Archive for category: OS X

Virtualizing OS X

Virtualization is becoming more prevalent in the enterprise (if not the standard for many places).  How does one virtualize OS X and at what cost you may ask? You can do it for free, believe it or not, using ESXi.  ESXi officially supports Mac Pros (the “newest” revision) and unofficially works on […]

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Crypt FileVault 2 Solution now Beta

Graham Gilbert has an official post declaring Crypt to be in beta status.  Crypt is a great alternative to many of the paid solutions for FileVaule 2 escrow.  Rich Trouton gave us an early look at Crypt when it was more alpha-ish and it was looking really good.  It has […]

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Running Commands on Remote Machines via SSH

For running commands quickly on remote machines, nothing beats SSH.  It is quick and easy to open terminal and fire off the command.  Rich has a post outlining how to execute a command on a remote machine without the need for an interactive SSH session.  This makes running commands even […]

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Crypt: A Client and Web App for FileVault 2 Encryption and Escrow

A new FileVault 2 escrow app has been released recently and offers a good alternative to Califlower Vest.  The app is called Crypt and it is Graham Gilbert’s baby.  Crypt has both a client and a web app (which is django-based).  Crypt seems like a great solution if you do […]

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Adding Printers via Command Line

Adding printers on multiple machines can be tedious if you have to manually setup all the duplexer and paper tray options that the printer supports. Thankfully there is a command line tool called lpadmn which allows you to configure the printer and all its options in one command. You can […]

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Flat Packages Tips and Tricks

Tim Sutton as an interesting post which outlines some interesting tricks you can do with flat Apple packages.  Check out the writeup here.

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Custom NetBoot Set Model Filters

Hardware filtering has been around for a while with the NetBoot service, but until recently you could get away one or perhaps two NetBoot sets to cover a whole range of models.  With Lion and Mountain Lion, the compatibility breakdown became a lot more complicated where some Intel Macs were […]

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Caching Service on 10.8 Server

On the newest version of Server.app (2.2) there is a new service called Caching.  Clearly it is for caching things, but what exactly and how? Get a first look at this new service over at Noel Alonso’s blog.

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Achieving granular file permissions with ACLs

If you need to add permissions to files or folders beyond User, Group or Other, then ACLs are the answer.  You can have super fine control over files and folders with ACLs and assign them based upon any number of users and groups.  Erin Scott over at the 318 has […]

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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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