Archive for category: Tips

Script to remove redundant Office2004 fonts

Have you ever noticed that Office 2004 installs fonts all over the place? You can use this handy script by Arek Dreyer to remove them after they have been installed.

(Ed. note: You can remove the DoFonts file from the Office folder to keep it from installing them in the first place.)

Download the script here.

Read more Apple Remote Desktop 2 In-Depth Webcast

The (formerly group will be presenting an Apple Remote Desktop 2 In-Depth Webcast on Tuesday, November 16 at 1:00 pm EDT. Nader Nafissi, Server Software Product Manager at Apple, will be presenting on recent changes to ARD 2 available in the most recent update, 2.1.

We will also have three more Apple on hand to give presentations on how to use ARD 2 in more interesting ways. You’ll learn much more about leveraging the ARD SQL database to track machine changes, the Send UNIX command, and streamlining mass Macintosh deployments using SQL and PHP.

For more information on how to watch this WebCast, please visit the website:

Note that the broadcast ID needed to view the webcast has changed to ‘macenterprise’!!

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Using Scripting to Change a Local Password

Running a large network of macs in a secure environment leads to regular password changes on the local administrator account. Doing this in a 10.3 environment is quite a simple endeavor, but for those with some older 10.2.x machines around, it can be quite frustrating. Read on for an expect script for running on 10.3.x and a bash script to be used on 10.2.x machines.

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Server Quickstart Guide – Updated

A quick and dirty guide to setting up a Mac OS X Server and MCX

This guide to deploying your server for the first time includes setting up managed preferences and working a bit with Mac Manager.

Update – Corey had to move his server so an updated version of the pdf is now hosted on AFP548.

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Mouse-over Window Focus in a Terminal Window

From the Terminal, type:

defaults write FocusFollowsMouse -string YES

Quit and restart the Terminal and enjoy!

This change is only for your account – and is not machine wide – so if you’re using someone else’s machine with a networked home directory, this preference should follow you.

I know all you Linux/X11 users who are going to love this one! If you don’t like it, though, just re-do the command with NO at the end instead of YES.

If you want to use the same feature in the X11 interface, simply use the following line in the X11 command window:

defaults write wm_ffm true

To turn it off here, replace the true with false

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Local-only mail on OS X 10.3 Server

Get your server to deliver mail to local accounts without running an SMTP server.

If you’re used to previous version of OSX, you might be dismayed when 10.3 server doesn’t act like you thought it should.

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Fix Postfix time zone problems

Your mail log entries might jump a few hours every so often if Postfix doesn’t know what time zone you’re in

Read this tip to find out how to correct this.

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Saving Window Views on Remote Server Volumes

Keeping Finder views the same for your users can be a real pain in the rear.

Read on for a number of tips about getting this to work they way you want.

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Setting up a Network Library Folder

An article that helps you create /Network/Library.

A quick walk-through of setting this up by Jason Bruder can be found here.

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OS X Server w/NAT, IPFW, DNS, and Squid – Updated

Set up your server as a NAT router to do transparent web proxy caching.

Update: New URL. Find the new Squid/NAT/IPFW/DNS document here.

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