Archive for category: OS X

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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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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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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Open Directory as a PKI

Paul Suh did a session at MacIT 2013 on Certificates, specifically in regards to Open Directory serving as a PKI.  The session was only 45 minutes long, so he could not go into great detail.  Thankfully, Paul has written a three part article that covers using an Open Directory-based PKI so […]

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Managing XProtect Settings for the Java Browser Plugin

Several different methods for managing XProtect settings have surfaced since rapid fire Java and Flash updates were released over the past few weeks.  Some methods disable the auto update feature of XProtect and require that you manually update the XProtect settings.  Rich Trouton came up with a method for managing […]

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Migrating OS X 10.6 Wiki to OS X 10.8 without Directory Data

Justin Rummel has an article showing how to migrate a wiki from 10.6 to 10.8 if you are missing the directory data.  This could be handy if you only had the wiki data backed up.  Check it out over on his blog.

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Useful Tool: XProtect Packager

If you have decided to disable the automatic update function of XProtect, then you will need a method for deploying the configuration files yourself.  These configuration files tell XProtect what the minimum allowed version is for the given plugins.  If the version of the installed plugin is less than this […]

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Disabling iCloud as the Default Save Location

iCloud is a great tool for consumer use, but in most enterprises it is not desirable.  OS X defaults to saving documents on iCloud if the application supports it.  If company policy states you cannot save documents to the cloud, then this must be disabled.  Charles Edge has a post on […]

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Enabling the Java 6 Plugin

With the increased rate of Java vulnerabilities as of late, it has been a real chore keeping track of what needs to be done with Java for your organization.  If you use Java-based apps or webapps and you can not just disable all the plugins, you must have some way of […]

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