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.
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 […]
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 Installer.app (or command line version). This […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]