Launchd Video – From the creator of launchd

by August 25, 2007 » Add the first comment.

One of the most misunderstood items in Tiger is launchd which basically replaces inetd, xinetd, cron and at. It’s enough to drive a Unix admin mad. This video is a presentation of launchd by its creator at Apple and he talks about the changes coming in Leopard.

Apple adds RAID card option for Xserves and Mac Pro

by August 8, 2007

It looks like Apple has silently added a hardware RAID option for the Xserve and Mac Pro. They are not the same card but share the same price, $999 ($899 education). The card for the Xserve replaces the built-in SATA/SAS controller so it does not use a PCI Express slot. The Mac Pro card uses […]

Convert Local Account’s Home to AD account with Local Home

by July 31, 2007 » Add more comments.

Here is a script that I use to convert a local home folder to be used by an Active Directory account. This script will rename the home folder first, then delete the local user account from NetInfo and rename the home folder back and change the permissions so the AD account can use the home […]

Bind to Active Directory Applescript

by July 28, 2007 » Add more comments.

There are several methods out there to automate binding to Active Directory including over Apple Remote Desktop, after a machine has been imaged using a login hook and a number of other methods. We are just starting to move our Macs to AD. Most of the machines are already imaged and will need to be […]

Cisco Nuking the Linksys Name

by July 27, 2007 » Add the first comment.

It looks like Cisco is going to finally start phasing out the Linksys name which has been a very well known name among US consumers. I got my first Linksys router back around 1998 for about $200. Before those were available, we had to use internet sharing apps such as Viacomsoft Internet Gateway (Mac) or […]

Mac Software Packaging Utilities List

by July 14, 2007 » Add more comments.

As Mac OS X admins, it is important to know why and how to package up software. Packaging is a generally simple process that will make software deployment easier. ARD (Apple Remote Desktop) and LANDesk require software be in be in the .pkg format so it uses the Apple (or command line version). This […]

Mac OS X 10.4.10 Unnessesarily replaces sshd_config

by July 10, 2007 » Add more comments.

It looks like Apple did a very unpleasant modification in the 10.4.10 update. They outright replaced the /etc/sshd_config for a tiny bit of “tidying up” of the GSSAPI section. Before 10.4.10: # GSSAPI options#GSSAPIStrictAcceptorCheck yes#GSSAPIKeyExchange yes # GSSAPI options#GSSAPIAuthentication yes#GSSAPICleanupCredentials yes After 10.4.10: # GSSAPI options#GSSAPIAuthentication yes#GSSAPICleanupCredentials yes#GSSAPIStrictAcceptorCheck yes#GSSAPIKeyExchange yes Now was it really necessary […]

OS Images vs. The Santa Rosa MacBook Pro 2.2/2.4Ghz

by July 5, 2007 » Add more comments.

Back on June 5, Apple updated the MacBook Pro to include faster cpu’s, LED-backlit display and a video card upgrade. This MBP came with a newer build of 10.4.9 so of course, our image had to be updated. But by the time these actually started shipping to us, 10.4.10 became available. So I updated our […]

How to add an AD user as a local admin

by July 3, 2007 » Add more comments.

We all know the obvious way to allow a given group(s) to be an admin of a Mac bound to Active Directory (see image below). Although the “Allow administration by group” setting in Directory Access allows users in that group to installsoftware and perform certain other admin functions, there is a bug (or feature?) in […]

John DeTroye’s Tips and Tricks doc updated

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John DeTroye has updated his T&T doc which has always been a great best practices guide to client management. It covers subjects such as Open Directory, setting up accounts, managed client settings (MCX) and ARD. You can get the doc from here.