read/write bits you need. Mac OS X Server can do both this method of using the RAM disk, typically used for NetInstall setups, and the later where you would use for an actual "live" system such as for a lab of machines actually in use by users instead of just for imaging purposes. For most admins just wishing to do deployments, using a RAM disk is all you'll most likely need.

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