Archive for category: Third Party Applications

Enhancing Sal with Facter and Profiles

In a previous post, I showed how to set up Sal. Sal‘s basic functionality is useful on its own, for the basic Munki reporting – what are the completed installs, pending updates, what OS versions, how many devices checked in the past 24 hours, etc. In this post, I’m going […]

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Using Puppet with WebHelpDesk to Sign Certs, with Docker

In a previous post, I showed how to use Munki with Puppet SSL Client certificates in a Docker image. In that example, the Puppetmaster image is set to automatically sign all certificate requests. Good for testing, but not a good idea for production use. Instead, we should look into Puppet […]

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Building a Puppetmaster with Docker

This is based on the README I wrote for the macadmins/puppetmaster image. Puppet is an industrial-strength cross-platform configuration management engine. Though you’ll find lots of existing Puppetmaster images on the Docker registry, this one will serve as the baseline for other expanded uses of Puppet – such as using it […]

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Deploying MinecraftEDU

Deploying MinecraftEDU

Minecraft is of course a huge thing. It’s hugely popular at our school, and has become a valuable educational tool. Minecraft allows structured but almost unrestrained creativity, giving students a change to realize the unlimited nature of their imagination and persistence when building worlds and creating narratives. Minecraft’s multiplayer options […]

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Clear text access to ARD’s passwords database!

Clear text access to ARD’s passwords database!

ARD-Inspector is open source donationware which was made for OS X system administrators and consultants who need to recover a computer password from Apple Remote Desktop. To make this tool, it required me to do some reverse engineering of Apple Remote Desktop.  It uses the ARD Master Password to access […]

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Casper Focus Review

Casper Focus Review

JAMF Software just recently released Casper Suite 8.7 along with their new education-aimed tool Casper Focus.  I had a chance to play around with it and test it out the past two days, so you can decide if this is something worth pursuing for yourselves. What does it do? To […]

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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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DeployStudio 1.5.17 Available

There is a new version of DeployStudio available on their website.  It includes a few bug fixes and an increased number of streams when deploying disk images.

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Brigadier: a tool for automated Boot Camp driver download and installation

If you have ever had to deploy an OS X/Windows dual boot system, you know how much of a pain it can be to download the Windows drivers and get them installed.  Thankfully, Tim Sutton has created a tool that can help with this task.  It will not only download […]

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JAMF Nation User Conference 2012

If you use Casper Suite or or planning on using it in the future, you will not want to miss the yearly JAMF Nation User Conference.  In past years, they have had some great sessions on how to best leverage Casper Suite in the modern IT environment.  Some of the […]

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