Simple Print Accounting System for Mac OS X Server

A customer of ours needs to implement a simple accounting system for their printers. They are using a Mac OS X Server as a printserver for the users. That seems to work ok, but the problem is that there is no kind of accounting system. Neither the admin nor the users have any ideas of the users’ present quota situation.

Browsing the web we found two solutions; NINja seems to be overkill and PyKota doesn’t seem to be easy to implement.
Any ideas of easier solutions? A daily script thats gathers info from the appropriate logs and NetInfo records and puts it into a database would do fine.

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Logout Script

We have a client that uses a few apple computers as kiosks.

When a person logs onto the machine they want them to let it be active for 30 minutes then to have it logout. They also wanted the machine to warn them when they had 5 minutes left. I wrote an applescript that will do this. If anyone wants to use it your more then welcome to.

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Installing blojsom with Open Directory Authentication

You may have heard about the upcoming integration of theblojsom blog server in Tiger Server when it comes out.
I really like blojsom, and have been running it for a while now. It is far easier to administer for multi-user and multi-blog setups than anything else I’ve experimented with, and offers some awesome features.

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The group will be presenting a Webcast on the Digital Academic Television Network at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Tuesday, January 18 at 1:00 pm EDT.

This Webcast will discuss how the University of Wisconsin-Madison deployed an IP-based live television broadcast system using QuickTime technologies, replacing an aging campus coaxial cable system. The Digital Academic Television Network (DATN, and pronounced “Dayton”) currently makes a dozen local television channels, as well as specialty campus content, available on the university network. Future plans, such as a transition to the new H.264 video codec and expansion to 77 local channels, will be discussed. More information about DATN is available from

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

The broadcast ID needed to view the webcast is ‘macenterprise’!!

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Configuring/Implementing diskspacemonitor on OS X Server

Learn more about configuring diskspacemonitor in the second of our series of articles.

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An Introduction to diskspacemonitor on OS X Server

Running out of space on OS X is bad, like real bad.

Read on to find out more about the built-in facilities that will prevent you from running out of space.

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Updated Spam/Virus controls for OS X Server

These instructions have been successfully followed and tested on the following OSXS Versions

10.2.6, 10.2.8, 10.3.0, 10.3.4, 10.3.5, 10.3.6, 10.3.7, 10.4-DEV

With so many Articles out there, it’s hard to find one that contains all of the instructions required to do an install without problems so I have put this together in the hopes that it makes the installation as easy and painless as possible.

This is an updated version of Joel's Article and was used as the starting point for what I hope includes all of the required installation instructions and related information.

Updated 12/20/2004

The use of fink to install modules and libraries has not been considered due the non-canonical locations that software is stored.

These instructions work if they are followed as described, the author warrants no merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose and is not meant to be educational material for those who do not understand the instructions as they are provided.

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LoginHook to fix Mobile User group membership bug.

Having issues with group memberships on mobile accounts?

Read on for one method of solving this.

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Mac OS 10.3.7 Released for Client

I should have known when I typed about the server update that there *must* be a client to match…

Today, along with the previously mentioned Server update, Apple has also updated its client to 10.3.7 on the Client side as well. The update is available from Apple’s Software Update application.

Key features of the 10.3.7 update include:

– Enhancements to TextEdit, allowing certain RTF files to be read.

– Resolution to an issue in Safari, Mail, and other applications that use DNS lookups, which caused connectivity issues.

– Numerous performance gains in World of Warcraft.

– Improvements for compatibility with Pacific Tech’s Graphing Calculator 3.5

Read up on all the goodies here:

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Mac OS X Server 10.3.7 Released

Apple has updated its Server to version 10.3.7 today and it is currently available via Software Update. The update weighs in at 30MB.

Of note, covered by the update include a fix for the AFP issue dealing with long file names. Also included are improvements to Rendezvous registration, OpenGL and graphic drivers, as well as improved compatibility for third party applications and devices. As usual, all previous standalone security updates are included in this update.

For more info:

(note: the link wasn’t up at the time of this posting, but it is listed in the Software Update details.)

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