Setting up Reposado and Margarita on Linux – Part 1

by May 25, 2012 » Add more comments.
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About Reposado and GUI Options What is Reposado you ask? Reposado is an open-source replacement for the Apple Software Update Service (SUS) by Greg Neagle of Walt Disney Animation Studios. Reposado addresses many of the limitations of Apple’s SUS such as giving the ability to create branches so you can release updates only to a group of machines. It […]

Detecting Flashback.K with Absolute Manage

by April 5, 2012 » Add the second comment.
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There are recent reports that suggest over 500,000 Macs have been infected with the Trojan-Downloader:OSX/Flashback.K malware. According to F-Secure: “Trojan-Downloader:OSX/Flashback.K connects to a remote site to download its payload; on successful infection, the malware modifies targeted webpages displayed in the web browser.”. Apple has released Java updaters for this which you should consider deploying soon, if […]

Resources from the PSU MacAdmins Conference

by May 12, 2011 » Add more comments.

If you weren’t fortunate enough to attend the PSU MacAdmins conference (I wasn’t either), you can still get a lot out of it. They have posted session slides and other resources here. Rumor has it video will be posted in a couple weeks too. Many thanks to the folks at Penn State for sharing. I […]

3 Ways to Netboot Across Subnets

by January 24, 2011 » Add the second comment.
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There is a proper way a network should be configured in order to allow your machines to netboot from a server located on a different subnet. Instructions for doing so can be found on AFP548.com. If however, you are not able to make the needed changes to your network hardware, you will need to set […]

Absolute Manage – Adding Dell Warranty to Inventory

by January 23, 2011 » Add the first comment.
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Update: As of Absolute Manage 6.0, this is no longer needed. AM 6 now includes this functionality. Having warranty information on the machines you manage is important to have as part of your PC life-cycle management. It makes it easier to plan future PC replacements, assess risk and possibly know when to purchase another extension […]

Silent Install of IBM SPSS Statistics 19 for Mac

by January 13, 2011 » Add more comments.
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A Little Background While there is documentation for doing a silent install of SPSS Statistics, the instructions for version 19 leave out some critical details. This post aims to clear up what needs to be done for a silent install of IBM’s SPSS Statistics 19. These instructions are for the site or volume license version […]

Adobe Acrobat X Provisioning Tool Released for Mac

by December 20, 2010 » Add the first comment.

Adobe has released their Adobe Provisioning Tool for enterprise deployments and configurations of Acrobat X for Mac, as well as the Customization Wizard for Windows.

Google releases MCX manifest for Chrome

by December 16, 2010 » Add more comments.
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Yesterday Google stepped up their effort to get Chrome accepted by enterprises by releasing details about managing Chrome with group policy and Open Directory.

View Open Directory ComputerGroup Membership with Applescript

by November 27, 2010 » Add more comments.

The following Applescript will show a selectable, scrollable list of machine accounts in OD, then show which ComputerGroup(s) that computer belongs to. This is a quick way to confirm membership without having to open WorkGroup Manager, and especially handy to allow your techs to verify without being a directory admin in OD.

Updated: Send softwareupdate command through ARD

by April 8, 2010 » Add more comments.

This script will run software updates only on machines that are logged out. This ensures you don’t reboot machines that are in use and don’t leave machines in an inconsistent state (by not rebooting after patching). This is not a perfect solution to patching but it’s better than nothing. You can even schedule this to […]

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